My Must Have Summer Suncare

Now that it is finally July, and there is a massive heat wave rolling through, I have been even more protective of my skin. After just 2 consecutive days in the sun, my skin was dry and feeling the effects of the UV rays. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is one of the best ways to prevent aging in the future and help the overall look and feel of your skin! Below are some of my must haves for suncare.

The only sunscreen I use on my face is Tarte’s Tarteguard SPF 30. After years of struggling to find a sunscreen that wouldn’t break me out, but also protect my skin from burning, I stumbled on this and have never gone back. It’s lightweight, can be worn under makeup, and smells amazing. Although it is pricey for a sunscreen, one of these lasts me the whole summer because all you need is a small amount.

For time’s that I have burned my skin and the aftermath is dry and like leather, I love applying the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to replenish and hydrate. After one night, my skin is glowing and fresh. I tend to combine it with a bit of aloe to also reduce redness.

*Pro tip: refrain from applying this product every night. Overuse on my skin makes me breakout.

I usually do not like layering myself in lotion on a hot summer night, but when it comes to hydrating your skin, making your tan last, and helping any kind of sunburn, this product is my go-to! The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion is super lightweight and smells like a pina colada. It is light enough to apply on even the hottest of nights and feels more hydrating than a typical aloe vera.

Finally, the most important part! Sunscreen for your body! I love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray. I use SPF 30 and it works like magic. It is cooling on the body and adds such a glow to your skin. I have always had such good luck with this spray because it is super convenient and easy to apply!

Sunscreen and suncare is such a personal choice. I still to this day see so many people using tanning oils or lotions in the sun. It is everyone’s right to use whatever skin products they want, but just make sure you are educated in what will protect you from the effects of harmful UV rays. I am not a doctor, so I do not know what is best for everyone. However, for my fair skin, I use these products to protect me. I have so many beauty marks on my body, so protecting my skin and making sure they don’t become harmful is very important to me. If you have questions on the SPF you should be using or items that would be best for you, consult a dermatologist or doctor.

I hope my must haves help you find the best suncare products for your skin!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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Skincare: Take The Day Off Routine

Skincare can be hard to come by. There are so many different products on the market to choose from that it can be difficult to decide whether to go the drug store or the higher end route. One thing is for sure, removing your makeup properly and taking care of your skin is SO SO SO IMPORTANT! I cannot stress that enough.

So many girls and guys neglect to remove their makeup at the end of the day because they are too tired or it will take too long. But sleeping with your makeup on is just plain disgusting. Your skin will be screaming to let it breath because it is trapped under all that dirt, pollution and makeup from the entire day.

My makeup removal routine is super simple, and so can yours. Usually I’ll hop in the shower and do the cleansing there, that way I can shave and wash my hair simultaneously. I use a few select products (some drugstore and some high end) to break down the makeup, remove, cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Those are the steps you should also be taking to ensure your skin is able to breath and is clean at the end of the day.

Even if you do not wear makeup, the amount of dirt present on the skin and pores, is much greater than one may think. Take the time to cleanse and remove any left over makeup from the day. You only have one skin. Take care of it.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes

Neutrogena Grapefruit Scrub

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner

Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream

-XOXO Courtney

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5 Tips To Healthy Skin This Summer

I have been obsessed with skincare lately, especially since it is summer and I am not afraid to go “bare face” most days! It is super important to take care of and maintain your skin’s natural balance. Here are just a few tips to making sure your skin stays healthy and beautiful!

1.) Eat Healthy and Drink Plenty of Water

I have to say that I struggle with drinking enough water, even in the summer. But try to take a water bottle everywhere you go and a healthy snack! This will keep your energy up and skin glowing.

2.) Moisturize

Your skin can get super dry in the summer, especially from sitting out catching those rays. Make sure to hydrate your skin with a soothing moisturizer. My favorite is the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Gel Moisturizer. (Hint: It smells like cucumber melon… Yummy!)

3.) Wear Sunscreen

I don’t even need to explain this one. Just. Do It.

4.) Make Sure To Remove Your Makeup Properly

Sounds like a lot of work, but it’ll save you the trouble of extra breakouts. I just uploaded a tutorial on how I do it! Go Watch!!

5.) Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep isn’t just good for the body, but it is also good for the mind, soul, and skin! Getting plenty of rest will replenish your skin and prevent dark under eye circles from forming! A good 8 hours is enough!

Make sure to watch my video below on my skin care routine, also located on my YouTube Channel!

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How To Remove Your Makeup Properly

I always see and hear about girls who do not remove their makeup properly and it makes me cringe! Skin care is so important! You only have one outer later, so you must take care of it! Left on dirt and makeup will clog your pores and cause breakouts, blackheads, and more! I just posted a video, which will also be below, on how to properly remove your makeup!

I use a lot, and I mean A LOT, of Neutrogena products! They are honestly the brand I trust for my cleansers and other skin care items. I will actually be doing a separate video on my YouTube channel about my skin care routine, but this also overlaps with it. I recently tried the Ponds Cream Cleanser and love it! I also recommend Clinique products! They are on the higher end, but are great for sensitive to combination skin.

Remember, removing your makeup everyday is so SO IMPORTANT! You have to think about what your skin has gone through in one day and what it was exposed to! I love makeup, but there is nothing better that taking it off at the end of the day! Follow these steps and you will be golden!!

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Love The Skin You’re In….

Some may say beauty is only skin deep, but they do not understand the half of it. Think about it, the first thing people notice when looking at you is your skin. So why can’t we all have perfection? Biologically, everyone’s skin is different. Some are blessed with the beautifully, flawless skin seen on models. Others, struggle with acne and other blemishes. Being a struggler of acne myself, I know how hard it is to have clear skin one day and be pimple-faced the next. It’s difficult, especially since makeup becomes my savior. However, it shouldn’t be! I’ve finally learned that clean, healthy skin is more important than perfection. Taking extra steps, such as moisturizing or cleansing daily, can do wonders. I always say happy skin means a happy person. But if it’s not that easy for you, and you need a little more attention for the problem areas, have no fear and see a dermatologist! They are the experts, not you! Do not spend money on products that you have no idea if they will work or not! Take action and make it happen! There is always a solution, and you will feel happier and more confident knowing that you are taking steps to healthier skin.

Over the years, I have collected acne and skin products regularly. I have a regimen that works for me and that I’d love to share with you! I wash my face about 3 or 4 times a day, probably not the best thing for my skin, but it’s my routine. I am a huge advocate for Neutrogena products, considering they actually work and are reputable. I use their oil-free grapefruit face wash, along with the scrub. I also use their oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, along with and eye creme, since my skin is really dry! I also use Proactive on a daily basis and recommend it for people with cystic acne. Finally, at night, I use my ointments prescribed by my dermatologist, which help with major problem areas.

Healthy skin is happy skin! Taking extra steps to help unwanted blemishes or acne could pay off in the long run and make you feel happier! Always feel confident in your own skin, and don’t be afraid to wear no makeup! You are beautiful either way!

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Until Next time 🙂

-XOXO Navy and Lace

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