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Guide: Sunscreen for Every Occasion this Summer

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When it comes to summer, there’s one golden rule of thumb – bottom line, always wear sunscreen. After burning one too many times, I’ve become a big advocate of sunscreen and faux tanning methods. Everyone’s skin tone is different: I have extremely sensitive and fair skin. Your level of protection will vary, but always use something.

Face:

I apply 50-70 SPF daily before moisturizing. Even if your moisturizer and makeup have SPF, it’s usually not good enough. I use Aspire Life from Che Sguardo in River North. It’s a small family owned business that caters to makeup artists. Kathy is an expert when it comes to beauty, makeup and skincare.  Aspire Life sunscreen works as a moisturizer as well as a sunscreen – two in one!  I love it because it doesn’t over saturate your face but rather works like a serum.  Sometimes traditional sunscreen can be dense and leave oil that causes blemishes. Protect your skin the right way, don’t make it worse!

Pool and beach days:

I use 70 SPF Neutrogena Sport which is a bit heavier but for full sun days, it’s important to stay protected and wash your face after being in the sun. Don’t forget – the water reflects the sun which ups your chances of getting burned!

Body:

I use anywhere from 30-50 SPF with several applications throughout the day. Don’t forget your ears, the tops of your feet and back. The past few years, I’ve been using the spray sunscreens. It’s a more even application without that embarrassing hand print or missing section. And there’s no reason not to do it when application is so easy!

What’s your sunscreen routine? Let us know in the comments!

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4th of July Beauty Essentials

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Independence Day should be all about freedom. Freedom from work, responsibilities and worries.This holiday should be spent in a pool, on a beach or floating in a lake. Keep your beauty and skin routine as simple as your weekend.

Here are my Fourth of July essentials:

Neutrogena Sport Face Spf 70 ($7) 

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Full sun, partly cloudly or cloudy I apply sunscreen.  I’ve learned the hard way that the sun will burn you when you least expect it.  This is my favorite sunscreen for an active day. Protecting your face is the most important part of your routine, so reapply when necessary or at least every three to four hours.

Jao Refresher ($10 at Che Sguardo and other beauty stores) 

This little bottle is a portable sink.  Not just for your hands as a sanitizer but can also be used as a zit zapper, body splash, after shave and deodorant!  I always keep a bottle of this in my purse for emergencies making it perfect for a scorching 4th of July weekend!

Neutrogena Micro Mist Airbrush Sunless Tan ($15) – stay tuned for my sunless tanner review!

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I’m in love with this mist.  I’ve tried countless different types of sunless tanner.  This nearly odorless spray requires very little effort. Just spray it on your skin after you shower and let it dry.  In 8 hours you’ll be two-three shades darker.  The spray without blending sits on your skin naturally, avoiding any blotches.

Red White Blue & Sparkle OPI & Orly nail polish ($9 each) 

Stop wasting money on manicures, you’re a fully capable human and can do your own nails. My trick is in the top coat (Seche Vite $9 at Sally’s Beauty Supplies).  Everyone’s nail beds are different.  Find out what nail polish brand works best for you and stick with it.Kms California:  Hairplay Sea Salt Spray ($12) 
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Keep your hair wavy and beach sexy from day to night with this Sea Salt Spray.  Simply spray your entire head after showering (or swimming) when damp. The spray gives you an effortless wave with a refreshing scent.

What products are you using on the fourth of July? Let us know in the comments!