A Case For Being Pale: The Best Whiteners and Embracing Your Natural Look

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There is nothing wrong with having a nice Summer glow. In fact, it can be slimming, sexy, and make you feel like a million bucks on the beach. So, all you mocha-skinned divas, this message doesn’t apply! Rock out with your gorgeous color.

However, if you’re a pale lady or gent who is laying out to achieve the effect, it’s going to have beauty repercussions. Are you ready to accept that responsibility? While your tan may look great in the short term, it’s going to cause lasting skin damage. So you have to decide… do you want to be impulsive now, or play the long game? Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine whether you want to embrace your pale skin or fry yourself in the quest for that California bronze.

A Whitener Can Help Diminish Dull Skin

I get it! I’m a bonafide pale lady, and I look at pictures of Beyonce, Penelope Cruz, and Jessica Alba and sigh with envy. Why does my reflection look so dull, pasty, and unappealing? One solution: investing in products designed specifically for your skin tone can help you learn to love the skin you’re in! In my case, I opt for favorites like Skintrium and Dior that tailor their lines specifically to my ivory skin care needs.

Exfoliate, My Friends!

If you want to embrace your natural color, you have to slough off that dead skin and let the new cells take their place. It’s all about cell regeneration, and there are many ways to do it! Chemical exfoliators like lactic acid and retinol can act as great additions to your shower caddy. Or, if you like a more hands-on technique, spring for a loofah or even a washcloth. Simple, right? Regardless, this step is crucial to maintaining a luminous complexion.

Use a Pigmentation Corrector!

As mentioned above, we’re big fans of Skintrium’s whitening products. And they have a great line of correctors that can help you achieve an even tone on both face and body. Their a luxe buy, and definitely an investment, but well worth pennies! After all, you want to be fabulous into your golden years! Prevention is key!

Hats, Scarves, and Sunnies – Protect that Pale Punum

Okay, so no one wants to cover up a great hair day. However, if you’re already unimpressed with your morning blow dry, might we suggest an adorable cap to complete your ensemble? It will keep the sun off your face while you run errands, and cut down on the amount of sunscreen you’ll need throughout the day. Don’t get us wrong, you should still apply your SPF, but you’ll get double protection and less stress. What’s not to love about that? Add a scarf, some big sunglasses, and other accessories, and you’ll look the part of a 1950’s movie star! How glamorous!

So what do you think, gang? Do you rock your pale look all year long? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments!

Are You Washing Your Face Too Much? Surprising Beauty Secrets You Need to Know!

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Sometimes, the pursuit of beauty can be a headache. The complexion is a fragile, counterintuitive beast. That’s why we are here to deliver some skincare and makeup tips and tricks we wish we would have known MUCH EARLIER! Sit back and benefit from our hard-earned cosmetic wisdom, dear readers!

If your skin is oily, don’t skip the moisturizer!

What? That’s nonsense. In what world does that make sense?! In the words of Kanye, “…Ima let you finish.” But seriously, don’t do it! Want to know why? Skipping this crucial hydrating step is only going to make you oiler! Over washing the face will merely result in the over-production of oil, because your skin is trying to compensate. Don’t strip your skin! Instead apply your favorite moisturizer in a thinner layer than your would in the Winter. (Or even find a more lightweight version.) Then slap on some SPF (Neutrogena even has some great matifying blends) and seize the Summer! Remember, your glow is “dewy” not “greasy.” Isn’t perspective a lovely thing?

You can use acne pads on your body!

If you suffer from unsightly body breakouts, consider using a salicylic-acid acne pad on your legs, arms, and chest. They won’t cost you an arm and a leg (haha! Get it!) and they are super effective! Plus, you can grab them at an drugstore and sometimes even at the local grocery market! Cheap and cheerful!

To rejuvenate skin, exfoliate chemically!

Sure, using a salt scrub every now and then isn’t going to kill your skin, but it can cause irritation and redness. (We’re guessing that’s the last thing you want, fellow bleachers.) Instead, try exfoliating chemically. There are plenty of great products that utilize ingredients like lactic acid and other natural ingredients. They deliver even better results and are much gentler on skin! (Bonus, many of these exfoliators can be found in luxe lightening agents, so you save time, money, and possible discomfort!)

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Don’t apply retinol to a wet face!

If your skincare routine includes a high-dose Vitamin A product, be sure not to slather it on right after washing. Instead wait until 30 minutes after you’ve cleansed and apply to a dry face. (We learned this the hard way, and instead of wrinkle free skin, we hand angry, blotchy skin.)

Don’t Wash Your Face Too Often.

Really, you should only be washing your lovely punum twice a day. Any more will strip the skin of essential oils and cause an overproduction of sebum. (The result will be very similar to the whole “no-moisturizer” dilemma.) A cleansing solid is always a good option, or try a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil!

Be nice to your biggest organ!

Basically, it’s important to handle your skin with kid gloves. Take extra precautions to ensure you’re getting the most for your beauty efforts. Bust out the moisturizer even in the scorching heat, quit washing your face five times a day, and for goodness sake, cease rubbing salt scrub all over yourself! Make your life so much easier!

What do you think, readers? What are some of your counterintuitive, hard-won beauty solutions? For goodness sake, leave your tips in the comments! We’d love to hear your advice!

It’s a Journey: Finding the Best Skin Whitening Cream for Me

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Every person has their own special brand of beauty – and that’s a good thing! Without our differences, the world would be a pretty boring place. Not surprisingly, when considering all the diversity out there, skincare is no exception. You can take endless advice from friends and family or magazines giving you the latest scoop on your icon’s style secrets, but ultimately your beauty needs will be as unique as your own skin.

When in search for the best skin whitening cream, how do you find and fall in love with the one that’s right just for you? We’re here to talk you through the journey to your perfect skin whitening match!

Take recommendations with a grain of salt.

If you’re anything like us, you love reading beauty blogs, looking at the gorgeous pictures, and imagining yourself using the recommended products to achieve your own amazing results! “If only I bought that serum, my skin would be fabulous!”

But it’s important to remember most of those models are photographer under the most perfect conditions, and even then photoshopped to hide any lingering imperfections! Don’t get us wrong, many blogs are ethical, and we wouldn’t know what to do without our favorite beauty-hack sites!

Be smart and take a step back to “consider the source.” Cross reference multiple review sites. Ask questions. Check ingredients! Be diligent!

Remember price isn’t always indicative of quality (but sometimes it is).

Often, expensive items marked up because they’re selling the idea of luxury more than they’re delivering great results. The packaging is chic, the clientele is high brow, it must be good. Not so fast… the most important question is this: are you getting cost-effective results? Be honest with yourself! And the second question: how does it feel on your skin?

There are definitely some luxurious brands that put their money where their price tag is! (Where would we be without Chanel and Armani? Perish the thought!) However, listen to your intuition and don’t satisfy yourself with someone else’s version of the best cream!

Give products time to work.


This is crucial, and we will give you an example: years ago, a few members of our staff decided to try Retin-A. (For those of you who don’t know, Retin-A is a brand of retinol, a form of Vitamin A that encourages skin renewal, plumps up wrinkles, and generally does awesome things to your face!) However, dermatologists always warn that there will be an adjustment period during which skin can actually appear worse.

The girls who quit after a few weeks never saw the results. However, those of us who kept going noticed remarkable changes after a few months of use! So give your products time to deliver and change your skin on a cellular level. Then, if you still aren’t satisfied, move on!

Don’t beat yourself up!

I know it sounds hard! You want results and you want them now. In a society where we operate at a mile a minute, instant gratification feels like the norm. It can be hard to endure lots of trial and error. But our advice is to be patient and gentle with yourself. Try to enjoy the process. That way, when you find your favorite cream, it will make the victory so much sweeter.

Five Tips for Getting the Most From Your Beauty Bucks

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We all love to save money. Beauty products, especially the good ones, can be very expensive. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the way that help cut down on extra costs and leave you with more money for fun things like vacations (remember to WEAR SUNSCREEN!), dinners out, and that cute pair of shoes you HAVE to have!

1.  Research always!

Repeat after us, “Product reviews are my friend.” Let this mantra guide you. But even better than product reviews, research ingredients! “But that sounds time consuming!” I guess it can be! (We like to think of it as fancy research.) You know what else is time consuming? Having to make dermatologist appointments and undergo expensive procedures because you didn’t parse the label. What ingredients should you be looking for? Lots of natural oils, fruit and vegetable extracts, ginkgo, aloe, and the like.  These time-honored favorites won’t lead you astray!

2. Quality, Not Quantity

What’s the use in having a medicine cabinet full of mediocre when you could save time, money, and space investing in a few great products. It’s all about the quality, not quantity. Sure, we understand the desire to hedge your bets by throwing a bunch of things at the wall and seeing what sticks. However, some of these products will react poorly with each other. Which leaves us to our next tip…

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3. Find a Line You Love and Stick With It

If you buy the majority of your skincare regimen from your favorite line, you will be better off! Why? Because the manufacturers have tested their products to make sure they synchronize! It takes the guess work out for you. Also, many high-end brands have reward programs, deals, and perks for their loyal customers. Plus, you don’t have an email inbox flooded with messages from every beauty company ever!

4. Find a Routine That Works and Stick With It

Sure, it’s fun to try new things… but if it ain’t broke, don’t deviate from your beauty routine! It’s about results, not trying the latest fad. We love beauty blogs just as much as the next gal (hey, we are writing for one, aren’t we) but sometimes you need to block out the chatter and stick with what gives you the skin of your dreams!

For example, skin brightening has gotten a bad rap thanks to cultural shifts and horror stories from companies that used synthetic agents (and with good reason, that stuff’s super awful!) However, it’s nobody’s business what you do with your body. Don’t let outside pressure dictate how you feel about yourself. You do you! Don’t worry about haters!

5. Seek Advice, Don’t give up!

If you’re concerned about where to start, don’t fret! Ask your dermatologist, or even request a consultation with a beauty expert! Don’t quit until you have an exterior that fits your glowing personality. As corny as it sounds, your body is your temple. Invest in your skin! Clothes, hairstyles, even romances come and go, but your skin? It’s with you the whole way!

Stay beautiful, friends!


A Team Effort: How Skin Whitening Soap is an Integral Part of the Skin Brightening Process

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Teamwork: it’s a beautiful thing. Why employ the aid of just one individual when you can have a handful of collaborators in your corner?

The same applies to whitening products. On its own, a skin whitening soap can produce lovely results. But in tandem with other beautifiers, lightening agents can help you achieve a stunning, luminous complexion!

We know what you’re thinking: isn’t that more expensive? Sure, it definitely can be. However, investing in several products that work together can save you time, energy, and most importantly, discoloration! Today we’re going to talk about why it’s a good idea to invest in several products from a line. Plus, we have some recommendations for our personal favorites.

Observe! Our case for brand loyalty:

Avoid Tricky Complications

You know how pharmaceutical commercials always recommend consulting a doctor before trying a new medicine? A lot of that has to do with avoiding problems that arise from mixing incompatible chemical agents. When you invest in multiple products from in a skincare line, you know the manufacturers have taken great care to ensure individual products work in harmony. It saves you a lot of time and guesswork, not to mention your skin.

A Team Effort: How Skin Whitening Soap is an Integral Part of the Skin Brightening Process

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It’s The “Accessory” You Keep for Life!

You don’t blink an eye at splurging on a designer bag, a must-have pair of pumps, or some other item you “can’t live without.” Sure, they’ll have you feeling supa fly, but if your statement pieces get enough use, they’ll wear out, leaving you with a depreciating investment.Then you’re back to the drawing board. Trends come and go, but your skin clings onto you forever! We tend to think great skin is a timeless asset.

Save Money in the Long Run

If skincare issue arises, you have one company to contact. If you’re using a lot of different brands’ brighteners, you might have to dish out a pretty penny to a dermatologist to diagnose the issue. Furthermore, preventative measures now help you avoid expensive treatments and doctors’ fees in the future.

Why Soap?

If you really want your brightening routine to be effective, you’re going to need a shower element. There’s no better time to exfoliate chemically and naturally than when your sudsing up and getting ready to face your day (or when you’re unwinding after a hard day’s work).

Key Ingredients

So what should you look for in your bathtime whitening element? Parse the label and focus on soaps containing rice germ oil, almond oil, tamarind extract, gingko, jojoba oil, and other natural radiance-boosting ingredients. They will help balance the brightening agents and improve skin’s quality and softness. Avoid lines that use lots of synthetic agents, and be sure to do your research.

Talk to a Consultant and/or Dermatologist

Many high-end lines have customer service representatives and skincare consultants that can answer lingering questions, suggest products based on skin type, and offer tips for what order you should apply your beauty regimen. Dermatologists can also recommend their favorite brands and give helpful advice based on your unique skin care needs.

So what do you think?

What’s your favorite beauty line? Discuss your favorites in the comments!

Top-Secret Skincare Hacks: Beauty and Make-Up Tricks and Tips

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Life hacks aren’t just for cooking dinner or fixing things around the house. They can also apply to your beauty regimen. We’re here to bring you some simple solutions that will have you saving time, money, and sanity… plus, they’ll make you look GORGEOUS!

Ready? Let’s get started.

Save Your Makeup Removing Wipes

You should definitely try to use a more powerful, liquid cleanser whenever possible. (Fun Fact: Many makeup artists swear by this “no wipes” ideology and attribute their glowing skin to their diligent makeup-removal routines.) We concur.  Makeup wipes don’t provide the same kind of clean. However, sometimes you’re either exhausted or in a pinch, and it’s good to have an easy alternative handy.

Real Simple has a great tip for Makeup Wipes: once you are done using one, flip the package over and store the pouch upside down. That way, all the liquid gets distributed from the bottom up, keeping them from drying out. Do this every time and you’ll never have to worry replacing a pack before its time.

Beauty Travel: Packing Your Makeup

If we had a dollar for every time our makeup exploded in our suitcases, we’d probably have five dollars. We were lamenting our travel woes one day when a friend told us her travel tip.  It’s marvelous and simple! Why hadn’t we thought of that? Before putting your liquids in your plastic bag, take clear plastic wrap and cover the bottle opening. Then twist the cap back on and store! Voila! No more spilling expensive product on your favorite sweater!

Apply Body Oil When You’re Still Wet

It sounds weird, but try applying jojoba, almond, or your favorite natural oil right after your shower. (Double Bonus Pro Tip: exfoliate in the shower and this ritual is even more effective.) It will seal in the moisture, leaving you supple and smooth. Experiment with different kinds of body oil to see which one suits your particular skincare needs.

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Never Ever Ever Go to Sleep With Your Makeup On! (But if you forget, here’s what to do…)

So you passed out wearing a full face of makeup and now you’ve woken to find clogged pores and a laundry list of skin misfortunes? The best thing to do is use a chemical exfoliate. Try a product with lactic acid! It will do the trick by encouraging your face to exfoliate and causing rapid cell regeneration. Not too bad, eh? (Next time, though, use wipes and revisit our first tip!)

Secret Uses of Eyeliner

Sometimes it’s a pain to haul your whole makeup kit around! Some of us carry small purses and can’t be bothered with all that bulk, okay? But what does one do in the event a beauty touch up is in order? Easy… use a liner!  Define your eyes with a brown-black, blendable pencil. Next, use your finger and smudge the pigment from your eyelashes into your crease and lid. It will give the look of a subtle eye shadow and make your peepers pop.  If you prefer liquid eyeliner, it can double as mascara! Swipe the liquid over your lashes for individual definition and gorgeous doe eyes! Effortless beauty!

Summer-Proof Your Foundation

Does the weather have your heavy-duty formula melting off your face? Mix equal parts foundation with an SPF-containing moisturizer for a seasonal update of your favorite brand. It gives you less coverage, but it’s also less likely to leave you looking like a gooey oil slick.

So that’s it for our tips! Hope they helped. We want to know… what are some of your sneaky beauty hacks? Leave your top-secret time-savers in the comments.

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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While everyone else is submitting their skin to sun damage this July, you’ll stand out by being light, bright, and health conscious. Seriously, can we all just agree that the fake, fried look has gone out of fashion? Protect and love the your skin. After all, it’s your biggest organ!

Let’s look at some of the products you should have in your purse (or bathroom cabinet) this season. Read, set… lighten!

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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I Scream You Scream… We All Scream for Sunscreen!

We can’t emphasize this enough. All the fancy lighteners, whiteners, and products in the world won’t be effective in the long term if you don’t start wearing sunscreen. Sure, some amazing products exist on the market that can reverse previous damage, but we want to do more than just heal old scarring and hyperpigmentation. We also want to be proactive consumers, you know?

So how do you find the perfect formula for your skin type? Honestly, there is no better way than trial and error. However, if you don’t feel like investing in several brands and making a personal assessment, seek out product reviews and advice from the palest member of your family. (They likely share at least a few of your genes and must be doing something right!) Many great brands like Cetaphil and CeraVa have hypoallergenic sunscreens for sensitive skin. Experiment with both physical and chemical blockers, and find your perfect sun-management match!

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Hydration with Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil

Want to know a great way to seal in moisture after your shower? Apply coconut or Jojoba oil to still-wet legs, stomach, and arms.  It will keep Summertime Scaliness at bay! Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive. You can find organic oils at most health food supermarkets.

And if you have issues with dry hair, take a dab of oil and smooth it over your ends.

However, if your hair has become Summertime Straw, consider making a mask at home! Combine the meat of one avocado with an oil of your choice (Almond, Coconut, Jojoba, Sunflower Seed).  Whip it up in a bowl, slather it over your hair, and top it off with a shower cap. Once you’ve had the mask on for a substantial amount of time, wash it thoroughly in the sink or shower! The results can be pretty phenomenal.

Other great uses for oils?

Look at you, being super hydrated and flawless! Alright, there’s one last product we’d be remiss to forget!

Summer Skincare: Skin Lightening Products for Summer!

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Lip Balm (with… wait for it… SUNSCREEN!)

Have we become predictable? Oh well. At least you’ll look great. But seriously… don’t forget to shelter your lovely lips from the sun’s harmful rays! Your pretty pout needs protection, too! Keep some in your purse for multiple applications!

That’s not the only area that could use a specialized blocker! Beauty manufacturers have also started selling undereye sunscreen. You can dab it on and combat UVA and UVB-induced wrinkles!

Don’t forget to drink lots of water and stay in the shade whenever you can! If you’ve already been “bad” and picked recently soaked up too much pigmentation, check out a corrective gel and get your brightness back!

What are some of your Summer staples? Leave us your tips in the comments!

What goes into the Best Face Whitening-Cream Available?

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“Mirror, mirror on the wall! Who’s the fairest of them all?” Well ladies (and gents), there’s absolutely no reason why the ‘fairest of them all’ can’t be you! And trust us, you don’t need any poisonous apples or evil spells to achieve fast and flawless results. However, a shiny crown is encouraged! (Everyone looks great in a tiara!)

Today we’re talking about the best-kept secret in the kingdom: face-whitening cream. And one of the top systems on the market today is Skintrium’s Fair and Flawless Facial Collection.

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Enhanced Facial Lightening Cream

If you’re impatient like us and hate waiting months for a product to work, fear not! You’re in luck, fair maidens and brave sirs! We’ve found a cream that promises to produce results in the first week! Let’s take a peek at this “Prince Charming of Skin Care” and break down its all-star ingredients, shall we?

If you’re searching for a dream-come-true cream that uses only luxe ingredients, look no further than this Enhanced Facial Lightening Cream. It’s packed with tons of natural antioxidants and exfoliators. First on the list?…

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Black Caviar

It doesn’t get much fancier than that! Caviar has a high density of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. When applied all over the face, lipids in the delicacy retain moisture, firm the skin, and stop aging in its wicked tracks. Not too bad for a bunch of little fish eggs! Plus, rumor has it that Angelina Jolie is a big fan of the stuff. And. She. Is. Flawless. This cream will transform you into a prince or princess (or perhaps a gorgeous, evil Queen like Maleficent!)

White Truffle

This list is starting to resemble an hors d’oeuvres table at a fancy bistro, isn’t it?  White truffle makes us hungry for dessert! And it is a dessert… for your face! The delicate truffle is composed of water, potassium and magnesium, and it’s magic cocktail of beautifiers works to quench your skin’s thirst without leaving you oily. Banish dry skin once and for all!

Almond Seed Extract

The protein in almond extract firms as it seals in moisture. Almond Seed Extract’s antioxidants assist in rebuilding and repairing damage. Plus, it contains soothing properties that reduce inflammation. And as we all know, inflammation equals very bad news.

It Happens to All of Us

In Skintrium’s words: “We’re all born with smooth, even skin. But with age or hormonal changes due to sun, pregnancy, contraception or menopause, skin often takes on blotches and marks we’d rather not have. But you can turn the clock back.” Can we get a round of applause?!

Take Control,Your Highness!

It’s true, one minute you’re peering into a looking glass, admiring your glorious facade, and the next minute an army of evil hormones have reared their ugly heads. Suddenly, your face is unrecognizable. We know. We’ve been there. Luckily, skin care has advanced in the last few decades. You can regain control over your hormones and your life. After all, you are starring in your own story. Time to look the part!

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Why Invest in the Best?

Well, you deserve the best and more! In a perfect world, external elements and stress wouldn’t get in the way of your natural-born beauty. However, life isn’t always fairytale perfect. Sometimes, we need to find a miracle elixer and be diligent. But trust us, pampering your unique, stunning skin will give you the unshakeable confidence you need to be the best version of yourself. Now, go out there and slay some dragons!


Summer Skincare: Pale and Pretty is the New Tan and Sun Damaged

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Once upon a time, the Summer months meant slathering yourself in baby oil and baking in the sun. Sure, the effect was slimming and many sun worshippers achieved a “California Beach Vibe,” but it wasn’t without a price. Now, we know better. SPF, natural ingredients, and rocking your paleness has replaced all that unhealthy bronzing.

Think this…


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Instead of this…


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How bad is tanning, really?

Well, among the myriad negative consequences of tanning, you’ll find precancerous and cancerous skin lesions, benign tumors, fine and coarse wrinkles, freckles, unattractive pigmentation, sagging, and painful burns. Yikes! That sounds awful!

Don’t despair! There are ways to get a healthy glow that don’t involve basking in the sun. Consider a self-tanning body or face lotion. That way, you can still look sun kissed without all the harmful side effects.


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But I used to tan! Is it too late?

It’s never too late to start protecting your skin. Experiment with both physical and chemical sunscreens to find which variation is right for you. More important than finding the perfect sunscreen, however, is finding a formula you can wear everyday.

Do you already have some damage? Don’t worry. It’s possible to reverse and/or improve sun damage. Skintrium has great products that help lighten and brighten skin. They use all sorts of natural ingredients that nourish, exfoliate, and repair damage. Plus, it’s more affordable than the price of hospital bills and multiple trips to the dermatologist.

Where do I begin?

It depends on your personal skin care needs. If you suffer from spots and pigmentation, consider a pigmentation-reducing tonic. Such products restore skin to its original state, reduce spots, and prevent the future production of melanin. If your problem is suntan reduction, try a cream (or this one) and a prevention emulsion.

But how do I get my Vitamin D?

You can actually get your recommended Vitamin D from a vitamin supplement. Consult your doctor and/or dermatologist about your options, and find a plan that works for you!

What ingredients should I look for in skin care products?

It’s important to seek out a skin care regimen that includes lots of natural exfoliants, beneficial oils, and antioxidants. Look for ingredients such as avocado, almond oil, carrot, ginseng, aloe, and more! Don’t be afraid to ask for samples and air your questions or concerns about everything listed on the label. Remember, good skin is an investment. Make sure you research before you buy!

What are some other ways to prevent sun damage?

If you know you’ll be out all day, consider wearing a cute hat or a flowy, long-sleeve blouse. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on often forgotten places, like the top of your feet if you’re wearing sandals or the back of your neck. Above all, use common sense and make sun protection a part of your daily routine. Once it’s habit, it will feel second nature.  Now, go find a patch of shade, crack open a book, and rock out with your pale self.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen or sun-damage reversing product? We’d love to get your reader suggestions in the comments below!

Streamlined Morning Beauty: Products That Hold Up/ Won’t Hold You Up

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Okay, so it’s that time of year. You’ve finally pulled your skirts and sundresses from the back of your closet, and you’ve exfoliated and moisturized those scaly winter stems. However, there’s nothing more disheartening than applying your usual makeup routine, only to have it slide off the moment you step out into the elements.  Solution? Keep it basic! Here are three go-to products—a bold lip, summer blush, and a long-wearing sunscreen that will save you time and pull heavy duty in the sweltering heat.

A Bold Lip and Sun-Kissed Blush!

Nature-inspired hues are all the rage this season, and for good reason. (Hey, that rhymed!) A fresh take on the bold lip–a berry-colored pucker–is fun, funky, and more laid back than a classic red lipstick. Plus, it looks perfect paired with this season’s bright neons and dramatic jewel tones. Feeling more adventurous? Opt for a coral or orange pout and be on trend. Add a soft cream blush and you’ll look classic, pulled together, and fabulous! Let’s get to it!

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How to Find the Right Color

So how do you decide which summer lip suits you? Easy! Determine your personal color season! (“Wait, what do you mean my season? It’s Summer, silly!”) No, no, not the season of the year! We’re talking about what colors compliment your skin tone, hair, and eyes. Let’s break it down.

You’re a Winter if…

You have medium to dark brown or black hair with blue or ashy tints, your eyes are jewel toned, dark brown, or black, and your skin has cool undertones. Examples of celebrities with Winter coloring are Courtney Cox, Elizabeth Taylor, and Zoe Saldana. A blue-red lip, bright red, or mauve color will look great on you! And because your look is so striking, you can get away with more dramatic hues than other seasons! But go easy on the rose blush. When applied with a heavy hand, the dark pigment can look startling.

You’re a Summer if…

You have blue, green, or grey eyes, ash blonde or brown hair, and light pink undertones. Your celebrity Summer stunners include Emily Blunt, Jennifer Aniston, and Emily Deschanel. Look for a raspberry or deep burgundy lip and a berry blush! (If you’re a bit sunkissed, you can even use a bronzer as a blusher!)

You’re an Autumn if…

You have golden brown or blonde hair with red highlights.  You also have brown, green, or hazel eyes, and olive skin. Your autumn icons include Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, and Jennifer Lopez. Look for a lipstick that has hints of orange, salmon, coral, or fuchsia, and pair it with a peachy blush. (You can afford to go a little heavier than most, thanks to your pigmentation.) You’ll look like the summertime earth goddess you are!

Just Add Sunscreen!   

We’ve said it before. We’ll say it again. SPF! Seriously, sun damage ages you, causes skin cancer, and can result in unsightly spots and wrinkles. Try and find a sunscreen of SPF 30 or above, and reapply throughout the day. If you have pre-existing damage, consider a suntan removal cream. And don’t be afraid to add a glamorous, wide-brimmed summer hat.

What are some of your beat-the-heat products? Let us know in the comments below!