With less than 2 weeks to Memorial Day Weekend it's a great time to think about transitioning into summer. It's time for sunscreen, swimsuits, SPF and sunglasses, are you ready?
We have a few ideas on things to think about to get your summer underway. Embrace that summer feeling, bring out your summer clothes and accessories and start a beauty regime to match the weather. We also want to hear your suggestions. What are your summer must-haves? Share your recommendations for summer must-haves and you'll be entered for a chance to win this week's great prize giveaways.
Safer Summer Skin
Dial up your SPF with a good sunscreen product. This year you can rest assured that the new rules around SPF labels will make your choices more clear. Look out for "broad spectrum" on the label because this indicates that the cream protects against UVA and UVB rays. Until the FDA updated this rule in 2011 the UVA protection factor was unclear in labelling.
This is a good time to wake up your winter skin with an invigorating scrub. You will need to do this regularly over a few weeks to see your skin regain tone and a healthy looking glow. If you don't want to buy a scrub there are some great sugar and salt scrubs that you can make yourself.
For your face, think about changing out tinted moisturizer, foundation and blush to a darker color to match your skin tone. You may not have noticed that Spring has already added a darker hue to your skin.
Swim In Style
Buying a swimsuit is emotionally charged for many of us. We all have our good bits and some bad bits and a swimsuit leaves little hidden. Take the time now to pull out your suit from last season - try it on and see how it fits. If you decide to shop for a new swimsuit prepare yourself for the process, it takes lots of looking and lots of trying on. Try department stores that have lots of styles to choose from and can measure you if needed. If you prefer the privacy of your own home Aqua Beachwear may be a good option for you. Look for a swimsuit that makes you feel confident and that you really love. So much of how you look in a swimsuit is based on how it makes you feel when you wear it. Rock that swimsuit ladies!
Accessorize your swimsuit with a beautiful wrap, cover-up or dress. Choose light fabrics that dry quickly and coordinate with your swimsuit. If you know you will be spending many hours in the sun you may want to look for fabrics that have an SPF protection in the weave.
Sizzling Looks For The Sun
A great pair of sunglasses and a stylish hat can change your look from regular you, to rockstar you. There are so many styles to work with and of course the leading brands have already hit the stores with their newest looks for summer. Zappo's.com is a great option for trying and buying sunglasses and hats . They have a great range of brands and pricepoints and you can order a few styles and return the ones you don't want. Take a look at Sandiego Hat Company for well made hats that last the season of sun, salt, sand and gettign wet a few times!
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I try to have the fridge stocked up with juice, water and teas. That way everyone can help themselves and stay hydrated. I also like to have marinades on hand for grilling flavorful meats, veggies and potatoes. The past two weeks have been great for finding coupons and sales, for both drinks and marinades. Now's the time to stock up for the whole summer.
I adore Eucerin's Daily Protection Moisturizing Body Lotion with SPF15. I use it on my face daily and on my body as well. It is a great moisturizer, plus if you end up being outside w/o your sunscreen you've got a bit of protection. We live in a very dry and sunny climate and it is a year-round AND summer bonus!
it is summer when I wear my Dr. scholls
Must haves: Sunscreen is #1 right ahead of sunglasses. Then comes fancy flip flops ( a pair for every outfit), a great novel, moisturizers, a big floppy sun hat, swim-suit and a pool. Lots of summer veggies! No bug repellant for me. Hate chemicals (insecticides) on my skin. and a raft!
My must have items are my Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen, Maui Jim Sunglasses, several pair of flip flops that match my suits and cover ups, a good book and to be around friends and family! Let the Summer begin!!!!!
I'm here for the Vanilla Bean Bath and Body Works products, the Lemongrass shampoo by MOD, some flameless scented candles, Crayola crayons to keep the kids busy on a super hot sit in day, and the Rubbermaid storage containers...my five summer product review must haves!! :)
Definitely a good aloe vera gel........Even with suncreen, being out in the sun all day burns can happen. A nice cooling aloe vera gel is a summer must have.
SUMMERTIME!SUMMSUMMSUMMERTIME!I am so ready for summer and being casual. I buy the best sunscreen out there. The best is Neutrogena; for face and one for the rest. Carry one in you car.. I am staving off sunspots on my hands as long as I can. The sun is always around. I buy sunglasses with large frames; I buy a floppy hat. I always carry water; one refrigerated bottle and one from the freezer.It will stay cold. My fragrance is a body spray . Evian mineral spray water is necessary, keeping me cool.The best is to turn the answering machine off for the summer. . I still give my cell no. to people I want to talk to, and the rest can call my hubby. He knows when to direct someone to me. He comes to meet us at the beach and we all ride bikes. NO TELEVISION!!! My husband's one need is a beach chair, especially since he hates sand! I write this as I sit sit here watching him cringe as my son is being buried under sand.
SUMMERTIME!SUMMSUMMSUMMERTIME!I am so ready for summer and and being casual. I buy the best sunscreen out there. The best is Neutrogena; for face and one for the rest. Carry one in you car.. I am staving off sunspots on my hands as long as I can. The sun is always around. I buy sunglasses with large frames; I buy a floppy hat. I always carry water; one refrigerated bottle and one from the freezer. When I drink it it will be cold. Evian mineral spray water,a necessity; keeping me cool.The best is turn the answering machine off for the summer. . I still give my cell no. to people I want to talk to, and the rest can call my hubby. He knows when to direct someone to me. He comes to meet us at the beach and we all ride bikes. NO TELEVISION!!! My husband's one need is a beach chair; I make sure I get the best for him, especially since he hates sand, He's the best, as I sit sit here watching him cringe as my son is being buried under sand. I LOVE SUMMER!
For me its summer if I have my greek style iced frappe (made with Nescafe, milk and sugar) and a great book for the beach!
A good sunscreen is so important. I use AveenoContinuous protection SPF 70 for my face. It's great because its not heavy or greasy. I can't stand that heavy feeling on my face. Works very well.
would love some new sandals
A great Lands End bathing suit and a large LL Bean beach bag. Both of those, early beach tags and I'm read!
Summer for us is about simplicity, but that only happens when we're prepared. I keep a small cooler in my car stocked with water, juice boxes, sunscreen, baby wipes, and peanut butter sandwich crackers. The cooler keeps things from getting too hot, and going bad. I also always have a pair of swim shorts, t shirt, sweatshirt and towel handy in a mesh bag so we're always ready to swim, or change if need be. I keep things simple by using Cetaphyl daily facial moisturizer with spf 15. It's perfect for my skin year round, and I can mix it with my foundation for a more natural look in the summer. Elf.com allowed me to create a customized compact with blush, bronzer, lipgloss and eye shadows for cheap, and it's always in my purse. Where will we go today?