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My Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Beach Vacations

IMG_5182Posted by Willow B. Murphy

Hi Everyone!

It’s been quiet on the blog the last few weeks because I have been in Belize with my husband. I finally got over my fear of the ocean, specifically sharks, and got certified to scuba dive! It has been a life long goal of mine, because my dad is an avid diver and I really want to be able to go diving with him on our next family vacation.

While I was there, I put together a list of my top five must have products for beach or tropical vacations. Some of these products are part of my daily must haves no matter where I am, but others I keep on hand specifically for these kinds of trips. I try to travel somewhere warm at least once year, because San Francisco’s notorious lack of summer can drive a girl crazy.

prodigal-pen-by-sampar1. The Prodigal Pen for Blemishes ($26.00) by SAMPAR is a daily must have for blemishes, bug bites, or welts. I pretty much use it on any kind of bump that shows up on my skin. It contains 8 essential oils including thyme, lavender, rosemary, sage, cloves, and cinnamon which make it both effective and great smelling. I always have one of these in my purse, carry-on luggage, and of course my vanity at home.

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2. Organic Sun Defense Minerals ($58.00) by Eminence is another product I carry around in my purse. I am very fair skinned and I freckle easily, so it’s essential for me to carry sun protection with me to reapply on days I spend any time outside. This broad-spectrum mineral powder is great, because it has a built-in brush making it easy to use on the go. It is also water-resistant and features vitamins A and E as well as fruit extracts to keep skin hydrated and nourished.

21_Drops_Invigorate_Essential_Oils3. I am an essential oils junkie and I never leave home without at least one bottle. One of the reasons I love 21 Drops oils is their easy to use portable rollerball packaging. Traveling with whatever essential oil blend you prefer is easy and you don’t have to worry about bottles leaking or breaking. My go to when I travel is 01 – Invigorate ($29.00), because traveling wears me out. I’m one of those lucky people that can’t sleep on planes without being heavily medicated. Since we took a red eye on our way to Belize this blend was a lifesaver. Also, check out their Travel Well Trio to strengthen your immune system, settle your stomach after eating unfamiliar food, and get a good night sleep no matter where you are.

NIA24-Sun-Damage-Prevention-UVA-Sunscreen-SPF-304. Traveling with a lot of sunscreen is kinda my thing. Anyone who has traveled with me knows they don’t have to bring any, because I travel with at least 5 bottles. Going to the beach you can easily double that number. As I mentioned above, I am very fair skinned. I have always freckled easily, but in my late twenties I started getting hyperpigmentation or sunspots on my face. Now I don’t leave the house without some sort of sun protection on my face year around. My go to sunscreen for my face on this last vacation was Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($45.00) by NIA24. I will be doing another blog featuring several of the other brands and types I also use later this month.

miracle-tropical-resilience-pump-by-holocuren5. I can’t ever go anywhere tropical without bug repellant. I did it once and learned my lesson when I came home covered in bites. Now I always pack Miracle Tropical Resilience Pump ($12.99) by Holocuren, because this natural lotion hydrates skin and helps protect it from bug bites. The lemongrass-scented formula contains a combination of Australian Melaleuca Tea Tree Oil and Brazilian Propolis for anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral protections.

These are just my top five products, but I travel with a ton more. My husband likes to make fun of me because of how much product I insist on transporting with me on our relaxing “laid-back” vacations. I just want to be prepared for everything. Are you a beauty hoarder or do you travel light? What’s your must have product when you travel?

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Spring Beauty Essentials Part 7: Hair Removal

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

This is part seven of our seven day Spring Beauty Essentials Series. Yesterday, we featured products to get your legs and feet ready for shorts, skirts, and sandals. Today, we are focusing on hair removal and products that will help you avoid skin irritation and ingrown hairs. If you are planning on shaving or waxing these are some products you’ll want to have in your beauty care regimen.

PFB_VanishThe PFB Vanish Serum ($22.00) by PFB Vanish is the first line of defense against ingrown hairs. This unique roll-on gel is formulated for bumps, ingrown hairs, and razor burn resulting from tweezing, laser hair removal, electrolysis, shaving, and waxing. PFB Vanish contains exfoliating and hydrating ingredients to enhance the results.

Relax_Wax_Get_the_Bump_Outta_HereThe Get The Bump Outta Here! ($19.50) by Relax & Wax will prevent wax and razor rash, ingrown hair, and bumping associated with hair removal (i.e., tweezing, electrolysis, shaving, sugaring, and waxing).  It is formulated for sensitive skin and is gentle, yet highly effective.  This treatment provides cooling and soothing relief and will not irritate or burn. This easy-to-use roll on will not spill or end up on eyes and hands, helping it to last twice as long.

Relax_Wax_No_Scream_CreamThe No Scream Cream ($19.50) by Relax & Wax allows you to wax your bikini line, or any other area without pain. It brings a topical anesthetic that relieves wax-related pain that will not interfere with standard wax formulas. This is a natural and safe formula that numbs waxing area for a painless experience and is ideal for all skin types.

Relax_Wax_No_Trauma_MamaThe No Trauma Momma! ($12.50) by Relax & Wax relieves the trauma associated with waxing to leaving the skin feeling more refreshed and calmer. This convenient product also calms skin after laser treatments, sunburn, and chemical peels. It even soothes common kitchen burns and burns from hair styling devices.

poetic-waxing-wax-strips-face-10-double-sided-strips-by-bliss-3The Poetic Waxing Wax Strips FACE ($25.00) by Bliss are convenient, fast strips that are great for fast hair removal, whether you are touching up between in-spa waxes or traveling. These strips are formulated with soothing azulene and moisturizing aloe vera. This sytstem shrink wraps hair and is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. The hypoallergenic, no-heat-necessary strips are a ‘spa’-tacular way to remove facial hair.

Bliss_Body_Waxing_StripsThe Poetic Waxing Wax Strips for Body ($36.00) by Bliss is a larger version of the face strips and are are convenient, quick, and are great for fast fuzz removal, whether you are touching up between in-spa waxes or traveling. Designed with soothing azulene and moisturizing aloe vera, the no-heat, hypoallergenic formula is an easy way to remove body hair.

This is our final post for the Spring Essentials Blog Series. We hope you enjoyed our product recommendations for getting ready for warmer weather and longer days.  If there are any beauty topics you would like to see included in the blog let us know in the comments below.

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Spring Beauty Essentials Part 6: Legs & Feet

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

This is part six of our seven day Spring Beauty Essentials Series. Yesterday, we featured several body lotions to help hydrate your skin and leave you smelling delicious. Today, we are focusing on your legs and feet. As the weather warms you will most likely be showing more skin. Here are a few products to help get your legs and feet ready for shorts, skirts, and sandals.

Phytomer_Beautiful_Legs_Blemish _Eraser_CreamThe BEAUTIFUL LEGS Blemish Eraser Cream ($78.00) by Phytomer will visibly minimize the appearance of unsightly, small vein imperfections on the thighs and ankles. Its moisturizing action leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.

Ren_Guerande_Salt_Exfoliating_Body_Balm The Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm ($37.00) by REN is a gentle exfoliating body balm that helps remove dead cells to leave the skin renewed, glowing, and moisturized. It nourishes, moisturizes, and exfoliates. Skin feels smoothed, glowing, and renewed. It is massaged onto dry skin before bathing or showering and then rinsed off.

devils-mint-body-scrub-150ml-by-elemis-10The Devils Mint Body Scrub ($47.50) by Elemis is a refreshing, revitalizing scrub that gently nourishes, smooths, and cleanses the body by removing dead skin cells. It is formulated with exfoliating, skin-friendly sea plant particles; detoxifying devils apron seaweed, cleansing sweet Betty flower, and antiseptic peppermint essential oil. It is especially effective on problem areas such as feet, knees and elbows.

Bliss_Diamancel_10_Foot_BufferThe Diamancel #10 Foot Buffer ($49.00) by Bliss helps dissolve hardened, dry heels and works wonders without cutting corns. These nickel-coated flexible fiberglass files are electroplated with industrial grade diamond chips.

Bliss_Foot_PatrolThe Foot Patrol ($18.00) by Bliss is a triple-action softening and exfoliating foot cream that helps smooth and refresh even the toughest, roughest feet. This peppermint-packed foot treatment is a great exfoliator and hydrator. It tackles dry toes and heels, and it almost eliminates the need for a pedicure. It contains salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy to remove dead, dry skin cells. Whole leaf aloe penetrates to clear away cuticles and soften hard skin. This foot lotion will leave the feet noticeably silky, soft, clean, and refreshed.

Bliss_Softening_SocksThese Softening Socks ($52.00) by Bliss are designed with a self-activating gel lining and help hydrate dry feet. These softening socks moisturize hardened feet with a self-activating gel lining and last for up to 50 uses. Vitamin E, grape seed oil, and olive oil pamper, smooth, and soften skin. When activated by body heat, these socks force-feed moisture that treats dry and rough feet. After 20 minutes, they will leave feet silky and soft.

Check back tomorrow for the last of our Spring Essentials Blog Series to find out about the great waxing products we carry at Affinity Skin Care and Skin Care by Michele.

Spring Beauty Essentials Part 5: Body Lotion

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

This is part five of our seven day Spring Beauty Essentials Series. Yesterday, we featured products to add some spring color to your cheeks. Today, we are moving on to your body and featuring products to keep your skin hydrated. It’s worth mentioning, that keeping your skin smooth and hydrated begins with a healthy diet. Remember to drink plenty of water, eat lots of vegetables and incorporate foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Once you’ve started caring for your skin internally, you can start your search for the perfect moisturizer that works for both your skin type and climate.  Whether you prefer a thick cream, a body oil, or are in need of a serious moisturizer to calm irritated skin there is something here for you.  Browse through the list below and find the perfect body lotion for your skin condition or just something that feels and smells amazing.

Jurlique_Rose_Body_CreamThe Rose Body Cream ($22.50) by Jurlique is rich with shea butter, cocoa butter, rose, and jojoba oil to leave dry skin feeling smooth, soft, and hydrated. It restores supple, soft skin, leaving it silky and visibly smoother. Jojoba Oil comforts and nourishes skin by softening the skin’s surface and preventing moisture loss. Shea Butter protects, moisturizes, softens, revitalizes, and maintains moisture levels. Cocoa Seed Butter forms a lipid barrier on skin to minimize moisture loss. If you love the scent of rose but prefer a body oil check out Jurlique’s Rose Body Oil.

honeydew-body-lotion-250ml-by-eminence-4The Honeydew Body Lotion ($28.00) by Eminence is a hydrating, rich body lotion that restores and nourishes moisture to help encourage healthy, smooth skin. The key ingredient is honeydew, which moisturizes, revitalizes and strengthens. While carrot oil helps repair skin cells, enhancing tone and texture for a supple, silky, soft feel.

neroli-and-grapefruit-body-cream-6-7oz-by-ren-4Neroli and Grapefruit Body Cream ($29.00) by REN is a deeply moisturizing body cream that will leave the skin silky, soft, healthy-looking, and beautiful. Replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier and aids the skin’s natural protective function. Skin feels smoother, softer and more supple. This cream’s scent has been described as refreshing, zesty, and invigorating. Ren also makes a body wash with this scent, check out Ren’s Neroli Duo Set.

Elemis_Frangipani_Monoi_Body_OilThe Frangipani Monoi Body Oil ($53.00) by Elemis is a fast-absorbing formula that provides superior moisture for parched, dry, or mature skin. It is traditionally produced on the coral shores of the Polynesian Islands by soaking frangipani flowers aka ‘Flowers of the Gods’ in coconut oil. This exotic body oil protects skin from free radicals, leaving skin feeling smooth. It can be used on the feet, nails, and hair as a conditioning treatment.

tresor-des-mers-ultra-nourishing-body-cream-5-1oz-by-phytomerThe Trésor des Mers Ultra-Nourishing Body Cream ($65.00) by Phytomer is enriched in the most precious marine oils. This melt-away cream delivers a source of intense moisture to your skin and reduces the signs of time. Skin is left supple, relaxed and infinitely soft.

Guinot_Body_Youth_Care_Cream The Body Youth Care ($72.00) by GUINOT is a luxurious, softening, anti-aging body cream that contains 56 active ingredients to regenerate skin and deliver deep hydration. It helps regenerate the structure of the skin for a visibly youthful silhouette. Helping soften the contours while leaving an invigorating, refreshing scent.

 Dr_Babor_Intensive_Calming_Body_CreamThe Intensive Calming Body Cream ($100.00) by Doctor BABOR is a calming, rich body cream. It is ideal for extremely dry, rough skin and cares for skin affected by neuro-dermatitis during symptom-free periods. It balances the skin by immediately soothing unpleasant itching. It regenerates the skin’s protective lipid layer and restores the lipid-moisture balance. Irritations significantly subside and the risk of bacterial skin reactions declines. Feelings of tightness are noticeably minimized and the skin is able to recover faster. This luxurious, relaxing body cream strengthens the skin’s natural defenses while reducing redness and instantly calming irritation.

Keep checking back for the rest of our Spring Essentials Blog Series to find out more about the great products we carry at Affinity Skin Care and Skin Care by Michele.

Spring Beauty Essentials Part 4: Cheek Color

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

This is part four of our seven day Spring Beauty Essentials Series. Earlier today we featured products to help heal dry winter lips, soften and plump lips, and finish them off with some spring colors. Now we move our focus to your cheeks. As we transition into spring feel free to use softer colors and more pinks and corals to accent your cheekbones.

Osmosis_BlushThe Blush Compact ($25.00) by Osmosis + COLOUR, is a refillable compact that contains beautiful shades from coral to soft pink for a bright hint of color and bronze to nude for a natural, soft appearance. Cheek colors provide a matte finish and light radiance. Already have the case and just need a blush refill? Not a problem, check out the colors we have available here.

La_Bella_Donna_BlushThe Compressed Mineral Blush ($27.00) by La Bella Donna is a mineral-based, lightweight blush that provides a natural glow to the cheeks. The mineral pigments blend with each individual skin tone. Try Tangerine or Marcella to complete your spring look.

Osmosis_Angled_Blush_BrushIn need of a new blush brush? The Angled Blush Brush ($25.00) by Osmosis + COLOUR is perfect for helping you achieve perfectly sculpted cheeks. Enhance the cheeks by highlighting with color or to contour the cheekbones. This angled blush brush provides control and precision.

Keep checking back for the rest of our Spring Essentials Blog Series to find out more about the great products we carry at Affinity Skin Care and Skin Care by Michele. Future posts will include body, feet, and waxing products to get you ready to enjoy some spring sunshine.

Spring Beauty Essentials Part 3: Lip Care & Color

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

You may have noticed that part three of our seven day Spring Beauty Essentials Series is being posted a day late. We were having some technical difficulties yesterday, but everything is back up and running today. Yay! So we can stay on schedule there will be two posts today.

On Saturday, we featured several hydrating mists to help refresh dry and fatigued skin. Today, we are focusing on your lips and how to keep them hydrated and give them a pop of spring color.

Bliss_Fabulips_CleanserThe Fabulips Foaming Lip Cleanser ($18.00) by Bliss helps keep lips clean, healthy, refreshed, and prepared for the rest of your lip care routine. The bubbling, effervescent formula with shea butter, rice bran extract, and cocoa butter lifts away impurities, such as makeup and food residue. It is ideal for all skin types and effectively removes all traces of gloss and lipstick.

Miracle_Lips_Salve The Miracle Lips Salve ($15.99) by Holocuren includes ingredients that are scientifically designed to penetrate lips with more than 25 organic and natural vitamins, enzymes, peptides, and butters to help exfoliate and hydrate dry, chapped lips. A blend of tea tree oil and propolis provide maximum strength anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which prevent and heal cold sores, fever blisters, and cracked skin. It is unique in the fact that it does not contain bee’s wax or petrolatum wax.

Blis-Fabulips-Lipbalm.aspThe Fabulips Softening Lip Balm ($16.00) by Bliss leaves lips supple, moisturized, and nourished. It is enriched with jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, shea butter, and vitamin E to seal in moisture.

Holocen_Miracle_Lips_SerumThe Miracle LIPS Roll-On Lip Serum ($17.45) by Holocuren is an organic and natural lip serum formulated to improve the health of the lips. It contains many beneficial ingredients, such as propolis, which is an organic product produced by bees. Propolis is known to minimize the risk for lip cancers while protecting lip tissue from drying. A blend of phyto-chemical, active ingredients delivers calming protection for chapped and dry lips, cold sores, and fever blisters.

lip-revive-7ml-by-elemisThe Lip Revive ($24.00) by Elemis is a petroleum-free lip balm designed to repair, protect, and nourish lips, keeping them conditioned and soft. The active base, rich in natural plant collagen and vitamins, is formulated with Mediterranean olive oil, cocoa butter, and white bees wax. Japanese wild mint, peppermint, and healing calendula soothe and cool the skin. This repairing and nourishing lip treatment is ideal for sore, chapped, and dry lips.

skincarebymichele_2268_66598This Longue Vie Lip Cream ($34.00) by GUINOT is a volumizing anti-wrinkle lip balm that smooths the fine lines around the lips and works as a base to deliver long-lasting lipstick hold. It softens and protects while plumping up lips to deliver a youthful appearance.

lip-plumping-duo-15ml-x-2-by-phytomer-4The Lip Plumping Duo ($69.50) by Phytomer is a two-step system that helps smooth and plump the lips. The first step helps exfoliate, removing dead skin cells, resulting in vibrant and smooth lips. This balm covers the lips and plumps up fine lines, for a healthy and full appearance.

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The Lip Gloss ($17.00) by Osmosis + COLOUR allows you to go from high shine to natural with rich and transparent lacquered colors. It keeps the lips hydrated and soft with an added touch of strawberry and grapefruit. If you are looking for a pop of spring color try Lilac or Pink Sapphire.

La_Bella_Donna_Lip_SheerThe Lip Sheer ($24.00) by La Bella Donna is a high-gloss sheer that will attract light and create the illusion of fuller-looking, plumper lips. It can be used to enhance Mineral Light Lip Colours listed below or can be worn alone. This non-sticky, lightweight formula delivers a shiny, sexy finish and is ideal for a quick color touch-up. If you are looking for a softer lip look check out Serenity and for a more dramatic lip check out Lily’s Legacy.

skincarebymichele_2268_39100811The Mineral Light Lip Colour ($24.50) by La Bella Donna is a creamy and rich lip color, with a lush shine and satiny texture. Ceramide 2 conditions and nourishes the lips while providing protection from damaging UV rays long after the color disappears. The mineral pigments create long-lasting luminous lips.

Keep checking back for the rest of our Spring Essentials Blog Series to find out more about the great products we carry at Affinity Skin Care and Skin Care by Michele.

Spring Beauty Essentials Part 2: Hydrating Mist

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

This is part two of our seven day Spring Beauty Essentials Series.  Yesterday, we featured several sun care products to prepare for the longer days and more sun exposure.

Today, we are focusing on your skin hydration and fluctuations as the seasons change. First and foremost, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Also, having a hydrating spray on hand can help bridge those gaps for days your skin is feeling dry or fatigued. If you use mineral makeup misting a hydrating spray over your face will help set your it. I love to use it as a refreshing pick me up in the afternoons, especially if I’ve had a long day sitting in front of the computer. There’s a mist and scent for every type of skin, so take a look below and pick your favorite.

Osmosis_Clear_Affinity_Skin_CareThe Clear Activating Mist ($26.00) by Osmosis is a harmonized water formulated with scalar waves, which encourage healthy skin. It aids in the penetration of other products and balances bacterial levels while improving skin rejuvenation. It can be used to calm sensitive or irritated skin. Can be used at any point throughout the day to hydrate and promote skin wellness.

Ultraluxe-Aromasol-Mist-Acne-Clear The Aromasol Mist – Clear ($29.00) by ULTRALUXE is an acne-fighting formula specially designed to help prevent and combat breakouts. This unique combination of benzoyl peroxide and rich sulfur exfoliate and penetrate dead skin cells and eliminate breakout-causing bacteria without leaving any trace or residue behind, making it ideal for daytime use.

algo-mist-hydrating-seaweed-facial-spray-6oz-by-repechage-4The Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray ($30.00) by REPECHAGE is a facial mist that deeply moisturizes the skin. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines caused by environmental stress, travel, or dryness. A unique combination of vitamin C, gingko biloba, and seaweed concentrate hydrate, nourish, and deliver antioxidant benefits. Essential fatty acids form a barrier that locks in moisture for a supple appearance.
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The Rosewater Balancing Mist ($35.00) by Jurlique features a relaxing rose scent that hydrates and restores the complexion. It is ideal for normal/combination skin types. This daily hydrating mist hydrates, restores, soothes, and balances skin. It delivers natural antioxidant protection. Glycerin and marshmallow intensely soften, hydrate and prevent moisture loss. Aloe Vera and rose soothe, calm, and soften the skin. Grapefruit Seed protects against free radicals. This balancing mist will hydrate and restore while leaving skin balanced and refreshed.

neroli-age-corrective-hydrating-mist-125ml-by-eminence-Affinity-SkincareThe Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist ($38.00) by Eminence is a collagen-boosting, firming face toner ideal for all skin types. It deeply moisturizes skin using a revitalizing blend of fragrant neroli oil and coconut water. Designed with green apple stem cell technology, skin is left looking smoother, tighter, and softer. Use after cleansing or as needed throughout the day. It can also be used to set Eminence’s Organic Sun Defense Minerals, which were featured in yesterday’s blog.

Yonka Lotion PG Toner  The Lotion PG Toner ($41.00) by Yonka is an alcohol-free tonic mist with invigorating, natural aromas stimulates, equalizes, and tones sebaceous secretions while imparting a refreshing and soothing sensation. It delivers an aromatic scent with cypress, geranium, thyme, rosemary, and lavender. Yonka also offers a Lotion PS Toner ($41.00) for normal to dry skin that is sensitive or tired.

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The Skin-Quenching Mist ($42.00) by Sampar is a moisturizing, alcohol-free mist that relaxes and nourishes the skin. It hydrates the neck and face with a combination of geranium, mint, orange blossom, rose, and chamomile extracts. This calming spray is ideal for use any time of day to revitalize and refresh. It helps relieve puffiness in the sensitive eye area. This mist has an immediate moisturizing effect, delivering instant relief from tired, dry skin. It helps enhance the natural defense mechanisms of the skin against environmental damage, so it stays hydrated longer.

Keep checking back for the rest of our Spring Essentials Blog Series to find out more about the great products we carry at Affinity Skin Care and Skin Care by Michele.

Spring Beauty Essentials Part 1: Sun Protection

Posted by Willow B. Murphy

In celebration of the spring equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere we put together a list of spring beauty essentials to help prep your face and body for the change in seasons. We will be featuring several products under a different category each day for the next week. We will begin with how to protect and care for your face, then how to add some spring color to your lips & cheeks, and finish with ways to care for your body.

To get us started, I’m focusing on something near and dear to my heart, sun protection. Whether or not it feels like it in your part of the country, spring is upon us and the days are getting longer. With more sun to soak up you need to be putting on that SPF and protecting your skin every day. If you’ve been slacking on your sunscreen routine during the winter months it’s time to start slathering up.

NIA24-Sun-Damage-Prevention-UVA-Sunscreen-SPF-30NIA24 is a skincare line based on more the 25 years of biomedical research that harnesses the power of niacin to protect and restore skin from sun damage. The Sun Damage Prevention Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($45.00) is a lightweight, non-greasy lotion that quickly absorbs for complete protection. It offers advanced protection from UVA/UVB ultra-violet rays while niacin reinforces the skin’s barrier and vitamin E helps repair the skin. It is even safe for sensitive skin, but is not recommended for those with niacin allergies.

OsmosisOsmosis_Shade_SPF_30 is a revolutionary skincare line that focuses on anti-aging products that holistically heal and repair skin damage by decreasing inflammation. Their Shade SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer ($24.00) is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that helps protect against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. This high-performance sun-protecting hydrator is ideal for all skin types.

cc_cream_light_medium_Dr_GrossThe CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 18 Sunscreen ($36.00) by Dr. Dennis Gross is a color correction cream that combines anti-aging benefits, SPF protection, and seamless coverage in a natural-looking, breathable formula. This multi-tasking cream with potent antioxidants and vitamins C and E helps prevent the breakdown of collagen. Skin will stay protected from sun damage thanks to octinoxate and avobenzone while hyaluronic acid keeps skin refreshed and hydrated. We currently only have this available in light to medium tones.

mineral-tinted-creme-spf30-1-7oz-by-mdsolarsciences-9MDSolarSciences is sun protection skincare line created by Dr. Robert J. Friedman, a dermatologic oncologist and clinical professor at the NYU School of Medicine. The Tinted Crème SPF 30 ($32.00) has a light natural tint and matte finish that can be worn alone or used as a makeup primer. For those of you that are looking for a higher SPF, MDSolarSciences has a Mineral Crème SPF 50 ($30.00) that is lightweight and also has a silky matte finish.

Ren-BB-Cream_SPF-15-Affinity-Skin-CareRen Skin Care’s Satin Perfection BB Cream with SPF 15 ($38.00) is an easy to way to hydrate and protect your face while getting flawless matte coverage. Ren Skincare uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from synthetic ingredients. Their BB cream works with most skin tones and if you are someone who likes extra hydration you can apply it right over your regular moisturizer.

Mineral_Suncreen_Eminence_Affinity_Skin_CareIf you need SPF coverage on the go Organic Sun Defense Minerals SPF 30 ($58.00) by Eminence has got you covered. This amazing organic sun protection comes in an easy to use container with a built in brush. Just throw it in your purse or backpack and reapply throughout the day as needed.

Keep checking back for the rest of our Spring Essentials Blog Series to find out more about the great products we carry at Affinity Skin Care and Skin Care by Michele.