Here’s our top picks of best beauty products to save your skin and get your swimsuit body ready for the season and all of Summer’s sunny splendor.
#1 Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream
Often described as an amazing multi-tasking non-greasy wonder hydrator, Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream can be used for everything including dehydrated, dry, damaged skin, to soothing scars, to creating a dewy finish for your complexion, as a cheek highlighter, as an overnight eye treatment, or as an immensely hydrating lip balm.
A little goes a long way, but you can also use it on your face as a night moisturizer and eye cream, as a split end mender, hair conditioner and defrizzer, as a stretch mark prevention regimen. I can go on and on…it’s also a soothing redness reducer, helps to even heal bruises and blemishes, as a rejuvenating nail and cuticle conditioner, to smooth rough areas like elbows and knees, and helps with skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
Everyone asks me about my glowing skin…well, it’s a tiny bit of this product (and also DHC’s Olive Virgin Oil) that makes my skin smooth and radiant. Egyptian Magic’s cream is an amazing, one stop multi-functional balm. It keeps skin luminous and hydrated, and I never ever leave home without it!
Available for $36 for 4 oz. at Whole Foods, health food stores nationwide, a few online retailers, and at egyptianmagic.com
#2 Figs & Rouge 100% Organic Balm
Figs & Rouge has its own version of a multi-purpose balm, with 7 versions to choose from, but our faves are Coco Vanilla (a blend of Cocoa Seed, Sunflower oil, & Vanilla), and also Pomegranate (a mix of Pomegranate & Grapefruit oils).
Not only can Figs & Rouge 100% Organic balms be used on your lips and any dry skin dilemma, but it’s also great as a cleanser to remove dirt and impurities, as an intensive moisture boost for dry and flaky skin emergencies, as a fragrance just apply to pulse points on your body, as a moisturizer it keeps cuticle and nails in silky soft condition, and for hair styling needs just apply with fingers to tresses for immense texture and shine.
100% organic, vitamin-packed, skin-enriching ingredients including Organic Bees Wax, Essential Oils, Pure Shea Butter, Fatty Acids, and Vitamin E.
Figs & Rouge also make fantastic shower washes, a bath soak, and a leg lotion. Available internationally across the pond and Europe, or online at www.feelunique.com for $8.53.
#3 Bakel Oxyregen Regenerating Cream
Drench your parched, and sun-dried skin with 10 clinically-tested ingredients, and no nasty additives, Bakel Oxyregen Regenerating Cream is an innovative and wondrous moisturizer that works to stimulate cellular oxygenation with Saccharomyces Lysate, a biotechnological oxidizing yeast that stimulates cellular oxygenation and activates the natural ability of the skin to regenerate itself.
Extracts of olive, jojoba and avocado oil deliver essential nutrients to the skin and provide elasticity and luminosity, and overall anti-aging action. Designed for daily and nightly application to the face and around the eyes resulting in skin appearing firmer, smoother and brighter after just a few applications.
No preservatives, artificial colors, synthetic perfumes, petroleum derivatives, silicones, alcohol, PEG, PPG, heavy metals, or any other ineffective or harmful ingredients, all this luxury and benefit for a not-so-thrifty price of $145 for 1.7 fl. oz., and we say your face is well worth it!
Available at Space NK apothecary stores nationwide and at select Space NK shops in Bloomingdale’s.
#4 Aveda Carribean Therapy Body Scrub
Aveda’s Carribean Therapy island-inspired body scrub transforms skin and transports the senses, it smells like a tropical vacation in a jar. Loaded with lots of moisturizing oils of coconut, avocado and passionfruit, and excellent exfoliating with salt and Caribbean cane sugar.
This uplifting and astounding product is unusual for a sugar and salt scrub, it doesn’t dissolve quite so quickly when mixed with water, and it helps to banish those unsightly bumps of dry skin and ingrown hairs on the backs of arms and thighs after just one use.
It works its magic and leaves skin so super soft, smooth and radiant. Can be applied to wet or dry skin. Use before getting some sun or before sunless tanners to help build your color faster and longer, AND—(here’s the best part) when used in conjunction with a cold shower a few mornings the week before your vacation, it helps to ramp up the fat burning so that you’ll look your tip top best.
Available in 15.8 oz. jar for $39.50 at aveda.com
#5 Terracotta Mineral Flawless Bronzing Powder
My tried and true go-to for a dash of radiance has always been Bare Minerals Warmth, but now I’ve discovered another bronzing powder from Guerlain that has the same fabulousness, Terracotta Mineral Flawless Bronzing Powder
Guerlain has always been an expert and beauty industry leader in bronzers since 1984 with their legendary Terracotta Bronzing Powder, and then Terracotta Men Bronzing Powder. Now, they’ve introduced Terracotta Mineral in Light (matte light tan), Medium (matte warm golden tan), and Dark (matte bronze)– a bronzing powder made only with ingredients of mineral origin.
This ultra-fine transforming powder works immediately, melting into the skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth. It has a long-lasting formula and richly pigmented with tiny flecks of gold, peach, and a hint of rose and copper tones swirled in. Not only does it create a flawless complexion, use it anywhere on your body too. It also feels wonderfully light and soft, and gives you a healthy, radiant glow!
It’s simple, easy, and non-messy, just release the powder by lightly pressing down on the sifter with the mini kabuki brush. For a smooth, radiant complexion, apply the powder to the face using circular movements, pressing the hairs of the brush firmly against the skin and working from the center outwards.
Available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora for .1 oz. at $65.
#6 La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra-Light Fluid for Face
Simply the best (in our opinion) in sun protection is Anthelios 45 with five sun filters and recommended for all skin types. This fast-absorbing sunscreen is ultra-light that leaves skin feeling clean with a silky texture, and a matte finish.
High UVA (PFA 26) and UVB (SPF 45) photoprotection for outdoor use with breakthrough Cell-Ox Shield™, which provides a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and a powerful antioxidant complex called Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells to further protect your skin.
Clinically-tested to be a highly effective sunscreen, the 5 key sun filtering ingredients include Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocryene, and Oxybenzone to protect the skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure.
Available online at La Roche-Posay and CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide at $29.50 for 1.7 fl. oz.
#7 Infrared Sauna Treatments
If you’ve already gone to the gym (or not) and need a little more assistance, the hottest thing right now in bikini ready bodies is infrared saunas. Infrared saunas treatments have been known for years to produce both immediate and long lasting health benefits.
This type of sauna helps to reduce water retention, to detoxify and release toxins from the body and simultaneously speed up metabolism, and burn calories in just 30 minutes, all without the unbearable wet-heat and steam of a traditional sauna.
Far infrared heat is a specific wave length of light from the sun. The experience of far infrared is similar to sunbathing. Infrared heat waves reach the body more directly (and not the air, walls and fixtures within the sauna), but this invisible form of radiant heat can induce 2-3 times the volume of sweat of a hot air sauna while operating at a significantly cooler range.
In L.A., the Tao Healing Arts Center in Santa Monica has an unbeatable price of $20 for 45 minutes, or a package of 5 sessions for $85! This center has two infrared saunas that can be booked, one is a single person sauna, and the other is a sauna that can fit up to three people at a time. So go check your local area, for a similar treatment or service.