Face the summer with subtle bronzes,
fiery oranges and plenty of SPF
Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather–spending time at the beach or catching some rays. But the hot temperatures can cause concern for women everywhere. How do I protect my skin from the sun’s harmful rays? How do I keep my makeup from running down my face in these high temps? Should I skip the sun tanning all together? We talked to experts in the fields of women’s skin care and cosmetics.
At Essential Skin and Beauty in Elmhurst, owner and esthetician Andrea Stodola suggests using a titanium and zinc-based sunscreen, with at least an SPF 30 rating. These sunscreens reflect the rays instead of absorbing them. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, make skin more sensitive to the sun, she explained. Don’t forget your ears, or an SPF lip balm to keep soft and supple. SPF hair products protect against a sunburned scalp.
While the best source of SPF is still a hat, she said, extra coverage can be found by using a moisturizer with SPF before applying makeup. Internal SPF pills also are available, allowing you to get sun protection just like putting on sunscreen.
Avoid aerosol sprays, despite the illusion that sunscreen can be sprayed on the body with ease.
“I went to the Caribbean with a friend, and she used an aerosol spray,” Stodola said. “She got badly burned.”
The reason, she says, is because the spray misses places on your skin. Lotion affords the maximum amount of coverage.
While moisturizing creams and SPF rich lotions can bathe your skin in protection, many women opt to peel away previous damage, but in the heat of the summer, Stodola says to skip the harsh chemical peels, which also strip your skin of protective barriers. Instead she proposes choosing a fruit enzyme peel, which uses natural ingredients like pineapple and papaya to exfoliate the skin safely.
Once your skin is ready for the daylight, it’s time to consider color, and makeup can be reworked during those bright and sunny summer months.
Professional makeup artist Angela Hall says orange is the hot makeup color this summer- for both lips and eyes. MAC lipstick in Morange or Obsessive Compulsive Lip in “Beta” are her favorites to achieve this citrusy look.
“A teal eyeliner pop on the bottom lash line is really popular right now,” she said, suggesting Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teak and Makeup For Ever Aqua Eyes in 52L.
If you struggle with perspiration in the summer heat, don’t sweat it! Hall uses MEDeTATE individual wipes to take on the go and absorb the extra oil on your skin. They are best used before putting on your makeup so that everything sticks and you stay fresh, Hall said.
Another, professional trick to keep your look from wilting in the summer sun is to use hairspray over makeup to seal everything in place. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is Hall’s favorite.
“I use it on my brides because we do their makeup at two in the afternoon, the weddings are usually not until later at night and they don’t get done until around midnight,” she said.
For the fair-skinned females and the too-busy-to-tan ladies, bronzer is an easy way to getting that summer glow without the rays. But don’t be heavy-handed. A fluffy brush is a simple way to avoid putting on too much.
“People tend to overdo it,” Hall said. “You should put it where the sun would naturally hit you–tops of your cheeks, forehead, bridge of your nose.”
In the end, it’s summer.
“Keep it simple,” she said. “Summer is for picnics and going to the park.”
A little cream eye makeup with some shimmer, tinted moisturizer or bronzer, mascara and you’re all set to go.
“Skip the foundation,” she said. “Use a little concealer if you have to.”
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