Posts Tagged ‘summer skin care’

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All In One Tinted Moisturizer

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Renowned dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross has an excellent product called All In One Tinted Moisturizer, which is designed to moisturize and protect your skin with an SPF 15. It also evens out your skin tone with a tint, while it provides antioxidant protection with vitamins E and C, and promotes firming and smoothing.

During a recent training I had the pleasure of trying this product. I was amazed how smooth the product was, how quickly it absorbed and how evenly it spread.

Who would be the person to enjoy this product? I would recommend this product to anyone (men and women) who want to moisturize, even out skin tone, and protect their skin from UVA & UVB damage.

Beach Favorites for 2010

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Don’t be a hot mess this year. Leave the greasy products at home and try our tried and true beach favorites that’ll keep you looking and feeling oh-so-sexy, not ugh-so-sweaty.


SPF (duh!) Even if you’re dark, or don’t burn, you still need to use a broad spectrum sunscreen to shield from the sun’s harmful rays. We love the new La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen. It soaks right in and leaves a matte finish so you don’t look greasy, and best of all don’t feel sticky!


Cream eyeshadow stays put through sweating, swimming, and frolicking on the beach. We’re loving Illuminare All Day Eye Color in Cafe Americano.


Waterproof eyeliner is a must to withstand the sweat, sun, salt and sand. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Carbon Black is lovely.


Waterproof mascara is another beach staple to keep your luscious lashes looking fabulous. We’re digging bareMinerals Flawless Defintion Waterproof Mascara, it separates every lash and creates a natural look that’s perfect for a day at the beach! Now you can swim, sweat and laugh until you cry.


Body bronzer is a must have if you’d like to look sun-kissed without being sun-damaged. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi-Usage Dry Oil Splash gives baby-oil sheen without the slick, and the golden particles make you glisten like a goddess. Layer over sunscreen for a gorgeous glimmery finish.


If you’re wearing lip gloss on the beach, sand is guaranteed to stick and who wants that sort of muddle? If you want pink, kissable lips without the mess then stick to lip stains. Stila Yumberry Crush is a pretty pink that’s fresh and fun. Always remember to protect your pucker with SPF too! We like MD Formulations Lip Balm because it’s not sticky, but is really hydrating.


If you love your tresses (and treasure that money well-spent in a salon) then you must protect your hair with sun protection too! The sun is not only drying and damaging to the skin but it can wreak havoc on your hair. Parched hair is gross… therefore douse with Alterna Summer Hair RX Spray Shine, it will make your hair shiny and will shield it from those sun rays!


And now you’re ready to put your best Baywatch babe foot forward!


Summer Nail Colors

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It’s no secret that your feet get a lot of exposure in the summer, those once-monthly winter pedicures transition into a once weekly task every spring through early fall… and summery nails get the most attention with bright polishes and brighter sandals to accentuate them. We’re so glad that this year nail polish gurus have dug into a little kid’s crayon box to create a new summer palette.



SpaRitual Nail Lacquer I Believe in You is a poppy-orange crème that’s similar to Crayola’s Red-Orange crayon. Just like a juicy blood orange dipped in sugar, this summer shade will brighten any dull day.






SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Yes I Can is a leafy-green crème that’s like Crayola’s Tropical Rain Forest shade. It’s a tree-huggers dream come true with its true hue of plump summer foliage and freshly-cut grass.





SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Shimmer Crystal Waters is a turquoise shimmer that looks like Crayola’s Steel Teal. It’s the color of the deepest tropical waters, the type of aqua shade that you see on the ocean when you’re parasailing over paradise. And it shimmers, just like the sunlit sea!




SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Shoot for the Stars is a lively purple crème that’s like Crayola’s Vivid Violet and is the same color as grape juice. This shade pairs really nicely with a tan and looks amazing on toes- it’s refreshing and it stands out from the pink and red toe crowd.





SpaRitual Nail Lacquer It’s Raining Men is a Sky blue shimmer with a hint of pink that’s similar to Crayola’s Cerulean Frost, it’s a summer sunset in a bottle with its baby blue undertone and a hint of pink frost. It’s great for understated yet fun toes that are oh-so-summery!


Don’t forget to seal the deal on your toes with a top coat- a top coat will make your color last longer and will prevent the polish from chipping. SpaRitual Tout de Suite Quick Dry Topcoat is a really great choice because it provides high-gloss shine, UV filters, and it dries in less than a minute!


Win the Battle Against Mosquitoes

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Summer is coming!  It’s an exciting time of year filled with swimming, vacations, parks and mosquitoes.  Unfortunately, that last one is just as big a part of the sunny season as the fun stuff.   Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance that ruin your outdoor experience.  They can pose an actual threat to our health.  These little pests are capable of spreading disease to your family and pets such as West Nile Virus, heartworms and in other parts of the world, malaria.


They seek out their prey by using dozens of odor receptors on their antennae and mouth.  A typical appealing scent combination is carbon dioxide, which is what we exhale, and the lactic acid in our sweat.  Since we can’t stop breathing or sweating when we’re hot, we have to take a different approach.  I like to refer to it as olfactory warfare, meaning: the use of aromas that that inherently repulse mosquitoes in order to reclaim our yards and walk freely outdoors. It’s natural and effective.


Mark your territory. Burning citronella candles is the most popular way to do this as they are easy to find at any store that carries outdoor/yard products. Citronella is an essential oil obtained from different species of lemon grass and has been proven to repel mosquitoes.   It’s not the only essential oil that mosquitoes loathe, though.  You can also use candles made from real cinnamon, lemon eucalyptus and castor oils.   For more stationary boundaries, grow citronella grass, marigolds, geraniums, sage, basil and rosemary in the yard to keep them away from you and your pets.  Place the plants in, near and around all the areas you like to be outside, especially by doors and outside sitting areas.  Throw some of the sage and rosemary in the coals of your barbecue while grilling to fend off attackers.  It is also vital that you eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.  They lay eggs in stagnant water, so dump out any water that might collect in buckets, toys, or other areas around your yard after every rain.  Keep pool water circulated, chlorinated and covered when not in use.  Don’t give them any reason to infiltrate.


Dodge attacks by becoming as unappetizing as possible. Eating large amounts of garlic does the trick for some because it produces a natural skin secretion in humans that is not appealing to mosquitoes. (This is the only one that might work for vampires, too.)  Sweet and floral fragrances attract mosquitoes, so opt for spicy or citrus scents if you can’t be without your perfume.  Another common preventative measure is taking vitamin B-1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg once a day).  This practice doesn’t have any clinical evidence to support it, but some people swear by it, so it might be worth a try if your doc is on board with the idea.   And don’t forget your armor.  Dress in light colors because mosquitoes are drawn to darker clothing, which absorbs heat.  Light clothing reflects it.  Wearing long sleeves and pants isn’t a bad idea either.  It’s much more difficult for them to pierce through a layer of cloth and skin.  If possible, avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn, which is when the enemy is most active.


Looking for a secret weapon? We’ve got you covered.  Mix this solution at home and apply to skin (avoiding the eye area) Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating a lot.

  • Mix 10-25 drops (total) of essential oils, it’s fine to mix and match essential oils with 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol to dilute the essential oils. Note: Do not apply essential oils directly to the skin. They are very potent and can cause irritation if not mixed with a carrier oil or alcohol.
  • For a larger batch mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol

The essential oils that work well against mosquitoes are:

  • cinnamon oil
  • lemon eucalyptus oil
  • citronella oil
  • castor oil

Safe carrier oils and alcohol include:

  • olive oil
  • sunflower oil
  • jojoba oil
  • witch hazel

(Keep out of reach of children. Test on a small area of skin for sensitivities)


If you end up getting wounded in action, treat the area by making a paste with baking soda and water or using a hydrocortisone cream can help ease the irritation.  Vick’s Vaporub is also great to soothe irritation because of its cooling effect.  Also, try not to scratch the bite.  Humans are allergic to the mosquito’s saliva and scratching just moves it around your skin.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that a tiny circular bite turns in to a swollen amoeba shape, after pawing at it a bit.


You have been given the tools to carry out this mission successfully.  I am confident that you will return unharmed.  Stand your ground and don’t give up, the mosquitoes sure won’t.


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Summer Make-Up Inspiration

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Inspiration comes from many sources. I find mine through literature, fashion campaigns in glossy magazines, music and film, sunny weather, tasty food, and good company. I found my latest inspiration while shopping H&M’s new garden collection. It’s fresh and pretty, ultra feminine, sultry, and bohemian. Shopping is my vice, and when I shop I must have one of everything, so let’s just say my summer wardrobe is complete (as of now). But my summer make-up kit is a bit lacking. So I’ve taken this opportunity to tailor some pretty summer make-up looks and share them with you and inspire you to make this summer your best.




Dewy skin is pretty for summer, and hydration is key. Use a water-based tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone and impart a natural glow to the skin. I love Somme Institute Treat and Tint; it provides a sheer finish and has anti-aging benefits as well as sunscreen protection, a must for summer!


Use a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks to bring your face to life. Stila’s Convertible Color cream blushes create a healthy flush and buildable coverage for as much (or as little) drama as you like. I’m digging Peony and Lillium.


Dust a bit of powder all over your face and brighten up with a bit of bronzer to complete your canvas. BareMinerals Mineral Veil is a great choice of powder as it’s light and breathable and provides a very smooth, silky finish to the skin. NUXE Poudre Éclat Prodigieux Multi-Usage Compact Bronzing Powder is a customer favorite because it provides a true tan tone, versus the orange hue that’s typically associated with bronzing powders.


Use shimmery beige, nude or champagne shadow all over the lid for a natural look. Winter’s smoky eye and spring’s brown eye are a bit harsh for the light summer weather, so keep the eyes simple and fresh. Stila Eye Shadow Trio Bronze Glow has three neutral, shimmery shades that outlast the hot weather. Apply a little mascara to the upper lashes to make your eyes really pop. I like bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara in Black.


Keep the lips simple and kissable. Korres Lip Butters give a sheer wash of color while softening the lips; I can’t resist Jasmine and Pomegranate.




Sexy it up a bit! Your skin should be dewy and soft as in the daytime- but if you prefer a bit more coverage for the evening, incorporate a primer into the regimen. Layer it on top of your tinted moisturizer, before you apply the cream blush. We like Colorescience About Face, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, while leaving skin looking youthful, soothed and radiant. Skip the mineral powder and apply a bit of shimmer powder instead- I absolutely love Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Translucent Powder in Candlelight, it provides a really gorgeous glow and makes the skin look youthful and polished.


Choose either a dramatic eye look or a dramatic lip for the evening. For eyes, layer on a shimmer shadow and contour the eye area with a deeper tone, Stila’s Twig is a really pretty shade of shimmering earthy brown. Line the eye with a brown liner to bring out the eye a bit further, and finish the look with two coats of mascara. If you want extra drama apply some falsies to the end of the lash line for a wispy, flirty look.


If you want a sexy pout, pump it up with a plumper first. DuWop Prime Venom is a matte balm that will smooth and plump the lip while providing a great canvas for lip color. Berry shades are sexy for a sultry summer night, Too Faced Lip Of Luxury Lipstick – Living In Sin is a pretty color that makes teeth look super white.


Keep the eyes soft and simple (like the daytime look) if you’re sporting a berry pout.


Cheers to a gorgeous summer and a beautiful you!


Avoid Bikini Blunders: Tips For a Beach Ready Body

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Are your upcoming summer plans rapidly approaching, but the thought of it makes you cringe? I’m right there with ya sister! Time has escaped me… I’ve cheated on my diet and have not been loyal to my treadmill as originally intended. But there’s hope for us yet! I have a few tricks up my sleeve that will help make the most of what we’ve got.


First and foremost, suit your shape. Knowing what styles flatter your frame is crucial. Play up your attributes and de-emphasize your trouble spots. Or in other words, work what your mama gave ya!


If you’re small upstairs
: Add dimension with fringe and ruffles to your top. Embellishments pump up the volume, creating an optical illusion of fullness. Triangle tops, plenty of padding, demi cups, and horizontal lines are your new BFF. These styles help to make the bust appear fuller.


If you have a bit of a belly: Draw attention to the narrowest part of your body with a belted one piece. A cinched waist creates sexy curves and detours from areas that are less flattering. A tankini or cami will help camouflage trouble spots. As always, black and dark colored solids are slimming miracle workers.


If you have a bigger booty: To help balance a larger behind try a plunging neckline, drawing attention to your upper half, which balances your body. Boy shorts are a great option for more coverage. Also, selecting dark bottoms with a lighter top helps to play down a curvy caboose.


If you’re busty: A v-neck is your new partner in crime.  A v-neckline style shows just the right amount of cleavage, elongates the neck and minimizes the fullness of the chest. Look for thick straps or a halter top to keep the girls in place. Avoid spaghetti straps or strapless tops at all costs (they do not provide enough support).  To best secure your assets, look for tops with underwire.


Once you’ve found the perfect swimwear, it’s time to focus on your physique. If you can’t tone it, tan it (with a self tanner of course)! Apply your favorite self tanning lotion all over the body. Make sure to pay close attention to the inner and outer thighs and tummy for a svelte silhouette. Finish off your hot lil’ bod by spritzing NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi Shimmer Dry Oil – Golden Shimmer Spray generously for a radiant bronzed glow.


Now there’s absolutely no excuse to pass on a last minute invite to the beach or pool party this summer!


After Sun Care: Protect, Don’t Neglect

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Ok, so if you read my first blog on the extreme damaging effects of the sun, and you went out in the sun anyway; you may want to read up on tips and products to condition and protect your skin from further damage. Damaging conditions include cloudy days, major suns rays, and yes even you tanning bed junkies. So anyone that has been under a cloud, in the sun, or in a tanning bed is at risk for excessive sun damage. I will now get off my sun protected soapbox and tell you how you can condition your skin, reduce further sun damage, and possibly suggest a little sunscreen while I have your attention.


So maybe you just got back from a vacation to somewhere tropical and you need to know what to put on that red inflamed skin of yours. While I have little sympathy regarding the vacation part, I do want to help you with your sunburned skin. Let’s talk about the Ole Henriksen All Purpose Aloe Vera Gel. While this does say “all purpose” I am pretty sure your going to want use this wherever you have scorched skin. Great for all skin types this product contains a magical blend of aloe vera, chamomile, and spirulina, which is just what your skin needs in order to repair itself. With little help from you, this product will do most of the work.


After your skin is sunburned you can be in pain for up to a week, so you also may want to get a hold of some St. John’s wort oil. This repairing red oil has been used to soothe sunburn and relieve nerve pain for centuries. St. John’s wort has also been known to relieve anxiety and stress, so feel free to let the aroma calm and relax you. You can even put a few drops in a cool bath to relieve your sore muscles and inflamed skin. Because of its stimulating effects, St. John’s wort oil is not recommend to use while pregnant  and for that matter neither is being in the sun all day!


After the inflammation has subsided you should be using products to correct and treat your sun damaged skin. Since 80% of your wrinkles will be caused from the sun, you may want to invest in some serious treatment products. One line in particular is Kinerase.  Kinerase is formulated for sun damaged and sensitive skin and it may be just what the Esthetician ordered. Kinerase Photofacial Sun Damage Reversal Kit will give you an opportunity to use an exfoliating cleanser, daily moisturizer with SPF 50, and a night moisturizer. Using this full regimen will begin to repair your skin to just 4 short weeks.


For head to toe sun protection here’s a hair product you can use if your head gets burned during your tropical adventures. Quintessence Q-Sunshade Leave In Hair Conditioner and Scalp Protectant SPF 30 will protect your color treated locks and contains an SPF 30. It also has silk proteins and natural oils to moisturize and nourish your hair.


Other remedies for sunburn include vinegar, aspirin, tea, milk, baking soda, cornstarch, and oatmeal. To reduce itching apply vitamin e, or lavender essential oil.


Since it is always better to prevent sunburn rather than treat it, you should wear a daily SPF and reapply every two hours for optimum protection. A great face and body sunscreen is the La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Melt In Sunscreen Milk. This sunscreen will protect your skin with no greasy feel, so feel free to layer it on!


Whatever you choose to use on your skin just make sure you are not using products that can further irritate your sunburn. This means no alcohol based products, perfume, scented body lotions, or harsh exfoliants. You also do not want to use petroleum jelly or greasy ointments. This will trap the heat inside and prevent your sunburn from healing.


If you are experiencing a fever, blistering, dehydration, or feeling dizzy please check with your doctor, you may have had too much fun in the sun!


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That Glamorous Golden Tan

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That Glamorous Golden TanLooking good comes in all color variations. These days vampires seem to be everywhere! Just because they are the “big craze” of late, doesn’t mean our skin has to mimic their pale, sallow looking skin tones. We all know that a little color in our skin helps us appear healthy. Whether you tan in a bed (hopefully on a rare occasion) or utilize temporary tanning methods, it’s nice to have products that will help maintain and protect your color.


The first tip to help optimize your tan is exfoliation of your skin. It has always been an important part of your regular skin care regimen, so why wouldn’t you follow through on the rest of your body? Exfoliating your body will smooth out your skin and rid your skin of all the dead skin cells. Sundari Gotu Kola and Walnut Body ExfoliatorThis process will help prep the skin for an even and more efficient spray tan application. As far as regular tanning goes, it also helps smooth the skin texture and will help to enhance your skins natural process of melanin production. Not only can different exfoliations help rid the skin of dead cells, but some can offer antioxidant protection, help balance your skin PH levels, and even tone your skin as well. Some popular body exfoliating products include Belli Skin Smoothing Body Exfoliator, Sundari Gotu Kola and Walnut Body Exfoliator, and AHAVA Gentle Body Exfoliator.


To help maintain your tan, there are a few different options to choose from. You can choose to use self tanners to Fake Bake Self-Tanning Lotion Tri-Pakenhance or build color when your tan starts to fade. We’d recommend products such as Decleor Aroma Sun SPF 8 Hydrating Self Tanning Milk or kits such as Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion Tri-Pack, which includes all of the tanning essentials. In addition to the previously listed products, there are also body moisturizers which contain ingredients that help extend the life of your tan. These moisturizers usually offer benefits like replenishing your skin’s moisture, firming the skin, smoothing the skin’s texture, and even help aid in skin repair while utilizing tanning beds. Alchimie Forever has a highly rated after sun product available, as does Lancaster when searching for good suggestions for a tan extender.


If you are someone who enjoys having a little color on your skin, we suggest you follow the regimen suggested above for optimal results. If you are going to take the time to invest on giving your skin some color, you may as well make sure you get the best value for your dollar! Pamper yourself and go get that golden, glamorous glow!


Products featured in this blog: Belli Skin Smoothing Body Exfoliator, Sundari Gotu Kola and Walnut Body Exfoliator, AHAVA Gentle Body Exfoliator, Decleor Aroma Sun SPF 8 Hydrating Self Tanning Milk, Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion Tri-Pack, Alchimie Forever, Lancaster.


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