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The weather is already heating up here in Southern California, so it’s more important than ever to give my skin a little TLC to keep it looking radiant and healthy all season long. I’ve tracked down 5 products that will help your skin in a variety of ways, either by protecting you from damaging UV rays; keeping skin intensely hydrated and radiant or a combination thereof. I love multi-tasking beauty products, don’t you?

1. Qtica Smart Spa Sugar Scrub in Grapefruit Surprise

Our skin needs a good rub down during the summer months, and Qtica’s sugar scrub does a great job getting rid of dry, flaky skin and smoothing out rough patches. Plus, the grapefruit scent is so refreshing and uplifting. It’s the perfect weekly treat to use when you’re ready to show some skin – healthy, soft and supple skin that is! This scrub also works well for hands and feet.

($18, Qtica.com)

2. Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Lotion

I reviewed this lotion previously, and I’m still as enamored of this SPF 15 lotion as I was the first time I tried it. Not only will it protect skin from damaging UV rays, but it also contains ingredients that help soothe sensitive skin, reduce redness and leave your complexion luminous and younger-looking. It’s also very moisturizing without feeling heavy or greasy on skin.

($18, Burt’s Bees)

3. Focus 21 Sea Plasma Moisturizer Spray

Oil and alcohol free, this moisturizing spray can be used to give skin a luminous, hydrated look and feel. Bonus: It can also be used on hair! It smells fantastic – like a fresh ocean breeze – and it really helps skin feel refreshed and moisturized without feeling sticky or heavy. A little bit goes a long way too, so the bottle will last for a good while.

($5.99, Ulta)

4. Yes To Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion with SPF 30

Believe it or not, a moisturizing lotion with SPF does exist – and it’s 97.4% natural, to boot! It’s a pretty thick formula, which may turn some people off – but once it’s rubbed in, skin instantly absorbs the lotion so your skin feels soft and supple all day long. This formula would be great for those with very dry and sensitive skin, but it does say it will work with all skin types, too.

($14.99, drugstore.com)

5. Charlotte Ronson A Summer’s Kiss Face & Body Glow

I don’t actually own this product, but I would love to – reviewers rave about it! Essentially a lightweight liquid bronzer, this product was designed to give face and body a healthy, luminous glow while brightening and evening skin tone. Plus, it self-adjusts to make you look radiant under any lighting. Additionally, it’s fortified with Vitamins C & E to help even the most dull-looking skin transform into luminous complexion perfection.

($18, Sephora)

What are your summer skin care must-haves?


Model Kimora Lee Simmons keeps busy – not only as a model, but as a designer, entrepreneur and mother of three children. Because of her hectic lifestyle, she keeps her beauty routine simple and wants to help other women do the same thing.

Recently, Simmons debuted her new skin care line dubbed Shinto Clinical, a line of high performance skin care products designed to meet the needs of evolving women everywhere. To create the line, Kimora partnered with Makari de Suisse to develop a line of skin care products that combine ancient Asian ingredients with advanced Western bioactive technology for a line of products that will help combat even the most problematic skin.

Says Kimora:

As a little girl, I watched in wonder as my mother and grandmother stood at the mirror paying meticulous attention to their skin. As a woman, I’m proud to take those traditions and combine them with clinically proven science to create an ultra luxurious skincare line for all women.  I am humbled to be able to bring this hybrid of ancient and modern skincare to women of all complexions and cultures.

The collection includes:

  • Wash Away The Years Anti-Aging Peptide Cleanser
  • Watch Your Tone Anti-Aging Peptide Toner
  • Micro Manage Instant Microdermabrasion Cream
  • Wrinkle Shrink Instant Wrinkle Eraser
  • Pore It Out Instant Pore Concealer & Treatment
  • All Evens Out Skin Lightening Treatment
  • @Lash Eyelash Growth Enhancer
  • Smooth Answer Anti-Wrinkle & Moisture Boost Cream

Shinto Clinical is available at Nordstrom locations in the United States, as well as shintoclinical.com.

Nip+Fab has recently debuted their No Needle Fix, a new facial filler that delivers results comparable to those achieved with Restylane injections – without the needle!

Your skin becomes hydrated and conditioned while a blend of ingredients works to plump fine lines, smooth wrinkles and firm skin without the cost or pain of traditional facial fillers.

According to results gathered during independent trials, volunteers saw an 11.5% reduction in wrinkles after only one application while also noticing increased firmness.

Says a Nip+Fab spokesperson:

With our new No Needle Fix serum, women including our celebrity fans, are able to regain the youthful fullness in their face. Age, environmental damage and demanding lifestyles all take their toll and age us prematurely, with wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes and cheeks being some of the first signs. Before now the only way to counteract these unattractive symptoms, was to inject fillers into the cheek to restore the original plumpness of the face. This extreme procedure leads to the common problem known as ‘pillow face,’ where the cheeks look ‘inflated’ and this can have the adverse effect of closing the eye, making them appear smaller.

No Needle Fix is available at Henri Bendel and at nipandfab.com. The product retails for $19.99.

I’m a huuuuuge Burt’s Bees fan, but I tend to stay away from a lot of moisturizers with SPF – they scare me, especially the natural kind. A lot of them tend to leave white, chalky residue on my face which is SO not attractive. However, I decided to take the plunge and give it a try… keep reading after the break for my full review.

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While browsing the “Just Arrived” products section on Sephora, I came across the latest Philosophy offerings: the Caribbean Getaway Duo and the Hawaiian Getaway Duo. I want!!!

The Caribbean Getaway duo smells like “tropical colada,” and includes a 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and a lotion (both 8 oz sizes.) Meanwhile, the Hawaiian Getaway duo includes 8 oz sizes of lotion and 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath and smells like pineapple coconut. YUM! Plus, the packaging on these is super cute; they’re in little boxes that look like mini suitcases.

I think these duos are the perfect way to get in a summer state of mind, and I hope they’ll be gracing my shower caddy in the near future.

Price: $25/each

Availability: Sephora.com

I always have very dry hands, especially during the winter months. As a result, I am constantly slathering on various hand lotions to quench my parched skin; you won’t catch me without several tubes at all times. Over the years, I’ve managed to find a few awesome hand lotions that work well for me. Keep reading after the break to find my picks for the best hand lotions.

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Philosophy has introduced a new product to their “miracle worker” line – the miracle worker miraculous all-over brightener and dark spot corrector.

This innovative new product contains proven ingredients that are designed to help improve the appearance of skin discoloration, whether due to age spots, sun exposure, and post-acne scarring. The product can even help improve skin’s brightness, leading to a healthier-looking complexion overall.

In clinical studies, miracle worker miraculous all-over brightener and dark spot corrector met with some fantastic results:

  • 92% of women had more even, brighter skin in 8 weeks
  • 4 weeks – visible improvement in skin radiance
  • 8 weeks – improved appearance of skin tone
  • 12 weeks – improvement in skin brightness and evenness

What makes this product so unique is that it works to brighten and improve skin without hydroquinone, which often causes skin sensitivity.

Coinciding with the product launch is Philosophy’s microsite seeingspots.com, where consumers can become educated about the causes of skin discoloration, as well as few clinical results and before and after photos of people who have used the product.

To purchase, please visit philosophy.com.

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