Summer Skin

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Every season, it's important to switch up your skincare.  This time of year, i find myself reaching for lighter, softer products that pack on the hydration and of course, protect my skin from the sun's harmful rays.  Here are my recommendations for maintaining your skin healthy this summer.


I love to prep my skin with a great skin polish.  A few months ago, i was introduced to a wonderful drugstore gem Salma Hayek Nuance Walnut Body Scrub and fell instantly in love with its ability to properly prep my skin for my lotion or self tanner of choice.  I love that i can feel the beads working to smooth out my skin without all the harshness.  This beauty is exclusively available at CVS Pharmacies and is super budget friendly!  Score! While it's great to polish your body a couple of times a week, it is equally important to do the same for your face.  I recently tried and loved Borghese Age Defying Cellular Complex Exfoliate Facial Scrub. I just loved the way it felt against my skin.  The beads do a wonderful job of exfoliating dead skin in the gentlest of ways.  This beauty targets dull and uneven skin with its fortified natural exfoliants.  Use it once and you'll immediately reveal smoother, healthier and fresher looking skin. This exfoliator will gently remove pore-clogging debris, amplify cell turnover, refreshes and primes skin for your morning/evening regimens and no worries, it's paraben-free!


When i first tried Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, i was instantly smitten with how incredibly clean and smooth my skin felt.  After all, there's a reason this beauty won more than 100 beauty awards!  This world-renowned two-part skincare system has a major cult following (me included).  There are just a million reasons why this baby made this list!  You can read my full review here and see why it's rocking my world right now!

I'm loving the incredible smell of this gorgeous (and budget friendly) Essence of Beauty In the Tropics Bath and Shower Gel! Seriously you guys, this beauty screams summer with it's fresh and light scent.  I swear, it's times like these i wish we had such a thing as smellavision so that you could preview this beauty for yourselves!  This deep moisturizing formula will pamper every inch of your body combining revitalizing passionflower seed oil with the powerful antioxidant of rice bran oil and vitamin E, leaving your skin feeling simply beautiful!  This beauty is exclusively available at CVS pharmacies and the best part is... it won't break the bank yet feels like a million bucks!


Last summer, i had a wonderful chat with my aesthetician about skincare.  She stressed the important of using a good vitamin C serum to promote cell renewal. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in skincare! It helps slow down the aging process by preventing free radical damage. I also learned that using this beauty everyday will help boost your sunscreen as it provides a small amount of UV protection.  I've loved Enza Essentials for quite some time now.  Their products are genuinely luxurious and work wonders!  When i tried their Vitamin C Serum, i knew immediately it was the perfect match for my combination skin.  I make sure to never go without it, particularly this time of year.  Seriously, if you haven't checked out Enza Essentials now is the time!  Enza Essentials is currently running a special for 20% off their Vitamin C Serum through July 31st, AND they're offering Fashion Maven Mommy readers an additional 25% off by simply using code SUMMERFMM at checkout bringing this beauty from $95 to $57!!! Wow!  Major deal!  While you're shopping, be sure to check out their amazing Lip Treatment (one of my favorites ever) and also check out the most powerful wrinkle fighter i've ever met... this baby is quite possibly the fountain of youth in a bottle!  Oh yes!

A great moisturizer is as basic as skincare gets.  Your skin needs to stay hydrated so it's important to quench it with a quality moisturizer  that will do the job!  I personally like to use a mosturizer during the day with sun protection because... well, why not!  It's so much easier to reach for just one product that can get it all done right?  I'm loving Borghese's Age Defying Cellulare Complex PROTECT with SPF 15.  It's light yet packs on the moisture.  BTW did you know that Borghese is now conveniently available at Target?! Yay!

Another moisturizer that i fell hard for is Amarte Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum.  This serum features a lightweight formula infused with natural herbs and moisturizing ingredients to soften, hydrate and nourish the skin.  It wraps the complexion in a smooth veil of hydration that provides an immediate cool, relaxing sensation.  I promise, the second this baby goes on your skin, you will say 'oooohhhh'.  It just feels different from anything i've ever tried.  I save this one for night time! I swear it's the perfect summer moisturizer!  



I know we don't like to talk about it, but most of us have to deal with unsightly cellulite.  I've had it since i was a little girl thanks to my wonderful ancestors who've so graciously passed it on to me! Sweet right?  Grrrrrr!  I've tried so many things to no avail!  While there truly isn't a 'cure' for this problem, G.M. Collin Lipo-Fitness Serum is helping to minimize the appearance of cellulite with its innovative anti-aging body care product.  The serum contains a caffeine complex that works to firm the targeted areas. It offers quick absorbing texture to target the reduction of cellulite and improve skin tone.  While my cellulite is not gone by any means, i have noticed that my skin is much smoother and way more even than when i initially began using it.  I'm going to continue this regimen in hopes that with an extended use of this product, i may begin to see even more fading of my cellulite... fingers crossed!


Pixi's Glow Tonic is one of my holy grail products.  I'm on my second bottle which speaks volumes of this product!  As a beauty blogger, i am so fortunate to have an abundance of choices when it comes to skincare making it difficult at times to finish a bottle of anything really.  But when you find a gem like this however, you'll reach for it again and again!  The (alcohol free) Glow Tonic is seriously amazing. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and totally balanced.  I keep this beauty on my nightstand and never ever go a day without it... its simply wonderful!  You must try it!  I promise it will not disappoint!

So while at the COSMOPROF Fall Preview Event, i chatted with the Karona brand about this self tanner.  I explained that i currently used St. Tropez and loved it.  They urged me to try their Express Bronzing Mousse promising that i will love it just as much if not more.  I'm very picky with my self tanning options as many have left me a big blotchy orange mess but figured i'd give this one a go.  Wow WOW! I'm so glad that i did!  You guys, this is officially my favorite self tanner EVER!  Move over St. Tropez, if you like that stuff you'll fall madly in love for this!  While this is the only product from their extensive line that i've tried, i can attest to the fact that you will have the most gorgeous tan ever when you apply this.  What i especially love about this mousse is that you leave it on for as little or as long as you need to.  The longer you leave it on, the deeper the glow!  Once you've achieved your desired level of bronze, you wash it off in the shower.  It will still continue to work its magic, even after you shower but with lesser intensity.  This product left my skin looking as though i'd spent the entire day at the beach.  My tan was natural looking, not orange or blotchy.  I love the application glove!  It helps keep my hands clean while making the application process smooth and even!  Best stuff ever!!!!!  For real!  BTW Ulta is having a major sale on this beauty so don't miss out if you want to get an additional $10 off this product!

So there you have it... these are just some of my favorite summer skincare essentials!  What are some of your favorites?

Thank you so much for reading! xo, Carla - FMM

*Some items were sent by PR for considerations others i purchased with my own money.  All opinions are my own based on my experience with these products. 

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