Summer Skin Guide
Smart women know that laying out at the pool or beach all-day, or worse, using a tanning bed, is one of the fastest ways to get skin cancer. So, if you want your skin to have a golden glow (especially since you’re showing more skin throughout the summer months), your best option is a faux-tan. Using a self-tanner (whether it’s a cream, foam, or spray) is a fast and easy way to get the look of a tan, without worrying about getting burned or potentially developing skin cancer.
St. Tropez – Everyday Gradual Moisturizer/Tanner ($30): This enriched, nourishing body moisturizer cleverly combines serious skin care benefits with a healthy touch of bronze. Infused with soothing aloe vera, this lotion will help give you smoother, skin while building a gradual golden tan, every day.
Estee Lauder – ‘Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection’ Tinted Self-Tanning Gelee for Body ($30): The Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Tinted Self-Tanning Gelee for Body goes on silky-smooth, with a transfer-resistant, soft shimmer bronze tint that’s simply divine. Advanced tan-perfecting technology is proven to deliver your most natural-looking shade ever, with color starting to develop in under an hour.
Jergens – Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer ($8): You’ll experience natural-looking color that’s streak-free, hassle-free & with Jergens’ break-through patent-pending technology (which has no sunless tanner odor). The quick-drying foam formula provides an even, streak-free glow, to give you natural-looking color.
When the weather starts to heat up, and you feel like your makeup is melting as quickly as an ice cream under the sun, it’s time to switch up your makeup routine. Stash your heavy foundation, and opt for a tinted moisturizer instead. If you tend to break-out, choose an oil-free version. Tinted moisturizers provide lightweight coverage, while keeping your skin soft and hydrated. If you need a bit more coverage, simply spot-treat trouble areas (like blemishes and under-eye circles) with a concealer.
Featured Tinted Moisturizers:
NARS – ‘Pure Radiant’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($42): This 2012 Nordstrom Beauty Award Nominated product is infused with lush, natural botanicals to immediately help thirsty skin feel hydrated. The advanced, oil-free formula provides a translucent veil of color and sun protection while helping to reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and dark spots in just four weeks.
Stila – Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer Spf 20 ($32): The Stila best-seller just got better! This amazing, illuminating oil-free moisturizer offers an added boost of SPF 20 protection. Light-diffusing pigments help diminish the look of fine lines and imperfections, while Hyaluronic acid helps increase hydration and smooths the skin.
Laura Mercier – Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20 ($43): Laura’s signature Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with SPF 20 and a hint of color that can be used in place of foundation for a natural appearance and healthy glow. The oil-free formula controls oil breakthrough while providing hydration to prevent dryness. It provides sheer coverage with a natural, semi-matte finish, with build-able coverage for those hard-to-cover places.
Last but certainly not least is sunscreen. This is the most important part of any proper summer skin care regimen. In fact, it’s so important, it should be used 365 days of the year – regardless of the weather outside. Not only will it help protect your skin from getting burned, it can help prevent skin cancer, and stave off the effects of aging. Sun damage is one of the primary causes of wrinkles.
Clinique – ‘Sun’ Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Cream ($23): This dermatologist-tested Clinique cream features Innovative SolarSmart technology, to provide high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. It triggers a repair that helps prevent signs of aging, shields skin against environmental aggressors with an antioxidant boost, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Jack Black – ‘Sun Guard’ Very Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 45 ($21): This unique, vitamin-enriched, oil-free lotion offers superior broad-spectrum protection and absorbs quickly with no greasy or heavy residue. Formulated for extreme conditions, Sun Guard forms a barrier of protection and stays on during intense physical activity. So if you’re an active woman, on-the-go, this is the sunscreen for you.
Philosophy – ‘Take a Deep Breath’ Oil-free Oxygen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($34): The lightweight, fresh-feeling moisturizer acts like a breath of fresh air to revitalize skin and help diffuse energizing oxygen as needed to inspire a healthy-looking glow. A blend of antioxidants and broad spectrum SPF 30 help protect skin against environmental attack and premature aging. ‘Take a Deep Breath’ provides oil-free hydration, leaving skin feeling smooth and comfortable. Your complexion goes from dull and lackluster to fresh, revitalized and positively glowing.