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Summer Beauty Secrets

By Samantha Marie

Summer Issue 2012




I encourage you to always have products with SPF accessible, even when you go outside to the mailbox.

I’d often neglect to wear sunscreen, because I developed irritation from products containing fragrance, and high amounts of alcohol. It is very difficult to find skin care products that are suitable for ultra sensitive skin. Once I discovered a few products that worked well with my skin type, it made a huge difference overall. I find my skin is more radiant and smooth.

How often do you wear sunscreen? Is your answer, sometimes? or never? The following text, provided by various sources, explains the importance of wearing sun screen.

According to the CDC : Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. About 65%–90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

What is  Ultraviolet (UV) Light?  UV Rays are an invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps. UV rays can penetrate and change skin cells.

I can assure you this piece of information is more than enough to convince me to wear SUNSCREEN!

Here is some great advice provided by Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

•Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.

•Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves, and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. In addition, consider investing in special sun-protective clothing for golf, gardening, walking, running — even swimming.
•Use sunscreen. Liberal use of sunscreen is a key part of any program to protect yourself from the sun.
•Apply generous amounts of sunscreen to dry skin 30 minutes before you go outdoors.
•Use sunscreen on all skin surfaces that will be exposed to sun — especially your face, ears, hands, arms and lips. If you don’t have much hair on your head, apply sunscreen to the top of your head or wear a hat.
•Coat your skin well and rub sunscreen in thoroughly.
•Reapply sunscreen every two hours — more often if you’re perspiring.
•Reapply sunscreen immediately after swimming.
•Remember that sand, water and snow reflect sunlight and make it even more important to use sunscreen.
•Since UVA rays penetrate glass and clouds, use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy or you’re indoors but in rooms with lots of windows.

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Here is a list of sunscreen products that I use regularly containing SPF:

• EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 – This product is Noncomedogenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free and sensitivity-free. What I love most about this product is it calms and protects sensitive, acne-prone skin. It is a very lightweight, oil-free formula leaves no residue on skin’s surface, and you can wear it under makeup. I encourage models to apply this product prior to photoshoots. I find my skin is less irritated after the application of makeup products used at shoots when I apply this product. The product creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup products, that will reduce the intensity of any irritation or break outs from miscellaneous makeup products.

•NARS Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment

This product comes in a variety of shades, so you can choose one that is practically invisible, one that offers subtle hint of color, or one that will enhance any lip color you put on underneath. I try often to use this underneath and on top of colors makeup artists apply to my lips during photo shoots, because of its super moisturizing benefits. Certain lip liners and lip stains/sticks can cause your lips to become dry and chapped.  Vitamin E is infused in the lip treatment, polar berries and açai oil to provide antioxidants and long-lasting hydration; A great product to use after applications of harsh products.

• Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45

This product is great for those with sensitive skin because it is waterproof, sweatproof, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and oil-free. I mist this on my legs, arms, shoulders, and neck every day. Even if I am only driving in my car, I still spray any part of my upper body that is exposed. The uv rays will penetrate right through the car window, even windows that are tinted. The product features Helioplex®, that provides superior balanced broad-spectrum protection against UVA-aging and UVB-burning rays in an ultra-light. The non-greasy finish is another reason why I prefer using this product, especially when I spray it on my arms, and hands.

I would love to hear from you! If you want to ask about any products or share your experiences with new products, send an email to:

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