Skin Care

By Stef Schwalb

Searching for assistance in securing a sizzling summer silhouette? Look no further ladies, because here we’re bringing you our beneficial “best bets” in skincare for the season. You may not end up with ‘model’ proportions as gripping as Giselle’s, but at least you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the long, hot days to come after heading emerging from winter’s hibernation. Using a three-pronged approach to summer skincare, there are a number of products to choose from that can work wonders for you from head to toe. It all starts with a great exfoliator to smooth out your rough, wintry edges. Check out these three products we believe fit the bill:

Laura Mercier Grape Seed Oil Scrub:
One item on the menu of body products from Laura Mercier’s marvelous Mediterranean Collection is the polishing body scrub. It exfoliates any coarse areas on the body with ease by shedding away dead cells on the outer layer. Skin texture stays smoothly intact with the help of ingredients such infused ground apricot seed powder, safflower, and grape seed oils. http://www.lauramercier.com

Loreal Exfotonic:
Alpha hydroxy acids and exfoliating micro-beads make up the mix for this offering in the Loreal’s Body Expertise home spa system. The ingredients smooth, polish, and renew the skin’s surface all over the body. Exfotonic helps even out skin tone with continual use and is also a great foundation pre-sunless tanner application. http://www.loreal.com

Michael Kors Liquid Loofah Body Polish:
Can’t make it to the spa? Try this treatment in the tub instead. Natural sea salt and loofah particles are combined with almond oil, grape-seed extract, and vitamins A & E to softly slough away dry skin and polish it to a perfect radiance. The captivating scent of Michael adds a fabulous finishing touch. http://www.neimenmarcus.com.

Once you set your skin free from the icy impact this year’s chilly climate may have had on you, you may feel a bit of anxiety about baring it all on the beach-especially if it’s before you’ve had enough time to shed some of that extra winter weight! That lumpy load on the front of your legs? Yeah, you could do without it, so that’s exactly where some super new cellulite smoothing specialties come in to play. Try one of the following to achieve a successful slimming effect.

Avon Cellu-Sculpt:
A new work of art in the fight against cellulite, Avon’s Cellu-Sculpt targets firmness, dimpling, and texture to treat problem areas. Its ingredients include highly concentrated natural plant extracts that make up the cooling gel-cream, which uses a patent-pending technology to burn fat and reduce the skin’s production of it. http://www.avon.com

BlissLabs High Thighs Support Serum:
The company likens this product to ‘liquid pantyhose’ and that’s a great description! It offers anti-bloat bulge adjusters, marine minerals, invigorating extracts for slenderizing the silhouette, and the well-known spa’s house infusion of antioxidants. It glides on with ease and grips to the spots with needs. http://www.sephora.com

Murad Vitamin C Body Firming Cream:
Renown skincare specialist Dr. Murad has a firming cream formulated to tighten, tone, and moisturize where you want it most. With vitamin C, soy and oat protein, shea butter, and a patented Skin Repair System with Co-3™,, the ingredients combine to provide healthier, hydrated, and firmer skin. Also, its silky, non-greasy smoothness makes application a breeze. http://www.sephora.com

And last but not least…instead of subjecting your skin to the harsh rays of today’s sunlight, consider bronzing artificial. Self-tanners are a great way to avoid sun damage and stay safe. No longer the glow-in-dark orange hue from days of old, today’s self-tanners are breaking new ground by providing the sweet, sun-kissed glow we crave, as well as containing ingredients that are actually good for our skin. Here are three that made an impression upon us.

BeneFit Aruba in a Tuba:
The name says it all. A quick application of this product brings the Caribbean skies straight to your bathroom with no sweating or sunbathing required! Made with sweet almond oil and black walnut, this self-tanning lotion offers coloring ingredients that are all-natural. In addition, your color gets deeper with every application. All you need is a sweet summer dress to show it off. http://www.benefitcosmetics.com

Dr. Hauschka’s Translucent Bronze Concentrate:
Dr. Hauschka’s holistic approach to beauty makes this bronzer even better as a sun-kissed solution without the harmful rays. It provides a therapeutic combination of mineral pigments, plant extracts, and oils that produce a healthy skin hue so blemishes and skin irregularities can be blended and softened with ease. http://www.drhauschka.com

Murad Self Tanner SPF 15 for Face and Body:
Another super skin product from Dr. Murad that provides color and protection. This fast-drying, non-streaking formula works on all skin types and combines the extracts of grapefruit, orange, rosewood, and lavender for a fragrant summer smell. There are numerous broad-spectrum sunscreens incorporated into this self-tanner igniting the ultimate in UVA/UVB protection. http://www.sephora.com

So take care of your skin this summer because it’s the only one you’ve got! We hope this three-pronged approach was helpful, and that these products serve you well. Because no matter how high the temperature rises, we want to ensure that your radiance will always shine through.

See you in July!!!!

Originally published June 2003
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