Skin Care Summer Essentials


Summer is right around the corner and there are some essentials that you need in order to keep your skin glowing and healthy.

1. First thing’s first…..sunscreen!  My friend recently got married and I gave her and her husband 4 cans of spray on sun screen for their honeymoon in St. Lucia.  Yes, it’s that serious.  Her husband was grateful because his skin started peeling on their last vacation.

Sunscreen should be applied any time you’re going to be exposed to the sun.  People tend to forget when on vacation; just remember to pack it in your bag.  You’ll be thankful later.  Not using sunscreen can cause your skin to burn and peel as well as suffer from long term issues like sun spots (hyper pigmentation) or wrinkles.  Don’t forget behind your ears, chest, back and neck.  People tend to forget about those areas.

2. Don’t forget about lip care.

I like Jack Black’s lip balm.  It’s super affordable and keeps your lips moisturized long term.  It has SPF 15.

3. I don’t wear makeup to the beach, but if you do I suggest wearing a bb cream or tinted moisturizer with an spf.  These products are lighter than a foundation and the sunscreen will protect your face from the sun.  You can also add some bronzer to your chest, shoulders, and arms to create a sexy glowing look at the beach.

4. A face mist can be a life saver on a hot day at the beach.  There are several brands that make facial mists.  I like MAC’s Fix Plus.  I like to put it in the refrigerator before going to the beach, then I throw it in the cooler with my drinks to make sure it stays cool once I get there.  A few mists on your face will keep you cool and your skin hydrated.

5. Make sure you have plenty of water!  Not drinking enough can cause so many issues besides dehydrated skin.  I carry a meal water bottle with me everywhere in the summer.  I fill it up every time I see a water fountain.

Stay tuned for the next post on what not to do when going to the beach!

Preventing Wrinkles

Hey guys!  Today I’m going to be giving a few random skin care tips that you either may not know or forgot, but will help prevent wrinkles.

Face – Up & Out Method

1.When cleansing, applying moisturizers and serums make sure you rub up and outward to prevent wrinkles.  Over the course of time rubbing products into your skin can cause wrinkles or make them worse because your pulling/dragging your skin downward.  So remember to always rub up and out or you can pat your products into the skin.  This takes longer for them to absorb so I recommend the up and out method.pat dont rub

Also pat your face dry with a clean towel, don’t rub for the same reasons.


2. A lot of people neglect their hands when it comes to skin care.  Putting on lotion sometimes is the most love people give their hands.  But your hands do a lot of work and get used more than most other body parts. Because a lot of people don’t take care of their old young handhands that’s usually a dead giveaway for their age.   The skin on your hands age just like skin on the rest of your body.  Here are some tips to help with that:

Make sure to exfoliate your hands to remove dead skin cells, just like you would your face and body.  This should be done 2-3 times per week.  If you are extra rough on your hands you can exfoliate every other day.

steering wheel hands


3. Use a sunscreen or moisturizer with sunscreen on your hands.  Especially since we’ve hit
record highs with the weather, this is an important tip.  When you drive your hands are on the steering wheel and get extra exposure to the sun.  The sunscreen will help protect your hands.

Let me know if you guys use any of these tips and how they work for you!

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You want me to exfoliate where????

So the weather is warming up and everyone has been hitting the gym religiously since New Year’s Day to get in shape for the summer.  Tropical vacations, beach trips, or just a trip to your local pool is on everyone’s mind.  Well while you’re working out you need to make sure your skin is looking right too…..and not just the skin on your face.

A lot of times people tend to forget about exfoliating the entire body.  Just like your face your body should get a good scrub 1-2 times per week.  If you sweat a lot from working out or being outdoors you can exfoliate more often.  Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells by scrubbing, whether it be with a tool or an exfoliating product.


These are examples of the types of tools you can exfoliate with using regular soap.  They are textured and will create the friction needed to get rid of those dead skin cells on the body.  You can also use a loofah or a sponge.

The only thing I don’t like about tools is that they hold a lot of bacteria and need to be changed often.  I prefer using a scrub.  All I do is put some of it on my hand and apply all over my body…..yes ALL OVER!!!  Regardless of what you use, after exfoliation you’ll notice an immediate difference in the way your skin looks and feels.  Apply a moisturizer and it will go on so much smoother.exfoliating sponge

My favorite body scrub is the sugar scrub by Tree Hut. They also make a salt scrub but my skin doesn’t like salt scrubs; sugar is good for sensitive skin. They’re inexpensive, easy to find, and are almost always on sale buy one get one half off at Ulta.    One of my favorite scents is the mango.

mango scrub

Ok, so now we have that out of the way let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  Here are places on the body most people don’t exfoliate but should:

  1.  Pubic and Bikini Area – Mostly everyone goes to the beach or pool when it gets hot.  Don’t get caught slipping with ingrown  hairs (that can cause hair bumps) because that is NOT a pretty sight.  For those who shave, it is much more common to get an ingrown hair.  Remember, you can get a blemish or “bump” anywhere there’s a pore or hair follicle.  When hair follicles get infected it creates a bump.  Your pubic area is not immune so do everyone at the beach (and your boo) a favor and exfoliate down there year round, but especially in the summer.  And exfoliating down there 5-7 days before a wax helps the hair come out easier.

My favorite “down there” exfoliator is Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream.  It clinique exfoliating creamcomes in a jar.  Don’t get it confused with another Clinique exfoliator that has almost the same name.  The one in the jar is the best for “down there” because it has salicylic acid in it.  And the micro beads are not abrasive because this product is a cream, but still does a good job of exfoliating.  Use this on an existing hair bump and it’ll be gone in 2 days or less!

2.  Butt – Exfoliate your butt!  It’s a part of your body right?  And it is exposed a lot more in the summer so make sure that booty is soft!

3.  Back – So this is the hardest place to reach obviously.  I’ve learned to master the art of doing it on my own using my scrub.  It took some practice.  Or you can use a body brush with a longer handle (shown in the top picture).  Exfoliating your back also helps your tanning lotion or sun block penetrate better.  You don’t want your back to be a different color than the rest of you….not a good look.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Go exfoliate!!!


Drug Store Finds

I really don’t use many products from the drug store.  When I say drug store I mean stores like Wal-mart, CVS, Walgreens, Target.  They sell brands like Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Neutrogena, etc.  These are the brands people tend to gravitate towards mainly because of price and they’re easy to get.

My motto is you get what you pay for…..most of the time.  A lot of drug store brands don’t have a lot of active ingredients that will help treat skin.  A lot of the brands advertise to help with anti-aging or acne but once you read the ingredients the amount of the most important ingredients is very slim.

I do have a couple of products that I love from the drug store.  The main 2 are Noxzema Anti-Blemish Pads and Nadinola’s Fade Cream.

Noxzema’s Anti-Blemish Pads

These things are amazing at removing excess dirt from the face.  After you cleanse your face there is still dirt and bacteria left that the cleanser didn’t get.  Using these pads helps to get that excess dirt.  Salicylic acid helps treat and prevent blemishes which makes it good for oily, combination oily, and acne prone skin.  anti_blemish_pads768x8681

Anyone who has ever used Noxzema products know that they tingle.  These pads do pack a punch but it’s not bad and it’s worth it.  They have menthol and eucalyptus oil  which help to soothe and heal existing blemishes.  Salicylic acid helps with preventing blemishes.

Nadinola Fade Cream

I’m sure you’ve passed by this product and may not have paid it any attention.  It’s a product that’s been around for quite a while and it’s super inexpensive.  I just purchased another jar at Wal-mart and it was $5.18, random price, but still good right!  They do have different formulas but I use the extra strength because has 3% hydroquinone. That is awesome because most over the counter skin care products have 2%.  Any product that has more than 3% requires a prescription.


You would use this before you put on your moisturizer.  The packaging says this product has sunscreen, but it doesn’t say how much SPF; that’s the only thing I don’t like.  Since it does have sunscreen I only use it in the morning.  It is safe to use every day but remember you should discontinue use for a while.  So you can use it for a couple of months, then stop using it for a month.  And you can repeat.  For information on why see my previous post by clicking: Pay Attention: Ingredients!

Some people think that since it’s a fade cream you put it only on the dark spot.  NO!!!!  Apply all over the face.  This product basically attacks the extra melanin so it only lightens the places that need to be lightened.  If you were to apply it only to the dark area eventually you would get a “halo” effect which would create a lighter area around where the dark spot was.  That just creates a whole other issue.

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products!

And…..I’m thinking about testing out products and giving my opinion.  Would you rather see more drugstore/affordable products?  Or does it matter?  Let me know what you think in the comments section. I want to make sure I’m writing about stuff you want to know about.

And I’m always open for suggestions so let me know if there’s a specific topic you want me to write about.

Moisturizer Recommendations

So in my last post I mentioned what you should not use on your skin as a moisturizer and had a lot of follow up questions regarding what should be used.  Here are some good moisturizers for the cooler weather, in no particular order.

turnaround cream
I am a big fan of Clinique’s turnaround overnight moisturizer.  In the past few months they re-formulated their ingredients and I have to say I’m impressed.  It’s a night time radiance moisturizer so it’s especially good for those who have lackluster looking skin and want a boost of rejuvenation.  Anyone can use it; I have oily skin and love it.  You can purchase at any Clinique counter as well as Sephora.  If you’re near a Sephora I suggest getting a sample to see if you like it before purchasing. Sephora gives samples of EVERYTHING!  🙂

murad hydro dynamicMurad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturizer is an awesome moisturizer for dry dehydrated skin.  The texture is super rich and thick and it’s a part of the anti-aging line of the brand.


cetaphil creamFor those who don’t necessarily need anything special Cetaphil is a decent opticetaphil lotionon.  It’s very affordable and can be found almost anywhere (Walmart, Target, CVS).  Pictured to the left is the moisturizing cream which is good if you need more hydration (dry skin).  Pictured to the right is the moisturizing lotion that provides lightweight hydration for normal or oily skin.

Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar is a good option that gives lightweight hydration.  It contains lactic acid, which helps to gently exfoliate the skin, helping skin turnover and improving skin’s texture over time.  Good for all skin types, but those with oilier skin would especially enjoy this because it doesn’t make your face greasy or shiny.  Also found at Sephora, department stores, and Ulta.

hope in a jar

An oldie but goodie is Estee Lauder’s Daywear.  It’s been around for quite a while but it’s a good day moisturizer with spf 25.  There are 2 versions, one for oily skin and one for dry skin (pictured below).  This option is the priciest of the ones given, but again go grab a sample from Sephora.  Also available at department stores that have Estee Lauder counters.


image prevention moisturizer image matte moisturizerImage is a professional brand used by estheticians in spas but is also available for the public to purchase as well.  It is available online and in certain spas.

Pictured left is the prevention daily hydrating moisturizer that is good for sensitive and dry/dehydrated skin and has spf 30.  To the right is the matte version of the moisturizer, making it good for oily skin.  It has spf of 32, provides all day hydration, and helps to absorb oils produced throughout the day giving you a nice matte finish.  It works great under makeup.

So this is a longer post but I wanted to make sure I cold give suggestions to various skin types for day and night moisturizers.  Let me know if  you guys have any questions.  Feel free to leave a comment or question below.  Hope this info helps!