What Type of Sunscreen Do You Need?

The countdown to summer is on—and that means it’s also time to reintroduce sunscreen to your skin care routine if you haven’t already done so. While it’s a year-round essential, many people simply don’t use it until the temperatures soar and the sunshine beats down on their skin. As long as you use it, you’re in good shape. But are you using the right type of sunscreen?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there’s no specific type that is better than another. However, it is important to seek out a formula that meets the following criteria: it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and be resistant to water. All of these factors will offer you greater protection from burning, the visible signs of aging, and skin cancer.

Based on your skin type, where you’re going to be, and what your preferences are, you can select from a wide range of sunscreens. Here are several we love and highly recommend for their protective benefits:

For Normal Skin

If you have normal to combination skin, you’ll benefit from a lightweight formula that increases your ability to resist harmful ultraviolet rays and minimizes the odds of developing fine lines and wrinkles. PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water-Resistant ($25.99) is a potent product that lasts whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or relaxing by the pool. It contains caffeine, a hyper-charged anti-aging ingredient that works overtime to save your skin.

For Oily Skin

Dealing with oily skin can be especially frustrating in the summer, when sebum production seems to go into overdrive. Luckily, products like bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($21.99) help soak up the shine while giving your skin the protection it needs when you’re outside. And if you happen to have a few dry patches, this will help stave off the flakes and improve the overall appearance of your skin with regular use.

For Dry Skin

Dry skin can be difficult to treat, especially when it comes to selecting an effective sunscreen that won’t make the problem even worse. Seek out formulas enriched with moisturizing ingredients, like gentle oils or squalene. Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50 ($13.99) contains shea butter and glycerin, both potent “drinks” for your skin that help nourish. Vitamin E protects your skin from antioxidant damage, while Avene’s signature thermal spring water provides some calming protection.

For Sensitive Skin

Don’t let blotchy skin and hypersensitivity stop you from wearing sunscreen. If anything, you need it more than ever to minimize the odds of aggravating already irritated skin. Try Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99) if your goal is to cover the redness while protecting your complexion. This provides full coverage, so you can rest assured that the ruddy nose, dark spots, and undereye circles will all be beautifully concealed. With up to 16 hours of coverage, it’s available in 21 shades and won’t budge.

Top Haircare Tips From Celebrities and Their Hairstylists

A red carpet look is nothing without an amazing hairstylist, which is why we’ve rounded up the best celebrity hairstylist tricks, as well as a few tips from celebrities themselves. Gorgeous Hollywood-style hair is just a few products away.

Create beach waves while asleep

All you need to create effortless no-heat waves is a good salt spray, according to Michael Angelo, a celebrity hairstylist who’s worked with Brooklyn Decker and Adriana Lima. Just lightly spritz dry hair with the spray, twist hair into “four flat Princess Leia buns” and go to sleep. “The style is super comfortable to sleep on and you can wake up and shake loose effortless beachy waves,” he told Self. Our personal favorite is Tigi Bed Head Queen Beach Salt Spray ($14.99) as it’s infused with mineral-rich Balinese salt and UV Complex, which protects hair against harmful sun rays.

Use hairspray before curling hair

If you’re familiar with Jane the Virgin, then you know how perfect lead actress Gina Rodriguez’s signature waves look on and off screen. Turns out the trick lies in the hairspray application! Celebrity hairstylist Paul Norton has a simple, yet interesting technique as he spritz it on before applying heat. “This gives her hair an extra ‘shape-ability’ so it adheres to what the curling iron gives you,” he explained to Glamour. To get a strong hold without any added weight, use Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray ($15.69) for healthy looking hair that will stay in place all day long.

 

Apply a hair mask before you exercise

Sweating from a workout is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins. Unfortunately, all that perspiration comes with a downside: the salt from sweat can actually dry out your hair. But luckily, there’s a quick fix for that. Hairstylist Jen Atkin, whose celebrity clients include Khloe Kardashian and Jessica Alba, advises to apply a hair mask on before exercise to help push moisture back into the strands and seal it in. The heat from exercising will also allow the mask to work deeper so all you have to do later is rinse it out. Obliphica Professional Seaberry Mask ($26.99) is the perfect mask as it deeply hydrates while restoring the hair’s elasticity.

Reduce hair breakage with the right brush

Not all brushes are alike—the one you use to brush out wet hair might actually be causing split ends. But fear not because Drew Barrymore has an easy solution for all of us: The Wet Brush. In fact, she let everyone know on Instagram that she swears by the brush for both her and her kids. They come in a bunch of different colors and sizes, but the Pop Fold Wet Brush ($7.89) is the most convenient for traveling because of its foldable, compact design. No more tugging or pain, guaranteed.

Freshen up with dry shampoo

It seems like Ashley Benson has never had a bad hair day, but maybe that’s because her secret weapon is dry shampoo. “It really works well for me because I have extensions from time to time so it helps make everything look really fresh,” she told W Magazine. The Pretty Little Liar confessed that she loves Oribe haircare products, especially the dry shampoo so try Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($37.89) for a similar look. Not only does this product absorb oil and product buildup, but also it helps restore strength and softness back into the hair. Dry shampoo works well to texturize tresses so it’s a great double duty product.

 

 

 

How to Tan at Home Like a Pro

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Achieving a golden glow is one of the easiest ways to refresh your skin for the onset of warm weather. While baking in the sunshine is certainly a feel-good summer pastime, it’s not the safest way to achieve the tan skin you crave. With a few key products from our extensive collection of self-tanning beauty products, you’ll be on your way to rich, flawless color in no time. Here’s what we suggest to achieve a beach-worthy look—without the harmful ultraviolet rays.

  1. Exfoliate Your Skin First

The key to successful at-home tanning is smooth skin. If you leave behind traces of roughness, your product will inevitably get caught up in the flakes and leave dark, unsightly patches of color behind. Use a gentle product, like John Masters Organics Raspberry & Orange Body Scrub ($16.99), to slough away dead cells and leave it soft and supple. This one is ideal for all skin types and leaves behind a soft, fruity scent.

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2.Dry Skin Off Completely

Although you may be tempted to apply your tanning product immediately after stepping out of the shower, it’s important to wait until your skin is completely dry. For best results, dab your skin dry and wait at least 10 minutes before the next step. This will prevent those telltale streaks.

3. Add a Touch of Lotion

A hint of moisture is essential for those areas of the skin that are naturally dry. Use a lightweight product, like Elta MD Lotion ($13.99), to hydrate the elbows, knees, and ankles. The key here is to apply the moisturizer sparingly; too much will affect the way the tanner blends into your skin, but too little won’t soak up any lingering dryness.

4. Apply Your Self-Tanner

From mousses to liquids to creams to sprays, the self-tanning world is rife with options. Using a spray product, such as Bliss FatGirlSlim Hide and Glow Sleek ($33.99), makes it easy to reach difficult spots, like the back of the body. Be sure to select a shade that’s designed specifically for your skin tone—don’t opt for the color that you’re trying to achieve. A gradual formula is a great choice for beginners who want to monitor their color and stop when it reaches a certain intensity. Try Fake Bake Amplify Daily Lotion Gradual Tan ($15.99).

5. Clean Up the Mistakes

The odd mistake here or there is inevitable. With time those will become less frequent, but you can easily fix any errors with one very simple cooking ingredient: lemon. Simply rub half of the citrus fruit onto the affected area for a couple of minutes. Then smooth it out with a slightly damp towel.

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