5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

  • 8.14.2016

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

As much as we love summer, it can be a real pain when it comes to skin care. Even if you were one of those women born with perfectly smooth, glowing skin, no one is safe from the horrors that come about from the hot, humid air from June to August. Whether it’s splotchy patches popping up on your face or eczema taking over your body, no one likes a skin freak out during the summer. To help you keep your skin calm, we’ve put together fast fixes for some very common summer skin issues below.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Dry Skin

The Solution: Though most of us associate dry skin with the winter, the summer can be just as drying between the heat, the sun on your skin, and the swimming that goes on. Chlorine pools are packed with chemical drying agents (the same ones that are in chlorine to sanitize the water), so immediately after swimming, rinse off with pure water and apply body butter. Though salt water isn’t as drying as chlorine water, do the same after a dip in the ocean. Never skimp on the body lotion during the summer.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Blotchy, Uneven Skin Tone

The Solution: Your skin can become blotchy, or uneven, as a result of too much time spent in the sun. The heat can cause your skin to become red or irritated, plus the UV rays can do some damage. Think about this: You can get sunburns and freckles from too much sun exposure, which is essentially your skin taking on pigmentation. To fix this, do your best to stay out of the sun (or at least in the shade) and wear the highest SPF possible while reapplying every two hours. If you already see some damage, try using a dark spot corrector or, if it’s really bad, heading to the dermatologist for a chemical peel.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Excessive Acne

The Solution: Due to the heat, your body produces more sweat and oil during the summer, meaning your skin can become the perfect storm for breakouts. When you know you’ll be sweating (i.e. working out or sitting in the park while it’s 90 degrees outside), wash your face both before and after the activity so that you’re not leaving your skin to be suffocated by sweat, oil, and dirt, which causes the acne. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid and a sunscreen that’s oil-free so it won’t clog your pores. Keep in mind that salicylic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so you’ll really need to be conscious of applying a high SPF.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Razor Bumps

The Solution: Razor bumps are especially prevalent along the bikini line during the summer because of the heat and friction of the area, but there are thankfully a few ways to solve the issue. Make sure that your razor is clean and sharp, and to keep it from rusting or becoming dirty, dip it in olive oil and store it outside of your bathroom when you’re not using it (the steam from the shower can cause rust on the blade). Use a sensitive skin shaving cream or baby oil as a lubricant for shaving to get the closest, calmest shave. If you do get razor bumps, steep a few chamomile tea bags in hot water and let them cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Lay the tea bags along wherever the bumps are (bikini line, legs, or under your arms) and let the chamomile soothe your skin.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Eczema

The Solution: Eczema is caused by your body’s overreaction to an irritant, which can include perfumes, the heat, a lotion, stress, dryness, or a number of other issues. During the summer, dry, hot skin can become taken over by eczema, which means you’ll need to avoid irritants and treat the skin. As much as you can, stick to cool, shady areas to keep your skin cool, and if you find yourself stressed, try meditating for as little as five minutes a day. Beyond that, you can spot treat eczema with a cortisone cream, which will help to bring the dry, irritated skin back to normalcy.

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Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

  • 8.09.2016

Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

Protect your skin on a daily basis with these SPF-fortified body lotions

Sure, you may be good about slathering on sunscreen while poolside or at the beach, but it's just as important to shield yourself from harmful rays on your daily commute.

That doesn't mean you have to power through the work day feeling greasy or smelling like a coconut though, thanks to a new breed of everyday body lotions infused with SPF. Simply swap one of these in for your regular moisturizer to reap the same hydrating benefits with a boost of UVA/UVB protection.

Hint: Keep a bottle at your desk. These are perfect for morning use and a SPF refresh before heading out to lunch during work, but you should always wear higher SPF in prolonged sun exposure.

Aveeno, Active Naturals, Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen, SPF 15

If summer's prickly heat has left you feeling dry and itchy, this emollient option is for you. The sensitive skin-soothing formula contains Aveeno's signature ingredient, colloidal oatmeal, which serves as a protective barrier to lock in moisture all day long. $13.39,

Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

Eucerin, Body Lotion, Daily Protection, SPF 15 Suncreen, Fragrance Free 

No one likes having their body lotion compete with their perfume, which is why this fragrance-free lotion is such a breath of fresh air. In addition to sparing nearby noses from olfactory assault, it takes a two-fold approach to sun protection: Titanium dioxide serves as a physical blocker while vitamin E naturally defends skin against free radicals caused by UV exposure. $12.99,

Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

Lubriderm, Daily Moisture Lotion with Sunscreen, SPF 15

There's practically no difference between Lubriderm's regular vitamin B-enriched lotions and this SPF 15 variation — at least from a consistency standpoint. Bonus: It boasts the Skin Cancer Foundation's lofty seal of approval. $8.25,

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10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

  • 7.18.2016

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the warm weather is finally here to stay. And when the temperature rises, we want to spend as much time as possible outside—on the beach, by the pool or just hanging out in the park with our dogs.

And along with summertime hangs come summertime cookouts, picnics and parties, where it can be really easy to overload on unhealthy foods. What’s a girl committed to eating healthily (and mindfully) to do?

Aside from eating in moderation and not denying herself everything fun, she makes smart food choices. And there are some amazingly delicious, good-for-you foods that you should be looking for this summer. Whether you take them to pot lucks or just get creative with your own lunches, here are the best healthy foods to eat this summer.


Watermelon is our number one summertime crush. Deliciously light and sweet, it’s not only amazingly tasty but it’s amazing for you, too: it’s packed with Vitamins A and C (which are essential for beautiful skin and hair) and is high in an amino acid called L-citrulline that can actually improve circulation and soothe sore muscles. Plus it’s like 90% water (hence the name), so it’ll also help keep you hydrated.


The ingredients of this summertime staple are simple: chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. But as any hummus fan will tell you, the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Not only is it insanely delicious, it’s also high in protein, iron and healthy fats; though it’s really easy to make at home, even commercially prepared hummus is low in sugar and carbs. Plus it’s versatile, working as both a dip and a sandwich spread. It’s also really easy to flavor however you like; we love adding some Sriracha and eating it with sliced carrots, celery and snap peas.

Ice Tea

Whether you drink it or incorporate it as an ingredient in your skincare routine, tea is amazingly good for you. And freshly made ice tea is a delicious and healthy way to keep hydrated. Tea, no matter what kind you brew up, is high in polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea also has no calories, if you’re watching those, and you can easily control how much sugar you add (rather than being at the mercy of soda companies). Try iced green tea with fresh squeezed lemon; it’s one of our favorite refreshing summer beverages


While we could get really pedantic and get into what actually counts as a berry vs an aggregate fruit, we’ll skip all that, because berries are damn delicious. Sweet enough for dessert, yet healthy enough for breakfast, practically any fruit ending in the suffix -erry are also amazingly healthy foods to eat. Blueberries, for examples, are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that seem to improve cognitive functioning. A single cup of raspberries contains over 50% of your daily Vitamin C and lots of those gorgeous polyphenols also found in tea. Strawberries are a particularly good source of fiber. And cherries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds that may help manage muscle pain and arthritis. Serve them with fresh whipped cream or greek yogurt and honey for a healthy (and yummy) summertime dessert.

Grilled Chicken

If you eat meat, chicken should definitely be the healthy star of your next cookout; it’s high in protein, low in unhealthy fats and totally delicious when grilled. Leaner and lower in cholesterol (and calories, if you count those) than red meat, chicken doesn’t need a tonne of sugary sauces to taste incredible; brush with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper for a perfect summery meal.

Red Bell Peppers

Whether grilled or eaten raw, red bell peppers are a serious summertime superfood. Like many of the other fruits and veggies we’ve mentioned, they’re packed with Vitamins A and C—a single red bell pepper contains 500% of your daily C requirement—but uniquely, they are also high in magnesium and Vitamin B6. This combination has been shown to reduce painful period cramps and reduce bloating during that time of the month. They also have zero fat and are delicious thrown on the grill; cook them with chicken breasts for a tasty hot dinner, or slice and serve with hummus if you’re craving something colder.


If you want a great complexion (and a healthy heart), eat some salmon. High in omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, it will help keep your skin moisturised and also protected from the sun. Plus, it has zero unhealthy fats, is high in protein and is so. Damn. Tasty. Make sure you get wild salmon rather than farm-raised, if possible, and with the skin on if you’ll be grilling it (it helps the fish stay in one piece).


Possibly the most summery of foods, chopping up one of these beauties makes us feel like we’re lounging on a beach in Hawaii. High in Vitamin C and beta-carotene (for healthy eyes), pineapple is also surprisingly low in sugar and calories for as sweets as it is. We love this served in chilled chunks with fresh berries, or even grilled and served alongside chicken.

Sweet Corn

Calorie and mineral dense, fresh, sweet corn is definitely THE taste of summer. Containing heaps of fiber and antioxidants, fresh corn is far more than just the nutritionally-empty (but fiber filled) food you may think it is. Adding heaps of mayonnaise or butter to your corn on the cob can make this more of a “sometimes” food, but if you grill or boil it and then season with salt and pepper, it’s totally healthy.

Summer Squash

Whether you prefer green or yellow, summer squash are seriously amazing. Containing no fat and heaps of Vitamin A and C, minerals like lutein and selenium AND loads of antioxidants, summer squash are delicious in salads, sauteed in olive oil, baked into casseroles or cooked on the grill. A perfect summertime health food!

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

5 Steps To Gorgeous Summer Skin

  • 6.28.2016

5 Steps To Gorgeous Summer Skin

It’s no secret that summer is all about skin. Of course, the sun and heat don’t exactly work with you—they can leave you dry and flaky. With that in mind, we culled our best tips for scoring soft and healthy-looking skin so you can wear crop tops and flirty skirts without thinking twice.

Stick to the shade.

Don’t get us wrong: Hanging out at the beach is one of the best things about summer. But it can seriously mess with your skin—now and down the road. The solution? Post up under an umbrella when you’re at the shore, and wear a floppy hat for added protection.

Exfoliate like crazy.

It’s important to slough off dead skin cells year-round to keep your skin healthy, but it’s especially crucial during the summer when your skin naturally dries out. Three times a week, use a loofah in the shower. It’ll leave your skin looking clear and moisturized. (Bonus: It stimulates the natural cell renewal process.)

Give your skin the day off.

Ditch your makeup for 24 hours to let your skin breathe, regroup, and do what it does naturally. Can’t spare the time? Just ditch your foundation or BB cream for the day and stick to a lip color and mascara.


We can’t say it enough: Skin damage equals fine lines and wrinkles. You might not be worried about that now, but trust us, you will be later. Regularly slathering on sunscreen in the morning also protects your skin from sun damage, and minimizes the chances it’ll lose its natural moisture.

5 Steps To Gorgeous Summer Skin

Wash right.

Some soaps can zap moisture from your skin—a huge no-no, especially in the summer. Opt for a wash packed with shea butter and other moisturizers. We like Nubian Heritage Body Wash, African Black Soap ($9.96, African Black Soap, made with Palm Ash, Tamarind Extract and Plantain Peel has been used in Africa for centuries to minimize the appearance of skin blemishes and other skin ailments. Historical references to Shea Butter, a staple of African pharmacology, date back to the reported Shea Butter caravans of Cleopatra's Egypt.

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Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight

  • 6.27.2016

Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight

Foods always taste better when they’re in-season—and luckily, a lot of summer-y foods are also great for your waistline. We checked in with Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., a senior dietician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, to find out which hot-weather foods you should load up on right now if you’re trying to drop pounds.

Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight


In addition to having a high water and fiber content, cherries also have anti-inflammatory effects that help with weight loss, says London. “As an added bonus, these are high in antioxidants and are linked to improved sleep, which should also help regulate your weight,” she says.

Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight


Best in the late summer months, tomatoes contain a lot of water, which helps stave off dehydration-related hunger. “These are also super-high in potassium, which is great for balancing a diet higher in sodium,” says London. This is especially key since potassium can help you beat bloat.

Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight

Jalapeño Peppers

This spicy veggie will add some heat to your summer foods—and help you eat less in the process. “Jalapeno peppers contain capsaicin, which studies have linked to weight loss,” says London. Adding some heat to foods may also help you drop pounds. “Research has shown that you tend to eat less food overall when you have something spicy,” says London. To top it off, you’ll also be reaching for your water glass more when you consume jalapeños—and filling up with fluid will help to flush excess water weight from your body.

Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight


Raspberries pack a powerful weight-loss combo of fiber and water. “Raspberries are so ripe, readily available, and delicious right now,” says London. “Plus, they’re extremely cheap.”

Summer Detox – 5 Best Foods to Detox and Lose Weight

Iced Green Tea

Next time you hit the Starbucks drive-thru, order an unsweetened green tea. Research shows that the catechins in this drink may have weight-loss benefits. The caffeine and antioxidants may also help rev up your metabolism, says London.

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