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Summer Style, Skin & Sun Care
I don't know about you, but I spent the official summer kickoff at the beach and it was amazing! Gorgeous blue skies, just a few fluffy white clouds and a brilliant yellow sun burning in the sky. And speaking of burning, that's exactly what I didn't want to have happen to my delicate winter-weary skin. So I stocked up on high SPF sunscreen to see me through an afternoon in a breezy beach chair with a cooler full of icy cold soda. I also had a stack of glossy mags to keep me occupied, my trusty shades, a beach towel and all sorts of little odds and ends to make my afternoon a joy to experience. And best of all, I had my new handy dandy Yak Pak Sling Bag to toss everything into for quick and easy transport to the sandy shore! I love this bag! When not in use, it can be folded to pocket-handkerchief size and stowed under the car seat, in the glove compartment, in a side pocket of a travel bag. When you need to use it, simply fill it with everything but the kitchen sink, sling it over your shoulder like a backpack and you are good to go!
But I digress. Back to the beach… and the sun… and the sand…and the fabulously chic styles I observed all up and down the boardwalk as I sipped my lemonade and relaxed in the shade of the cabana. It was a veritable fashion parade! Let me share a few of my faves:
Lunch at a Sidewalk Bistro:
A flirty little sundress paired with strappy sandals is just the ticket for a leisurely summertime lunch. Add a chic straw hat to protect your delicate skin from the sun, and a snappy little bag for toting all your girly goodies. Finish with a pair of great teardrop hoop earrings and a fun necklace and you will be the belle of the bistro!
Another option is a pair of linen or cotton capri's. Add a sleeveless blouse in a crisp cotton or breezy silk and slip your perfectly pedicured tootsies into a great pair of strappy wedges . Accessorize with a statement necklace and a stack of bangles and complete the ensemble with a funky handbag.
A Picnic at the Park:
If you're feeling flirty, go with an a-line or pleated skirt (more comfortable than a pencil or mini and much easier to sit on the grass without flashing your delicates) paired with a summer weight sweater or sleeveless shell. Strappy flat sandals will add the perfect touch of cool and feminine. One-of-a-kind accessories and a sassy little bag will complete the ensemble.
For a more casual or sport afternoon, a pair of comfortable and stylish shorts, topped with a breezy blouse or cool cami is ideal. Finish with a pair of fun and unique flat sandals and a great little sporty crossbody bag. Keep the accessories simple - perhaps just a simple pair of earrings or a unique ring.
Surf and Swim:
To be seen in: a fantastically flattering swimsuit to show off your best features. A gorgeous bikini, if you've got the bod for it. A one-piece if you feel the need to conceal a bit more.
To actually get in the water in: if you are going to be putting in some serious water time, make sure you have a swimsuit that will stay put. I still cringe every time I think of the time my bikini top came untied when I was body surfing in Hawaii and I flashed an entire family when I washed up onto the shore. Stick with the classic tank suit and you can't possibly go wrong!
To lounge in post-swim: ahh, my favorite part of summer! Lounging about with an icy beverage after a day at the beach/park/pool. Give the old oversize tee a pass this time darlings — opt for something with a bit more style. A great beaded cotton tunic, or perhaps a cool floaty sundress, even a fun maxi dress!
Since we've got the fashions covered, now let's make sure we're all looking the part this summer. No pasty-white skin at the beach for this girl! And since my skin has a tendency to just turn pink, then red, then fade back to white, I learned my lesson early when it comes to a summer tan. No amount of time in the sun is going to create a bronze glow for me, and besides, who wants to risk the wrinkles, let alone the health of their skin? My answer: Fake it! I am all about the sunless tan. And my dear friends at Au Courant have sent along some fabulous sunless tanning tips to help you get that golden glow without all the splotches and streaks:
PERFECT YOUR HEALTHY GLOW
Au Courant Dishes Sunless Tanning Tips
You’ve banned tanning beds and hours of sunbathing from your beauty regime and replaced it with a healthy, safe alternative: sunless tanning. Au Courant, the company behind the world’s first instant spray tan, gives you a sunless tanning tutorial and ways to extend the life of your sunless tan.
For the ultimate glow, you’ll need to practice these easy steps for an even, gorgeous bronze:
- Exfoliate from head to toe! “It’s best to exfoliate before you tan to ensure that your skin is smooth and even for a flawless application,” said Au Courant’s Sue Horrell. “Use our Ultra-Nourishing Face & Body Polish for a moisturizing exfoliation pre-tan.”
- For hard to place reaches, like your back, be sure to use Au Courant Sponge On A Stick to ensure that you’re covering all those hard to reach places — this convenient sponge makes applying cream to your back a breeze.
- To avoid streakiness, be sure to take your time and pay careful attention that you are thoroughly covering every inch of your body.
- For a deeper, longer lasting tan, use a layering technique. In order to do so, apply two or more coats of tanner on the same day or one day apart. There is no need to shower, exfoliate or moisturizer in between these double-sessions.
- For flawless facial coverage, use Au Courant Facial Flock Sponge.
- Do not shower for 24 hours in order to allow color to soak in and reach its peak.
- Post-tan be sure to keep moisturized. Try Au Courant’s Sunless Tanning Extender, designed to nourish, revitalize and hydrate the skin by incorporating a skin-soothing Aloe Vera Gel, this extender keeps your sunless tan looking fresh and radiant!
Available in mousse, gel, spray and lotion forms, Au Courant’s collection of sunless tanning products leave your skin radiant and beautiful.
Well darling girls, looks like you are well on your way to a happy and healthy summer! Be sure to check out the fantastic selection of premium skin care and sun care products featured below! Each and every one of these items has been tried and tested here in the She She Me lab, and has received a big thumbs up from the She She girls!
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Noah’s Naturals Natural Age Repair Three-Step System now available in convenient travel size!
Noah’s Naturals Natural Age Repair Three-Step System provides restoration to damaged and aging skin. With all-natural ingredients, such as acai berry, pomegranate, and vitamins A, C, and E, this three-step regimen leaves skin feeling nourished and healthy. The natural products work hard against fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and dryness while stimulating healthy cell function to keep skin soft, hydrated and radiant.
With beneficial ingredients including green tea and jojoba seed oil, Noah’s Naturals Natural Age Repair penetrates the deepest layers of the skin to undo damage caused by harsh environmental factors.
NATURAL AGE REPAIR GENTLE CREAM CLEANSER
A fresh, hydrating cleansing cream that gently removes impurities from the skin.
NATURAL AGE REPAIR FIRMING GEL SERUM
Touted as a "Miracle in a Bottle" this vitamin-packed serum helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
NATURAL AL AGE REPAIR FACIAL MOISTURIZER
This highly protective day and night cream hydrates and soothes the skin with shea butter and chamomile and helps stimulate cell renewal and restore skin's elasticity.
VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL
Dedicated to advancing skin health, Vichy Laboratories, the #1 skincare brand in European pharmacies, introduces the next generation in hydrating and fortifying skincare: Aqualia Thermal.
|Vichy Aqualia Thermal Lotion SPF 30
|This 24hr fortifying moisturizer, with antioxidant, mineral-rich Vichy Thermal Spa Water, helps to fortify the skin. Innovative technology: the rare combination of 15 minerals, present in the Vichy Thermal Spa Water, is delivered via a patented "sprinkler-like system for an immediate and continuous hydration. This daily moisturizer with SPF 30 provides a broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Benefits:A lightweight, oil-free formula that absorbs quickly. Skin is left hydrated, refreshed and smooth. Helps to combat the signs of dehydration. Recommended for all skin types, including sensitive.
The lightweight serum, with hydra-fluid texture, absorbs immediately into skin without stickiness. This serum can be layered under your daily skincare routine for intensive hydration. Excellent as a make-up base.
Benefits: Provides 24hr hydration. Leaves skin refreshed, smooth and more radiant. Helps to combat the signs of dehydration. Recommended for all skin types, including sensitive.
SOTHYS SUN AND SKIN CARE
Legendary French skincare company, Sothys, has recognized the sun’s importance in daily life and as a result has created a range of sun care products designed to maximize your summer fun without fear of skin damage. Sothys believes the benefits of sun exposure, including mood enhancement and Vitamin D production, can be capitalized on safely if you choose the correct product to protect your skin.
Under the Cellu-Guard® line, Sothys has created products with sun protection factors ranging from SPF 8 to SPF 30 as well as a soothing lotion for after-sun care.
Sun Sensitive Areas Care with SPF 30: A care that protects from free radicals and photo-aging during intense sunlight exposure. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, it is particularly suitable for sensitive skin
Iridescent Tanning Gel with SPF 8: A protective tanning gel containing tan boosting active ingredients to help intensify and accelerate a natural-looking tan.
Tanning Body Lotion with SPF 20: A soft, light and milky formula for a pleasant tan and ultra-effective protection. Perfect for all day and suitable for face and body application, it is water-resistant, sweat-resistant.
Soothing After-Sun Body Care: A refreshing fluid which softens the skin immediately after exposure with soothing active ingredients. Through its care actives, it prevents photo-induced aging, and hydrate* the skin to restore it to its full radiance.
Triple Duty Beauty
With CellCeuticals® PhotoDefense™ SPF 55+
Pressed for time? Save minutes with the CellCeuticals® PhotoDefense™ SPF 55+. This multitasking product is part of a skin care collection specifically developed to target skin aging with biomedical technology. PhotoDefense™ is meant to protect skin against daily UVA and UVB sun exposure while simultaneously combating premature skin aging and moisturizing!
Made with patent pending Photoplex™, a powerful Auto-Defense System, and ingredients including Vitamin D, this ultra-light hydrating formula for the face helps strengthen the skin’s natural defenses.
I have been using PhotoDefense for the past several weeks and I adore it! It smoothes on lightly, with none of the stickiness of other sunscreens, and I love the fact that it is helping restore my skin's natural elasticity, helping to prevent premature aging and those nasty little wrinkles. This is one triple duty beauty product that won’t disappoint!
Alba Botanica Very Emollient
Body Lotion Bronzing Formula
Nearly 30 million American's use tanning beds a year, despite knowing the risk. Our desire to look like a bronze goddess appears to far outweigh the fact that even just your first exposure to a tanning bed increases melanoma risk by 75 percent!!!
You can achieve a golden glow the healthy way though, by using Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Body Lotion Bronzing Formulas. Stay safe and look beautiful with these gradually tanning moisturizers! Formulated for Light or Medium skin tones, the lotions use nourishing, natural ingredients that leave skin silky smooth, hydrated and gorgeously bronzed.
Shea Butter and Almond Oil — Provide deep moisture
Self-Tanners — Apply color gradually, for a year round glow
AloeVera, Chamomile, and Green Tea — Sooth and repair dry and damaged skin.
Avon Anew Reversalist
No matter your age, you always want to put your best face forward. Now, Avon introduces its latest power duo to keep the eyes fresh and youthful and the skin firm and SPF protected with the new ANEW Reversalist Illuminating Eye System and Reversalist Day Renewal Cream SPF 25.
|Brightens even your darkest undereye area. Two-part eye system with Activinol Eye Technology. Helps reactivate skin’s repair processes and dramatically reverse visible wrinkles. Instantly: eye area appears more luminous. In 4 weeks: dramatically reduces the look of fine wrinkles.
Sheer veil with potent skin brighteners. Illuminates undereye area instantly. Use after eye cream and reapply as needed. .09 oz. net wt.
Eye cream: visibly repairs dark, circles, fine lines and wrinkles over time. Use twice a day all over eye area. .5 fl. oz.
Visibly reverses wrinkles with Activinol Technology while helping to protect skin with SPF 25 UVA/UVB. Makes skin look and feel reborn all day.* Skin will look fresh, new and younger. In 3 days: begins to reduce the look of wrinkles.* In 2 weeks: improves discolorations by up to 25%.** Over time: dramatically reduces the look of wrinkles and discolorations. Skin looks dramatically tighter.* 1.7 fl. oz.
*In a consumer-perception study. **In a clinical study.
The ANEW Reversalist Illuminating Eye System is $30 and the ANEW Reversalist Day Cream SPF 25 is $32.
ANTHELIOS by La Roche-Posay
Skin Cancer is on the Rise
One out of five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime, but 99% of skin cancer patients can survive with early detection. Meanwhile, the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer continues to rise significantly.
In 2010, La Roche-Posay introduces the SOS Save Our Skin Campaign; a partnership with the dermatologist community to raise public awareness of the need to take action. Join our cause by practicing healthy sun safe behaviors, having your skin examined by a dermatologist for skin cancer, practicing skin self exams, and by encouraging others to get checked as well.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Purchase the Limited Edition SOS SaveOurSkin Orange Ribbon Pin
and proceeds from each sale will help support the Women’s Dermatologic Society and SOS mission. SRP: $5.00
Check out www.SOSSaveOurSkin.com
and Share Your Story
! You’ll help spread awareness and La Roche-Posay
will help you protect your skin with an SOS gift certificate redeemable toward the purchase of any Anthelios
Nature's Gate Face Block SPF25
Whether you’re hitting the city streets or hitting the surf, stay protected in the sun with NEW Nature’s Gate Faceblock SPF 25. This newest addition to the popular sunscreen collection is perfect for the gal-on-the-go with an active lifestyle specifically formulated with a lightweight, non-greasy formula. Whatever your skin type, this fragrance-free, vitamin-rich lotion is the best way to keep your face protected from the sun’s damaging rays.
Fortified with Zinc Oxide, Nature’s Gate Faceblock SPF 25
offers broad spectrum, long-lasting UVA/UVB protection and actually contains a higher SPF than the leading face sunscreen currently on the natural market. Enriched with Vitamins C and E from Guava, Almond and Tomato Extracts, it helps protect skin, while ultra-moisturizing Cucumber, Aloe and Chamomile soothe skin for an all-around healthier glow.
Nature’s Gate products are free of Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum and Animal derived ingredients and are never tested on animals.
Nature's Gate Sunless Tanner
The June issue of Health named the Nature’s Gate Sunless Tanner one of America’s Healthiest Buys of 2010 in the Self-Tanner category.
Health put nearly 1,100 products to the test, and with help of top dermatologists they found 16 fabulous beauty products that deliver on their promises. Judge Grace H. Pak, MD loves that the Nature’s Gate Sunless Tanner is “formulated without parabens and phthalates and has a moisturizing base of olive oil that leaves skin soft.”
The Nature’s Gate Sunless Tanner is lightweight and fast-absorbing, making it perfect for all skin types. Other formulas include Green Tea and Red Raspberry, which fight free radicals and keep skin looking youthful. A subtle development of color will appear within the first day of use and will continue to develop with additional applications, building a natural, even, and year-round tan.
Keep your skin bronzed, beautiful and beachy with this best beauty buy!
Zia Daily Moisture
During the winter you dream of warm sunny days where it is safe to go outside with a jacket but don’t forget your sunscreen! The sun’s rays are not only dangerous but deadly and our skin should be shielded at all times. The Zia Natural Skincare sun protection products shield away harmful UVA/UVB rays for a protected complexion that leaves you feeling nourished while defending against visible aging.
|The Daily Moisture Screen SPF 15 simplifies your life with a lightweight complex that moisturizes as it protects. Aloe and Rice Bran Oil provide light, non-greasy moisture to soften and nourish skin while SPF 15 sunscreen protects skin from UV rays.
||The Age-Defying Solar Care Face SPF 30 delivers dual-action sun protection against sun damage and visible aging. UVA and UVB sun filters are blended with soothing nutrients, like Cucumber and Arnica, to defend against photo-aging. This unique oil-free formulation controls surface shine and never feels greasy or sticky.
Yak Pak Sling Bag
Are you looking for the perfect little bag to take to the beach this summer? The fabulous folks at Yak Pak have come out with two spectacular little numbers that will make your summer vacation a breeze.
The new mesh backpack and the handy dandy Sling Bag are ideal for summertime use. In fact, I have decided to snap up two or three of the sling bags, since they make the perfect "extra" bag to take along with you when sightseeing or souvenir shopping. Simply tuck one into your pocket or tote bag, and when you need that added bit of space for the goodies you have collected along the way, there is your handy dandy sling bag, right at hand!
The sling bag also makes an excellent beach paraphernalia tote, because it can be stuffed to the brim, then pull the cords tight and toss over your shoulders like a backpack!!
Check it out today — you're gonna want one (or three!) for summertime!
Wallaroo Sun Protection Hats
At Wallaroo, we work hard to bring you quality and value. First, we start with adjustable sizing, washable materials, and — of course — unbeatable sun protection. Next, our designers strive to expand and improve our line of hats, so you always have a great selection of styles and fabrics. In the end, we'd like you to think of a Wallaroo hat purchase as our investment in you. Wallaroo Hat Company is committed to the elimination of skin cancer. The Wallaroo Sun Protection Commitment is a promise that each year, we will donate 1% of our profits to skin cancer research, education and prevention in the United States.
Look for our sun icon throughout the site to determine which hats are UPF 50+. These fabrics are tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 97.5% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet radiation, or UV, is present in sunlight. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV. But remember, a Wallaroo hat only protects the skin it covers. Safeguard the rest of your body by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.
And the best part? So many gorgeous styles to choose from! Sporty or chic, dressy or casual, check out the great selection at Wallaroo!
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