Beautiful Summer Skin 1, 2, 3
Step 2: Pamper
Now that your skin is utterly smooth, hairless, and faux-tanned, it's time to slather on the moisturizers. The summer months don't deplete your natural moisture nearly as much as the winter months do, but because skin cannot maintain optimum hydration levels on its own, you're going to have to help it along. Luckily, today's moisturizes go way beyond simple hydration. We're especially excited about moisturizer and self-tanner hybrids that are formulated with low levels of DHA, the self-tanning ingredient. Not only are hybrid formulas a more foolproof alternative to traditional self-tanners, but they're also super-moisturizing, with versions for both the body and the face. Apply them every day and watch as your new color emerges over the course of a few days. The other big news this summer: body moisturizers made with gentle anti-aging ingredients -- for firming and cell renewal -- typically found in facial moisturizers.Your Pampering Kit
- Victoria's Secret Spa Daily Firming Lotion, $20, conditions skin with marine extracts and improves appearance with caffeine.
Also try: AquaTanica Spa AquaSculpt Body Firming Cream, $25, tones and firms with seaweed and algae extracts.
- Dove Energy Glow Daily Moisturizer with Subtle Self-Tanners, $6.99, is both a rich body lotion and a color enhancer.
Also try: Banana Boat EveryDay Glow Moisturizer, $5.79, is also oil-free.
- Vaseline Intensive Care Renewal Age Redefining Body Lotion, $3.99, replenishes moisture and encourages cell renewal with alpha-hydroxy acids, collagen and pro-retinol.
Also try: Nivea Body Age Defying Moisturizer, $8.99, replenishes skin with creatine.
- Jergens Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer, $6.99, gradually brightens your complexion with low levels of self-tanner as well as with erythrulose, an ingredient typically found in expensive self-tanners that produces more naturally golden tones.
Also try: Olay Touch of Sun Daily UV Facial Moisturizer, $12.99, hydrates, adds subtle color, and protects with SPF 15.
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