Posts Tagged ‘summer skin care’

Maintain Your Summer Glow

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shutterstock_35600407As summer fades into fall, our golden tans will begin to disappear. Now is the time to start looking into a great self-tanner to get you through the winter! I am very pale naturally and struggle to keep any color I may have obtained from summer. While, I do not condone indoor tanning, I can tell there is a slight difference in color between the seasons. I have tried almost every self-tanning spray, lotion, gel and butter there is. Here is a list of my favorite self-tanners:

Fake Bake Instant Self Tanning Spray $32.00 This spray is PERFECT for a quick last minute tan. The application is easy and the product offers a natural looking tan. Fake Bake uses two self-tanners blended together to give you an instant tan and a deeper tan that will develop over a few hours. This product lasts about 5-7 days depending on how often you bathe or sweat. Keep in mind that this product needs to dry completely before you get dressed. Also, make sure to apply this product in a well-ventilated space and I highly suggest standing on a towel you don’t really care for. If you happen to get it all over your bathroom, like I did, just use a damp cloth or paper towel.

Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner $36.00 I cannot express how much I love Jane Iredale. (Their BB cream is amazing but that will have to wait for another blog) This is one of the BEST self-tanning products I have ever used. Colored with Radish root extract, this is completely natural and non-comodegenic. It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated while providing a really natural looking tan that you can build to your preferred color. Best of all, it is gentle enough to use on the face!

Jan Marini BioGlycolic Sunless Self Tanner $28.00 Jan Marini has gained critical acclaim and is known as one of best anti-aging skincare lines available. As with any other tanning lotion, it leaves the skin feeling silky and smooth. However, this lotion contains Glycolic Acid to penetrate deeper, color faster and last longer which sets it apart from the run of the mill tanning lotions. And it is a great price point as well.

Tan Towel Express Tan Kit  $30.00 Hopping a plane to Vegas, Cabo or L.A? Make sure to grab this kit! Great for a weekend getaway or special occasion, Tan Towels are perfect for on the go. Individually portioned and packaged, they can fit in your suitcase, gym bag or purse. The kit comes with the Original Half Body Tan Towel and the Express Tanning Mist to give an allover luxurious tan.

You can find these great products and many more on SkinStore!


Summer Must Have

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Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to soak up the sun and live care free. But we all know the major draw backs that come with theMurad Hybrids Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control blazing sun: sweat, an uneven tan, and breakouts to name a few. Even though we are living care free, it’s the most important time to care for our skin. What if I told you that there was only one product that you needed to: eliminate shine, reduce breakout activity, leave the skin with a smooth and even finish and it is suitable for most skin types? Yes, I said one and that product is Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Acne and Shine Control Hybrid. Not only does this product treat these conditions it also adds a visible coverage to the skin. With 0.5% Salicylic Acid this product also helps to minimize pores, keep the breakouts away, and give the skin a luminous matte finish.  You can wear it under make up or alone, either way your skin is being treated and kept looking marvelous all day. No heaviness, greasy feeling or residue is left behind. This product also contains Dimethicone which helps it glide on as smooth as butter and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. Ladies this is the product is a summer must have and it won’t break the bank!


What is “Chicken Skin”?

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Glytone KP Kit“Chicken Skin” is that patch of scaly skin on your thighs or back of arms. This unattractive skin condition is called keratosis pilaris and up to 40% of adults suffer from it. Although the cause is unknown it most likely runs in your family or you have dry skin to begin with. The scaly patch forms when our bodies produce a build-up of a hard protein called keratin. This keratin forms a plug in the opening of your hair follicle and VOILA!  “chicken skin”. Now that you understand what it is, more importantly how do you get rid of it?

Thankfully skincare companies are starting to make products specifically to address this very issue. There are exfoliating body washes and lotions that contain “chicken skin” fighting ingredients like glycolic acid and micro-beads to banish the keratosis pilaris from your skin.

Glytone makes a KP kit that contains a great smelling glycolic body wash that you follow with a powerful glycolic lotion. This combination of products is sure to diminish the bumps.

Another amazing product is Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Resurfacing Body Scrub. This body wash is incredible at clearing the KP from your skin plus give your body an all-over exfoliation.

So now that Summer is here and tank tops and shorts are inevitable stop covering up and expose your bump-free, smooth skin!


Summer Revamp

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shutterstock_35600407Summer is finally here! Longer days, warmer nights and all the joys of summer. Of course, with these joys comes sun burned skin, running mascara and dried out chlorine skin. 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 Dark tanning gel. 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!


Caring For Your Underarms

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Let’s talk underarms. They’re the pits. They are pit-iful. They need a ton of TLC to stay looking smooth and healthy.

There are a few things you can do to prevent ingrown hairs, rashes, and tenderness when shaving your underarms. There are also a few tricks to getting a closer shave than ever before, and going longer between shaves, too!

Always shave in the shower or bath, when your skin is damp. Hot water softens the hair and the skin holds onto the hair less tightly when it’s damp. Never, ever dry shave, especially under your arms.

Always use shave cream or gel, and invest in a high quality razor. Your razor should have at least three blades and a moisture cushion around the blade. One-blade disposable razors shouldn’t have ever been made.

Because the hair under your arms grows in a circle type of shape rather than in one direction, it’s important to maneuver your blade to adjust to hair growth – always shave downwards first, then upwards, and then sideways if you have any strays. Don’t go over the area more than three times with your blade, and if you have any stubborn strays left remove them with tweezers post-shower.

Don’t apply deodorant or antiperspirant after shaving, let your skin rest overnight, or at least for a few hours. If you must use something then use a gentle or natural formula with soothing ingredients like aloe.

If you’re prone to getting bumps or rashes after shaving apply an aftershave gel post-shave, we like Shaveworks The Cool Fix because it’s soothing, cooling, and has glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin and prevent ingrowns.

 


Spring Tans

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Spring is here and warmer longer days are fast approaching. Many of us may have been prisoners of long pants, long sleeve shirts and no sunlight. Even if you’re not going to be out in direct sunlight, those lightweight spring outfits usually show a bit more skin, and who wants to be a ghastly pale shade?

For those of you who want a little extra color without hitting a Tanning Booth (please don’t!), SkinStore offers some excellent self tanning products that are safe and effective:

1. Fake Bake Original Self Tan Lotion – New technology promotes a smoother application for a deeper, darker, longer-lasting tan on the skin by up to 50%. Four and a half Star Customer Rating!
2. ARCONA Bronzer – Self Tanner – This light, oil free bronzer/self tanner creates radiant, natural looking color without the sun. Natural based product! Be the first to rate this product online!
3. Pevonia Self-Tanning Emulsion – This self-tanning light-textured emulsion combines natural color (Caramel), with DHA (Sugar Cane), Squalane, and Vitamins B and E, to promote immediate absorption for a smooth, streak-free application. Natural based product with a Five Star Customer Rating!
4. Tan Towel Plus Half Body Classic Self Tanning Towelettes – Provides a natural looking glow that is simple to apply, with no odor or mess and it does not streak. One towelette will cover the whole body. For fair skin. Four and a half Star Customer Rating! Recommended by staff member Valerie!
5. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad – The only anti-aging, exfoliating sunless tanner that contains active Vitamin D, Soy Proteins, Alpha and BetaHydroxy Acids to exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads and help fade existing sunspots for an even, streak-free glow. Four and a half Star Customer Rating, Recommended by staff member Anthony!

As with almost all self tanners be sure to exfoliate any areas of skin you intend to use a self tanner to promote smooth even application and prevent early fading!

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Detoxify Your Face

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During these warm summer months, vacations and travel time are a must! It’s easy to lose track of time and routine during these relaxing times and fall off the skincare regimen bandwagon.

Traveling in the heat on long road trips or flights can cause your skin to become stressed and dehydrated. A lack of oxygen will tire your skin and cause a decline in skin energy. There is help for your skin that doesn’t require more then one bottle. Here is a list of some detoxifying masks or treatments that you can use a few times a week and within only a few minutes to get back that pep your skin needs to remain radiant.

  • Dermelect Detoxifying Oxygen Facial Commission-  can be used as a cleanser to clean out the pores, dissolve makeup and other impurities or as deep cleansing, skin-soothing masque to provide a fresher, younger-looking face.
  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask- is a fast acting mask that only takes about 5 minutes to re-hydrate and rejuvenate damaged skin.
  • Dr. Brandt Detoxygen Experience- a quick two step system that works synergistically to detoxify, clarify and purify the skin.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Radiance Oxygenating Serum- Can be applied and left on the skin for a boost of oxygen and to soften fine lines or wrinkles

Don’t leave for your scheduled time away without one of these or you can be left looking less than 100% once you arrive at your getaway destination!

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Summer-Time Shaving

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Summer is in full swing and it’s hot, hot, hot. The shorts and mini skirts are making their summer time debut and that means women are looking to get their legs ready for their center stage performance. Shaving can sometimes be a drag, as well as time consuming and sometimes painful. Here are few products to help keep the stubble to a minimum.

Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream- Just because this product is defined as a “Men’s” product, does not mean its hands off for women. This sulfate free, silky gel provides an incredible shaving barrier for both men and women. The natural fruit oils condition and skin and the dimethicone eliminate friction irritation.

Shaveworks The Cool Fix- Apply after shaving or waxing to calm razor burn and prevent ingrown hairs. The instant cooling sensation is soothing and relaxes any form of irritation.

Whish Pomegranate Shave Savour Hair Inhibiting Gel- This fast absorbing gel, repairs any nicks or minor cuts and will help to soothe the skin with natural antiseptics including aloe, sage, and lemon extract. The best part is while using the product over time it will help to slow the hair growth and extend the life time of your smooth silky gams.


Shimmering Tans!

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We all know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. And instead of wasting our time soaking up the sun by the pool we’re doing more productive things, like trying out hundreds of different self tanners!

The new NUXE Soleil Prodigieux Self Tanning Body Lotion hit a sweet spot for us, because it’s not only a self tanner that gives a beautiful deep and rich brown tan (no orange!!!)) it also has SHIMMER!  We’re not talking about glitter you’ll find in your daughters playtime makeup though, NUXE utilizes light-reflecting micro-pearls which give the skin a subtle sheen that look absolutely amazing on legs, shoulders, and the décolleté, so skin looks glowy, healthy, and tan!

Because this self-tanner is buildable you can gauge just how tan you want to be (a hint of sun or a full-fledged Bora Bora glow, all up to you), the Frangipani flower extract ensures you’ll smell yummy, too!

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Goldfaden Sun Block Spray SPF 30

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If conventional mist sunscreen leaves you feeling less than protected, and lotion sunscreen leaves you feeling goopy and greasy then it’s time to reconsider your SPF choices. There’s an awesome new sun protection option in a convenient spray bottle from Goldfaden, a dermatologist developed line that utilizes high concentrations of active ingredients to provide unsurpassed antiaging and antioxidant protection.

Goldfaden Sun Block Spray SPF 30 is fast-absorbing, oil free and fragrance free spray sunscreen that leaves the skin smooth, matte, and protected. The sheer non-whitening formula ensures full UVA and UVB protection, while antioxidants and plant extracts encourage healthy barrier function and repair. Goldfaden is a unique line that utilizes organic red tea extract, an antioxidant that has an extremely high concentration of Super Oxide Dimutase, which provides an ultra-protective barrier from oxidative damage. Studies have found that red tea provides 50 times the antioxidant power of green tea! All of Goldfaden Skincare products are enriched with red tea extract, as is the Goldfaden Sun Block Spray SPF 30!

Goldfaden Sun Block Spray has been featured in American Salon, Cosmetics & Toiletries, as well as Sacramento Bride. The brand has also received numerous mentions from many publications, including legendary People Magazine!

Now that you know about the latest and greatest in SPF technology it’s time to toss those goopy, smelly, pore-clogging sunscreen formulas in the trash and try this little Goldfaden gem. At 2 oz it’s portable and travel-friendly, and at $35 it’s a steal!

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