Beauty & the Beat
Hot fun in the summer time! We've kicked off the summer season, and in Texas' toasty climate, proper skin care and sun protection are major musts.
Think you don't have time? Make skin protection part of your daily morning routine. That's right, place that sunblock next to your toothbrush, and never forget again!
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention suggests the following recommendations: slather away liberally over all exposed areas. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Skin Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Pssst . . . wanna know a skin care secret? Apply sunblock every two hours, after swimming and working up a sweat. Your skin will thank you, and you'll look mah-vellous for decades.
Overwhelmed by the endless array of suncare products? Check out Neutrogena's comprehensive suncare selection: its website will assist you to select your best sun protection regime. I'm a super- fan of their Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sun Protection (SPF 55), and if I'm poolside, or beachin' it, I enthusiastically atomize Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray (SPF 70) from head to toe.
Certainly during the working day, it is nearly impossible to whip out the SPF every two hours. However, try one of the ingenious powder sunscreens with easy- to- apply brushes. I keep one in my car and reapply sun protection in between my shuttle stops to school, errands, gym and work. Check out the Colorscience Pro SPF 50 Brush, available in several shades, even a "tan" version to create a gorgeous sun kisssed glow. Another option?
I stash Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 in my handbag and gym locker for weightless, convenient and on-the-go sun protection.
Still not sure of where to begin on the never-ending sunscreen aisles? No worries: head to your closest Sephora, as super sun skin care is already in the bag.The Sephora Sun Safety Kit makes looking fab and staying healthy this season a cinch. Sample 11 of the newest and most coveted sun care cosmetic and skin care products available from Shiseido, Ole Henricksen, DDF, Bare Escentuals and more. The collection, which costs $25, comes ready-set-go in a travel and beach-friendly tote, providing everything you need for safe sun fun this summer.
Better yet, 100 percent of the kit's net profits will benefit the The Skin Care Foundation so that you can look good, feel good and do good! I just picked up mine at the Houston Galleria Sephora, but these goodies have already sold out at Sephora.com, so get thee to a Sephora store!
Clearly summer skin protection involves more than just sunscreen, and thankfully this provides loads of stylish fashion opportunities. It's crucial to keep your head, hair, décolleté and shoulders well-protected, and nothing looks more chic than a wide-brimmed hat to do double duty. Also, think ethereal lightweight clothing to shade your birthday suit from too much sun.
Luckily, I've got your one-stop shopping solution: CALYPSO St. Barth, the global luxury lifestyle brand has joined creative forces with Target for summer fashion fun that won't break the bank. Their island-chic resort wear is available now chez Tar-jay, but hurry over, as the CALYPSO St. Barth for Target line is only available in Target stores through June 11.
Loving this CALYPSO St. Barth for Target print dress in turquoise for a dose of fun summer chic! Or channel your inner Caribbean queen with several collection options for a chic chapeau to deflect harmful UV rays. CALYPSO St. Barth for Target's Linen Tote will keep your sun protective gear neatly and chicly organized. Remember to stash a pair of sunnies, and protect those peepers from harmful rays with polarized sunglasses!
While you're at Target, Walgreen's or Urban Outfitters, pick up one of these chunky fun Vitamin Water lip balm biggies. Available in all your favorite Vitamin Water flavors, these lip balms contain Vitamin E, as well as a SPF 20 barrier that will tastily keep your pucker protected and moisturized. I'm crushing on the Focus (Kiwi and Strawberry flavor). Yummy!
Happy summer, and stay beautiful!