15 Tips for Managing Summer Skin: Health and Cosmetics

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This article contains fifteen tips on caring for your face, skin and body during the hot summer months. There are tips on cosmetics, techniques, summer makeup trends for 2014, even advice for staying hydrated.

15. Overexposure

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The number one danger to your skin during the summer months is overexposure to harmful UV rays. Leaving your skin exposed to the sun for too long leaves it vulnerable and puts you at risk for lines, wrinkles and skin cancer. Lines, wrinkles and other sun damage can be avoided by wearing either a daily sunscreen or a foundation that contains an SPF. For optimum skincare and health, we need the sun for vitamin D but only for 15 minutes a day.

14. Tan Lines

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So you want to look great in shorts and swimsuits during the summer months, but we’ve already seen what overexposure can do to your skin. With today’s technology and cosmetology advancements we don’t need the sun to look bronzed and beautiful. If you want a great tan, try a spray tan!  Gone are the days when fake tans looked, well, fake. With today’s technology, spray tans actually look like the real thing, and without the risk of overexposure! A good spray tan can make anyone go from pasty to tasty in just one visit!

13. Mineral Foundation

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Mineral foundation is great for any time of the year, but especially summer. With mineral foundation, you can use as much or as little as you want and it still looks natural. Mineral foundation also contains an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 25 or higher which is plenty to keep your face protected from harmful UV rays. To apply mineral foundation, you need a Kabuki brush. You swirl the brush in the powder, tap off the excess and with a circular motion apply it to your face, jaw line and neck. Mineral foundation can also be used over your favorite face cream.

12. Bronzers

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Bronzers come in powder form, usually in a compact and in a variety of shades and finishes. Some have a matte finish while others contain a shimmery tone. All bronzers are meant to bring out the golden bronze of a summer tan, but you have to be careful not to use too much. Just like a bad spray tan, overuse of a bronzer can look too fake, and take away from the beauty of your overall look. You want the bronzer to enhance your look, not take it over.

11. DIY Tanning

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Yes, I am talking about self-tanners. Don’t be scared, the news isn’t all bad. Every year we do it, and every year we regret it, I’ve been there. We try different brands, and spend LOTS of money on the nice ones, thinking if it’s more expensive, it’s got to be better. But nope. Still streaky, orange, and looks bad around your ankles. Well listen up. I have found a self-tanner that not only isn’t expensive, your tan actually looks like the real thing. It’s a tinted self-tanning body mist by Sephora. It’s only $16 and if you don’t like it, they will take it back for a full refund. But you’ll like it. You’ll be ordering more. I have tried them all, and by far this is the BEST. Pinky swear!

10. Face Saving Facials

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If you had to choose just one thing to add to your skincare routine, microdermabrasion is the key. Microdermabrasion is an easy, non-surgical, non-invasive way to gently remove the very topmost layer of dead skin cells and debris, leaving your skin feeling fresh, clean and clear. With regular appointments (every 6-8 weeks) you will notice its anti-aging effects as your fine lines and wrinkles disappear. Microdermabrasion is also perfect for acne prone skin, as it both exfoliates and removes blackheads, whiteheads and clogged pores without leaving your face red or peeling like other acne skincare resolutions. Celebrities swear by microdermabrasion, having it done the day of their red carpet appearances because of how perfect and glowing your skin looks afterward.

9. Keeping Your Cool

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This product is a must have for the summer. It is a self-cooling eye mask. The technology behind it is pretty amazing. You don’t refrigerate it! They are filled with a crystal that with your body heat slowly turns to a cooling gel. It stays cool for as long as you wear it. When you’re done, you put it in a drawer out of the light and the crystals harden again. What better way to relax on a hot summer day than to lay back for a nap with your cooling eye mask?

8. Perfect Brows

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One very hot trend right now, thankfully, is the perfect brow. Your face just isn’t complete without  pretty brows. But most of us are clueless when it comes to pulling it off. Fear not, I can save you. First, mark where your brow begins, the arch, and where it ends with this guide. Now the artistic part: with your brow brush, brush your brows into shape. Use brow fix for unruly brows. Then take your pencil and lightly outline. Use brow powder to fill in, and highlighter just under your brow for a clean finished look.