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Summer skin secrets

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Sexy skin is in

Want to know how to get gorgeous, glowing skin this summer? Well, don’t worry. We’ll let you in on a little secret… or seven!
Woman with beautiful summer skin

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $2.99 at drugstore.comGet a natural glow with baking soda

Give yourself an invigorating, yet gentle, facial and body scrub with Arm & Hammer baking soda! Simply rub a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water in a gentle, circular motion to naturally exfoliate the skin. This will give you a nice healthy glow, as well as create a smooth, even canvas to apply products like self tanners and lotions to.

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $3 at drugstore.com

Scott Barnes Body Bling, $42.00 at opensky.comDisguise skin imperfections with Body Bling

To mask any unwanted skins flaws, Jennifer Garner's trainer, Valerie Waters, swears by Scott Barnes Body Bling. "Smooth it over legs and arms to erase imperfections, even out skin tone and create a radiant, natural-looking summery glow." You can even customize your own color by blending Body Bling Original with Body Bling Platinum.

Scott Barnes Body Bling, $42 at opensky.com

Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture Aloe Fresh Light Feeling Lotion, $3.43 at drugstore.comSoothe sunburn with aloe vera

Soak up a little too much sun at the beach? Then try aloe vera. According to beauty and lifestyle expert and licensed medical aesthetician Kelley West, it's the most effective way to stop sunburn and help heal the skin fast, while hydrating and soothing the pain as well. "If you burn your skin while cooking, curling your hair or on the grill, you can also use aloe to treat the injury and minimize scarring."

Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture Aloe Fresh Light Feeling Lotion, $3 at drugstore.com

Repêchage Hydra 4 Cleanser, $35.00 at repechage.comDon't forget to cleanse

Most women think moisturizing is the most important skin care step in the summer, but according to Shiri Sarfati, skin care expert and EVP of Repêchage, cleansing is. "If you don’t have a clean palate to work from, your skin won't reap the benefits of your serums and moisturizers. Your skin is exposed to daily debris, pollution, pigmented makeup, chemicals such as sunscreens and other impurities that seek refuge in your pores. It's important to properly cleanse daily to keep skin functioning at its best."

Repêchage Hydra 4 Cleanser, $35 at repechage.com

Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Fluid, $105.00 at shop.naturabisse.comLook for products with vitamin C

Kim Schanzer, owner and co-founder of Pulse Laser & Skincare Center in New York City, recommends looking for skin care products infused with antioxidants like vitamin C to help brighten skin and shield against free radicals. Our pick by Natura Bisse repairs sun damage and hydrates the skin while firming and protecting with an SPF 10. You can even share it with your guy too, as it's great for after shaving.

Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Fluid, $105 at shop.naturabisse.com

HydroPeptide Even Out Brightening Pigment Corrector, $60.00 at hydropeptide.comBrighten your complexion with a pigment corrector

Sick of sun spots and hyperpigmentation? So are we! Fade imperfections and score sexy, even skin this summer with HydroPeptide's fab Even Out Brightening Pigment Corrector. Simply apply 1/4 teaspoon over face, neck and decollete area after cleansing and before serum, both in the morning and evening.

HydroPeptide Even Out Brightening Pigment Corrector, $60 at hydropeptide.com

Good Morning Anti-Aging Beauty Nutrients, $30.00 at healthydirections.comProtect your skin with antioxidants

Certain powerful antioxidant plant compounds found in many fruits and vegetables have the ability to protect the skin from the adverse effects of UV radiation, says Dr. Aaron Tabor of HealthyDirections.com. "Such nutrients with known sun-protection benefits include lycopene, lutein, olive fruit extract and green tea extract. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables and drinking a cup or two of green tea daily will help you take in these vital nutrients that naturally protect your skin from the sun."

Good Morning Anti-Aging Beauty Nutrients, $30 at healthydirections.com

Money saving tip

"Unless you have the fortune of living in a place that's sunny year round, you probably go through several shades of foundation to wear throughout the year at different levels of tan. Invest in a good, clean powder in a neutral shade between your lightest and darkest foundations to ease the transition between, and avoid having to replace foundation every season." — Nicole Lapin, Financial Expert, Former CNBC/CNN Anchor, Recessionista.com Editor-in-Chief

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