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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.
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.