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If you’re finally shaking off those cold weather blues (thanks to the longest winter ever) and searching for some sunshine, you may want to think twice about what products you’re using on your skin before you get burned.
Each May during Skin Cancer Awareness Month, I am reminded of the dangers surrounding the most common cancer in the United States. After all those regrettable college tanning bed sessions and seasonal sunburns, the young “I want to be tan” me has finally learned a valuable lesson: Love (and take care of) the skin you’re in.
Whether you’re outside on a hike, taking a walk through the park or spending a day at the beach, I’ve found seven of my favorite battle-tested products to help protect and nourish your skin—while still getting that healthy glow.
My lips can’t live without this vitamin-enriched balm. Non-sticky and easy to pack, it’s my must-have lip balm anytime I am in the sun.
Tip: Looking for a little pop of color but still want to protect your pucker? Use Liplux® as a base before slapping on your favorite lipstick or gloss.
Sick of greasy sunscreen that irritates your skin? This lotion is what you need, no matter how many hours you spend in the sun. A staple in my purse, beach bag, and car, this lightweight sunscreen is fragrance-free and features dry-touch technology so it's great on the go.
Tip: The oil-free, ultra gentle, hypoallergenic formula makes it easy to apply to the face, especially under your makeup. No harsh residue here!
Four words: Your skin will thank you. Paraben-free, gluten-free and 100% vegan, this gel will drench your sunkissed skin with soothing moisture. A few hours in the sun or a full day at the beach, this is a must for me post-shower.
Tip: I like to use this gel when my skin is super dry, even during the colder months when the heat is running. The formula leaves your skin feeling simply refreshed.
Raise your hand if you forget about the top of your head when it comes to sun protection. While I have no problem lathering my body up with sunscreen, my center part gets no love. Not only does this non-greasy spray-on dry oil protect my scalp, I can also use it protect my hair—keeping it silky smooth all summer long.
Tip: Though this spray is water-resistant, don’t forget to re-apply after swimming or spending time in the water.
Keeping my face sun-free, this lightweight bronzer is my go-to makeup in the warmer months. With matte or shimmer finishes + shades to fit any skin tone, the sheer texture doesn't streak, blends seamlessly, and looks natural.
Tip: After applying the bronzer to your cheekbones and face, dust a light layer of finishing powder to set your look. Revlon Photoready™ Translucent Finisher keeps me looking fresh, even on the hottest days.
Time for a little truth: I’ve tried several at-home self-tan products and more times than not, it turns out bad. Like orange and streaky bad. That’s until I tried St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. With a non-sticky, fast-drying formula, this foamy mousse is made for easy, even application.
Tip: Shower, shave and moisturize the night before so your skin is as silky as possible for an even self-tan application. Remember to moisturize typically dry areas—wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, etc—becasue dry skin can cause a patchy self-tan.
Made with 100% Pure Argan Oil, this sublime body butter is like insta-glow for dry and dull skin. With a subtle shimmer and light Vanilla Peach scent, this moisturizer will give you the radiance you want, while improving texture and softness.
Tip: Gently exfoliate before application. For best results, I like to apply this body butter when my skin is slightly damp after showering for maximum illuminating moisturization.
This summer, achieve the radiance you desire without those harmful UV rays. Get your glow on while keeping your skin healthy and happy all sun season long.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.