It’s essential to wear sunscreen daily, but when you spend hours soaking up the sunshine during spring and summer it’s particularly important not to skimp on this important step. Just as crucial is finding a formula that is effective. Here are five great choices we’re loving just in time for the start of the season!
As one of the world’s most beloved sunscreens, this product stands tall above anything else you might have in mind. Not only is a broad-spectrum product designed to combat both UVA and UVB rays, this light, non-greasy emulsion absorbs quickly and features an SPF of 60. It’s also formulated with antioxidants to protect your skin from harmful free radicals. The beauty of this product? It leaves skin feeling incredibly soft.
When you need something that’s convenient enough to suit your busy, on-the-go schedule, this product is ideal. It slips right into your purse or desk drawer and is sleek enough to slip out and dust on without a second thought. The mineral formula is translucent, so anyone—even guys and kids!—can wear it without worry. Simply brush it on and go!
If you’re in the market for a product that evens your skin tone, perfects your complexion, and protects your skin all at once, you’ll find just the right formula in this sleek bottle. The product features a light tint that helps conceal those minor imperfections. You can absolutely skip the heavy foundation and rely on this heavy-duty, broad-spectrum product to do all of the work for you on the hottest days of the year.
A great basic sunscreen is the perfect addition to any warm-weather beauty collection. This formula is perfect for applying to your complexion before you head out. It features SPF 30 and is designed to absorb quickly without leaving skin greasy or sticky. Ideal for those days when you’d rather go makeup-free, this sunscreen may be light, but it’s just hydrating enough to leave skin soft and supple.
Available in four natural shades, this is the perfect choice if your primary concern is evening your skin tone without wearing anything too heavy or uncomfortable on those steamy days. It’s formulated with SPF 30 and is perfect for giving your skin a naturally fresh, glowing look without the need for actual foundation.
It’s that time of the year again. As you begin to swap your cozy coats and over-the-knee boots for lightweight cardigans and cute wedges, it’s time to rethink your skin care products. Daylight savings is this week (finally), and unless a last-minute winter surprise hits the forecast you can probably safely stow away the heavy-duty moisturizers and familiarize yourself with your warmer-weather favorites. Here’s how to make a seamless transition from winter to spring
Spring Clean Your Pores
Preparing your skin for warmer weather begins with a fresh canvas. Once or twice a week, swap your daily cleanser for a penetrating product formulated to purge oil, dirt, debris, and other impurities from the skin. Ingredients such as mud and clay are ideal for purifying the skin and dissolving oil that could otherwise leave your skin shiny for hours. We love Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser.
Exfoliate Twice a Week
If you have dry skin, you may exfoliate regularly already in an effort to reduce those telltale flakes. Otherwise it’s worth adding a quality facial scrub to your routine to renew your complexion just in time for spring. Skin may appear a bit lackluster after months spend indoors in dry heat. A scrub revives your skin, boosts circulation, and leaves it softer, too. Try Glo Skin Beauty Pumpkin Enzyme Scrub for a smoothing treat that smells great, too.
Try a Lighter Moisturizer
Unless your skin is extremely dry on a regular basis, you don’t need to stick with the same heavy-duty moisturizer that saw you through fall and winter. A lighter emulsion is just right for hydrating skin without leaving skin greasy. You can also easily wear makeup over these formulas. Try bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion for instant softness without the weight.
Never Forget Your SPF
No matter what the time of year, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the ravages of potent ultraviolet rays. Be sure to select a broad-spectrum formula that combats both UVA and UVB rays to prevent both skin cancer and signs of aging, like wrinkles and dark spots. Remember to do this last—and make it a point not to skimp. If you’re short on time, try a moisturizing SPF product infused with a hint of color. We like Avene Complexion Correction Shield SPF 50+.
When it comes to packing your holiday beauty essentials, no matter how many times you write a checklist, you always forget something. Having all your favourites in under 100ml for the plane, and remembering what you’ll need while you’re there, can be a bit of a headache. So, to lighten your load, we’ve worked out the fail-safe travel-sized beauty product must-haves that’ll ensure you feel summertime fine from take off to touch down…
The Skin Kit
Wish you could travel with a facialist on hand for your best-ever skin on holiday? It’s now one step closer, thanks to The Ultimate Renew Beauty Kit, £65, devised by the the beauty experts at NET-A-PORTER. With a selection of 12 skin cleansers, oils, peels, serums and eye brighteners, from cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Lancer and Dr Dennis Gross to name just a few – it covers every skincare base for glowy holiday skin. And best of all it’s cleverly packed into a transparent pack so there’s no decanting or squishing into a clear plastic bag. We’re all up for treating ourself to first class beauty, even if we do turn right on the plane.
Ear plugs, tooth kit, eye mask: Yes, some airlines offer them, but surprisingly some don’t and it’s a bleeding nightmare if you’re stuck next to someone who insists on keeping their reading light and you want a kip. Better to be safe than sorry.
Nasal spray, painkillers: The single best travelling trick I know is to use a chemist-bought nasal spray such as Vicks First Defence (£6) when flying. Using it when you first get on the plane will significantly reduce the threat of developing bugs from inhaling the air conditioning. If, though, you tend to get a headache from the air-con, bring painkillers. It’s a killer not to have them.
Moisturiser, pillow spray and muscle cream: Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. Admittedly, pillow spray is an added luxury but, a little lavender mist (Susanne Kaufmann pillow spray (£18) can really help to relax you during the flight and don’t forget the muscle cream. It’s not something many people think of but if you wake up with a stiff neck, it’ll be your saving grace. We love This Works In Transit Muscle Therapy (£18) – it really does tingle the right spots.
Facewash and deodorant: When you get the “breakfast wake-up” having been hunched in the same position for seven hours, there really is no better word than “rough” for how you’re probably feeling. The best quick-fix is a good facewash, a slick of deodorant (we love Aesop’s(£23)) and a scrub of the old nashers. Take Kiehl’s travel-sized Ultra Facial Wash (£7.50) for the best kind of in-flight wake-up. Its gel formula lathers the skin in a creamy foam, leaving it moisturised and refreshed.
Sun cream: If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun and we highly recommend using no lower SPF than factor 30. You need to bring a body sun creamand a face SPF.
After sun, body lotion, body oil: It may seem excessive to pack all three moisturising products, but if your suitcase allows, do it. Use the after sun straight after the beach. For evenings, choose a lovely scented, deeply moisturising butter and use an oil on your legs. You can reapply just before you go to bed to allow your body to absorb the maximum moisture it can overnight. This will help to prolong your tan and keep your skin nice and plump.
Face mask: For many people, a holiday is a chance to go au-natural, allow the skin to breathe and avoid having to wear make-up for a couple of weeks, which we totally get. But, whether you fall into this camp or still maintain your normal beauty regime, the extra time you have whilst away is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and a face mask is the way to do so. Face masks such as SK-II’s legendary Facial Treatment Masks (£86 for a pack of 10) will help to restore moisture alongside your normal night cream and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.
Straightners or curlers and salt spray: Just because the hotel will have the hair cleaning products and a hairdryer, it doesn’t have the finishing touches to take your hair from day to night. Bring a set of stylers and a product such as a salt spray to get the ultimate beach waves, tousled look. We love Bosch’s mini straighteners-come-curlers (£23.99), perfect for squeezing in a suitcase and Davines’ Sea Mist (£15) for voluminous texture.
Concealer, tinted moisturiser, highlighter: Skin tends to clear up and look a whole lot healthier after being a little sun-kissed so leave all your thicker foundations and cover-ups at home. Take a concealer to use if your bags won’t budge and those dark spots and fine lines keep clinging. We love Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer (£23) for instant improvement. When it comes to a tinted moisturiser, select a shade one darker than what you normally wear if you tan. The best we have found is Estee Lauder’s Sheer Tint Release (£38), which adapts to your skintone, whatever it is. Lastly, the power of a good highlighter to enhance your holiday glow shouldn’t be underestimated. Try Nars’ Illuminator (£23) on your cheekbones, cupid’s arrow, brow bones and temples.
Mascara: Take a waterproof mascara such as Clinique’s High Impact(£17.50). That way, you’ll look fresh in the water as well as out. Don’t underestimate the power of humidity and sweat to smudge your look even if you are on dry land.
Lipstick: Yes, you’ve been told to always keep a red lippy on you at all times, but it’s for a reason. It’s the quickest, easiest, most effective way to glam up your look and is the symbol of classic beauty. You can’t go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo (£15.50). With its blue neon undertone, it’s got a really fun edge, which translates well to a holiday vibe. Also make sure to pack a nude lipstick so you can achieve different looks on alternate nights without having to bring a trunk full of colours. We recommend Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke (£37) for a sparkly, sheeny finish.
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.
After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.
Start with an Exfoliating Product
No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.
Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser
Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.
Treat It with a Targeted Mask
Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.
Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer
While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.
Add Retinol to the Mix
Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.
You probably know that what our skin needs during the day differs from what it needs at night. You wake up every morning with the same skin you took to bed with you the night before, so your morning skincare routine should not be the same as your evening skincare routine. During the day, our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, bacteria, and other environmental factors, so it is important for us to protect our skin from these harmful elements. While it may be super convenient to use the exact same facial products both morning and night, it’s time to shake things up and make some changes to your PM and AM regimen.
Morning skin care routine:
1.Cleanser: We need to cleanse in the morning to get rid of the oil released by our skin during bedtime. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel ($45.99) is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. A face wash for all skin types including sensitive skin, it contains no artificial fragrance or color.
2.Moisturize: it is important that you apply a moisturizer to your face and smooth it in gently with circular movements. We recommend using a tinted option that can allow you to not only nourish your skin but also give you a natural look. The Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($30.99) is a light and dreamy moisturizer deal to use alone or as a makeup primer.
3.Eye Cream: Eye creams are specially formulated to deliver targeted results to the ultra-delicate skin around the eyes. Karin Herzog Eye Cream ($43.99) is specifically designed for application to the eye contour where the skin is thinner and prone to the effects of premature aging. This product is also excellent for the lip area to combat the signs of premature aging.
At night, our body repairs itself and the skin isn’t susceptible to environmental factors anymore, so you must focus on products that nourish, hydrate, and repair.
1.Remove makeup and clean your skin: After a long day, you must remove your make up with a product like the Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-Up Remover ($17.99) this product is specially developed for sensitive skin and the delicate eye area. This gentle formula removes dirt, make-up and impurities.
2.Nourishing, Age-Corrective Serum: Nighttime is the perfect time to apply an age-corrective serum, since it will assist in the natural reparation process your skin goes through every evening. The Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating Serum ($29.99) is a hypoallergenic moisturizing facial serum. This serum moisturizes your skin while healing and regenerating cells.
3.Deep Moisturizer: Finish up your nighttime routine with a rich moisturizer that is capable of deeply penetrating your skin and preparing it for the following day. For this, the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Night Moisturizer 1oz ($77.99) is a great option! This a cream that is formulated to repair and hydrate dry, damaged skin. The cream also has anti-aging properties that overtime to smooth out imperfections and wrinkles.
If you’re itching to squeeze in a quick getaway while summer is still going strong, we can’t blame you. It’s prime time to get yourself out there and squeeze out every drop of sunshine and beautiful weather while you can! Since vacations are supposed to be about stressing less, though, you can forget about packing a bag full of your usual beauty loot. Focus on the fun you’ll have and check out these low-maintenance beauty essentials that will get you through your trip in style!
Feast Your Eyes
A girl needs options, and in some cases, that means sacrificing space and comfort for an ungodly amount of eye shadows. Save that room for your cute outfits and put your confidence in this bareMinerals READY eye shadow palette ($35.99). Available in four color variations, it produces rich, true color and offers a variety of looks in one sleek, portable case.
Treat Your Lips
You could haul your usual lip liner, lipgloss, and lipstick along, or you could simply slick on Glo Minerals Liquid Lips ($11.99) and call it a day. The petite tube is perfect for slipping into your carry-on bag or purse, and the product is available in 10 flattering shades. The formula contains nourishing antioxidants that protect your lips from free radicals. The colors are bright and true, but never overpowering.
Tame Your Curls
Humidity has a way of doing some serious damage to your curls, especially if you’re at a rest stop in 90+ degree weather or strolling along the boardwalk on a steamy afternoon. Macadamia Reviving Curl Cream ($7.99) is designed to combat those fuzzy strands and lackluster curls, protect hair from harmful ultraviolet rays and soften it to reveal a more flattering look—even on the most humid of days.
Love Your Skin
What do you get for the complexion that has tried everything? Try PCA Skin Facial Wash ($5.99), a brilliant, lightweight product that is designed to drench skin with moisture and gentle eliminate dirt, debris, and oil. It’s the ultimate pick-me-up after a long day because it provides just the nourishment your skin requires to brighten up. A gentle exfoliate helps slough away dead skin cells.
Protect Your Skin
It’s not every day you come across a product as versatile as Skinmedia Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 32 ($29.89). Tinted to leave behind just a hint of natural looking color, this sunscreen-infused moisturizer is designed to protect the face and the body from harmful rays. And because it’s a broad spectrum formula, it filters out both UVA and UVB rays. It’s even safe to use on sensitive skin (and ideal to conceal redness while on the go).
Get glamorous on the go at TheBeautyPlace.com! We have everything you need to ensure a memorable gorgeous road trip. Whether you’re spending a couple of days at the shore or doing a theme park excursion with the family, you can get away with packing only the bare minimum—and always look perfectly posh.
It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential. What does seem to cause some confusion, though, are the many myths and half-truths surrounding this essential beauty product. Which are facts, and which would best be described as complete fiction? Here are four common sunscreen myths you need to stop believing.
Myth: You Don’t Need Full Body Coverage
Truth: Many people feel they’re sufficiently protected so long as they slather sunscreen on the face. But sun damage can affect any area of the body, from foreheads to toes, and eventually lead to skin cancer. That’s why it’s so critical to apply sun protection everywhere. Think of the wrinkly hands and aging necks that are often dead giveaways of a person’s true age—they’re also highly indicative of poor sun care habits.
Myth: You Need Sun Exposure for Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Truth: Vitamin D is the “feel good” nutrient all healthy humans need. While the sun helps skin produce vitamin D, it’s not the only source—and certainly not a reason to skimp on sunscreen in an effort to soak up as much D as possible. In fact, that’s counterproductive because your skin only produces so much of the vitamin within a certain time frame before it stops. (Imagine if your skin generated vitamin D during every waking moment spent in the sunlight—it would quickly reach overdosed levels!) Keep wearing that sunscreen, and rely on a combination of supplements, a healthy diet, and brief sunlight exposure to enjoy optimal levels.
Truth: Peak sunlight time is typically defined as 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are especially powerful. Naturally, it’s vital to wear sunscreen during these hours, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the day is precluded from harming your skin. Harmful UVA rays are present throughout the day, and can lead to skin damage and some forms of skin cancer. Even cloudy days aren’t enough to protect skin. In fact, those are the days that often produce some of the worst sunburns because people neglect to wear sunscreen altogether. Clouds block only a small percentage of UV rays, meaning that you can still suffer even if you don’t necessarily see or feel the sun.
Myth: You Can Wear Any Sunscreen to Prevent UVA and UVB Damage
Truth: Sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum” are the only ones that prevent damage from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for producing visible signs of aging, including spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, while UVB rays cause sunburns. Both of them can ultimately lead to skin cancer, so it’s best to wear a product that effectively combats them equally.
Days get longer, weather gets warmer, and there are so many outdoor activities to do. Oh yes, the summer season is finally here! With the excitement of beach trips, barbecues, and music festivals crowding your headspace, your skin — and taking care of it — cannot take a backseat on your list of to-dos. Our skin has different needs with the change of seasons. Temperature, humidity, and sun exposure play a role in how skin behaves, so pay attention to the following tips and learn how to keep your skin on fleek during this summer.
We all know sun exposure and sunburns increase in the summer months. We also know that the sun can be the worst enemy of our skin. Sunscreen application (and re-application) shouldn’t just be relegated to the pool or beach areas. Wear sunscreen daily – even if you’re just driving or riding in the car. Try La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Sunscreen Fluid ($23.39), it is recommended for sensitive skin and atopic skin and it will give you a beautiful matte finish!
Keep it clean
Washing your face is probably something that you’re already doing on a regular basis, but clean skin during the long summer months is extremely important. During the summer heat, skin gets oilier and becomes more exposed to the elements, especially the sun. Having some Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes ($9.99) with you all the time will be very helpful to keep your skin clean throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate at least twice a week; the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($27.99) can be the perfect because unlike rougher scrubs, this one won’t damages the skin or cause surface lacerations.
Try Clay Masks
Sweat and just more oil production, in general, tends to clog pores and make our skin feel dirty. We all know that this season is the prime time for breakouts, so try using clay masks to help absorb excess oil, deep clean your pores and prevent breakouts. JohnMasters Organics Moroccan Clay Purifying Mask 2 ($22.89)encourages collagen production and increased cellular turnover while natural antioxidants neutralize free radical damage. It’s the perfect product for the summer!
We all know the routine. It’s 90+ degrees outside, you’re wearing your favorite summer dress, and your makeup is on point. An hour later, you glance in the mirror and you’re sweating bullets. This morning’s makeup? A memory. Take comfort in these melt-free makeup tips and products that will make your summer beauty routine blissfully carefree.
Light, liquid concealers aren’t formulated to stand up to punishing heat. A dense cream tapped onto skin works best. We love Glo Minerals Camouflage Oil-Free Concealer ($20.99), a potent formula that effectively diminishes everything from under-eye circles to acne scars.
Packing on the powder eye shadows is just counterintuitive in the face of sweltering heat. At the first sign of sweat, it will come right off! Jane Iredale Eye Shere Liquid Eye Shadow ($11.99) doesn’t budge—in fact, this creaseless formula is perfect to wear on the hottest days of the year. Wear it on its own for a pop of shimmery color that looks stunning in the sunshine!
Waterproof Your Lashes
There’s no reason to give up the mascara come summer. Coat them in bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara ($16.99) to give them some instant oomph! The formula is designed to create dramatic, voluminous lashes with intense lift while staying put all day long.
Punctuate Your Pout
Slick glosses and shiny lipsticks won’t last even the coolest of days, but a long-wear matte formula works wonders on hot days. Our pick is Glo Minerals Suede Matte Crayon ($11.99), a non-drying formula loaded with nourishing mango oil and shea butter.