Beautiful Body Summer Solutions for the Family
By Rachel Harris, Managedmoms.com
The hot and dry dog days of summer can result in head to toe woes like sunburn, dry skin, brittle pool hair and more. So here are some summertime solutions to keep your family and your own body beautiful, healthy and happy. Happy Summer!
The backyard pool may give us hours of fun, but that exposure can be damaging to hair so here are a few solutions. First be sure to rinse hair with tap water before you jump in the pool. This may sound strange, but when hair is wet before entering the water, it helps to slow down the absorption of chlorine because your hair is like a sponge, and will take on less water when it's wet. Such an easy and sensible tip.
Use care when combing out wet hair after swimming. Try the mom invented Knot Genie Detangling brush line. It's an amazing detangling brush that unravels knotty hair without pain or pulling. It was invented by a mom named Rikki Mor who struggled daily to brush her daughter's hair. When no detangling potion or brush worked, she decided to invent her own. Today this cool brush is found in 3,500 salons and boutiques worldwide and is sold here locally at Snip-Its, various Lifetime Fitness stores, Sadie James and online at www.knotgenie.com.
What makes this line of brushes so special is the uneven built-in bristles that gently separates knots without tugging at the delicate hair. The flexible bristles perform like tiny fingers bending knots apart and the hair is left knot-free and undamaged and is pain free, which is terrific for kids and nice for adults, too. The Knot Genie Teeny Genie does not have a handle so parents are sure to apply even pressure for painless brushing and detangling. The Knot Genie Supreme has a handle so that bigger kids can reach the back of their hair when they start detangling themselves.
This brush line is safe for wet hair which is helpful coming out of the pool or ocean when hair tends to be extra tangled. This brush also works well for curly hair styles, too. The brushes range in price from for $14.99 for the Teeny Genie to $22.99 for the largest Knot Genie Supreme model. They all work great!
Wear sun wear protection hats like the stylish UV Skinz Womens Ribbon Hat that is made with a 5" brim to give ample shade to your face, while protecting your hair and scalp from the sun. This pretty hat also includes a moisture wicking sweatband inside and it sells for $26.95 here.
For your little ones, check out the smart 3 Piece Sun & Swim set for kids that includes a sun protection reversible bucket hat and a short sleeve UV Skinz sun & swim shirt plus matching board shorts! The adorable 3-piece set sells for $55.95 here.
UV Skinz was created by Rhonda Sparks, a woman who lost her 32-year-old husband to melanoma just three days after the tragedy of 9/11. With her loss and having three young boys to care for on her own, she became determined to bring products to the market that can help families stay safe in the sun. UV Skinz swimwear and clothing blocks out 98% of the sun's rays for safe swimming and outdoor activities all summer long.
Keeping with the swimwear protection theme, convince your hubby to wear a UV Skinz sun protection shirt with his bathing suit. I like the UV Skinz handsome Mens Short Sleeve Sun & Swim Shirt that provides outstanding sun protection with the certified UPF 50+ sun fabric. The short sleeve mock-tee UV Sun Shirt is perfect for long stays in the sun when swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, climbing and more. All of the line's men’s sun shirts deliver advanced moisture management and are designed for a relaxed fit. The shirts are chlorine and salt water resistant and are certified to provide UPF 50+ sun protection. The one I showed in the segment sells for $39.95 here.
Flattering Swimwear For Her:
For many women and teenage girls, finding a flattering swimsuit can be a challenge and can results in a challenging shopping experience. Try the Hapari line of suits. I like this swimwear line because Hapari (www.hapari.com) offers hundreds of swimsuit styles with a few secrets sewn in so to speak. Nearly all of the bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits are made with secret pockets in the breast area that can be fitted with their Illusions silicone enhancements to supplement curves. Plus, when it comes to swimwear, so many women have trouble with their midsection. Hapari’s exclusive Tummy Tuk bottoms provide extra coverage and support for the waistline. The Hapari suits are also transitional, so you can wear them different ways and change up the look to a halter-top, criss-cross back or tank style.
One of the cool Hapari styles that I showed in the segment is the Denim Tile Seaside Tankini & Swim Dress ($59 for the top, bottoms sold separately here. For a flattering and adjustable fit, the sides of this tankini can be cinched to create a draped look that will flatter your tummy or loosen the drawstrings for additional length and coverage. This tankini's revolutionary style features fuchsia lining, a soft top band and padded bust that keeps this top in place plus the versatile strap styling give you the option of wearing this top as a halter, criss-cross or tank or go completely strapless. The fabric also provides UPF 50+ sun protection. I really the variety of style options that this one flattering suit provides.
For a pretty and forgiving bikini, I showed the Hapari Red Hibiscus Push Up Bikini top and the matching drawstring skirt bikini bottom. The top comes with sewn-in foam padding that has real push-up power to enhance your curves and the flattering skirt bottom is made with drawstring sides allow you to change the length of this skirted bottom for additional coverage. This set sells for $39.00 for the top and $35 for the bottom skirted piece at the Hapari website page here.
For The Face
DermaDoctor is a good line because they have beauty products that offer sun protection and are allergy tested, hypoallergenic, paraben free, fragrance free and more. I especially like the DD Cream from this line because I don't like to wear a lot of makeup during the hot days of summer and this SPF 30 cream can be worn alone or as a foundation primer. The DD Cream hydrates, protects, evens skin tone, brightens, firms and works well as an all over face cream. The 1.3 oz tube is travel friendly and sells for $38 at Sephora stores.
For a calm and cool multi-tasking product that is summer travel friendly, I really like Elizabeth Arden's Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter Illuminator. This one helpful tube works as a lipstick, blush and eye shadow all in one. Plus, the pink shade is universally flattering and gives my face a perfect rosy pearlescent glow for summer. This sells for $29.50 at department stores nationwide and at www.ElizabethArden.com.
For an ultra-light facial sunscreen, try the Perfective Ceuticals SPF 40 with Titanium Dioxide. This is a non-comedogenic, broad-spectrum sunscreen that is formulated with naturally occurring titanium dioxide and cellular-protecting plant extracts. It offers skin protection from UV rays that contribute to skin damage and premature aging. Utilizing an exclusive ultra-light technology, it glides on smoothly and leaves the skin with a soft, non-greasy finish. Perfect to wear alone, over daily moisturizer or as an invisible makeup primer. I also like that it is fragrance-free. This sells for $38 here.
For The Lips
Don't forget to protect your lips from the sun, too. Try the Colorescience Lip Shine with SPF 35 to give lips a fabulous tint of color while shielding them from the sun's harmful rays. Sells for $25 at a variety of Valley locations that are listed here.
This is an interesting new nail product and concept. Custom Nail Solutions has developed a unique line of customized nails. With one purchase you have the ability to mold your nails and receive a set of nails that that fit only you. The nails you will receive are removable and reusable. You can paint them any color and remove polish with nail polish remover, just as you would with any other nails. There's no harsh drilling or filings to your natural nails. It is a one-time buy that includes everything you need to get started. The adhesive will last 2-3 weeks per application, allowing your nail beds to get air and remain healthy. Custom Nail Solutions provides a variety of nail styles and lengths to bet suit your needs.
The Custom Nail Solution kit includes everything you need to get started, finger molds and instructions on how to mold your nail beds. The Impression Kit sells for $139.95 and includes 10 finger trays, 1 spoon, 1 yellow impression material, 1 white impression material, 1 instruction sheet, 1 product brochure and one order sheet to take you through how to properly mold your custom nails. There is also an instructional video on the website to help with the process. Get this kit here. The custom nails arrive 2 to 3 weeks later and include everything needed to successfully apply the custom nails which typically last 2 to 3 weeks. This is a pretty cool invention, although I have not personally tried it, but I did read a lot of positive reviews about the product. Custom Nails say that your custom set will last a lifetime.
For the Feet
Don't forget to protect your feet. I can remember my middle school science teacher showing us students the tops of her very sunburned feet as she warned us to always remember to protect our feet with sunscreen and shoes. Be sure to protect your little one's delicate skin on their feet with Water Shoes from UV Skinz that sell for $19.95 here.
So those are some of my favorite summer solution products. What are your favorites? Share in the comments section and be sure to check out my blog at www.managedmoms.com for more beauty news, recipes, parenting talk, pet stuff and more.