By now we all are aware that UV rays (both artificial & natural) can harm skin over time, causing skin damage & premature aging. Studies have shown that nail salon dryers for both gels and the drying and hardening of regular polishes emit varying levels of radiation (primarily UVA light — the same kind of ultraviolet light used in tanning beds) in as few as eight visits to the manicurist. This is - of course - bad news for those of us who love our Shellac manicures.
Interestingly enough, long-lasting gel mani’s aren’t the only risk factor. In fact, most of us can get that same amount of exposure while driving down the road in the car.
Troubleshoot this issue and minimize your risk with one of our new favorites - blocking 98% of UV rays, Happy Hands: The Original UV Nail Glove, has a protective 40+ UPF coating (which means they surpass US testing regulations, FTC guidelines & adhere to ASTM International Standards). The recently launched nail gloves are available for purchase at nail salons, spas and retailers.
For more info log on to shophappyproducts.com
Ahhh, beauty sleep - it sounds more like a true luxury that most of us don’t have the privy of experiencing rather than something our bodies (and minds) actually need. When your job actually counts on being beautiful it may be a lot easier. “I go to sleep pretty much when the children go to sleep!” Supermodel Heidi Klum once said of her typical 10-hour snooze schedule. “My husband has to come find me in one of their beds and remind me that I’m a wife too.”
Unfortunately, for many of us, catching more than a solid 5-6 hours can be tough. And, that’s bad news according to scientific studies which prove that more rest makes one more attractive.
So how can the borderline insomniac finally catch those coveted z-z-z-z’s? Of course there are different methods for each individual, but one of the biggest ways to indulge in slumber is simply getting cozy. Quality matters as much as quantity, so think about your linens and the pillows you lay your head on at night. Pick a duvet with a bit of loft, like one made of down, for air circulation and set your bedroom’s temperature to about 68 degrees.
When it comes to pillows, it’s all about personal preference - but one we like in particular not only promotes back sleeping and compression-free side sleeping. Better yet, JuveRest: The Sleep Wrinkle Pillow packs an extra beauty punch with its ability to minimize facial wrinkles thanks to the open contoured shape.
Still, the best is yet to come - for the remaining days of August, Revolution Beauty readers can save 25% by using the code SUMMER14 at checkout.
Blow drying, styling, coloring and exposure to other chemicals can have a hefty affect on your hair. Here are some of our new favorite ways to protect, restore and freshen up your locks without the big price tag.
Restore & Repair Damage
Zotos new 180 PRO line offers two products we love for restoring abused hair. The 180 PRO Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment, $10 VIA is a leave-in product that target’s breaking points, deeply conditions and restores moisture. Also targeting hair’s worst breaking points, the 180 Pro Rapid Restorer Balm, $7 VIA is a rinse-out solution that is formulated with ultra-reparative Pro-Peptide Complex to repair, condition and safeguard strands against future damage.
Protect Against Summer Activities
Who doesn’t love a refreshing dip in the pool beneath the sun’s scorching August rays? However, the effects of chlorine (which quickly bonds to hair and skin) is bad for your tresses. To neutralize chlorine after swimming, use SwimSpray, $15 VIA, a 100% natural, Vitamin C-infused solution with your shampoo or body wash. Another perk? The product relieves locks of that chemical smell too.
Limit Styling Damage
Still get the latest looks by opting for safe and versatile pieces that eliminate the stress that styling can have on your hair. Two easy accessories we love in order to get of-the-moment braided looks are the Hairdo by HairUWear French Braid Band and the POP by HairUWear Clip-In Long Braid, both $10 VIA . The fun accessories attach effortlessly without glue or stress to seamlessly integrate into your own strands.
Make a fashion statement while maintaining that stellar grin. Thanks to the portable Violight Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrush, $15 it’s easy to do both. With its mascara-style vented cap, Slim Sonic comes in a bevy of bright colors and patterns and cleans your choppers with 22,000 brushstrokes per minute. Perfect for gym, office, travel and more.
Violight Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrushes are available at ULTA and Dillards stores. To learn more, check out violight.com.
The Problem - Loss of Elasticity and Moisture
The appearance of lines, wrinkles and the unevenness in skin tone and texture are signs go aging. To improve skin hydration and restore elasticity, find an age-defying. skin tightening serum for the face and neck that’s infused with an antioxidant blend that includes vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
The Problem - Clogged Pores
Pores get heavily congested as dead skin builds up and environmental impurities reach the surface. To combat this, find a product that won’t strip skin of its natural moisture (look for ingredients such as omega-6 rich Starflower, sunflower seed oils and pomegranate seed oil) that deeply exfoliates to remove embedded impurities.
Try - Murad Skin Smoothing Polish, $30
The Problem - Dark Circles and Puffy Skin Around the Eyes
Nourish the delicate under-eye skin with a lifting and firming product that targets the area with botanical extracts, antioxidants and Vitamins A & B.
Try - FOM Cosmetics’ Revitalising Eye Care Balm, $46
The Problem - Blemishes and Breakouts
Streamline your acne treatment with a gentle multi-tasking product containing salicylic acid and other blemish fighting ingredients like tea tree oil, grape seed extract and rosemary.
The Problem - Itchy, Flaky Skin
Add a body butter to your skincare routine to lock in skin soothing botanicals and hydration. Look for restorative, non-greasy products formulated with pure essential oils, antioxidants and fresh fruit extracts for all-over nourishment.
Try - Lavanila’s Healthy Body Butter. $19
The Problem - Unsightly Scars
Prevent abnormal and excessive scar formation and improve the appearance of existing boo-boo’s by choosing a silicone gel treatment. Look for a clinically-proven product that works on both old and new scars to soften, reduce redness and flatten raised ones.
Try - ScarAway Scar Repair Gel, $30
The Problem - Stubborn Pigmentation and Lackluster Tone
Typically caused by sun overexposure, pigmentation or uneven skin tone needs a targeted treatment that works to lighten and repair skin damage. Find a moisture-binding agent that also enriches skin with super-food ingredients, peptides and powerful fruit extracts from Acia, Mangosteen, Noni and Gogi berry.
Try - Gavée Gold Collection’s Heart of Gold Elixir, $155
Attending The Aspen Art Museum’s 2014 ArtCrush Sponsored by Audi on a Saturday night earlier this month, actress Mamie Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep who will next star alongside Jennifer Aniston in the upcoming film Cake) looked stunning in a metallic dress paired with the perfect summer red lip.
Posing for pictures and sharing laughs with fellow actor Timothy Olyphant, the star and her gorgeous (and totally on trend) lip color proves that warm weather doesn’t mean you have to ditch the spicy shades.
We’ve put together some tips and tricks to wearing the look during these warmer months - and we’re sharing our our new favorite shades of red too.
1. The trick to wearing this look during summer? Choose a bright shade like “stop sign” red or one that is tinted with citrus or coral.
2. A matte finish is a modern way to wear red lipstick, but make sure you’re are moisturized as you don’t want the color to emphasize chapped lips.
3. Soften up an intense lip color with a pastel outfit or accessories - the contrast in colors is perfectly eye-pleasing.
photography: Leigh Vogel/WireImage