Favorite Summer Moisturizer

The worst feeling in the world is smearing a heavy, thick cream on yourself when your already feel sticky and yucky. In the summer, the skin likes light and fresh textures that let it breathe. The perfect moisturizer for the summer is: Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief! I’ts fresh, hydrating, light and oil-free. Perfect after the beach! You can use it as an everyday moisturizer, as a hydrating mask and over makeup! Try it!

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Drink Green!

If you love green tea, I have good news for you! Look how healthy it is:

  • Helps you to lose weight because it increases metabolism
  • Reduces the risk of cancer
  • Fights against free radicals in the skin
  • Helps to regulate glucose levels
  • Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood

So, pour yourself a big glass of green iced tea to stay fresh, healthy and beautiful.

Best Moisturizer with SPF!

On my previous posts, I discussed the importance of wearing SPF everyday and how you should be applying it, for the best results. Now, I’ll talk about the SPF I use and love. I’ve been using it for years now. Sometimes I try new ones but I always come back to this. First of all, it’s light! That’s a big deal to me because I can’t stand thick creams on my face. I doesn’t leave a white cast. I’ts hydrating enough for my combination skin and it’s noncomedogenic! It doesn’t break me out and it doesn’t leave an oily residue. It’s the Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF 20 from Avène. There’re two versions: the Light formula and the Rich formula. I only like the Light one. If you’re in the market for a new SPF try this. (I’m not sure if the formula is the same in the States and in Europe but I know it’s available almost everywhere.)

Apply Sunscreen The Right Way!

Applying sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine IS WRONG. In order for the sunscreen to work properly, it should be applied directly on the skin, not after a moisturizer or other beauty products.  Your sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF should be the first thing you apply, so that it can bind to the skin perfectly. Another thing: You should put sunscreen on (enough),  at least 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. Most sunscreens need to be in contact with the skin for about 20-30 minutes so you get the desired protection. Remember: SPF first!

SUNSCREEN – Wear it everyday!

You should wear sunscreen everyday. Rain or shine. The reason for it, is that no matter if it’s cloudy outside, you are still getting UV damage on your skin. And guess what is the best way to prevent premature aging? Sun protection, of course. The UV rays that hit your skin on the beach are the same that hit it on that 5 minute walk to work, don’t forget that. Sun damage is cumulative. Those 5 minutes of unprotected sun exposure add up. Another important point is this: even if you don’t see the sun damage now, you will see it later. So, if you want to keep your skin looking young, don’t skip the SPF and make sure you choose one with both UVA and UVB protection. Broadsprectrum protection is important because it’s going to help to protect yourself  from sun damage, burning and cancer. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go out in the sun, just protect yourself!

SKINCARE

SKINCARE. I’m obsessed with skincare. I never had huge problems with my skin, consequently I didn’t do much to take care of it, because it just looked fine. I just thought there wasn’t much to do, until I realized my girlfriends were using moisturizers, face washes, etc and I wasn’t. That’s when I really got interested in skincare and started researching a lot about it. Today, I’m obsessed with skincare and I have a lot of tips to share with you. Ill be talking about skincare in general, favorite products and skincare myths. Hope you enjoy. Keep in mind, I’m not a dermatologist or a doctor, I just want to share what I’ve learned over the years.

MY FAVORITE BLUSHES FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN #4

As for cream blushes I really love the CARGO ColourSticks. They’re oil-free, they glide on like a dream and the colors are beautiful. They’re similiar to the Shiseido Accentuating Color Sticks, love them too. (oil-free)

If you have problematic skin I recommend that you stay away from cream blushes if you don’t know what’s in them. Cream blushes are often loaded with oils and heavy ingredients that can make you look shiny. The MAC cream blushes, for example, feel way too heavy on my skin. The two I mentioned look beautiful on the skin. If you love cream blushes, try them!