You're probably well aware of the fact that the sun's rays can do serious damage on your skin. But when it comes to wrinkles, dullness and dark spots, that big spiky ball in the sky isn't your only nemesis. Exposure to pollution can be just as bad.
For us, summertime is synonymous with barbeques, long nights, beach days, the brightest, punchiest shades of lipstick and breaking out our most adorable summer sundresses. For bugs, summer means one thing: dinnertime.
Face masks are an undeniably satisfying part of the spa visit, as there's nothing quite like the feeling of pampering yourself and giving your skin some much needed TLC. While, massages, hot tubs and aromatic meditation rooms also rank high on the self-indulgence scale, spoiling yourself with a facial mask takes the cake. Who can resist the relaxation time and skincare benefits?
In the beauty world, the hottest hydration ingredient of the moment is good ol' H2O. Water lotions, creams and gel moisturizers use, you guessed it, water (along with other lightweight hydrators such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and dimethicone) instead of oils to deeply quench parched skin, leaving it soft and supple, but never greasy. "They absorb more easily than thicker moisturizers, making them choice for anyone with oily skin or who simply doesn't like the feeling of heavy creams," explains Dr. Michele Farber of
It's the future, which means we can now give ourselves microdermabrasion at home with "Friends" playing in the background. Beauty innovators have made DIY-safe versions of the gadgets we would normally only trust a professional to wield so close to our face. There are all kinds of lip-plumping, wrinkle-removing and acne-clearing skin-care devices created specifically for the beauty layman. While many of these gadgets don't come cheap, the one-time investment can save you money compared to monthly trips to the pros. Ahead, the best anti-aging devices that will give you the results of a professional beauty treatment without a trip to the derm.
Estimate: I spend at least 50 percent of my time by the pool rubbing white streaks off of my swimsuit. For someone who's compulsive about covering every inch of her body -- and that should be all of you -- a sheer sunscreen is a summer must-have. Aside from broad spectrum protection, the most important part of a sunscreen is that it's user-friendly enough for you to want to reapply all beach day long.
If you're thinking about trying microdermabrasion at home, there are a few things you should know about the beauty treatment before you begin. Microdermabrasion uses physical exfoliation to slough away the top layer of skin to give it a healthy glow and help increase cell turnover. If you've been to a spa or dermatologist's office for a microdermabrasion treatment, then you may have loved how each and every dead skin cell was removed, leaving you with softer skin, fewer fine lines and even a reduction in acne.
We'd never dream of knocking a good face mask, but, let's get real, sometimes (most of the time) popping one on and then kicking back with our feet up for half an hour is just not an option. So what's a girl to do when she's in crunched for time, but still wants glowy, de-puffed, refreshed skin? Enter flash facials (aka flash masks), the fast-acting skin-savers that offer the same benefits of traditional masks -- minus the time suck. Exactly how speedy are we talking? These 11 face masks all do their thang in five minutes or less. Now you'll always have time to get your glow on. Image via Getty
The war against pimples can be ongoing, but some of the best acne products on the market can be found at the drugstore -- for as little as $1. But between the hundreds of acne treatments out there, how do you know which of these acne products really work? That's where our readers come in.