Summer is the perfect time to breeze into healthfulness. There are so many ways to maintain and nourish the body, mind and spirit, while protecting and enhancing your complexion. But let’s keep it simple! Caring for skin is never as delicious as it is in the summertime, when some of our best defenses come directly from the garden and when easy is always best.
Here are some of our favorite tips to care for summer skin effortlessly.
-Staying hydrated is key in the warmer months. Eating local, seasonal fruit—like watermelon—not only provides excellent hydration, but contains crucial enzymes and nutrients for skin.
-Introducing plenty of raw vegetables to your diet gives skin a real boost. Carrots contain major antioxidants. Avocados are rich in fatty acids. Tomatoes and lemons are packed with collagen-supporting Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant source.
-Plant butters and plant oils—including avocado and shea—are great for summer cooking, but also benefit dry skin when applied directly. Found in formulations throughout our collection, and providing a strong base for Antioxidant Crème and Intensive Repair Balm, they provide excellent hydration and an extra layer of UV protection when worn under sunscreen.
-Stirring a little coconut oil into your favorite fresh fruit smoothie, or into a hot cup of tea, can actually reduce your body’s need for antioxidants, and can help prevent damage to body tissues, and slow skin’s aging.
Think you know what’s causing your excess oil? It could be caused by seasonal transitions, hormones, or even medications. But before you make any lifestyle change, learn about the 5 common products in your daily skin care routine that may be the culprit, and find out how to control oily skin.
1. Your scrub. Over-doing it when it comes to exfoliating can rob your skin of its natural moisture, causing it to produce even more oil to compensate. There can be “too much of a good thing” with exfoliation, so I recommend using physical exfoliants up to 3 times a week, and keep your pressure light when massaging physical scrubs into your skin.
2. Your inadequate sunscreen. Although it might temporarily dry out your skin, a tan damages the DNA inside your skin cells and triggers an injury response that causes oil production to surge so your skin stays protected. Make sure you choose an SPF that’s labeled “broad spectrum” to keep UVA and UVB rays from doing damage, so oil production stays under control. And make it a daily habit, rain or shine – up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate through clouds!
3. Your “squeaky” clean cleanser. You might think it’s helping your oil control cause, but using a cleanser that makes your skin feel dry and tight is doing anything but! The result is skin that’s stripped of its protective hydrolipidic barrier, causing it to rapidly produce more oil to compensate for what’s missing. Make sure you’re using a cleanser formulated for your exact skin type, to provide the moisture-to-oil balance it needs.
4. Your “one-size-fits-all” anti-ager. Anti-aging ingredients like retinol or peptides are meant to target skin aging concerns like wrinkles or firmness. If you have an Oily skin type, these formulas may be just too emollient. So choose an anti-aging night creme that’s designed specifically for oilier skin, and offers oil control along with anti-aging benefits, like Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwear.
5. Your oil blotters. A common pseudo-solution to remove excess oil is to blot it away – and not just with the blotting papers you find skin care aisles. I’ve heard people recommend everything from coffee shop napkins to toilet seat covers to beat an oily t-zone! No matter what you’re using to blot, it only pushes most of the day’s dirt, oil and makeup back in deep into your pores, where it causes breakouts, congestion, and even more oil. Stop oil at its source with an Oil Control Mattifier that balances oil production within the pore, and absorbs excess oil as it develops. Apply it under your makeup, before your SPF, to keep skin shine-free, and apply it over your makeup as needed for a pore-friendly solution to control oil throughout the day.
Brows are back in fashion. Whether you prefer a thick bold brow or a more natural look we have the perfect tools to frame that pretty face of yours. One of the top brands that’s been making waves in the cosmetic industry is Anastasia. Anastasia has reached mainstream notoriety by creating the largest assortment of award winning eyebrow products and best-selling brow pencils on the market today. Our must have products from the Anastasia line are listed below.
NEW! Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade: A waterproof brow color ideal for sculpting, defining, and carving perfectly precise brows that won’t fade. Smudge-free, creamy formula glides on skin and adheres to hair. Must-have for oily skin and humid climates. It comes in 8 different colors Ebony, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Soft Brown, Chocolate, Taupe, Blonde and Auburn.
Anastasia Brow Wiz: An ultra-slim mechanical pencil to shape, define and fill in your brows for a natural, polished look. Includes a spooley brush to easily blend for a natural look.
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel: Tame unruly brows without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky. This clear gel formula, enriched with botanical conditioners and essential oils, can be worn alone or layered over Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo or Brow Pencils to set your brows for a polished look that lasts all day.
Click below for a step by step tutorial on 5 Minute Bold Brows by Anastasia Beverly Hills:
Summer is in full effect which means more time spent outdoors and long weekend getaways. For many, camping is at the top of the list as a favorite summer pastime. There’s nothing better than pitching a tent under the stars and enjoying all that the wilderness has to offer. Other than your given necessaries to pack like a sleeping bag and tasty smores, here are a few of our beauty must haves when you are without the luxuries of your home.
LaVanilla The Healthy Deodorant Pure Vanilla– Make sure you are smelling your best even when you are not feeling so fresh with this all natural deodorant. It has a exotic blend of Madagascar Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Rich Heliotrope.
Avene Thermal Spring Water- Not only should you drink plenty of water, but make sure your skin is hydrated and refreshed. It is a unique composition that soothes, softens and restores the skins natural balance.
With these essentials in tote we’re sure you’ll be a happy camper! You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.
We can all agree that tanned skin gives you a healthy glow. In fact it makes you look a little more lean and toned too. Whether you are a tanning connoisseur or have resigned yourself to being on the fairer side, there is a self-tanning product for you!
The easiest are tan towels. They look like large wet naps. They come in different sizes. They have ones just for the face, a half body towel, and a full size body towel. Facial tan towels are great for a pick-me-up to look smashing for an event. Half body towels are great maintenance towels to keep up your tan. Full body towels are great to start with to get the all-over glow. Just rub these babies in circular motions all over your body. Have someone help you with your back. You will see an instant shine that will deepen in a few hours. The brand called Tan Towel makes a 3-in1 towel that exfoliates, tans and moisturizes in one. These are designed to give you a deep tan, but you can control it. If you want to just get rid of the blinding white light coming from your skin, like me, just use it a few times. My favorite tan towels are Kate Somerville Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes they come in a 2-pack or an 8-pack. Quick and easy. Just takes a few minutes to dry and won’t transfer on your clothes.
Tanning Gel, Mousse, or Cream are all no-drip options that will help you tap into your inner bronze goddess. These all work basically the same. Massage in until completely absorbed. Layer another coat every few hours until you are the shade you desire. Some come with a mitt, which is helpful to avoid tanned palms. Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel is rated 5 stars out of 5 by our customers. This will leave your skin smooth with no lingering scent. Want a dark, long-lasting tan?
And last but not least, for an instant, just came from the beach appearance, you want Tan Spray! These are best applied while you are outside or in a dry shower. Simply shake and spray in small circles to get even, all-over coverage. Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush is sure to make you over in a seconds,
Exfoliate and moisturize your skin before applying tanning products. This will help your tan go on better and last longer.
Use sparingly on elbows, knees (front and back) and ankles. It takes less product to shade these areas.
Don’t forget to tan the areas that will make your tan look natural. If you tan your face, don’t forget your ears. If you tan your legs, don’t forget your feet and especially that easy-to-miss achilles heel.
Ever heard of blonde hair turning green from swimming in a pool? Unfortunately, this is not an urban legend. Being a blonde myself I am super cautious about getting my hair wet in the pool and I am way too insecure to go around rocking a swim cap. So, over the years I have picked up a few tricks to help prevent those dreaded green pool tresses.
One tip that I hear a lot is to wet your hair before you go in the pool. The idea is that your hair will absorb the tap water and not the pool water. I always pictured having to either take a shower to wet my hair or drench my hair with a garden hose in order to do this. Since it was such a hassle I only did this a handful of times. I was recently complaining to a friend of mine about the hardships of being blonde, like the expense, stupid jokes and green pool hair when she suggested that I carry a water spray bottle in my pool bag so I could conveniently spray my hair before jumping in the pool. This was the most brilliant idea I have ever heard (maybe some of these blonde jokes have a point). So now I carry a small spray bottle with tap water and I like to add a few drops of conditioner to give my hair some extra protection. I also try to shampoo my hair as soon as I am done with the pool. So far I have avoided the green scene and the swim cap!
Looking for more sun protection hair products for summer? Here are a few of our favorites!
Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil: The UV filter in Protective Sun Veil ensures this product’s “high” protection levels, ideal for natural, unchanged hair. The photo-protective agent obtained from the Sunflower blossom effectively completes hair fiber protection.
Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask: Enriched with palm butter and phospholipids of natural origin, this Repairing After Sun Mask restructures sun damaged hair and instantly detangles it. This mask also protects and nourishes hair for supple and soft results.
Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Conditioner: Vibrant Color Conditioner combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract with color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract. This paraben and sodium chloride free conditioner infuses hair with nourishing moisture and vital nutrients to keep it strong and healthy with beautifully vibrant color. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology this conditioner provides the highest level of color protection.
Summer season is upon us and the urge to wear those shorts and skirts is something all women look forward to, well most do. If you are like 60% of the US population, you probably have some areas on your body that cause you to keep those long pants and sleeves on to avoid embarrassment.
Whether your concern is spider or varicose veins on your legs, unsightly stretch marks or that embarrassing Dolphin tattoo on your back, we hear your cries! Many women feel immense shame and discomfort about their imperfections, to the point of hiding under layers of clothing. Fret (and sweat) no more, Dermablend Professional has got you covered with our Leg & Body Cover!
Leg & Body Cover utilizes high performance technology by depositing high purity pigments in a medium coverage body foundation. Leg & Body Cover will improve skin tone shades and texture to deliver a flawless look while staying in place for 16 hours of consistent color wear. What’s best of all is Leg & Body Cover feels natural and comfortable all day! Going to the beach? Not a problem! Simply use Dermablend’s Setting Powder to lock in the product, keeping it water and sweat resistant for 16 hours!
Depending on the area you’re covering, the application will vary. See tips below!
– Want to bare your legs without embarrassing spider veins or scars? Simply smooth Dermablend’s Leg & Body Cover on your legs for smooth and beautiful skin! Tip: When applying to the legs, use downward strokes (think opposite direction of shaving legs) as it will lay even and smoother on the skin providing flawless finish and SPF 15!
– Covering dark stretch marks? Apply Leg & Body Cover with a sponge and gently tap over the area to build coverage. Smooth the edges out and see your stretch marks disappear! Then follow with setting powder to keep it smudge proof, water resistant and in place for 16 hours!
– Want to cover your embarrassing tattoo? No problem! We have two options for you. For large tattoo’s use Dermablend’s Leg & Body Cover! Simply tap over the area with a sponge to build coverage, smooth edges with a foundation brush or fingertips. Let it dry for 5-8 minutes to ensure proper color (shade will deepen as it dries). Use a touch of Dermablend’s Setting Powder to lock in place for 16 hours, no smudging and you can even swim in it! Tip: Still seeing your tattoo peak through? Just add an additional layer of Leg & Body Cover and you will see it disappear!
For smaller, localized tattoos or areas that need coverage, try Dermablend’s NEW Quick-Fix Body! This new body foundation stick is ideal to conceal localized areas on the body. Simply tap Quick-Fix Body into the area needing coverage and smooth it out with fingertips or a brush. Simply use Dermablend’s Setting Powder to lock in the product, keeping it water and sweat resistant for 16 hours! Easy to use and travel with! Use it alone, or with Leg & Body Cover for ultimate coverage.
So go ahead, bare that skin with confidence! Dermablend has got you covered!
Need more proof? Just take a look at these amazing before and after pictures! You can find Dermablend on SkinStore.com.
Check out this video for a closer look on how amazing Dermablend is!
BBQ’s and pool parties go hand in hand during these summer months. While most men don’t even flinch about summer time, women tend to go into full detox mode. All we need is a little bit of preparation tips & tricks to get the ball rolling and come prepared when that pool party arrives. So instead of biting your finger nails and becoming a detox princess, follow these guidelines…
After you’ve marked your special date on your calendar, the preparation can begin. You know you will be in a bikini soon, so what immediately comes to mind? Maybe we need a little bit of color, or spot treatments to concern areas? With the few weeks leading up to the event, we can exfoliate our body just like our faces a few times a week. This will get rid of all of the dead skin on the surface so that when we are ready to reveal our skin it will look healthy and smooth. In between exfoliation sessions, don’t forget about shaving. I know I am probably not the only one who likes to borrow good men’s shaving products. Grab some Jack Black Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather. I say if it’s strong and comfortable enough for a man, then it would be bliss for a woman. After you shave, don’t forget to prevent and protect your freshly shaved areas with some ingrown hair/ bump fighters! For a suggestion, try Whish Flawless Bump Fighter.
The next prep step would be to pick out and apply a self tanner. We want to look golden and sun kissed at our events but without harm from the sun! We suggest that you take a look at the following self tan products:
They are all different options for different types of needs. They range from creams, to lotion/milk textures and even gel textures. These will get you glowing quickly and what a way to help slim up your figure too! Now that you are pretty much ready to flaunt your pool party body and smile, there are a few other items you should remember to stay flawless. Be sure you remember to always wear your preferred SPF products for the face and the body! If you need, there are always some relaxing and soothing after sun products as well.
You can also protect your hair during these weekend water & sun celebrations with products like:
Well I think we’ve pretty much covered as much as possible on how to prepare from head to toe. You should feel tan, toned, smooth and fit to stun when you arrive at your summer soiree. Oh, and don’t forget those designer shades!
As we move into summer, our skin needs a good cleanse to remove the dead skin we have accumulated through the winter months. But remember, there is too much of a good thing! Don’t over exfoliate in your haste for fresher looking skin. Mechanical exfoliants like scrubs with nuts, ground coffee or gritty materials as well as chemical exfoliants should only be used 2-3 times a week. If you are looking for a gentle exfoliant, we recommend the Nuxe Fondant Gentle Body Scrub.
2. Wash your pillowcases!
Make the most out of your beauty sleep! Since the summer heat brings perspiration and in turn, more oil production for most people we recommend changing your pillowcase every 3 days or so to ensure they aren’t harboring any pimple causing bacteria or irritants.
*Bonus tip: Try a satin pillowcase to ensure your blowout lasts longer! No one likes blow drying in the summer!
3. Clean your cellphone!
Ever wonder why one side of your face is breaking out? Clean that cell phone! This should be done all year round but especially in the summer time, we suggest carrying some wipes in your purse to give your cellphone a good cleanse and prevent breakouts.
4. Hydrate throughout the day!
Even if you are an oilier skin type, it is important to stay hydrated throughout the day. A small bottle of hydrating mist is great to look fresh when the temperature rises. We suggest the Avene Thermal Spring Water in the 1.7 oz size which is perfect for the office, gym bag or purse.
5. Wash your hair often!
Most women know the benefit of a good blow out and if you color your hair, you may be less inclined to wash every day. Washing more often in the summer can prevent breakouts where your hair may be touching your skin like neck, back and forehead. Hair products and perspiration don’t always mix so consider amping up your shampoos to every other day. For a squeaky clean finish, try the Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo.
You can find all of these amazing products on SkinStore.com!
Summer is almost here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys that go along with summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine hair. What is a beach beauty to do?
Here are some of this season’s must do’s. First, find a great sunscreen, something not too heavy and with a substantial SPF, anything 30 SPF and above will suffice. This will keep skin looking fabulous all summer long. Skinceuticals offers a brilliant sunscreen, Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It feels like water going on and with a fabulous sheer tint it gives your skin a sunny healthy glow.
Next, this heat is sure to melt the makeup right off your face, hence the term “Hot Mess”. Keep your makeup light this summer. Ditch your winter regimen and opt for a more natural look. Try Jane Iredale’s Sugar and Butter Exfoliator and Plumper for lips. This makes lips amazingly smooth and oh-so-kissable. Pair that with long luscious lashes and you’ll be ready for any summer event. Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Mascara won’t disappoint and keep eyes looking beautiful even after a dip in the pool!
Finally, when it’s time to slip on that cute little sun dress you’ll be ready with Rodial’s Brazilian Tan Airbrush. It’s fast, easy and the darkest self-tanner on the market today. Apply it everywhere, even the face! It is paraben-free and contains coconut and monoi oils to keep skin hydrated.
Now that you are ready and looking gorgeous, bring on the heat. Summer here we come!