Keeping skin beautiful for the summer season is often a challenge, but with a few simple changes
from your usual routine you can protect, hydrate, and glow all summer long.
If there is one thing you can't live without, it's sunscreen. Hopefully you are already
using one, but if you aren't, now is the perfect time to start. Sunscreen not only keeps skin cancer
at bay, but it's your strongest defense against aging.
Picking a good sunscreen is important.
It needs to be at least an SPF 15, but an SPF 30 is the best. Look for a sunscreen that contains
at least two of these ingredients: Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide, Octisalate, and
Allantoin. My personal favorite is Total Protector 30 from
MD Formulations. All skin types can
use it without feeling greasy, or turning chalky. It also has a tinted formula that many clients
enjoy. If you are looking for something over the counter, try Neutrogena Healthy Defense sun care
line. It isn't as good to your skin, but it's lighter on your wallet, and protects almost as well.
I don't care what type of skin you have, you need hydration. Skin can be oil dry or
water dry. If you have oily skin you are usually water dry. Combination skin can be a combination
of oil and water dry, and dry skin is most often oil dry. If you are oily/combo you need a gel
based or oil free moisturizer like Dermalogica's Active Moist. For combination skins there are
some great new products on the market that self adjust to meet the needs of each part of your
skin from day to day.
My favorite is Bioelements Absolute Moisture. If you are dry you need to
get a richer moisturizer, but something lighter weight for the summer like Dermalogica's Skin
The number one question I am asked is," What can I get at my local drug store."
My answer is always, "Not much." Bottom line, you get what you pay for, and when it comes to
moisturizers you just shouldn't skimp. You can find a really good moisturizer for $30-$40 that
will last you 6-8 months.
If you really, REALLY can't spend the money, try something natural
like Burt's Bees Beeswax Moisturizing Cream or Jason's Aqua Moist. Both are natural creams that
may not get the results of a more expensive cream, but at least will hydrate you without
Ahh, the mysteries of self-tanners. I could write an entire article on this, but for
now I will just give a few pointers on what to look for in a self-tanner. Self-tanning has become
easier and easier. It's safe, affordable, and gives you a summer tan without the damaging UV
Self-tanning isn't simple. It takes practice, but with the right tools and knowledge just
a few applications will turn you into a pro. My personal favorite is Guinot's Auto Bronze, but
Banana Boat's Sunless Tanner gives an excellent tan for half the price. If you are afraid to
do it yourself, spray on tanning shops are popping up everywhere, and many spa's have solar
bronzing services. The cost for these varies, but here in Los Angeles I can get a spray on
tan for $20.
Here are a few tips:
- Pick a self-tanner with a tint. It will help you see where you are applying the product.
This stops uneven color and streaking.
- Always apply self tanner to a freshly exfoliated, damp surface.
- If there are any areas of your skin that are dry such as elbows, ankles, knees, knuckles,
make sure you apply some moisturizer there first.
- Learn to "feather" the self-tanning lotion onto places that don't usually get dark like
under the arms, and the shadow of the chin.
- Build your tan slowly. Start with a light color and keep applying it until you get the
color you want.
- Give the tanner time to work. I like 6 hours to be safe. Try and wear very loose
clothing, and until the stuff is dry don't rub, scratch, or touch your skin.
For summer keep your makeup as light and translucent as possible. A light bronzer
or lose powder will give you a sun kissed look, and can be used to hide any imperfections.
If you are worried about trying to hide lines or dark circles without concealed try using
a powder that is 1 to 2 shades lighter than your own skin. Apply it in your lines, creases,
or under the eyes. This will highlight this area and make it seem brighter and less sunken
in or dark. You can also wet your brush for a thicker application that will dry into a light
powder. Personally I always recommend mineral makeup since it is natural, gives perfect
coverage regardless of weather, feels like you aren't wearing anything at all, and is so easy
to apply I call it idiot proof! There are more and more coming onto the market.
favorite is Jane Iredale,
but Bare Essentials has a
very nice line that can often be found on QVC at a bargain.
Copyright © August 2004 Cybil Solon and Low Carb Luxury