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Summer Care for Face, Body, and Pets

This blog contains the latest tips on summer care of your body, skin, face and pets.

Summer Makeup Tips (from Allure Magazine and Good Housekeeping):

  •  Keep it Simple. Whether you're going to the beach or just feel like embracing the carefree summer vibe, skip base entirely and stick to concealer. Covering up shadows, spots, or blemishes with just concealer means you won't have to worry about blotting away your makeup along with shine. Check out my new concealer, which also provides moisture and a little SPF protection.
  •  Lighten your face makeup. Just as you switch to breezy skirts and linen blouses, dress your face with lighter makeup. First step: Swap foundation for tinted moisturizer. These sheer formulas look and feel airier on skin and are less likely to turn cakey on steamy days.Try taking my moisturizer and mixing it with a little powdered foundation.
  •  Bronze believably. Bronzer makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth whiter — everyone looks better with a little warmth added to their skin. To keep the results looking fresh and natural, apply bronzer just to the high points of your face, where the sun naturally hits you: forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. (Covering every nook and cranny is what gives you that fake, baked look.) Powder bronzers are the easiest to apply; Check out mine.
  • Multi-task your makeup. For instance, easy-to-blend satin-finish lipstick is just as resilient as cream blush. They're put to the test on your lips—from drinking to wiping your mouth—so if the lipstick stays on through all that, it's bound to tint your cheeks all day long as well. My lipstick has true staying power.
  • Stop shine, add glow. A slick T-zone instantly telegraphs the message "I'm hot" — and we don't mean sexy. To eliminate unsightly shine in seconds, nothing beats blotting papers. They're cheap, easy, and amazing — you just press and go.
  • Switch out thick lipsticks. Since heavy lip colors often feel like overkill once the weather warms up, many women opt for clear balm or skip their lips altogether. But just because you're feeling low-maintenance doesn't mean you have to look it. A simple swipe-and-go choice: tinted lip balms. They give you whisper-light color, and many even have SPF to protect you from the sun. Mine are perfect for the summer and come in a variety of shade intensities.

Sunburn Care:

So, you forgot your sunscreen and now you have a sunburn? Cold plain yogurt, right from the refrigerator, will bring soothing relief, and it's safe for facial use. Just stay away from any yogurt-loving pets.

You should also try my Spritz Away Pain. It works great on sunburns. If you spritz it on your face, close your eyes.

No-Cook Summer Recipes:

No one does summer better than Martha Stewart. Check out her collection of no-cook summer recipes.

Summer Pet Care:

Never leave your pets in a parked car
Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
Limit exercise on hot days
Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating. I wear a vinyl backpack that contains a bottle of water and a small plastic bowl.
Don't rely on a fan
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
Provide ample shade and water
Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.
Cool your pet inside and out
Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs. I made mine with 1 cup peanut butter, 1 banana, and one cup strawberry and banana yogurt. Mix it all together and freeze by the spoonful. I also plop a bit in my dogs’ bowls when they don’t feel like eating. They always clean their bowl.
If your dog doesn't find baths stressful, see if they enjoy a cooling soak. Also try a plastic kiddy pool (unless your dog is a major chewer.

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