Product Review: L’Oreal Paris Root Cover Up

There are about 6 times in my life thus far that I can say a beauty product made time literally stand still for me, as I had an “OMG I NEED this!!” reaction after trying it. I can now add #7 to that list…L’Oreal Paris Root Cover Up was a game changer for me during the last 2 weeks prior to my next haircut and color. I usually push my limit for time in between appointments, with getting all-over color every 8 weeks. Depending on how fast my hair grows, my roots can look pretty darn gross around week 6 or 7. The other fun factor for me this last round was that I was traveling to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway before I was able to get in for my appointment. And let’s face it – getting dolled up for great dinners and shows does NOT do you any justice if your gray roots are showing. And lucky me, my roots were going strong in their au naturel glory. So, I saw this the last time I was at ULTA, and decided to give it whirl to help save my style during vacation.

Based on the color range and use instructions on the back, the shade I selected was Light Golden Brown for my hair color. The bottle size is perfect for travel, per TSA guidelines. And, more importantly, the application method looked super easy – basically, it’s point and spray to apply.

The formula is peroxide-free, ammonia-free, and does not have any synthetic dyes. Plus, the color lasts between shampoos! Here’s a few tips that I found worked best for application and styling:

  • Wash and condition hair as normal, and towel-dry.
  • Apply a heat or hydrating style treatment, then air or blow-dry.
  • Once hair is dry, style as needed with heat.
  • Section the top layers of hair at the crown, and spray directly at the roots – about 6 inches away. I use my other hand to shield my forehead as needed.
  • Color will dry down after about 1 minute, but I found you can still move and separate hair during this time to apply where needed – it’s not sticky.
  • After application, I then brush lightly and style as I want, and apply hairspray. I found that this also “locks” the color into place.

I was amazed at how naturally the spray color blended into my hair, and immediately covered my roots. My hair looked so much better, considering I had almost 8 weeks of out-growth at the top of my head. The other plus is that I didn’t see any color transfer onto my pillowcases – I was able to maintain my washing every other day routine, without fear of color fading or staining the bed linens.

This product retails just over $10, and is super concentrated. I found that a little goes a long way, and much was easier to apply than a brush-on powder or a mascara wand-like liquid formula. Also, it doesn’t add any weight or dry stiffly – it moves with your own hair. I’m keeping a bottle stocked in my bathroom, and the size easily fits into any gym bag or carry-on for travel. This is truly one of the best beauty-emergency or fix-it products that I’ve come across in a long time!

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Product Review: ULTA Silicone Sonic Facial Cleansing Device

Per my previous blog post, I’ve been able to try quite a few new products in the past 2 months. One of those products includes the ULTA Silicone Sonic Facial Cleansing Device, which I picked up during a sale on ulta.com. With the craze in skincare tools emerging over the last few years, including the Foreo silicone tools, I figured I would try a lower cost version to see how it stacks up against higher-priced brands. The concept and benefits are similar to rotating facial cleansing brushes, but the vibration used within the silicone separates these tools a bit in capability.

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Facial brushes are all designed to clarify skin, breakup embedded dirt and makeup, and remove loose skin cells. Rotating bristles do have the risk of causing irritation, as even the most gentle brushes can disrupt sensitive skin if used too much. Exfoliation is great, but it must be used in moderation to not disturb the skin’s natural moisture barrier. If there are micro-tears or irritation, this can lead to breakouts or rash. The concept behind a silicone tool is to gently exfoliate and polish with small, rounded “nubs”, but also utilize vibration to stimulate circulation and lymph flow within the skin. The silicone used in this tool is anti-microbial, and is safe for sensitive skin. There are 2 speeds in the tool for level of vibration – the higher the speed, the more exfoliation. This can be used for cleansing, or helping the skin to absorb serums and moisturizers. I use this mostly for cleansing, and the tool is water-resistant so I keep it in a dry corner of the shower. Here’s a few tips for using the tool to cleanse:

  • Use a foaming cleanser: lather up the cleanser in your hands and massage over skin. Wet the brush and turn on to the level of vibration you like – rub lightly over skin to spread the lather, and work gently into corners like the edges of your nose.
  • Use for about a minute, and make sure to rinse the brush well.
  • If your skin is very sensitive, I recommend only using 1x a day.

The reason I recommend lathering cleansers is that I’ve found they work best with the tool. A creamy cleanser tends to get a bit “stuck” in the nubs of the brush, so it doesn’t benefit your skin as much as the suds will. If you are interested in using the tool to help your skin absorb serums or moisturizers, you’ll need to make sure it’s clean and dry between each use. The theory behind using it for those products is that it stimulates quicker absorption into the skin cells. My advice is to apply the serum or moisturizer to your skin first, and massage in and then use the tool until fully absorbed. For us sensitive-skinned peeps, just be sure you don’t over-do it. Any time that circulation is increase you’ll naturally see a rosier glow on the skin. But don’t mistake it for irritation or a rash! My advice is to work this tool in gradually to your skincare routine, and see what your skin responds to best. I found that after using for several weeks with my favorite foaming cleansers that I noticed my skin was polished and had a nice, smooth texture. I’ve also used this while washing my shoulders, chest and top of my back, as it helped with exfoliation of drier skin from being outdoors.

In comparison to bristle brushes, I do like the silicone alternative – I think it’s much gentler and better for troubled or sensitive skin. I will say that this tool doesn’t deliver as precise a clean as the Foreo tools do – those have a wedge-shaped tip that can get into the nooks and crannies of your nose and contours of your face. But if you are looking for an overall clean for polishing, or are new to skincare tools, I think this is a good entry-level product.

© 28daysbeauty 2017

Product Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner

Get ready friends – I’ve spent the last 2 months trying a bunch of new products, and I’m excited to share them with you. You guys already know my love for Shea Moisture, and so when I started running low on shampoo and conditioner, I decided to try their Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore line. I color my hair every 8 weeks (damn you, gray hairs!), and have shoulder-length thick, straight, auburn hair. Even though I use Framesi color, which is a gentle brand, I still want to ensure that I keep my hair strong, hydrated, and prevent fading of the color. I’d had my eye on this particular product combination from Shea Moisture, as it not only is a brand I trust, but combines some well-known natural hair remedies in a powerful blend of ingredients.

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The formula in both the shampoo and conditioner combines Shea Butter and Apple Cider Vinegar to deeply hydrate, add shine, and balance the scalp’s natural pH levels. Apple Cider Vinegar has been recommended for ages as a great strengthening and conditioning treatment for hair. Castor oil has been used for hundreds of years as a remedy for promoting hair growth and pH balance, as well as hydration due to its high content of fatty acids. When chemically treating your hair, you need to be conscious of affecting the scalp’s sensitivity, as color processing can dry out follicles and disrupt the scalp’s moisture. This shampoo also removes residue and build up – I love this because I wash my hair every 2-3 days, and I use dry shampoo and styling products in-between washes. I noticed that my hair felt cleaner between washes when using this shampoo and conditioner combination. Other aspects I love about this formula is that it promotes growth, and repairs damage to hair. In addition, they are sulfate and paraben-free, with no mineral oil or animal testing. When using, the shampoo produces a ton of suds, and the conditioner is creamy yet lightweight. My hair has volume, but also feels hydrated and under control. I’ve also noticed that my hair has been holding color well, other than the natural grow out of my roots. I like the scent too – it’s a blend of essential oils, isn’t overpowering, and is appropriate for both men and women. I recommend looking at the ingredient blend to determine any potential allergies you may have before using – the line is naturally based, so if you are allergic to any botanical sources, then it’s wise to read before using to determine any potential reactions. I usually alternate between brands for my shampoo and conditioner when I’m ready to restock, but this brand’s line will definitely be a routine go-to on my shopping list.

If you are someone who has drier or coarse hair, or routinely colors or chemically processes your hair, then I suggest checking out this line from Shea Moisture. The price is great for a natural line, and more importantly, delivers results. Another awesome product line from Shea Moisture!

© 28daysbeauty 2017

Beauty Topic: Concealers – why I use 2 full-coverage formulas at the same time

Changing your makeup based on the seasons is a great habit to get in to, as it allows your skin to look more natural based on the climate. Now that summer is over, I can see the effect the sun has had on my skin and what I need to adjust in my daily makeup routine to cover more effectively. No matter how much sunscreen I use, there always seems to be a bit of discoloration on my skin after the sailing season is over. There’s a ton of emphasis from the beauty world put on foundation, and selecting the right one for your skin type and desired finish. This is for good reason; foundation creates your base canvas for any look. But what about the beauty concerns that foundation cannot correct on it’s own? Dark circles or spots. Acne scars or breakouts. Red patches or blotchiness? Well, meet your new best friend to pinpoint and attack these challenges – the concealer. Using the right formulas, and the right color combinations, can be game-changing even for your everyday looks. However, concealer is often an overlooked and misunderstood product – many people are confused on how to incorporate concealer into their daily routine (does it go on top of, or underneath, my foundation?) and why not all concealers are created equal (wand, pot, tubes, etc). Like red lipstick or black liquid eyeliner, the words “full-coverage” can strike fear into those trying to select a concealer. They fear that it will look cakey, or be difficult to blend in. But in these modern times of beauty innovation, there’s a great selection to choose from. Let’s chat about 2 concealers that are full coverage, and that I’ve been using daily for the past couple of months to achieve the look I want.

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Let’s start with LORAC’s POREfection Concealer – I’m shade PC1 (pictured above). This concealer is oil-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free, so it’s virtually perfect for any hyper-reactive sensitive skin. Being oil-free, this is incredibly long-lasting and helps to create a soft satin finish on the skin all day. It also contains a blend of antioxidants to help brighten and care for skin, yet works to fully cover uneven tone, dark circles and spots. I use this within my cheek area, as I have uneven skin tone and dark spots, and it completely covers them. Caution: you only need a teeny bit to cover your concerns – I start with a small dot on the back of my hand, and apply with my fingers. This helps spread the formula, as I’ll then blend in with foundation brush. But we’ll talk about application tips in a minute. I really like the tube packaging, as you can control the amount of concealer being dispensed, and it keeps the rest of the product hygienic.

My next choice is NYX’s Full Coverage concealer in yellow (pictured below). What?? Yellow? Yes. As a person who suffers from red spots almost everyday, yellow concealer is a MUST in my makeup bag. Yellow counteracts redness, and also doubles as a brightening effect – I use this for any red spots and blemishes, as well as my eyelids and under-eye area to highlight and brighten up skin tone. The jar packaging is great, as you can pick up just the amount of product you want on a concealer brush. I clean my brushes everyday, so this keeps the product free from bacteria. This formula is creamy, but does contain microcrystalline wax and paraffin to give it more of a paste consistency. The yellow shade is meant for spot-application, so the paste consistency helps for staying power and building coverage as you want. There are fantastic You-Tube videos out there about color correction, which dive much deeper into that topic and all of the related shades (such as green, lavender and orange). For now, I’ll just focus on yellow concealer and why I love using it in my normal routine.

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Now that you know what I use, let’s talk about why I use them based on my needs. When starting out with my makeup for the day, here’s my routine:

  • Apply liquid foundation first with my foundation brush, and focus just on the larger areas of my face: forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. I blend down into the neckline, and apply just enough to even my skin tone out. Note – I can still see areas needing some correction at this initial stage.
  • Using a flat concealer brush, I’ll pick up a bit of NYX’s yellow concealer from the jar and dot under my eyes, over my eyelids, and around the edges of my nose. I’ll blend in with the concealer brush and use my skin’s warmth to spread evenly. This instantly brightens dark areas, conceals any redness, and highlights while blending into the edges of my foundation. I also use a bit under the arch in my brow bone to give the illusion of height and create definition. This is also a very concentrated formula, so a little bit goes a long way.
  • Next, I’ll squeeze a small dot of my LORAC POREfection concealer on the back of my left hand, and use my right-hand ring finger to gently apply dots of this concealer to wider areas of concern (like my cheeks) that have uneven skin tone. I’ll blend this in with my foundation brush.
  • Lastly, I’ll use my concealer brush to tackle any remaining red spots with a bit of the NYX yellow concealer, blending in with the foundation underneath.

Even though this sounds like a lot of work, it takes me only a few minutes to complete. I do recommend practicing to get a method of blending and combination of formulas that works best for you. A full-coverage foundation does its job in evening out the skin tone, but it’s really the task of good concealers to camouflage any imperfections. Yellow can seem intimidating, but I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to work into your routine once you get the hang of it – it brightens skin immediately, and highlights without adding shimmer. The eye area can especially benefit from the brightening effect of a yellow concealer, as it counteracts dark circles and calms down any redness on eyelids. You can also blend concealers to get just the right shade you are looking for – I’ve known of plenty of makeup artists that have several concealer shades, and use the back of their hand as a blending tray – this uses the warmth of the skin to mix different formulas easily. They can then use the concealer shades to contour, highlight or sculpt the face as they want. Wand concealers can be tricky to use, as I find that it’s harder to control the amount they dispense. By putting a used wand back into the product it can breed bacteria, which may also cause breakouts.

In my years of talking about beauty, there is one concern that lighter-skinned or redheaded people are often frustrated with: freckles. And especially how full-coverage foundations and concealers may look a bit “fake” when trying to cover up a full-face of them. If you want your freckles to still show, I recommend using tinted moisturizers instead of foundation, as full-coverage formulas can be very noticeable in trying to “hide” freckles if not applied correctly. I do still recommend using a full-coverage concealer for targeted areas after a tinted moisturizer – you can control opacity and coverage with adding a bit of moisturizer as needed to your concealer, and then blending just the imperfections away properly so that they do not interfere with freckles. A dusting of powder is a great way to set a tinted moisturizer and also give a softening effect for the overall finish. The biggest technique for people with freckles is to master is blending down the neck, as it looks more natural overall with application. If you are trying to combat freckles or uneven skin tone overall, then I do suggest looking at skincare products like First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads or similar glycolic / AHA serums that helps to fade discoloration over time.

A final benefit of these full-coverage formulas is that these are long-lasting formulas, and you get your money’s worth. And they are easy additions that you can experiment with – sometimes it’s the little changes that you make that have a big impact on results.

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Product Review: Onomie Powerful Priming Serum

The weather is starting to change, my sailing season is officially done, and autumn is officially here – my favorite season. What also will be starting to show is all of the sun damage that may have occurred over the summer. For those of you who do tan, you may be noticing that there are darker splotches or patches as the color fades. And for those of us who normally burn, you may notice freckles or dark spots that are suddenly appearing. Serums are one of the best products to tackle specific skin challenges, as they are concentrated and packed with active ingredients. I normally switch up my skincare routine between winter and summer, and fall is the perfect transition period to make those product updates. So, I looked for a serum that had claimed to address uneven tone and dark spots, as I noticed I have a bit of sun damage on my cheeks from being outdoors this summer. I’d been asked by a friend to review the Onomie brand before, and after researching their formulas and skincare approach, I decided to give them a try. I’ve now used their Powerful Priming Serum since mid-August, and here’s my thoughts after 45 days of use:

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  1. The formula is a clinical-grade blend of natural plant extracts and Vitamin C, which is one of the things that appealed to me about the brand. These extracts, like Willowbark, are known to increase collagen production, hydration, even skin tone, and improve texture. However, the product has an added shimmer (mica) to the product, which I had to get a bit used to. After using this product for a while, I found I could actually do without the shimmer. Yes, it helps to blur fine lines and add radiance to the skin, but I’m not sure it’s what I want in full face coverage. I prefer to add shimmer with a highlighter where wanted.
  2. The product’s packaging dispenses just the right amount for a full face application. I have also used additional pumps to apply on my neck and chest. I have also found that my arms and backs of my hands have some dark spots (presumably from hours out on the water), so I’ve been liberally applying to help even tone overall. I recommend using serums that have pump packaging, as it seals the product against bacteria and air (oxidation). This keeps the product hygienic and fresh, without adding the risk of causing breakouts.
  3. Speaking of breakouts, I noticed that within the first two weeks of use that I developed a few small pimples along my cheeks and jaw. But that is to be expected, as a product that increases cellular turnover will naturally “purge” the skin of any blockages or debris that may be embedded within pores. This usually calms down, once the skin has had a chance to settle into the new product and the fresher cells begin to emerge. Tip: if you do experience persistent breakouts, or if you notice suddenly that you have a rash or a worsening breakout, then stop application.

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Another selling point of the serum claimed that it was a priming serum, meaning that it would help makeup last longer. I did not find that to be the case for me. I’m a sensitive/combination skin type, and often experience an oily T-zone – I didn’t find that using this primer made my foundation last that much longer than I’m normally used to. My final results with using this serum for the last two months is that I’ve noticed a subtle change in the overall tone of my skin, which is what I wanted due to the darker spots on my cheeks. And my skin felt hydrated and smooth.

One important point that I do want to highlight with this (and any serum that contains Vitamin C or exfoliating ingredients like Willowbark) is that you need to wear a minimum of SPF 15 during the day to protect skin for this to be effective. Otherwise, you will not see progress on the benefits of tone correction and reducing fine lines.  Vitamin C can also make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so it’s best to protect against further damage.

Overall, I think it’s a solid serum, and I especially like the approach that this brand uses with a blend of nature and science. Onomie features a blog on their website, in which they feature articles from estheticians and topics such as stress relief. They offer bundles of products, and also a subscription service; which is a smart way to try a regimen and also ensure that you won’t run out of product – especially since this only sold online, or in their NYC showroom. I think this brand has a lot of promise going forward – I like their indie yet educated approach, and I think we’ll continue to see great product innovation come from them!

©2017 28daysbeauty

Product Review: Clinique’s BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops

Full disclosure, I previously managed a Clinique counter years ago, and so the brand holds a special place in my heart. But for good reason – even though they are a major beauty brand (owned and founded by the Estée Lauder company), I like that they stay true to their mission of producing great skin care and always allergy testing. So when Clinique launches products, I tend to perk up and listen. Case in point, they are on a recent kick of featuring newly customizable products. Since I’m always on the look out for a great tinted moisturizer, this newer product of BIY Blend It Yourself Pigment Drops caught my eye – this is pure pigment that allows you to make any moisturizer into a light tint or full-coverage hydrating foundation. Whee!!! As a makeup artist, my head immediately started swirling with all of the multi-purpose and functionality possibilities – even the idea of adding a bit to eye creams to help conceal dark circles and reduce puffiness while evening skin tone was amazing. As a pragmatic and sensitive skin-focused esthetician, I was also excited as this gives a lot of people who normally shy away from heavier foundations a chance to experiment by finding their perfect coverage on their terms. Foundation can often have a lot of fillers, so this allows you the option to take straight pigment and apply with the vehicle (serum or moisturizer) that you decide. The benefit of this is that it takes on whatever finish the serum or moisturizer is – matte, satin or dewy. Score!!

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There’s a full range of shades to pick from, and easy to test on the jawline just like you would with any foundation. My shade is BIY 105 (VF-N), which is Clinique-speak for “very fair – neutral”. Don’t let the small bottle fool you though. If you think about it, foundations are usually pigment mixed with a base that does specific functions: long-wearing, smoothing, anti-aging, SPF protection, moisturizing, full-coverage, oil-control, etc. If you think about it, you can accomplish this with a moisturizer (best fit for your specific skincare needs) and then customize it with a level of coverage that you want. Mind. Blown. Speaking of coverage, let’s get to that – the drops are measured and are very concentrated. Caution, a little goes a long way. It’s a very watery consistency but that doesn’t mean that it’s diluted. I like more full-coverage foundations and I’ve found that 2 drops in my dime-sized dot of Olay Complete All Day UV SPF 15 Moisturizer is the perfect blend. I’ve also found that the coverage is buildable – I’ll take a a little bit of the pigment, and layer where needed.

The one thing that I’ve learned from using this for the past 3 months is that I am not using a foundation brush to apply – this now falls into my morning regimen at my moisturizer phase. I will also apply this down my neck and around my eyes, with layering to build up coverage. I’ve found that it works best to use the back of my left hand as a palette: first squeeze a dime-size amount of Olay moisturizer, and then drop 2 drops of BIY into the moisturizer. Swirl to mix, and then apply and blend out. I’ll use a little bit more to layer where needed, if I want more coverage. If you want a more mattifying effect, I recommend using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel rather than the Olay moisturizer – it creates a silky finish that helps keep oily spots shine free. If you are looking for a very full-coverage effect with more shine control, you can easily blend a powder foundation over the top. Conversely, if you want a dewy affect, blend a single drop with a moisturizing serum for a sheer, hydrated look.

I do still use foundations, as sometimes I prefer my favorites (such as L’Oreal True Match or PUR’s 4-in-1 Liquid foundations) to achieve a specific look or effect. But I now include BIY in my mix of makeup, as it provides options that I couldn’t get with other products. My hope is that this stays within the standard foundation line-up for Clinique, and that this review helps clarify how to use it. Once you get the hang of it, and you see how to blend it in with your favorite skincare treatments or moisturizers, I think you’ll love having it as an option to use.

© 2017 28daysbeauty

Beauty Topic: Help! I’ve got a bad sunburn…

Sadly, we have all been there as it seems to be a rite of passage in enjoying your summer. And while there’s plenty of research and studies out there that prove daily use of sunscreen and sunblock are necessary for ALL ages and genders (parents, it’s not just for your kids, but YOU too!), a bad sunburn can sometimes happen when you either forget to apply before rushing out the door, or simply don’t use enough. Since there are so many articles and information readily available to you that talk about how to choose sunscreen and sunblock wisely, I’ll focus instead on daily care for a sunburn. This can be vital, especially in helping to determine 1) how severe it is and 2) how to calm skin down. The products I’ll be talking about are safe enough for kids and adults to use, but the since adults tend to be more forgetful about putting sunscreen on (or worse don’t think they need it) I’ll be speaking directly about the care that needs to be taken for men and women. Unfortunately, alcohol can increase skin’s sensitivity to UV exposure, so all-inclusive beach vacations require skincare to be taken seriously to ensure you can actually enjoy your time off. And don’t even get me started on the idea of going to get a “base” tan at your local tanning bed salon before a vacation – bottom line, it’s not a good thing to do. You are just that much closer to direct UV damage.

If your sunburnt skin is blistering and you get chills, or start feeling nauseous, then you need to seek immediate medical attention. The combination of these conditions do require medical staff to help and prevent further health issues. Otherwise, red, pink and swollen skin needs to have cold compresses or ice packs applied, kept away from more sun exposure, and it’s wise to drink lots of water and take pain relievers. But then there’s usually the dreaded question – “what happens when I get into the shower”, and “how bad is it going to sting?” First, I recommend taking colder or lukewarm showers for the next few days so that your skin is not additionally stressed. Having a sunburn often throws off your skin’s ability to regulate temperature correctly, so taking your usual hot shower will only make you feel worse and your skin a brighter shade of “lobster”.

Second, if you normally use a scented body wash or soap with synthetic fragrances or deodorant built in, that will most likely increase irritation or redness. Synthetic fragrances are one of the #1 causes of allergic reactions or rashes on skin, and having a sunburn significantly decreases your skin’s ability to defend itself against irritants. Bottom line, ditch any of your coconut + lime verbena or cucumber melon body washes with loads of synthetic fragrance, and stick to unscented moisturizing soap or body washes that contain a soothing blend of oats and vitamin E. This will make a huge difference in helping your skin to heal, and reduce redness. One of my favorites is Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Body Wash (below) or Dove’s Sensitive Skin bar soap. African Black Soap is also naturally deodorizing by containing charcoal, so it’s perfect for eliminating summer sweat while caring for sunburnt skin.

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And lastly, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. A sunburn basically throws off the equilibrium of your skin, and your body’s natural defense is to try and shed this damaged skin as soon as possible. This speeds up your skin’s normal routine of shedding skin cells, as well as effectively drying out the excess, damaged skin as your body tries to repair itself. Peeling skin should NOT be picked. You can gently buff it away in the shower with a body puff or washcloth, but be very careful to not scrub it off harshly. After toweling dry, make sure to moisturize effectively with fragrance-free lotion – look for formulas like Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing lotion (above) that contains colloidal oats and dimethicone to protect and soothe skin. Putting a lotion on with synthetic fragrances can cause little red bumps and additional stinging – it’s best to avoid them. Many people will automatically think to apply aloe gels, and while they can help, you truly need moisturizers that work to repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier which minimizes peeling.

But what happens if your face is also affected by sunburn? I have found that First Aid Beauty’s entire line up is perfect for repairing hyper-sensitive and sunburnt skin, and also contains the ingredients I just mentioned are beneficial in body care. These are some of my favorites (below) from their product line, as you can use them on your face and body for cleansing and moisturizing: Ultra Repair Lotion and Ultra Repair Gentle Cleansing Bar. These formulas contain oats, ceramides, and a blend of antioxidants to repair damage and immediately calm skin. In addition, I’ve been LOVING their 5 in 1 Eye Cream – it’s gentle and effective, and does not cause any stinging. A day of sailing in summer often causes my eyes to feel dry, irritated, and itchy; and this eye cream soothes and brightens my eye area skin tone.

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A few simple switches to these products during summer, or on a beach vacation, can make all the difference in helping to soothe skin. I always preach about using a daily sunscreen, but it’s often the daily skincare that can make a big difference in how fast you heal. Plus, the benefits with making a full switch to products that have these skin-caring attributes means that your skin will be healthier in the long run, and avoid blotchiness or redness any time of the year. You can easily find these brands at ULTA, or online at various retailers. Another plus that is they are safe for the family, so you can maximize your dollar by having products on hand that everyone can use. Stay safe and enjoy your last weeks of summer!

© 2017 28daysbeauty