A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners. -Lord Chesterfield

Friday, June 25, 2010
Today's post is a compilation of cute, and fun summer beauty tips that I found on the WWW:

+ Before leaving the house, check out your city's Beauty Forecast.
(An adorable collaboration with John Frieda & Jergens and the Weather Channel)

+ Dermatologist Dr. Linda Franks' Top 4 Skin Sabotagers:
  1. Re-using your washcloth/loofah: "Bacteria can build up and cause breakouts and other skin issues!"
  2. Using bar soap on your face: "It can overdry delicate facial skin with detergent soaps, toners, and over exfoliation."
  3. Allowing your products to expire: "Beauty and skincare products do go bad. Efficacy of products can decrease, especially with SPF. As soon as you open a product, some ingredients will start to oxidize and degrade. And every time you touch a product you transfer germs!"
  4. Talking on a cell phone for long periods: "It can cause some people to develop a rash on their ears or cheeks. It can be caused by an allergic reaction to the nickel in cell phone handsets."
+ MYTH: Twice the SPF is Twice the Protection
   Remember, overexposure to sunlight is one of the leading causes of skin cancer. But the FDA is about to release recommendations for sunscreen labeling, which for the first time rates UVA protection and limits the UVB rating at 50+. The FDA's intention is to protect consumers who might think SPF 100+ is twice as strong as a SPF 50 when in fact, it's only a few percentages higher. The danger here being the potential to be lax with reapplication, resulting in a sunburn.  
I personally use SPF 15 on my face everyday, because the difference gained by higher values is negligible (as noted on the graph). And if you know me personally, I hate having anything heavy on my face. Yuk!

+ On rainy days, avoid liquid foundation since it will melt!  (I can attest to this.)
On sunny days, dab sunscreen along your part to keep your scalp from burning.
+ It is best to use lighter make-up during the summer to avoid a foundation meltdown & oil pit fiasco- Women's Health recommends using a moisturizer, tint & sunscreen in one: You Rebel by Benefit. 

+ Top 4 summer concealers (drugstore & non-drugstore brands)

+ Cosmopolitan- summer questions answered by dermatologists:
Q: How can I stop sweating so much? 
A: Put antiperspirant on at night, too. That way, it will have plenty of time to absorb into your skin and start working, says Atlanta dermatologist Darren Casey. In the morning, shower and swipe on another coat as you normally would.

Q: My hair is fried from the sun. Any tips? 
A: If summer fun has wreaked havoc on the health of your hair, pamper your tresses back to their prime with this daily at-home conditioning routine suggested by Gil Ferrer, owner of Gil Ferrer salon in New York City: Mix equal parts of a scalp-soothing mint-oil conditioner and a shampoo made for your hair type. Try Gil Ferrer CoolScalp Conditioner, $28, or Graham Webb Ice Cap Revitalizing Conditioner, $12. Suds up with this mane-moisturizing concoction, and rinse thoroughly. Follow with a deep conditioner, rubbing the ends of your hair as you let it soak in for a few minutes. Rinse, and apply a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to shield your strands from do-damaging UV rays.

Q: I'm afraid of skin damage, but I want to look like I have a tan. How can I get a summer gleam without actually sitting out in the sun? 
A: Here are four fantastic fine-tuned formulas:

  • Pro fake-bake sessions: Mystic Tan offers you a range of intensities from light to dark. Looking for more personalized service? Thanks to a superpowered spray gun, you can get an airbrush tan job performed by a technician at salons doing California Tan Sunless treatments in only four minutes.
  • Aerosol spray cans: Like aerosol hair sprays, these spew a continuous fine mist even when you hold them upside down. Try Lancôme Flash Bronzer Airbrush Spray, $28.
  • Individual towelettes: These individually packed, presoaked sheets will coat your whole body with self-tanner. Try L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes, $10.
  • Speedy mousses: Perfect for crunch times, these airy foams dry in five minutes. A great one: Coppertone Endless Summer Bronzing Foam.

+ Elle's '15 Celebrity Hairstyles for Summer'. (I'll most likely be doing a high ponytail, and side fishtail/french braid. I hate having my hair down on sweaty humid days. Frizz is not sexy.)

+ Summer skin care for men at AskMen.com

Be sure to deep condition your hair at least once a week, especially if you swim a lot. Hair tends to become dry, dull and brittle if it is soaked and dried too often.

+ Don't forget the insect-repellant when you head off to the beach, cottage, camping, etc.

Protect your color with a protector like Fekkai SunShine Shield Spray.


image sources: google, tumblr
information sources: elle, teen vogue, women's health magazine, cosmopolitan, about.com, & a few beauty blogs I didn't save (oopsies)
7 comments on "A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners. -Lord Chesterfield"
  1. Going to try the dry hair tip - thanks for sharing this.


  2. Some great tips - thanks for sharing!

  3. This is an excellent post! :)

  4. Beautiful pictures, kisses from France

    Olivia & Mariam


  5. Thank you for these! Im gonna try some of them. Great post.


  6. Yes to SPF, always! I always wear SPF 25 but switched to 40 now that the sun's out and burning. After 3 years of medical school I am taking sun damage very seriously :P


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