1. Summer Rx

    abcsummer.jpgClick on the top title to open and scroll  It may be only the end of May but bathing suit weather will be here before you know it.

    It is time for our summer Rx, a quick-fix guaranteed to make you look and feel better as the mercury rises. The trick is to get your skin smoother, your smile whiter, and your tresses a little brighter.

    No matter what shape you are in bare skin looks and feels better when it is smooth and moisturized.  Use a scrub in the shower two to three times a week to get rid of dry dead skin and follow it up with a rich moisturizer. Here are two we like:  ( image: hot night bikini media commons)

    Darphin Perfecting Body Scrub with apricot seed. This luxurious scrub combines

    Apricot Seed Flakes and Peach Leaf Extracts, with Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter for gentle but through exfoliation.  Follow with Darphin Silky Moisturizing Lotion with apricot oil. Both cost about $40.dolcedolcerembrant

    St. Ives Smooth & Nourished Scrub & Mask, Oatmeal is a rich and creamy scrub that will exfoliate and soothe even dry skin. Follow with St. Ives Naturally Soothing Body Lotion, Oatmeal & Shea Darphindolcejpg.jpgNeutrogenalipbalmjpg.jpgButter. This light emollient body lotion has a light scent. It feels much more lux than its price tag would lead you to believe, both less than $10.

    Summer calls for sheer, pastel, or nude lip colour. Pastel and nude colours can show up stains on your teeth so make sure your teeth are their whitest and your lips are smooth.   Regular use of whitening toothpaste and at-home whitening products can remove stains and brighten your smile. Rembrandt Deeply White 2 Hour Whitening Kit is a fast and easy way to whiten teeth at home. The trays are easy to use and the bleach is very effective.

    Sheer and shiny lip colours cans highlight dry or scaly lips. Remove dead skin with such products as Lush Bubblegum lip scrub or bliss fabulips foaming lips cleanser.  If you are more of a DIY beauty, a tsp of sugar fixed with a few drops of any cooking oil is a fabulous weekly lip exfoliator.

    Keep lips soft with a lip plumping balm, such as Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 in six pretty colours. Or, treat lips with a mask. I am addicted to Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, a ‘facial” for your lips. Finally, brighten your hair colour. If you are a natural dark brunette with no grey forget highlights and get a clear or tinted gloss for shine. Redheads, lighter brunettes, and blondes should try gold or wheat highlights for a sun-kissed lift. If you are on a budget ask for fine highlights that will grow out more naturally.