Beauty & Beyond: Summer Skin Safety


I’m loving the concept of the airbrush tan. You walk in, disrobe, and they paint you like a fence (a curvier, sexier fence). Then you leave (please put your clothes back on first) and you have a gorgeous beach glow minus all that pesky sun damage. This hot concept in summer “sunning” is perfect for a special event or even right before you to beach. Yes, I realize getting a spray tan before lying seaside is like cleaning before your cleaning lady comes, but who wants to be pasty white in a bikini?

Summer skin Safety

If you choose to go this spray-away-the-pale route, I gathered a few tips from Amy Holman, owner of Femme Fatale Custom Spray Tan Salon in Boston, on managing your sunless spray tan.

1. Stay away from using soaps with high alcohol content. This is a no-brainer since alcohol dries out your skin. Which leads us to number two...

2. Well-hydrated skin holds a spray tan better than dry skin. Use plenty of moisturizer after your shower, in the morning and before bed.

3. Avoid chlorine and steamy hot showers. Not that you would take a steamy shower when it’s 90 out anyway, but just something to keep in mind.

And when you do hit the beach, I’ve gathered up a few of my all-time favorite sunscreens…I'll be adding more periodically throughout the summer, so stay tuned.

Because there's nothing worse than being shiny at the pool ( would also suck if you dropped your piña colada), Mineral Fusion SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense combines powdering your nose with protecting it. A few quick oil-free swipes of its silky formula of 20% zinc oxide and 17% titanium dioxide and you've got sunscreen protection. The light-reflecting particles finish your complexion with a glow, while vitamin E, white tea and pomegranate extracts combat free radicals.

I'm obsessed with SunBum in general. The entire line of spray-ons and creams offers the ultimate protection, but I have to say my favorite is their mango lip balm (the coconut one is a close second). With aloe, cocoa butter and vitamin E, it moisturizes your pucker while protecting it with SPF 30. Their Cool Down gel is also a gotta-get for aprés sun worshipping, with Vitamin E, aloe and tea tree. Keep it refrigerated for bonus relief. And just in time for summer, they launched their new Baby Bum kids line of a lotion, spray and stick this month--a sunscreen of minerals and natural ingredients that touts an SPF 30 because baby's skin is 10 times more sensitive to the environment than ours.

SkinCeuticals Sport 50 lacks what a lot of sunscreens have – oxybenzone. You know, that ingredient they’ve found that might be linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer (um, isn’t that why you’re wearing sunscreen?). This water-resistant formula has been tested on sweaty marathon runners, so you know it stays put. Like most amazing SkinCeuticals products, they throw in a little something extra - it has artemia salina, a plankton extract that increases skin's resistance to UV and heat stress and protects collagen from UV damage.

Chantecaille makes an incredible (yet pricy at $88) primer that boasts an oil-free texture to smooth skin and control oil-breakthrough and shine throughout the day. It's a little greasy when you first put it on, but hang tight as it absorbs. It's water- and more importantly humidity-resistant, and has the broad spectrum protection from UVB and UVA rays. To keep your skin calm under the pressure, it has cherry blossom, lemon balm, and white tea extracts as anti-inflammatories.

Kiss My Face, I could just kiss you for your Face Factor 30SPF cream. The formula is rich in rich in antioxidant Green Tea and Licorice extracts to help fight damaging free radicals, while missing any parabens, phthalates or benzones.

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