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vaseline aloe fresh gel.jpgIn the sweltering days of summer, it’s nice to have a product that will keep your skin moisturized without being heavy. Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Body Gel offers refreshing hydration, leaving skin feeling smooth and lightly scented. To treat our tired skin after a day at the beach, or just a day out shopping, we love to apply this for instant cooling relief. $5.99, drugstore.com

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Summer is the season to show off healthy, glowing skin. We recommend Suki’s Delicate Hydrating Oil to be used over your entire body after bathing or as an enriching bath oil to enhance skin’s luminosity and hydration. Nourishing benefits from grapeseed, sunflower and apricot kernel oils, while extracts of chamomile, lavender and comfrey aid in soothing and calming the skin. Suitable for all skin types. $24, beautorium.com

Q: How can I pop a huge pimple under the skin? I was hoping you could give me some clues as to what you look out for. Please help me!

A: Any pimple, blemish or “zit” shouldn’t be picked and prodded. This can cause bacteria in the skin to burst under the skin and spread the problem. When you do experience large, and sometimes painful blemishes, it is best to let nature run its course. If you do see some white pus at the surface, you may do as follows:

  • Apply a warm compress over the area 8-12 minutes to help encourage the pus to the surface.
  • When you have done this, use two cotton swabs (our favorites are Q-tips brand) to gently lift the fluid out. Do your best to place the tip of each swab “under” the pimple. The pus should come out easily without force.

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  • If you begin to see blood or clear fluid, it’s time to stop. You may see more redness around the area. Apply a cold compress to reduce this.
  • Apply an acne clearing product such as Neutrogena On-the-Spot Treatment ($5.99, drugstore.com) to help treat the blemish as it heals. Cleanse your face daily with a salicylic wash and exfoliate 1-2 times per week to keep breakouts at bay.

 

Best wishes!

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Bliss has created the ultimate lightweight moisture-giver in the new Lemon + Sage Body Butter Lite. Much like its nourishing older sister, Body Butter, the botanically-based moisturizing ingredients and antioxidant vitamins in Lite condition skin like, well…butter. It won’t, however, leave you with the extra-thick— and sometimes greasy— finish. Body Butter Lite is perfect for creating a more dewy finish on the skin, absorbs quickly, and leaves skin weightlessly hydrated. $29, blissworld.com

top10sunlesstnnrs.jpgSummer is the perfect time to give yourself a more tan, glowing complexion, but getting too much sun isn’t the healthiest. For this reason, we have compiled a list of the best self-tanners for 2009 that will help you get the bronze look you desire without the risk of damaging your skin.



Best Overall Application

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Clarins Delicious Self-Tanning Cream- We love this cream because it’s easy to use and formulated with aloe vera to moisturize and cocoa beans to help prevent premature aging. Its golden color guarantees you don’t miss a spot, and because it comes in a tub rather than a spray can, you won’t be cleaning up spots all over your bathroom after applying. $42, nordstrom.com

 

 

Best for Face

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer- For an everyday glow and the protection of SPF 20, this oil-free moisturizing facial self-tanner delivers the perfect amount of natural-looking color. It absorbs quickly and wears well under makeup. $7.49, drugstore.com

 

 

 

 

 

Best For Travel

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L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes are packaged in individual wrappers, making them perfect for travel. One towelette is enough to cover our entire body, and the result is a natural-looking tan— no orange in sight. We found it best to apply in a circular motion for a streak-free finish. The smell isn’t our favorite, but subsides after a day. $8.99 for 6, drugstore.com

 

 

 

Most Dependable

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Neutrogena Sun Fresh Foam should be in your sunless tanning arsenal if it isn’t already. Cherished by its loyal users for years, this citrus-smelling foam goes on clear, develops a golden glow in a few hours and dries quickly once applied. $9.99, drugstore.com

 

 

 

 

Best Import

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Lancaster Easy Bronze Milky Spray SPF 6- As the authority in the field of prestige sun-care products in Europe’s, we now have access to these best sellers. Easy Bronze Milky Spray can be applied at any angle, even upside-down, making it very user-friendly. The result is a streak-free golden glow that lasts for days. $27, spalook.com

 

 

 

 

 

Best For Customization

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Aveeno Continuous Radiance Moisturizing Lotion- The innovative, dual-chambered package has a dial design that allows the user to choose the depth of color to be applied and can be readjusted until the desired shade of bronze is met. $12.99, target.com

 

 

 

 

Best Fool-Proof Kit

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Mystic Tan Perfect Tan Kit for Face ensures the perfect tan with its 3-step system. Gone are the days of over-application thanks to the uber-genius base that increases color depth and saturation in all the right places. $54, sephora.com

 

 

 

 

 

Best Multi-Purpose Formula 

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Hourglass Solar Tan Self-Tanning Primer is just what we gals-on-the-go love. A primer and self-tanner in one, this glow-giving product leaves skin moisturized and prepped for your foundation. Subtle color develops over five days for a more radiant, natural look. $60, sephora.com

 

 

 

 

Best Smelling Formula 

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Bliss A Tan For All Seasons- A user favorite, this antioxidant-rich formula provides a gradual, believable color without the typical “self tanner stink” thanks citrus-scented odor-repelling actives that mask the smell of DHA. $36, blissworld.com

 

 

 

 

 

Fastest Dark Tan 

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Bare Escentuals Faux Tan- This super-hydrating formula dries quickly and delivers instant color ensuring you won’t miss a spot. Maximum color develops in a few hours and lasts for up to a week. We recommend wearing gloves to apply this one, as the formula is highly tinted. $22, bareescentuals.com







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