Beauty and the Elements

When Mother Nature seduces us with warm weather, our bodies become one with the surf and sand. Our ritual sun worship results in a healthy brilliance that emanates youth; however as creatures that are fans of instant pleasure, we ignore the long term concerns for a finite dose of bronzy skin. The obsession with the sun does the opposite after a certain amount of exposure and it by no means ultimately leads to looking youthful. The result is the need for a fuller coverage foundation and bleaching creams. Does this mean we stay indoors all summer or feel guilty when we don’t? Of course not-to remove years from your face and still get a golden hue, supply your skin with an anti UV arsenal.

imageFace Cleanser
Earth and grime accumulate much quicker when it’s hot, especially oiled up in the sand. Use a cleanser that strips your skin of oil and dirt but not moisture. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, then it may be a good time to try something different. It seems that in order to obtain a super clean experience, you have to say goodbye to the much needed hydration your skin needs to stay balanced. However, there are plenty of options. A luxuriously creamy and rich foaming cleanser will wash the beach away within minutes, making for a super fresh face.


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imageSPF Target Spots
The higher elevation points on the face bear the brunt of the exposure to harmful UV rays. The nose, eyes and lips remain the most sensitive features on our face and it is important that we give them extra special attention to battle the aging effects of the sun. A bit of this balm not only shields and saves you some redness and irritation but it also protects against premature aging with anti-oxidants and keeps your skin supple with a blend of emollients that hydrate on a cellular level. Rise above the hot atmospheric air and avoid the red nose.


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imageCoverage & Moisture
Beach vanity is rampant along the coast. Sun bathers want to look beautiful while they absorb the solar rays. Get yourself what I call “vacation” makeup, or a tinted moisturizer. The benefits are numerous and include luminous even skin, SPF and much needed hydration that prevents the skin from burning. Create a barrier against the elements with a water based tinted moisturizer or new corrective cream or “CC Cream”.


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imageBeach Hair Blaster
Do you smell something burning? It is your hair. The sun’s blazing fire can have damaging effects to any part of the body, especially your hair. Wouldn’t it be great if they made SPF for hair? Well they do and it doubles as a “beach hair” antidote that instantly smoothes and rejuvenates hair without making it feel heavy or greasy. Just spray and work through from the roots down and your hair will be protected and remain soft. The most superb feature of this hair hero is the tropical scent which combines the essence of coconut, pineapple and vanilla. It is perfect for the beach.


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Remember, a main cause of aging is unprotected sun exposure. It is important that you are aware that sun damage in the form of brown spots and dull lackluster skin can be prevented, and your ageless exterior can be extended beyond the norm. Make the compromise now so when you have matured you will be bragging about your defiance towards aging as opposed to making excuses and fibbing about your true age.

matthew ambrosio

matthew ambrosio

Matthew Ambrosio is a considered a beauty connoisseur on many levels. As a designer and image expert he presents a fresh and realistic attitude towards personal aesthetics and style for men and women.