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Pregnant moms often have one question: Do you have any pregnancy skincare tips?

That’s because pregnancy can wreak havoc on your skin.

Hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne, and more can appear out of the blue as your hormones change.

How do you manage all these changes?

We can help!

Pregnancy Skincare Tips: What to Expect

According to a 2022 study, a majority of pregnant women develop skin changes, including worsening of preexisting skin conditions or the appearance of new problems.  Many of these changes are due to differences in hormone levels, but some changes can occur without any known exact cause.

In an earlier study, researchers found that more than 90 percent of women have significant and complex skin changes during pregnancy that can have a big impact on their lives. Most of these resolve themselves after childbirth, but some can linger after that.

The researchers added that hormonal changes, immune changes, metabolic changes, and vascular changes all have a part to play in creating these skincare issues.

All this means that if you’re experiencing skincare changes during pregnancy, it’s completely normal. It happens to most pregnant women. So the question is, what can you do about it?

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A Couple of Helpful Tips About Pregnancy Skincare Changes

First, it’s helpful to know that while you can adjust your skincare routine to help reduce the appearance of skin care problems, you can’t completely erase them from your body. As long as you’re pregnant, your body will continue to produce different levels of hormones while undergoing other changes to support your baby.

Though you can certainly improve the condition of your skin, you may not be able to completely eradicate any issues you may be having. Do your best, then try to relax and accept that your body is creating a miracle!

It’s likely that once your child is born, your skin will gradually start to go back to normal. For some, the issues may persist while breastfeeding.

Different women will notice different changes. What your friend experiences while pregnant may be different from what you experience. Pay attention to your skin and what it’s telling you to determine what adjustments you may need to make in your skincare routine.

6 Pregnancy Skincare Tips to Minimize Unwanted Changes

1. Hyperpigmentation Changes

Studies indicate that pigmentary (color) changes are the most common side effect of pregnancy on the skin. Elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone increase melanin output. Melanin is the compound that creates the color of your skin.

As pregnancy hormones increase, melanin often increases. That can result in freckles (or darker existing freckles), darkened scars, a linea nigra (hyperpigmented line on the abdomen), and melasma (the “mask” of pregnancy that appears on the face). Some women also develop dark spots on the breasts, nipples, or inner thighs.

Tips to manage hyperpigmentation:

  • Always protect your skin from the sun. Sun exposure can make hyperpigmentation even darker and more noticeable. Use a safe, non-toxic sunscreen that includes zinc oxide.
  • Use safe lightening skincare solutions. Good options include those with vitamin C and kojic acid. Avoid products with hydroquinone. There are some concerns that it can damage the skin. Also avoid steroids, as studies have suggested they may increase the risk of low-birth-weight infants.
  • You can also try gentle fruit acids like mandelic acid. It is a natural melanin inhibitor and is safe for pregnant moms.
  • Our Restorative Skin Balm includes castor oil, which is incredibly effective in fading dark spots. Regular use can help even out skin tone. It also includes turmeric. Studies have proven that turmeric helps protect against the formation of dark spots, improving pigmentation, unevenness of skin tone and texture. Best of all, the product is 100% natural, non-petrolatum, and completely safe for you and baby

2. Stretch Marks

These are partial tears in the structures of the skin that can occur as your belly expands to accommodate the fetus. They usually appear as pinkish, reddish, or blue streaks running down the abdomen and/or breasts. Some women find them on the buttocks and thighs as well.

Stretch marks can become dark because of the changes in melanin, and are also considered a hyperpigmentation effect.

Tips to manage stretch marks:

  • As soon as you know you’re pregnant, start preventative care. Apply moisturizer daily to the abdomen and breasts to help keep the skin hydrated and flexible.
  • Look for products with vitamin E. Scientists suggest that it can help prevent water loss in the skin during pregnancy. Our Body Repair Lotion has this ingredient along with several others that will help shore up the skin barrier, reduce inflammation, and deeply moisturize.

Calming Moisture Pregnancy

3. Acne

Acne is another very common issue that can show up during pregnancy. A spike in androgen and cortisol hormones stimulates skin oil (sebum) production and increases dead skin cells, leading to breakouts.

Unfortunately, acne products—including retinoids and benzoyl peroxide—are usually not recommended during pregnancy. That means you need to look for safer alternatives.

Tips to manage acne:

  • Mandelic acid can help. It is extra gentle and safe for use during pregnancy. Plus it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce acne breakouts.
  • Use an exfoliating cleanser. Stepping up your exfoliation can help shed those dead skin cells that tend to block pores.
  • Don’t overwash your face. It can stimulate more oil production. Instead, limit it to two times a day and after heavy sweating. In between, try our Rescue + Relief Spray for a refreshing facial mist. It’s non-comdogenic, oil free, and contains natural anti-microbial ingredients to help prevent breakouts. It also balances the skin’s natural pH and is completely safe for pregnant women.
  • Try low-concentration salicylic acid preparations. You can find it in cleansers and serums that you apply before your moisturizer.
  • Use other safe acids. These include azelaic acid and lactic acid. They also help shed dead skin cells without stripping your skin of moisture. You can find toners with these ingredients that can be very safe to use.

4. Dry, Itchy Skin

As your skin changes during pregnancy, you may notice areas of dry, itchy skin. Some women suffer from severe itching later in pregnancy. In rare cases, this may be accompanied by red, raised patches. Always check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

Tips to manage dry, itchy skin:

  • Wash your skin with mild, fragrance-free cleansers.
  • Add uncooked oatmeal or baking soda to your bath and soak.
  • Use a quality moisturizer on the area at least twice a day. Our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion both include ingredients that not only moisturize deeply but address inflammation and itch.
  • Use our Rescue + Relief Spray during the day to calm the itch, and especially during the third trimester to soothe that itchy belly. It contains aloe, cucumber, waterlily, valerian, and comfrey to help soothe and calm skin.

5. Sensitive Skin

Pregnancy can make skin more sensitive. Products you were using before with no problem may start causing your skin to react with redness, inflammation, or breakouts.

Tips to manage sensitive skin:

  • Start using gentler, fragrance-free products. Avoid those with sulfates, alcohols, parabens, and ureas, and choose products from conscientious companies that are cautious about the ingredients they include in their solutions.
  • All of our CV Skinlabs products are 100 percent toxin free and safe for use during pregnancy. You can even use them on your newborn!
  • Check your laundry detergent. Some harsh detergents can contribute to skin sensitivity. You may want to change to a gentler, fragrance-free option while you’re pregnant.

6. Rosacea and Redness

Pregnancy can exacerbate preexisting skin conditions like rosacea. It can also cause redness to appear more regularly on your cheeks or other areas of your skin.

Tips for managing rosacea and redness:

  • Look for redness-reducing solutions like our CV Skinlabs products.
  • Apply cooled green tea to the affected areas. It can help reduce the appearance of tiny blood vessels close to the surface of the skin.
  • Use our Rescue + Relief Spray as needed to calm inflammation and redness.

How did pregnancy change your skin?

Featured image by Garon Piceli at Pexels.

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You have those awesome sandals waiting, but do you have healthy feet for summer?

Maybe you’re one of those conscientious people who took great care of your feet all winter long. Now all you have to do is slip those sandals on and out you go!

But maybe foot care just wasn’t on your mind this winter. You pull off your socks and think, Oh boy. I’ve got some work to do here.

If that sounds like you, we have some great tips for you below.

7 Tips for Getting Pretty, Healthy Feet for Summer

Fortunately, it won’t take long to get your feet in shape for those summer shoes you want to wear. Commit to daily care for a week or two and you’ll be rewarded with feet you’ll be proud to show off.

1. Start with a Soak

Winter feet are often dry and may sport callouses, so before you do any work on them, be sure to plunge them into a warm bath or foot bath for about 20 minutes. Warm water helps soften any hard, dry skin while making cuticles around the toes more manageable.

Let your feet soak for several minutes, then cleanse with a gentle body wash. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the foot bath to help banish any microorganisms, then use a soft cloth or brush to get all the spaces between your toes. Now you’re ready for the next step.

Healthy Feet Bath

Healthy Feet for Summer Tip 2. Begin the Softening Process

The next step is to start wearing away that hard, dry layer that’s built up on your heels and the balls of your feet. Don’t go at it with a pumice stone just yet—that’s likely to be too harsh.

Instead, add some Epsom salts to your bath or footbath and soak a bit longer in that. It can help soften the skin some more and will also start healing any dry skin or cracking.

3. Rub Away the Hard Skin

Once your feet are suitably softened, you can pull out your pumice stone. Just be sure to be careful when using it—being too harsh can result in redness and irritation. Stick to those areas of your feet that are hardened, like the heels and balls of the foot. Keep the stone wet and work in circular motions over these areas.

Don’t try to get rid of all the hard skin in a day. It’s better to do a little bit every day for about a week. The gradual approach will be better for your skin and will produce healthier results.

Healthy Feet for Summer Tip 4. Tend to Your Cuticles.

Whether you plan to paint your nails or not, it’s important to care for your cuticles. They can grow wild over the winter. Look closely. You may see that they’ve started to crawl up the nail in an unsightly way. This isn’t healthy for the nails, either.

After you’ve soaked and exfoliated, apply a softening agent to the cuticles. We recommend our Restorative Skin Balm as it works great for this purpose. Put a little on each cuticle, wait for a minute or two, then push the cuticles back with a cuticle tool. Trim away any hanging skin with cuticle clippers. If your feet have been suitably soaked, you may be able to just rub it off.

5: Take Care of Your Nails

The next step is to trim your nails. It’s always best to do this after a soak as the nails will be soft and more easily clipped. Trim carefully using your trimmers—it’s usually best to cut straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.

Next, file them into a neat shape. File one direction (rather than both) to get a smooth edge. Then if you want to paint your nails, wait until after you moisturize your feet—the next step.

Healthy Feet for Summer Tip 6: Moisturize

When you’re done washing and softening, pull your feet out of the water, pat dry, and immediately apply moisturizer. Applying right away helps your skin hold onto the moisture more efficiently.

We recommend our Body Repair Lotion. It has moisturizing ingredients that will sink into the deeper layers of the skin, helping to counteract any dryness or flaking. It also leaves skin looking radiant!

You can also apply moisturizer before you go to bed, then wear a pair of breathable cotton socks overnight. This helps trap the moisturizer against your skin, letting it do its work while you sleep. You wake up to softer, healthier-looking feet.

7. Protect the Skin on Your Feet!

Finally, when you’re ready to strap on those sandals, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet. This area has thinner skin than other areas on your body and is vulnerable to bad sunburns. If you’ve ever had one, you know what we’re talking about! (Ouch!)

Apply a safe sunscreen made of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of 30 or more. If you want to get a tan without sun damage, use a gradual tanning lotion. Just apply carefully so you don’t get blotches around your heels, ankles, and toes.

One Final Word: Keep Your Feet Healthy

One part of keeping your feet—and your legs, hips, and back—healthy is to make sure your feet are well-supported when walking.

Unfortunately, many of today’s sandals are lacking the proper arch support and cushioning. When shopping, look for those that are the exception and feel comfortable immediately when you put them on. “Breaking in” shoes often doesn’t work, and simply leaves you with blisters and sore feet.

Yes, those shoes are cute, but how will they appear to you after a day of walking around in them?

It’s fine to wear pretty sandals (without much support) for a short time, but for regular, long-term wear, invest in a pair that will properly support your foot. You’ll be grateful for them as the summer goes on—and later in life!

How do you get your feet ready for summer shoes?

Featured image courtesy of Karolina Grabowska.

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The Summer Skincare SPF Guide

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As Summer approaches, excitement starts to fill the air with visions of longer days, short-sleevedtops and leisurely days at the beach. Unfortunately, that’s not all that comes with the warmest time of year. The warmer weather beckons us to shed heavy clothing and show more skin, while invisible UV rays aremasked in warmth of the sun. This is why SPF is a crucial step in our summer skincare regimen.

Many of us may think of SPF as something we wear to the beach or if we’re going to be in the sun for long periods of time. As important as SPF is in those circumstances, it is just as important for daily use. Even just going to and from our car can subject the skin on our face, neck and arms to a world of damage. So, what are the most important things to remember when choosing a Summer SPF? Let’s cover our bases:

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sun protection is quite popular in the US which is no surprise considering how easily accessible it is. Grocery store and drug store aisles are dominated by chemical SPF products which would lead one to believe that they are the best option. Don’t let that fool you. Physical SPF skincare products aremuch better for your skin, your body and for the environment. Here’s why:

  • The mechanism of chemical SPF is to absorb the UV rays into your skin and then, through a chemical reaction, turn them into heat to disperse them. This mechanism heats up the dermis which can cause irritation, redness and discomfort. Physical SPF bounces the light off your skin like a mirror, whichis much more effective.UV rays never absorb into the skin
  • Some Chemical SPF ingredients can be very irritating to the skin while Physical SPF is typically soothing and calming.
  • Chemical SPF works great the first time you apply it but must be washed off before reapplying if you want to get the same SPF. This is because the chemical compound in the SPF must be able to get down into the skin to work. The residue of the expired SPF gets in the way of new SPF, preventing it from working as effectively. Physical SPF can be layered without washing it off.

UVA / UVB Protection in SPF Skincare Products

You always want to use broad spectrum SPF because UV rays are different and both UVA and UVB rays have their own threats. UVB rays are the most common rays that SPF products are created to protect against. They are most prominent in the hottest months of year and the brightest hours of the day. They are responsible for burning the skin. But UVA rays are much more insidious. They are present year-round any time there is daylight. They can penetrate glass and clouds and areknown to degrade our skin’scollagen and elastin. They are also responsible for several different kinds of skin cancer. We always want to make sure our SPF protects against both. 

At jane iredale, we make a wonderful assortment of makeup and skincare SPF products to meet your needs. 

 

We know you’ll enjoy using all our SPF products. Let us know which is your favorite!

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What Outfits To Bring To A Summer Getaway

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Knowing there are many resort-ready accessories, outfits, and swimwear created for a summer break makes deciding what to pack for a trip a joyful endeavor. Plus, if you wait until the last minute to shop, you’ll have something fresh and interesting to bring along.

The following goods are not strictly necessary for a tropical or beach trip but make for a more comfortable stay and enjoyable experience. You can check out Hello Molly dresses for a more variety of outfits to pick on. Look at these examples of what you may wear for some style ideas.

Combining A Tank Top With Shorts

While packing for a summer trip, you can’t go wrong with a pair of casual shorts and a cotton tank top. This ensemble also has the flexibility to be worn with other pieces, which is essential for packing light for vacation. You may wear tank tops with various bottoms since they are easily layered with sweaters and other shirts, while you can wear shorts many times before being washed.

Dressed With A Pair Of Jeans And A Tee

Wearing a soft women’s T-shirt with your favorite pair of jeans is the easiest way to travel. The pants will help you retain heat when traveling or while inside with air conditioning, and the T-shirt is the quintessential casual attire.

A plain white T-shirt is a good option if you’re looking for flexibility. You can dress it up with a cardigan or a jacket if the summer evenings grow cool where you’re going, and it will go with just about anything else you pack. It may wear jeans at least twice before they must be laundered, and an extra clean T-shirt is always welcome on a summer trip.

Outfit: Polo Shirt And Chinos

Packing a pair of chinos is a no-brainer since they are a terrific summer essential. Adding a polo shirt can make any casual ensemble seem more put-together. Khaki and stone-colored chino pants for women are ideal for the summer since they are neutral hues that can be paired with almost anything.

Chinos may be worn with a wide variety of tops, including a white blouse, T-shirt, tank top, and cardigan, allowing you to get more use out of your holiday clothing. You may be certain that you will feel and look great in them all day and night.

Dress Shirt

Shirt dresses are so summery; they were made for getaways. They may be dressed up or down, are easy to throw on (with sandals), and provide immediate style. A shirt dress may double as a stylish cover-up for your swimwear.

Wear a white shirt dress with neutral shoes and jewelry for a timeless summertime style. Shirt dresses that are pastel, colorful, or striped are very enjoyable. Plus, it’s a great investment since you’ll have a vacation staple that you can use year after year whenever the weather is pleasant.

Pack Your Summer Outfit

Now that summer has here, many of you are probably planning vacations to warmer places. Pack simple, well-thought-out ensembles that will help you feel and look your best wherever your summer travels may take you.

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Is it possible to get that coveted summer glow without using makeup?

It’s not only possible, it’s the best way to create healthy, vibrant skin.

Here are eight steps you can take to do just that.

Summer Glow Tip #1: Exfoliate Your Skin

The skin is constantly renewing itself. That means that as dead skin cells collect on the surface of the skin, new, younger skin cells are developing underneath. As we age, those dead skin cells are more likely to stubbornly cling to the skin, trapping the newer, younger-looking cells underneath.

Starting about the age of 30, it’s critical to exfoliate your skin. Two times a week is best for most people, but watch your skin for signs of irritation. If you notice redness, breakouts, or irritation, back off on the number of times you’re exfoliating. It could also be that your product is too harsh. Choose a gentle, fruit-acid-based product instead.

Another tip: Use a skin brush when cleansing. It will help get into the pores and root out dirt and debris, plus it adds a gentle exfoliating action to every cleanse.

Tip #2. Moisturize Your Skin

A nice summer glow starts with moisture. If your skin is even a little bit dry, it’s going to look dull and lifeless.

The best time to moisturize is after cleansing. Don’t wait—apply moisturizer as soon as you rinse off your skin and pat it dry. When there is a little water left on your skin, the cells will have an easier time taking up the moisturizer.

Summer Glow Tip #3: Choose the Right Moisturizer

The moisturizer you use makes a big difference in how your skin looks. If you’re using a standard, fragrance-filled moisturizer that you find at the store, it’s likely full of alcohols, preservatives, and other chemicals that aren’t good for your skin. You may notice that your skin feels tight and dry a short time after applying this type of moisturizer.

The best moisturizer will keep your skin soft and comfortable all day long. Look for brands with real ingredients that you can pronounce, like natural oils, butters, ceramides, extracts, glycerin, and antioxidants.

We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion as they are both full of healthy, moisturizing ingredients that sink deep into the skin to moisturize from the bottom up. They also both leave the skin with an immediate natural-looking glow.

Summer Glow MoisturizerTip #4: Watch What You Eat and Drink

Your skin is the largest organ you have in your body. It pulls the nutrients and water it needs from the bloodstream. Yet the body prioritizes your internal organs—the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver—over the skin. If you are even slightly dehydrated, the body will retain the water it has for these crucial organs, leaving your skin parched.

Drinking water regularly throughout the day is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. It also helps to eat water-rich foods like melons, grapes, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and other fruits and vegetables. These are not only water-rich, but they also contain protective antioxidants that will shield your skin from the elements.

Summer Glow Tip #5: Cut Out Toxins

Some foods and beverages make it harder for the skin to look its best. If you eat too many high-sugar items, for instance, that sugar can create damaging compounds that break down the structure of the skin, hastening the appearance of sagging and bagging. If you drink too much alcohol or caffeine, you could be dehydrating your skin. Eating too many processed foods can expose your skin to chemicals that interfere with skin repair processes.

Make a point to eat healthy foods and avoid these unhealthy foods as often as you can. The healthier your diet, the better your skin will look.

Summer Glow Diet

Tip #6: Enjoy a Facial Massage

A facial massage can increase the blood circulation in your face, giving you that glowing radiance you’re going for. Proper blood circulation also brings collagen to your skin, helping to delay wrinkles and other signs of aging. It relaxes facial nerves and muscles, easing stress, while improving lymphatic drainage, flushing toxins away, and keeping your skin healthy.

Try giving yourself a daily facial massage. Here’s an easy way to start:

  • Use your palms and fingertips to massage the sides of your face. Start at the chin and move toward the forehead, always working in an upward motion.
  • Rub the fingers over your temples in a circular motion.
  • Gently pinch your eyebrows using your thumbs and forefingers. Start at the outer corner of the eyes and work your way in.
  • Press your fingertips into the skin between the brows, then glide them up toward the hairline and out toward the temples.
  • Press your knuckles into the skin, moving from the sides of the nose across the cheeks to the ears.
  • Press the outside of your pinky fingers into your neck, moving from the bottom to the top in a smooth motion.

Summer Glow Tip #7: Use Facial Tools

Some facial tools can help you massage the skin and stimulate blood flow while giving skin a general uplift. There are many options out there that you may enjoy. Here are just a few:

  • Gua Sha: This is a beauty tool made of natural crystal designed to increase blood flow, stimulate collagen production, and lift and tone the skin.
  • Jade Roller: This tool can help depuff the skin while improving circulation and releasing tension. It’s made of rose quartz which is believed to have healing properties. Apply your favorite serum or lotion to your face and roll the tool over to bring more oxygen to the skin and clear away impurities.
  • Trinity Facial Toning Device: This item is more expensive, but it may provide the results you’re looking for. It provides a microcurrent treatment to gently stimulate the larger surface areas of the face.

Tip #8: Add Some Hydration During the Day

As you go about your day, you may notice that your skin starts to feel dry. Maybe you were exposed to dry, air-conditioned air, or you spent part of the day on an airplane. You may not have time to wash and moisturize your face, but you can still give your skin some much-needed hydration with our Rescue + Relief Spray. It’s light enough to use over makeup. Simply spritz on your face and go. It will sink into the skin providing cooling moisture and anti-inflammatory action.

How do you get that summer glow without makeup?

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If you have a summer skincare routine, it may go out the window when you travel.

It’s not easy, after all, to stay with your normal routine when you’re going to a different climate and time zone.

But that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer from acne, dry skin, and other issues while on vacation.

We have seven tips to help you create your best routine for summer travel.

Summer Skincare Routine #1: Pack Travel Sizes

Travel is a lot easier when you already have travel sizes of your favorite and most critical skincare products. Not only will the airlines not allow you to carry on full-sized bottles, but they can also take up a lot of room in your luggage even if you’re going on a road trip.

A good way to gauge how much skin care product you’ll need on your trip is to imagine how much you use each day and then multiply that by how many days you’ll be away. You may want to add in a little extra just in case.

Then if you can’t find travel sizes of your favorite products, pick up some empty travel-sized bottles and use those.

Once you have your travel-sized products, pack them away so that when it’s time to go, all you have to do is plop them in your bag. We recommend our CV Traveler, which includes travel-sized versions of our products.

Summer Skincare Travel

#2: Don’t Skip on Cleanser

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not to take your regular cleanser with you. You may think that a few days of hotel soap won’t hurt you, but you’d be wrong. Cleansing sets up your skin for the day, and for any other products you may use. When you use something drying or unfamiliar, your skin may quickly react in negative ways.

Your skin also needs cleansing more when you travel than when you’re going about your normal day at home. You’re often exposed to more dirt and pollution when venturing out, and long days in an airport or car can leave your skin covered in a film of sweat, dirt, grime, and bacteria that will cause problems if you don’t cleanse it off.

So make sure you have some of your usual, gentle cleansers with you when you go. Then never go to bed without cleansing and moisturizing your skin first.

Summer Skincare Routine #3: Pack a Multi-Tasking Moisturizer

There’s no doubt that your skin will require more moisture while you’re traveling. Airplane air is notoriously drying and will leave your skin parched. Even long car rides can dehydrate you.

If you regularly use a face and eye moisturizer, choose one that can serve as both while you’re on your vacation. In the summer, you’ll probably want a light (rather than a thick or heavy) moisturizer that won’t clog your pores, unless you have particularly dry skin. If so, you can apply your light moisturizer more often, or take along an extra serum oil that you can use when your skin needs it.

We recommend our Calming Moisture. It won’t clog your pores and you can apply it to your face, neck, under the eyes, and even on your scalp if needed.

Consider as well taking a refreshing mist with you, like our Rescue + Relief Spray. You can use it on top of makeup to give your skin a hydrating boost while on the plane, in the car, or anywhere your skin starts to feel dry and tight.

Summer Skincare Moisturizer

#4: Pack a Safe Sunscreen

It’s common to be outdoors more while traveling than you may be normally, particularly if you regularly work inside during the day. Your skin may not be used to that much sun exposure, so be sure you have a safe sunscreen with you.

Sometimes people figure they’ll buy sunscreen when they arrive at their location, but your skin is still exposed to the sun while on the airplane or in the car, so it’s best to have a small travel bottle with you. Your destination may not have the sunscreen you like, either, so try to get one that you can easily pack.

We recommend using zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as your sunscreen, as both of these are considered safe for your skin. Chemical sunscreens like avobenzone, oxybenzone, and others can create free radicals in the skin that may cause damage in the long run. Some of these sunscreens have also been found to have benzene in them, which is a known carcinogen.

Learn more about how to choose a safe sunscreen in our post, “Study Finds Harmful Ingredients in Sunscreen—How to Choose a Safe Product.”

Summer Skincare Routine #5: Help Your Skin Recover

Once you get to your destination, realize that your skin is stressed out. It’s dealing not only with the consequences of travel, but the fact that you’re eating different foods, sleeping at different times, and exposed to different elements in the air.

The best thing you can do, then, at your first opportunity, is to carefully cleanse your skin, then apply a cooling, hydrating mask if your skin feels dry. If it feels oily and grimy, try a mud mask to help sop up that extra oil.

It will take only about 10 minutes and can make the difference between comfortable, healthy skin and stressed, dry skin that’s breaking out.

#6: Don’t Forget Your Body

We tend to focus most of our efforts on our faces, as that’s what other people see most often. But the skin on your body suffers when traveling too, and if you’re going to be wearing skin-baring fashions on your summer vacation, the last thing you want is dry, flaky skin.

Forget the hotel moisturizers. Most are not quality moisturizers that are going to help your skin. Instead, they provide temporary surface-level moisture that will quickly disappear.

Instead, take along some of your own moisturizer that you can use on places like your arms, legs, hands, and feet. Choose a moisturizer with natural oils and butters that will help your skin recover from all the travel-related stress.

We recommend our Body Repair Lotion. It’s ultra-soothing and fast-absorbing, so your skin will not feel greasy. It also imparts a natural glow to your skin that you’ll love in the summertime.

Summer Skincare Routine #7: Care for Your Lips

Your lips are likely to show your stress when traveling. They dry out faster than other areas of skin, and can quickly become flaky and chapped. This isn’t only unsightly, but it can be dangerous if lips crack and bleed.

Realize that your lips go through a lot while you travel. They become dehydrated, but they may also be exposed to unusual ingredients and preservatives in food and in other materials that may touch your lips, such as the detergents in your clothing or on your travel blanket or pillow.

Lips need a good amount of care while you’re on vacation. Drink water whenever you can, avoid licking your lips, and regularly apply a healthy, nourishing lip balm. We recommend the travel size of our Restorative Skin Balm. It instantly softens severely dry and chapped skin and can double as a solution for bug bites, scrapes, cuts, and dry cuticles while you’re on the road.

What is your summer skincare routine while traveling?

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5 Summer Staples For Your Feet

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Despite being encouraged to declutter our wardrobes and live a more minimal lifestyle, there are certain key summer staples that in my opinion are non-negotiable, and a pair of decent white adidas trainers is one of those items.

As much as I love wearing flip flops and sandals in the summer months, there are two things that can put me off; 1- British weather is notoriously pants and trying to walk in soggy flip flops isn’t easy, and 2 – my runner’s feet are quite frankly a disgrace. Which is where the white adidas trainers come in. You see, not only do they hide my manky digits when I haven’t got around to painting my toenails, but they are also super comfortable too, which as a middle-aged mum is totally where my priorities lie these days.

As part of my ongoing collaboration with the adidas bloggers community I’ve been given the opportunity to choose some items from their website and so it goes without saying that white trainers were at the very top of my list. In fact, I love them so much I’ve got myself 5 pairs!

Here’s my pick of the top 5 white adidas trainers that are gracing my feet this summer:

Superstar Vegan Shoes

The original adidas Superstars were introduced in 1969 as a low-top version of the Pro Model basketball shoe. They were given the nickname ‘shell toes’ due to the distinctive rubber toe box, and this retro feature remains in this modern vegan version.

What makes these white adidas trainers vegan is that all parts of the shoes, including the glues and colours, are made without use of animal-based materials. Now, whilst I’m not vegan myself, there are indeed perks to be had from shoes that aren’t made of animal products. For example, they are generally softer and therefore comfier, and they are also way better for the environment. And while we’re on the subject of the environment, the smooth synthetic upper of the modern Superstars is made from Primegreen, a performance fabric made by adidas that only contains non-virgin plastics (as in it, has been used before or recycled). So, these are ticking some serious eco-friendly boxes!

The shoes are available in either Cloud White/Core Black, or in reverse, Core Black/Cloud White. But for the purpose of this article, I have obviously gone for the Cloud White/Core Black pair. I’ve always been a sucker for the adidas three stripes, teen me was rarely seen out of my trusty suede Gazelles, and I feel like these are my grown-up version. I like to wear my Superstars with a black jumpsuit or black wide leg 3/4 length trousers and a spaghetti strap vest for a summer evening down the pub. They look like I’m still vaguely ‘down with the kids’ (although I am aware that by using the term ‘down with the kids’ I am very much not down with them!) and best of all, they are soooo much easier to walk back from the pub in than heels.

These iconic shoes are £80 and also come with the option to be personalised for a small additional fee. A retro classic with a modern ethos – I love them!

NY 90 Shoes

You know how sometimes when you get a new pair of trainers you need to wear them in a bit before you get them feeling as comfy as you’d like? Well, these feel like someone’s already done that ‘wearing in’ bit for you. They are super comfortable even from that very first wear and for that reason, I literally live in these at the moment.

They are available in 5 different colourways:

  • Cloud White/Cloud White/Cream White
  • Cloud White/Cloud White/Dust Purple
  • Cloud White/Cloud White/Calvi
  • Cloud White/Cloud White/Sandy Beige
  • Cloud White/Cloud White/Clear Pink (which is the option I’ve gone for – love those little pops of pink!)

Aside from comfort, I love the kind of vintage feel these shoes have. There’s an effortless style to them that means they go with absolutely everything. From being dressed down in the daytime with denim jeans or shorts, going slightly dressier in the evening with a long skirt or floaty summer dress, right through to wearing them with my rapidly growing collection of adidas leggings, like I said… I live in them!

These classic court shoes are made again from a series of recycled materials and are priced at what I think is a very reasonable £65.


Bryony Shoes

These white adidas trainers are about as white as you can possibly go. With the white three stripes perched on top of a white background these triple white shoes are all about stylish simplicity.

The Bryony’s are one of a handful of adidas trainers made specifically for women, meaning they have been made specifically with the shape and pronation of women’s feet in mind. This makes for a comfortable, supportive trainer, but it also looks incredible too.

If you fancy straying away from the all-white look, they also come in 9 other colour combos:

  • Calvi/Supplier Colour/Crystal White
  • Cloud White/Supplier Colour/Clear Pink
  • Cloud White/Off White/Halo Mint
  • Core Black/Core Black/Beige Tone
  • Cloud White/Core Black/Gold Metallic
  • Cloud White/Clear Pink/Green
  • Halo Blush/Cloud White/Gold Metallic
  • Cloud White/Clod White/Purple Tint
  • Cloud White/Ambient Sky/Vivid Red

But personally, I think the summer is all about the white trainers.

Priced at £75 they can also be personalised for an additional fee. These are my grab and go staples; a simple, classic design that literally goes with everything. I love that I don’t have to think too much about what I’m wearing with them because they go so well with everything in my wardrobe. Dress them up, dress them down – these are your new ‘don’t know what to wear’ saviours.

3MC Vulc Shoes

Next up I’ve got a bargain for you. Who knew that you could get white adidas trainers for £50 and they’re not even in the sale! Plus, these little beauts can be personalised for free, meaning you can pimp them up exactly how you’d like. The only canvas trainers in my selection, the 3MC Vulc’s are lightweight and simple, making them the perfect summer holiday shoe. Yet despite their simplicity they throw a rather nice nod to the classic Gazelle’s with their textured sidewalls, heel patch and raised three stripes to give a stylish laid back skater vibe.

With a reinforced canvas upper and an ultra-flexible vulcanised outsole (hence the name) the Vulc’s allow for natural movement in the feet and because of the generous width of the outsole they can accommodate feet of all shapes.

They are available in 7 colourways:

  • Cloud White/Cloud White/Gold Met (pictured)
  • Cloud White/Halo Blue/Cloud White
  • Cloud White/Halo Mint/Cloud White
  • Cloud White/Grey One/Cloud White
  • Core Black/Core Black/Cloud White
  • Collegiate Navy/Collegiate Navy/Cloud White
  • Core Black/Core Black/Grey Two

A great casual summer shoe that offers more of a daytime skater vibe look, so think baggy jeans, skater skirts that kind of thing for a relaxed look to suit everyone.

Continental 80 Shoes

If you’re looking for retro, then these are the ones for you. The adidas Continental 80 shoes are the modern twist on the classic leather trainers from the ’80s and I am absolutely loving everything about them. For me, it’s all about the little details. The soft French terry lining, the split rubber cupsole, the logo window, the crinkle effect leather, and the swooping two-tone stripe all combine to create the perfect nostalgic look that works so well with today’s modern vintage style.

The Continental 80’s will cost you £75 and again can be personalised. They are available in 3 colour combinations:

  • Cloud White/Scarlet/Collegiate Navy (as seen in photo below)
  • Cloud White/Grey One/Collegiate Green
  • Core Black/Scarlet/Collegiate Navy

What with the new season of Stranger Things hitting our screens, there is some serious throwback vibes floating around right now, and these bad boys totally fit in with the look of the times.

Wear with flared leggings/jeans and a crop top/batwing blouse or do what I do and wear with wide legged jumpsuits and long swishy dresses and an oversized bag.


The British weather might not have got the memo yet that it’s nearly summer, but I’m not going to let that stop me from wearing all my summer clothes. Layers people, it’s all about the layers. And of course, the white adidas trainers! Summer dressing is about casual, versatile, fun. I want to look like I’ve made a bit of an effort, but not too much of an effort, you know. Give me a floaty summer dress, a denim jacket for when it cools down (‘cos it will!), all the bangles, necklaces, and hooped earrings, and a decent pair of white trainers and that is my summer look sorted.

*All products gifted by adidas for review purposes.

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Hot Girl Summer Hairstyle Guide

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Who else is still listening to Meghan Thee Stallion’s summer bop on repeat? Since the phrase Hot Girl Summer has entered the pop culture vernacular, we haven’t been able to get that phrase out of our heads nor the idea of basically living your best life during the summertime. What better time to let loose with your friends and sneak into a party or two?

Hot Girl Summer

Her anthem is all about having fun and feeling confident in yourself is what the warmer months are all about (aside from sipping on mimosas and lounging by the pool). So it’s only natural that a discussion was raised at Luxy about what a Hot Girl Summer hairstyle would look like. Is it an ombre sunset inspired hair like Cardi B or a laid back beachy vibe that’s more attuned with what the Kardashians are wearing these days? Whichever look you are leaning more towards we all agreed that there were three main ingredients needed for a bold summer hairstyle. Keep reading to find out how to get #Hot GirlSummer or should we say #HotHairSummer started:

Step 1: Try your dream hair color

Not the color you think looks best on you, but the one color you have been dreaming about but are afraid of trying.

There’s no better time to change your hair color than during the summertime when it’s time to have fun and literally let your hair down.

There’s always the option of going lighter or putting in highlights but also a golden opportunity to try out some fun bold colors that might seem like a bit too much during the colder months.

Dying to go bubblegum pink like Lana Condor or mermaid blue? Take this as a sign to go out of your comfort zone and stop worrying about what the haters might say. If changing up your hair color has been on your mind lately it’s time to seize your moment.

If you aren’t yet ready to commit to dying your hair, coloring your hair extensions is also a great option to test and see how in love you are and whether it’s a temporary crush (like the whole Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson situation) or a long term commitment.

Step 2: Don’t be afraid of volume

There’s no place for limp, lifeless hair during the summertime. It’s time to go big and while we are loving the mermaid waves trend lately, let’s take things up a notch by going a bit bolder with our curls.

To cut down on the heat damage, we’ve been testing out these velcro hair rollers instead. Hair rollers may seem like just a 90s throwback but they are also a great way to get beautiful heatless curls without the additional hair damage.

Our Velcro Hair Roller Set comes with three different sized rollers, plus a set of creaseless clips in a vegan leather bag so you can start to roll like a pro while staying organized. It’s a very affordable way to change up your hair look and it’ll give your hair a nice break from using a curling wand!

Hot Girl Summer - Velcro Rollers

This bold hairstyle can be done with large or mid size hair rollers on damp hair. First add some styling mousse onto your damp hair and let it air dry for a bit. After a few minutes we can start rolling, starting from our ends.

Divide your hair into sections (larger sections if you want a more subtle curl) and start at the bottom of each strand before rolling upwards, securing each one near the crown of the head. Leave in for 10 to 20 minutes before gently unraveling the rollers from your hair. You will be left with beautiful waves (Tip: the smaller the hair roller, the more intense the curl will be!). For a more relaxed look, comb through gently and spritz on some wave spray before heading out with your high heels on.

Step 3: Leave no accessory behind

Half the fun of getting ready is accessorizing. We love a good biker short and choker necklace combo during the summertime. For hair specifically we gravitate towards our trusty hair ties if we are in the mood for a high ponytail or a messy bun.

These Gravity Defying Hair ties grip extremely well and work with all hair types even if your hair is on the thick side. They provide a much needed lift and added oomph to your hot girl summer hairdo.

French Vanilla Claw Clip - Hot Girl Summer

Experiment with high pigtails or a powerful high ponytail to stay cool during the scorching summer heat. You can also layer a Dusk to Dawn scrunchie on top for a major 90s vibe.

To make sure we are looking flawless 24/7, we always make sure to pop a compact mirror into our purse for touch ups. You never know who you will run into.

Step 4: Put together an epic playlist

We’re going to sneak in one final tip here since there’s no better way to make yourself feel like the main character than the perfect summer playlist. We’ve been listening to our favorite summer jams on repeat while we are getting ready and it makes all the difference when you are feeling energized and ready to mingle. Good vibes only.

Hope these hair tips inspire you to go out and have fun during the summer months and make sure to tag us #HotHairSummer on Instagram and TikTok so we can see your look!

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Summer to Fall Makeup Transition

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Summer is beginning to wind down here, the nights have gotten cooler and some say they can see the leaves beginning to turn. However, just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean you can’t keep that summer glow with you all year ‘round.

One of my favorite tricks for an instant glow is applying Warm Bronze Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer under my base. I apply a dot of the moisturizer on my forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks. I then blend the Dream Tint using my Blending Brush before applying my PurePressed Powder Mineral Foundation. This gives me a bronze glow that is very natural and subtle. I’ve also fallen in love all over again with So-Bronze 3. Using the Dome Brush, I apply a little of the matte color to my forehead and the top of my cheekbones, as well as the bridge of my nose. To illuminate the look, use the shimmer crescent within So-Bronze 3. Also, don’t forget the Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer 5 self-tanning tips I shared a few weeks ago, these are great all year! I may be a summer girl at heart, but I am so excited for the new makeup colors of fall: reds, purples and bronzes. I can’t wait to combine my summer glow tricks with these gorgeous colors! Stay tuned, we’re working on some great fall looks that we think you will love and can’t wait to share with you!

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For more than 20 years, Viviscal has been the hero hair product of model, actress and mother Molly Sims that she simply could not keep to herself. Now Molly is sharing her story of how Viviscal saved her signature blonde hair from serious thinning and damage, and why it’s still her go-to product even after all these years. Here, Molly shares her five must-have hair and beauty secrets for a healthy, happy summer.

My 5 Must-Have Summer Hair & Beauty Secrets

by Molly Sims

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a long summer day. A perfect day is one where I can stay in my swimsuit all day long! So I need to keep my summer routine super-simple and quick. The less time I spend getting ready, the more time I have outside in the sun.

Over the years, I’ve gotten some amazing summer hair and beauty tips that I love sharing with all my girls, so I’ve pulled together a few of my faves for the Viviscal blog. We’re talking hair and makeup secrets. I have to be real with you — I’m showing some love to Viviscal and its blog readers because Viviscal has seriously been my go-to hero product for healthy, happy hair for more than 20 years. It keeps my hair healthy all summer long. And let’s face it, with the sun, salt and chlorine, our hair needs a healthy boost right now more than ever! See five of my all-time favorite summer beauty secrets below…

1. Thick, Healthy Hair – For Real!

Of course, you already know that Viviscal is my secret to restore thin, unhealthy hair! UV rays, salt and chlorine can do a number on hair causing major damage and dryness. If you’re not careful, by September, your hair could look pretty fried. (Eek!) So I’m super-careful to stay consistent taking my two Viviscal tablets every day, especially through the summer. The supplement has a unique combo of marine proteins, vitamins and minerals that help my follicles grow my hair strong and healthy. If you haven’t tried Viviscal yet (and seriously, what are you waiting for?!) take my advice. It can take a few months to see real hair growth results but if you start taking your two Viviscal pills a day now, then healthy, thick hair can be yours by fall!*

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Photo credit: Erica Hampton

2. No-Heat Easy Beach Waves

The summer sun is so drying to hair, so don’t add to the damage with your heat tools! Give the flat iron and curling wand a rest and try these air-dried, no-heat beach waves. This look actually uses the summer heat and humidity to your advantage to help enhance your waves. To achieve this look, you only need four products: styling cream, sea salt spray, dry shampoo (I just discovered Batiste™ Dry Shampoo this summer and I love it!) and a lightweight hair oil. Hint: you really can get this look with no heat. But if you can’t resist using your curling iron just a little to polish the look, keep it at a lower heat setting to minimize damage.

3. Master the Modern Pony

Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean my summer style has to suffer. I LOVE a good pony and this modern ponytail is a must for summer nights out because it’s full of non-frizzy volume. (Yes, I said non-frizzy!) It looks great even in heat and humidity and all it takes is a flexible-hold hairspray, dry shampoo, texturizing paste plus a few everyday tools (paddle brush, teasing comb and blow-dry clips). Seriously, this look takes five minutes or less! Beat the heat and look chic with this modern pony tutorial that’s oh-so-easy to do.

4. Don’t Bake! Fake a Summer Glow

We all want a healthy glow but these days I know better than to expose my skin to sun damage. Over the years, I found great makeup products and tricks to fake a healthy, sun-kissed glow without risking lines or sun spots. No, thank you! See a few of my favorite products and how to apply them here.

5. The No-Makeup Makeup Tutorial

When the weather gets warm, I cannot wait to ditch those heavy winter clothes for flowy sundresses. Just like my wardrobe, warm weather also makes me want to lighten up my makeup and let my skin breathe. If you’re like me, you’re not so ready to walk out of the house totally bare-faced, so check out this no-makeup makeup tutorial to give you a flawless au naturel look. It may look like a lot of steps, but trust me, this routine is surprisingly easy to pull off and will make you feel confident, beautiful and just the right amount of glowy, even in the heat of summer.

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Photo credit: Erica Hampton

I hope you love these hassle-free summer beauty secrets. Give them a try and then get out there and enjoy your summer! xo

(Featured photo, top: Erica Hampton)

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