Sunday, July 3, 2011

7 Skin Care Tips for Glowing Skin in Summer

   Summeris about baring skin and showing off the beautiful (fake) summer tan you have.But in order to look good baring that skin, you need to take some time to readyyour skin and reverse the signs of neglect you showed your skin during fall,winter and spring.

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1.     It'sso very important to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at anamazing rate every minute of every day. Ifyou don't get rid of them, they'll just sitting on your skin making you look dulland dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you're never going to have glowingskin if you don't exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rubyour exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shouldersdown (you'll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean.Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.
      ProductPick: Aquolina Pink Sugar Body Scrub (buydirect) is a fun summer scrub with hints ofraspberry, orange and lily of the valley.

      2. Shave the Right Way

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  Iwon't ask for a show of hands; you know who you are. In the winter, what is thepoint of keeping your legs religiously shaved daily when you know your legswill never see the light of day? Those lazy days of winter are over. Find agood razor that won't cause razor burn. I'm a fan of Gilette's Mach 3. (compare prices) Whenpicking out a shaving cream, don't choose the $1.00 men's cream; a shavinglotion is much better for your skin as it will hydrate and help ward off nicksand cuts. In a pinch? Use your conditioner for a moisturizing shaving cream.

  3. Hydrate your Body with a Summer-Scented Lotion

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  Finda summery lotion that you won't forget to put on. It's time to pack away yourthick winter body butters for more light summery lotions. You don't have timeto wait for your lotion to sink in, so look for something light fast absorbing.Gels and Purees are perfect fast absorbers. I personally love to break out thecoconut or mango scented lotion for summer. Nothing spells summer more than alight refreshing fruity lotion. Make sure you apply right after you dry offfrom your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.
  Product Pick: Pacifica:Bali Lime Papaya Body Lotion isa sweet scented lotion perfect for summer. (buy direct)

  4. Get a Safe SummerGlo

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  Youhave so many choices when it comes to adding a little summer tint to your skin,and the tanning bed shouldn't be one of them. Using a sunless tanner will giveyour skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you're not a fan of sunlesstanners all over your body, you can happily use them on your face. If youalternate your facial moisturizer with one that builds a bit of color, you'llhave a healthy glow that will make it look as though you just spent the weekendon the beach. Most facial tanners build color gradually, by alternating withyour regular moisturizer, you'll never get too dark.
.  ProductPicks - Face - Lancome: Flash Bronzer (buydirect) Body - Clarins: Self TanningInstant Gel(buydirect)

  5. Don't Forget yourFeet

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  Winterboots have long since been packed away; it's sandal season ladies. Either goand get a pedicure (try a beauty school if cost is a factor), or give yourselfan at-home pedicure. You scrub off the dead dry skin to reveal your sandalready feet. Nothing is worse than seeing dull dry feet inside cute sandals. Itdoesn't have to be a big ordeal. Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower andscrub your feet a few times a week. You'll notice a big difference in thesoftness of your feet.
  Product Pick - Bliss: Foot Patrol usessalicylic acid to exfoliate, which will leave your skin super smooth. (buy direct)

  6. Find a New Bold Summer Polish

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 Buya bold new polish for your toes. Toe nails can be painted a much bolder colorthan you would usually put on your fingernails. Pick out something that screamssummer. Polish tends to stay on your toes much longer than your hands becauseyou don't abuse your toe nails like you do your finger nails. Apply a clearbase coat, two applications of color and a clear top coat to protect. Gobarefoot or put on your flip-flops for at least a couple hours to make sureyour polish won't dent.
. Product Pick - Nars: Orgasm isa great color to go with bronze, summer skin. 

  7. Out With the Old - Buy a New Sunscreen

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  Throwaway last year's unused sunscreen for a new bottle. Sunscreens aren't meant tolast forever, and seeing most people don't use as much as they should, I betyou have a bottle or two stored away. Be safe and pick up a new one. And don'tforget the most important sunscreen advice: USE IT. You should be using a shotglass full for your body, and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply every1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.
  Product Pick - Coppertone: Nutra ShieldSunscreen Lotion(compare prices) is agreat drugstore sunscreen that has UVA and UVB products. It comes in SPF 30 and SPF 70.

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