sunburn prevention and treatmentsWhen it comes to skin, nothing can be more helpful or more harmful than the sun.

We need it’s Vitamin D, we want that beautiful sun-kissed glow…

But, oftentimes we end up getting burnt noses, peeling shoulders, freckles and more.


Learn how to get the health benefits of the sun, and how to prevent and treat sunburn with these tips from our experts and women just like you!



Is Year Round Sun Protection Really Necessary?

According to the Mayo Clinic – Yes!  They say that good skin care – including sun protection and gentle cleansing – can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.

The Number 1 thing you can do to keep your skin healthy is protect it from the sun year round!  But, how do you do that?  Here are some skin care tips:

Use Sunscreen
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 year round.  If you’re outdoors for an extended timeframe, reapply often.

Seek Shade
Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays are strongest.

Retin-A or Retinol Products
If you’re using Retin-A or Retinol products, use only at night.  With any kind of exfoliating treatment, make sure your UVA and UVB protection is adequate during the day.  Exfoliation strips layers of your stratum comeum, the top layer of which is your environmental protection barrier.

Topical supplements, like l-ascorbic acid, are a good addition to your anti-aging cream.  Mix a bit of fresh, powdered Vitamin C into your anti-aging treatment each night – it not only quenches free radicals, it builds collagen.

Healthy skin diets are high in EFA’s and antioxidants.  Some musts are fish or other Omega-3 rich oil, vitamin C, vitamin D3.

Wear Protective Clothing
Get in the habit of wearing hats for protection against UVA exposure.  I especially endorse this one, as I recently had a skin cancer removed from the top of my head – it wasn’t malignant but enough to scare a person!

Love the Skin You’re In – with Sunscreen

While we don’t have much say in what type of skin we were given, we do have a choice in how we take care of the skin that we have. Taking care of our skin and protecting it from the sun is definitely the best way to show how much we love the skin we’re in.

Our expert contributor shares with us today about the importance of screening our skin from the sun. Dr. Darm discusses with us the effects that sun damage can have on our skin and how to avoid it.

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Expert Sun Protection Tricks: Duck, Cover, and Dial

DermatologistWant to get a nice golden suntan without getting burnt? Me too!

That’s why I asked skincare experts to share their advice for safe sun exposure. I honestly expected most of them to tell us to just stay out of the sun. But, thankfully, I was wrong!

Dr. Ramin Ram of The Kest Clinic had this great, easy-to-remember advice that includes when to (and not to) be in the sun, how often to re-apply sunscreen and more. more »

Homemade Post-Sun Skincare Recipes

Dry SkinSummer can be such a difficult time to keep your skin looking its best. That’s why I asked skincare experts to share their favorite summertime recipes for using everyday items around the house.

Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue shared these three homemade recipes for toning, cleansing and moisturizing summer skin:

For Sun Damaged, Sunburned or Dry/Sensitive Skin: 3 tbs aloe Vera juice, 1 tbs aloe Vera gel, 2 drops rose oil. Apply with cotton ball to damaged area it all over face.

Face Scrub: 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup corn meal, 1/4 cup Grapefruit juice. Cool in the fridge to thicken.

Hydrating Mask: 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 honey. Apply with a sea sponge.

Thanks to Joanna Vargas, founder of Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary  for sharing these recipes!

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Healthy Homemade Facials to Rehydrate During Summer

Pampered SkinEven if the sun’s rays haven’t left you with nasty sunburn, they can still leave your skin feeling dry and looking flaky or scaly – yuck!

So, I asked skincare experts to share their thoughts on how to moisturize sun-dried skin to reveal a healthy, beautiful glow.

Beauty and Style Expert, Tiffany Hendra of shared these great recipes for homemade facials that you can use this summer:

We all probably have a few key items in our pantry or fridge to concoct several facial masks to rehydrate and soothe our skin during the heat of summer.

Two simple ingredients: Ripe Avocado & Lemon Juice. Mash a few tablespoons of avocado very well and add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Very healing and moisturizing. You may want to grab a tortilla chip and eat right off your face!

Plain Greek Yogurt & Honey. A few tablespoons of yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. The honey may need to be heated up in the microwave for a few seconds to soften. The yogurt is extremely moisturizing as well as cleansing. The live active cultures detox the skin of impurities. Honey is an amazing moisturizer.

Pumpkin. I had a slice of pumpkin pie left over from the 4th of July festivities and you can take a few tablespoons and rub all over your face. The enzymes in pumpkin are great for exfoliating, nourishing and moisturizing for the skin.

Olive Oil. This is an all over cure-all. Great as a hot oil treatment for the hair. Dab on cuticles and elbows. Would be great if we could just fill the bathtub up with olive oil, hold our nose and dunk all the way under.

Thanks so much to Beauty and Style Expert, Tiffany Hendra of for these recipes!

Safely Enjoy the Sun

Ahhh… the summer! Sunshine, beaches, outdoor activities.

If you’re heading outdoors this weekend, our skincare experts have some great tips for keeping your skin protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Even if your goal is to get a suntan, protection should still be at the top of your list.

Here’s what experts had to say:

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Blisters Mean it is Time to See a Doctor about Your Sunburn

Sunburns can be really annoying. But, sometimes they are serious and need medical attention. So, I asked skincare professionals when a sunburn is worthy of a trip to the doctor’s or to the hospital.

Here’s what Debra Jaliman MD, Assistant Professor Mount Sinai School of Medicine had to say:

I am a board certified dermatologist in NYC.

When a sunburn blisters it is a second degree burn. You should seek medical attention immediately as it could get infected or scar. There are special bandages to be used, antibiotics topical and oral and compresses.

Many people moisture without exfoliating and so the moisturizer doesn’t penetrate the dead skin cells and just sits on the surface. It just doesn’t absorb. The clarisonic helps to gently get of dead cells or other sonic cleansers.

Thanks to Debra Jaliman MD, Assistant Professor Mount Sinai School of Medicine for those tips!

So, watch out for blisters. If they develop, seek medical attention. As Dr. Jaliman explains, your normal moisturizing routine is probably not going to help.


Can You Heal a Sunburn Overnight?

overnight relief for sunburn

I asked skincare experts for their best advice on treating sunburns and I was surprised to find that there are actually overnight cures for sunburn.

Can you imagine just skipping the pain, peeling and embarrassment that normally lasts a few days to a week after getting burnt? According to skincare experts – its possible!

Here’s what Dale Peterson, M.D. of said about the way he treats sunburns for overnight results: more »

7 Of The Most Common Skin Problems and Solutions

Healthy Skin

Fight 7 of the Most Common Skin Problems

Hormones, the sun, your makeup and even your diet can create real problems for your skin. Learn how to battle the most common skin issues:

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