Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Summer Skin Savers

Every year I do a post about how to keep your skin youthful and radiant during the summer months and I think it's just about that time to revisit the topic.

Here are my current 10 tips for saving your skin during summer:

1 - Use a primer so that makeup doesn't melt off. Primers give the skin a matte finish, absorbing excess oil while also aiding in keeping on makeup longer. Try the original: Smashbox Photo Finish.

2 - Keep skin protected with SPF. This goes without saying. Every day, wear SPF on all parts of skin that are exposed to sunlight. Click here for my current favorite SPF's.

3 - Go the extra mile and wear a hat and oversized sunglasses to protect your face from harmful UV rays. Note to Self: while a hat is great to keep sun away from your skin, it actually oxidizes colored hair quicker. But if I had to choose, I'll protect my face before my dye job.

4 - Keep hydrated. Water is great -- for your insides, but too much water on your skin will actually dehydrate it. Choose to spritz with a cooling mist like Caudelie Beauty Elixir, chalk-full of healthy botanicals. 

5 - Peppermint lotions will give your skin that "cooling" effect the summer heat deprives you of. Try Avalon Organics Peppermint Lotion.

6 - Use an eye gel for summer and keep it in the fridge. This seriously works to get rid of undereye bags. I'm currently using Clinique's All About the Eyes Serum.

7 - Try a gel-moisturizer for your body... and keep this in the fridge as well. Something with a fresh, summery scent. I love C.O. Bigelow's Lemon & Lime Body Souffle. It's got that burst of summer scent with a very light gel-like consistency.

8 - Lips need love to. Protect with a moisturizing SPF balm. Try Kiehl's. They even come colored for a hint of hue (pictured).

9 - Shave prior to surf and sun. Shaving is like an exfoliator - it takes off all of the dead skin and, in turn, will take your tan with it!

10 - Waterproof makeup is essential. Combine heat, humidity, sun and water and you've got yourself a lethal combination of makeup meltdown. Waterproof your makeup routine. Make Up For Ever makes great waterproof eye liners called Aqua Eyes. Of course, waterproof mascara is key.


Laura Peper and Hasmik Ekimyan said...

Great ideas! I always get a bit stressed when it gets hot and sunny and I want to stay fresh. Check out beautyundercover, they've been giving away a lot of free products that will help out this new summer season, like sunscreens, etc.

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