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Summertime is heating up the beauty scene with products designed to keep the cool in your look. Beauty Editor Mickey Williams shares the picks topping her summer hot list.

P209438_hero.jpgToo Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube Face

I have personally made it my goal to find the safest, easiest to use, turn-your-head tan in a bottle. I will look no further, Tanning Bed in a Tube gives a natural looking sun-kissed shimmer to help you rock a temporary beach babe bronze. It’s oil-free so you can apply without worry of a summer blemish and with a little powder, you can carry off this glow as a foundation during the day. The only downside is it contains NO SUNSCREEN (I know- I can’t believe it either). $21.50 at

200.JPGLubriderm Intense Skin Repair Body Lotion with Itch Relief
Let’s face it, swimming, self-tanning and all that waxing and shaving can really dry a gal out more than any winter radiator! New Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Body lotion seals the flakes and heals the cracks with a 24 hour time-release formula that even helps with itch relief. No excuses for ashy skin! $7.99 at

P183702_hero.jpgStila Sun Shimmer Dry Oil
Ever need just a hint of tan or a soft shimmer? Uh, yeah, it’s summer isn’t it? Stila Sun Shimmer Dry Oil’s super sheer formula is perfect for summer heat when your other waxy creams can feel like a stifling pair of stockings. Formulated with macademia and kukui nut oils, Stila Dry Oil quenches skin’s thirst while leaving a glisten that warrants an “is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?” $26 at


Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Just Skin is by far the best tinted moisturizer we’ve seen in a long while. It’s a tubed up and blendable, medium-coverage super cream that feels silky and fresh on skin. A minimal SPF 15 is packed in and it doesn’t really go deep in its 5 shades offered, but if you fit into Just Skin’s limited palette, it’s well worth the hefty price tag. Just Skin is just beautiful! $62 at

crave_blueberry02.jpg Whish Blueberry Mint Shave Crave Pump
Ladies, if we have to de-hair ourselves for summer we might as well make it fun. Whish Body is giving you some shower options with an assortment of shave crave pumps that serve as a creamy buffer to keep legs smooth and nick free. My favorite is Blueberry Mint, that claims to not only sooth tired muscles with mint but de-age with blueberry oil. I’m a fan. $24 at

eyeglazesite.jpgGirlactik Eye Glaze

Eye Glaze doesn’t feather or crease no matter how steamy things get outdoors. The waterproof colors come in 5 sultry or delicate shimmers and couldn’t be easier to use. We tested the color chic out on a hot NYC day and found Girlactik had super staying powers, even after a long day in the park. $17 at

31Ev4nxinIL._SL500_AA280_.jpgMiss Oops Pedicure in a Bottle
Miss Oops pretty much buffs out the crazy cracks that appear during flip flop season. This exfoliating foot cream repairs heels and toes in a lightweight formula that smells fresh and cools the skin with tingly peppermint, menthol and soothing lavender. $17 at

glycolics.jpgWhile visiting my dermatologist, he suggested I introduce a glycolic face wash into my daily regime. In the past, I read data on glycolic acids to excess, but found I wasn’t sure if all the information offered a fountain of youth or was just your usual beauty hype. With some recent help from a few leading fruit acid beauty brands, I’ve researched and tested everything from cleansers to eye pads, and found positively interesting results.

To begin, let me explain what a glycolic is. Glycolic is arguably the most effective form of Alpha Hydroxy Acid. It is derived from the sugar cane plant and also can be obtained from citrus fruits, grapes and lactic acid (milk). Its purpose in the beauty arena is to refine the texture of skin by softening fine lines and wrinkles. Another benefit of glycolic is its ability to lighten discolorations and acne scars while shrinking the appearance of pores. This all occurs through the process of exfoliation, the shedding of dead skin cells from the top surface of the epidermis. Still, glycolic has yet another advantage as a rapid delivery system for any moisture or treatment based products you apply right after the use of a glycolic based product.

Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, but found some stand out products designed for use from head to toe that are worth your beauty dollar:

NS041-foam-glycol-wash.jpgNeoStrata is basically your no gimmick glycolic regimen. The NeoStrata Company has been around since the 1970s, knocking out one fine line and blemish banishing product after another. NeoStrata brand professional skin care products are recommended by Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons in over 42 countries and are the #1 recommended professional AHA skin care brand by physicians worldwide. Top Products:

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash
A soft cleansing foam that works wonders on blemishes.

NeoStrata Gel Plus
Not for the sensitive complexion, but an amazing difference when used on hands.

Exuviance by NeoStrata 
The patented Exuviance line of skincare products contains a unique combination of Alpha and Polyhydroxy acids, soothing botanicals and marine extracts to restore and moisturize the skin. Vitamins, antioxidants and sunscreens protect the skin against harmful environmental factors, free radicals and premature aging.

Morning_Bionic_Tonic.jpgExuviance SkinRise Morning Bionic Tonic 
An absolute favorite during our two week trials. Skin appears firmer almost immediately, and still remains moist and hydrated.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads
A gentle way to soothe, treat and reverse the signs of aging below the delicate eye area without any irritation.

P201405_hero.jpgDDF - Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula
DDF founder, Dr. Howard Sobel has been a practicing New York City dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon for more than 25 years, combining modern technology with cosmetic skin care. Dr. Sobel created DDF as a union of cosmetic dermatology and topical skin care. These products deliver excellent results without a prescription.

Decelerate Professional Anti-Aging Protocol
The best approach to taking your first step toward a gentle glycolic regimen. Also, Decelerate is a great prep for skin before stronger glycolic treatments and products.

DDF 7-Day Radiance Peel Kit
The best at home peel kit we tested that delivered in just 7 days.

Murad City Skin Night Treatment with Anti-Pollution Complex & ActiMatrix
CitySkin Night Treatment delivered tighter, brighter skin after a two week trial. Since this is only a treatment, your skin may require a moisturizer to be used in conjunction.



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