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8 Skin Care Products You Need This Summer

8 Skin Care Products You Need This Summer

The Products You Need in Your Summer Skin Care Repertoire

We find ourselves suddenly in the middle of the summer. For many of us this means much time spent outdoors in the sun and heat. Whether we are running errands, sitting on the beach, barbecuing, hiking or just day dreaming, it is important to protect ourselves from the elements during the day, and then nourish our skin later in the evening. Here are some of my favorite products to keep you covered from face to toe all summer long.

Best Summer Skin Care Products For Face

  1. Institut Esthederm Cellular Water: Great for a quick spray if you’re on the beach, out for a walk or simply enjoying the outdoors. Cellular Water rehydrates the skin and restores its vital energy.
  2. Mio Skincare Clean Slate Workout Swipes & URSA Major Essential Face Wipes: Both of these are organic and great for men and women on the go. They not only rid the face (and the rest of the body) of grime, but also tone the skin; whether you are traveling, après gym or getting off the subway particularly schvitzy.
  3. Alchimie Forever Daily Defense Cream SPF 23: An anti-aging, light daily moisturizer with all the sun protection you need rolled up in one product. It is perfect for summer and is dermatologically formulated and tested, making it well suited for all skin types.
  4. Institut Esthederm Time Technology Cream: A light, revitalizing moisturizer, perfect for the summer and/or traveling. It contains algae extract that detoxifies and promotes microcirculation. This fresh cream contains a subtle, shimmery glow, so even with the faintest hint of a tan you won’t need to wear much makeup. It is perfect for going out on a summer evening.
  5. Cosmetics 27 Baume 27: Great as an après sun moisturizer. It is cooling and calming, especially after a day outdoors or in the sun. During the summer, this balm is particularly well suited as a restorative and reparative nighttime face cream. It quite literally slows down the oxidation or aging process as it protects against free radicals, one of the main causes of aging. Don’t forget to massage into your décolleté as well.

Best Summer Skin Care Products For Eyes

  1. B. Kamins Laboratories Eye Cream: Formulated with Epishere-BlueTM Technology, which consists of heat activated tiny blue capsules of anti-oxidant this lightweight under eye cream is perfect for use day and night during the summer. Great under makeup or on its own.

Best Summer Skin Care Products For Body

Remember that the body is just as much in need of care as the face. When you return from a day in the sun, the body requires moisture and rehydration.

  1. Institut Esthederm Sun Care Oil SPF 25: Don’t be fooled by the SPF 25 label, this is akin to an SPF of 30. It is not only high-tech sun care that stimulates your skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun but can also be used year round as a hydrating body oil. It is the best sun care protection on the market and smells divine. Can also be used an SPF hair oil.
  2. Mio Skincare Get Waisted Sculpted Body Shaper: The combination of caffeine, aloe leaf juice, oat protein and other active ingredients help tighten, smooth, de-bloat and discourage fat deposits by increasing lipolysis, the breakdown of fat. Combine this with regular exercise and healthy eating and you will see results!

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4 Ways To Enhance Your Beauty Regimen With Negative Ion Water

4 Ways To Enhance Your Beauty Regimen With Negative Ion Water

When hot, sticky summer weather makes our hair and skin freak out (i.e., break out…frizz out…), we make sure to stock up on our favorite multitasking product from Japan. No one can sing the praises of Vine Minus Ion Care Water better than Travel Beauty’s hair care expert, Ishi.

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Where do I begin? Vine Care Water is negative ion water that was first developed in Japan for NASA to clean the lenses and mirrors on space bound vehicles and satellites. Bacteria cannot live in a pH 12.5 environment, so it was made as a germ-killing cleanser. Negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than water, so on its own it provides moisture. Used in conjunction with hair and skin care products, negative ion water works as a driver – so it boosts the effectiveness of products used subsequently.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Hair Care

The negative charge of the water is attracted to – and bonds to – hair.  It helps strengthen fine hair, making it feel thicker. It boosts the strength of conditioners, treatments and styling aids to amplify the benefits of these products. It can also be mixed with your shampoo or conditioner at a rate of 10%, or can be sprayed onto hair, roots to ends, before leave-in conditioners or styling aids are applied. This is a fabulous tool for thick, curly hair as well; read more here about how to use it.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Skin Care

Care Water works well as a moisturizing skin toner or clarifier (most products that clarify tend to dry the skin). Many of my clients have had success clearing up some forms of acne with Care Water as well. Layered with other products, it boosts the benefits of those products. Here’s an easy experiment to give you an idea of what Care Water does:

  • Put a few drops of oil into water. You will see it separates.
  • Then spray the oil and water with Care Water.
  • You will see it actually reduces the size of the oil drops so that the water and oil mix together.
  • This is the same way Care Water breaks up and clears away oils on the skin.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Scrapes & Cuts

Sprayed on scrapes or cuts, Care Water cleans the wounds (by killing bacteria) and moisturizes, therefore promoting healing. It’s currently being used in research at burn hospitals in Japan with very positive results.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Teeth

Care Water also works for brushing your teeth – both cleansing and whitening. Read all about our smile-cleaning secrets here. Don’t swallow it, though! It is not for internal use. The pH is too extreme for that. Care Water is the ideal multi-tasking travel companion. You can find this cure-all wonder water in travel size here at Travel Beauty.

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The Best Spring & Summer Body Care Tips

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Here it is! I scoured our archives to compile the greatest collection of Spring & Summer body care best practice articles we’ve ever published. Read on for all the info you need to bare it all with confidence come Memorial Day. From shaving to body product layering to self-tanning, here are my step-by-step guides on how to get every inch of you ready for short-shorts, slingbacks, sarongs and all things slinky.

Layering Body Care Products

We’ve been told how to layer our skin care and even our hair care products, but what about our body care products? Exfoliator, self-tanner, body cream, body oil, SPF…how is a girl to know which to apply first? Here’s the order of operations to ensure you get the most out of your body care routine.

Your Best Summer Shaving Tips

Love summer frocks, but hate shaving daily? Here are my superstar shaving tips that just may allow you to skip a day of shaving.

Defeat Dry Feet For Pedicure Season

I have a bit of a (soft) foot fetish. Here’s the heel deal on how to have the smoothest feet in town.

Sunless Self-Tanning Tips From Travel Beauty

Orange will NEVER be the new tan. From a truly pale girl, here’s how to flawlessly fake your tan.

By Claire McCormack

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Beauty Essentials for Your Gym Bag

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As a working mom who likes to work out, I often leave my house at 7:30am with all the supplies I need for my 7:30pm gym class…I don’t have time to go home between work, kids and class. Because of this hustle, packing my gym bag with the proper products has become a crucial life skill. What do I ABSOLUTELY need? What’s extraneous? What’s a little bit of a luxury that will make a big difference to me at 9pm? All this and more is taken into consideration.

Vine Minus Ion Care Water Does. It. All.

Fixes post-gym crazy hair. Is a great antibacterial pre-workout skin prep and post-workout skin refresher. Due to its germ-killing abilities, you can even use it to wipe down your yoga mat after class. (Read more about the benefits of Care Water.)

Mio Skincare Clean Slate Swipes & Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

I’ve gushed about both of these products so many times, I’m hoping you’re already packing them in your gym bag on the regular…both are spreading like a virus among my fellow gym members. They come individually wrapped, so they are super compact. I shove a few of each in my bag on Sunday night so they’re there when I need them. Each jumbo Mio Skincare Clean Slate Swipe is formulated with natural ingredients to help prevent blemishes and post-gym breakouts, as well as aloe vera and omega oils to exfoliate and moisturize skin. They efficiently & effectively remove makeup, sweat and oil. Their cucumber and mint infused scent makes me feel like I’m bathing in a huge glass of the cucumber water I sip while at the spa. Mio Swipes are suitable for both face and body, so I like to use one all over post-workout (it is THAT big). Pre-workout, when just my face needs a cleaning, I bring an Ursa Major Essential Wipe specifically for that task. These award-winning wipes also cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate skin to leave it (and you!) feeling refreshed and so clean, clean.

Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream

I love kickboxing for so many reasons. What it’s doing to my knuckles is not one of them. To prevent farmhand hands, I make sure to coat my knuckles in this ultra-protective, healing cream before I put my gloves on. If you’ve used Yu-be Moisturizing Skin Cream before, you know its myriad uses, from nose to toes. The one ounce tube is convenient enough to keep in my handbag, so I have it even on my rest days.

Mio Skincare Workout Wonder Invigorating Muscle Motivating Gel

My shoulders have been a tension center for years. Building muscle in that area has only exacerbated the situation. Well, this little bottle earns every word in its name. It is perfect for pre and post-workout, as it not only invigorates muscles, but also helps to soothe them. Extracts of Arnica, Horse Chestnut, Murumuru Butter, Spearmint and natural Magnesium increase circulation, ease aches and inflammation and help speed up recovery. This uplifting cocktail of herbs and extracts leaves my body feeling cooled, soothed and ache-free. Though it’s called a gel, Mio Skincare Workout Wonder is a cream…and a creamy cream at thatzero annoying stickiness. And like every single Mio Skincare products, it smells fantastic.

DERMAdoctor MED e TATE Antiperspirant Wipes

Believe the hype around these wipes! They really stop the schvitz without the gross, caked-on feeling of traditional antiperspirants. They are also so gentle. Trying to apply even natural deodorants right after shaving has often made my underarms feel like fire pits. MED e TATE Wipes are Hypoallergenic, non-irritating, non-comedogenic and oil, fragrance, dye, paraben, gluten and phthalate free.

Shower At The Gym? You Need These

Binchotan Facial Cleansing Mask – This 3-in-1 face wash is downright magical. It is simultaneously the gentlest yet deepest cleansing wash I’ve ever used. It also works in 30 seconds flat. And EVERYONE will tell you how amazing your skin looks. Trust me.

Alchimie Forever Dry Skin Balm – What no one told me about working out was how callused my heels would get. Slathering this balm on them straight out of the shower has really helped. Don’t stop there, though. If you shower in the gym, go ahead and apply this rich balm from the neck down.

Philip Kingsley Try Me Kit – This trio will take up hardly any real estate in your gym bag. Pick the shampoo and conditioner that best suits your hair type; all kits come with the award-winning Elasticizer pre-shampoo treatment. Ready for the best trick EVER? Apply Elasticizer pre-workout, then throw your hair up in a ponytail. Elasticizer will help keep your hair in check and the increased body heat will help the product work better. BOOM. Easiest multitasking you’ll ever do.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram

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New York Social Diary Beauty Spotlight

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Ever wanted to take a peek inside the beauty bags of some of New York’s leading ladies? Here’s your chance. For her Beauty Spotlight series on New York Social Diary, writer Delia Von Neushatz sits down with the likes of socialite Cornelia Guest and jewelry designer Blair Husain to get the scoop on the products they can’t live without, the services they have standing appointments for and much more.

Here are three recent Beauty Spotlight profiles—hope you’re taking notes!

Beauty Spotlight: Blair Husain

Raised in North Carolina, New York City denizen Blair Husain is not your typical southern belle. This stylish wife, mother and designer of elegant jewelry has a taste for adventure. Not only has she traveled the world—with three kids in tow—but she’s undertaken some quests that few can lay claim to. Read more.

Beauty Spotlight: Nina Griscom

Nina Griscom knows a thing or two about beauty. The one-time Ford model, magazine editor, and former wife of renowned plastic surgeon Daniel Baker has had an inside track on the cosmetics industry for years. And although this blonde, blue-eyed beauty has graced the covers of countless magazines, her expertise on aesthetics is more than just skin deep. Read more.

Beauty Spotlight: Cornelia Guest

Cornelia Guest—daughter of Winston Guest, a polo-playing cousin of Winston Churchill, and C.Z. Guest, one of Truman Capote’s “social swans”—does not rest on her blue blood laurels. Yes, the former Debutante of the Decade can boast of having the Duke and Duchess of Windsor as her godparents, of being painted by Andy Warhol, and of dancing with Truman Capote at her coming-out-ball, but this 51-year-old is far too busy for that. Read more.

Hungry for more? Delia also interviews top docs about the latest aesthetic treatments, beauty entrepreneurs about their cutting edge brands…and more! Visit New York Social Diary.

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