Beauty expert and TV personality, Stacy Cox shares her favorite beauty tips for summer! Image courtesy of Twitter.com/StacyCoxBeauty
Candace Rose: With summer in full swing, what can we do to protect our hair from the sun's harmful rays?
Stacy Cox: "That's a good question because dry, frizzy hair is definitely a summer beauty 911, and I feel that one of the easiest things to do is just to arm yourself with the right technology and the right products; it doesn't have to cost a lot of money and it certainly doesn't have to take a lot of time for the busy moms on the go of course. Herbal Essences came out with their Hello Hydration; it's a collection of shampoos and conditioners that are very moisturizing, but they also have this really neat water-activated silkening ingredient infused into it and that helps restore shine and the health to your hair; it does this in only one treatment and I love that because it's really value filled and results filled, giving the consumer instant gratification and that's what everybody wants.
Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo – Amazon.com
Another thing that's really been on trend right now is color blend foam. The New York magazine editors have been buzzing about it a lot, so let me explain that to you – if you want to get lighter color for summer or a gorgeous golden hue, Clairol nice 'n easy came out with color blend foam. You apply it with your fingertips; it's got a mousse-like texture and it goes on very evenly with no drips and no mess. That's key, so that while your color is processing you can multitask around your house and you can answer emails; do a little housework; return phone calls. I'm loving the color blend foam.
Clairol nice 'n easy – Color Blend Foam – Amazon.com
The third thing I charted for hair this summer is figuring out which is a good hair spray to use; you don't want to end up a humid, dry, sticky hair spray mess with your hair back in a ponytail. And so to avoid that, what I'm loving is from Aussie, it's their sun-touched shine hi hold + hi shine hair spray, and it gives you firm hold but it leaves your hair nice, soft and touchable throughout the day."
Aussie Sun-Touched Hi Hold + Hi Shine Hair Spray – Amazon.com
CR: What are some beauty trends we should all know about this summer?
SC: "I'm always getting asked about how to get summer, glowing, beautiful complexions; what are my anti-aging secrets; fountain of youth tips, so I sum it up in two things right now – one is retinol and the other is consistently using a broad spectrum SPF. The retinol is one of the most trusted anti-aging ingredients around and Neutrogena just came out with their fastest working retinol product yet, it's called the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair. It turns out 100% of women that worked with the Rapid Wrinkle started seeing results in just a week; seven days is all it took. They were looking at find lines, improving deep wrinkles and evening out their skin tone. The best time to use retinol is always going to be at night. When your body is at rest, the retinol ingredient kicks up, it's the workhorse that gets to work, and like I said it works efficiently and in this case with rapid wrinkle repair, in just seven days.
Neutrogena – Rapid Wrinkle Repair SPF 30 – Amazon.com
And then with makeup, Neutrogena came out with this healthy skin compact, and it's a makeup compact with an SPF of 55 infused with helioplex technology and that's where they get that broad spectrum protection they keep encouraging people to get to know and to use. The foundation in the compact is great because it's very lightweight, it's got a powder-like finish and it gives you nice, even coverage. The compact you toss in your purse and then you can do touch ups at your discretion on your busy day when you're on the go; so I love it for that reason."
Neutrogena – Healthy Skin Compact Makeup SPF 55 – Amazon.com
CR: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?
SC: "I saved a couple good tips for the end! You can take your basic baby's teething rings, you know wash the drool off first; and then stick it in the freezer. Let it get real cold and in the morning when you have puffiness and dark circles, put the teething rings on your eyes for 5 – 10 minutes.
Munchkin – Fun Ice Soothing Ring Teether – Amazon.com
When you get your cup of coffee and your tea ready in the morning, take your sugar cube and exfoliate the dead skin, the chapped skin off your lips; so that you're getting our pucker and your lips ready for your lip color and your day ahead. You can take a dab of honey, and you can hydrate your lips after you exfoliate them with the sugar cube (with the honey.) Those are kind of fun!"
CR: How about for those of us who unfortunately spent a little too much time in the sun, what can we do for sunburns?
SC: "You know, there are so many things. If you have a garden and you can grab an aloe vera plant; and you can cut the aloe vera plant open, a great thing to do is just put the natural aloe vera all over the sunburned area. You can go to your drugstore and grab hydrocortisone lotion, over the counter, right? Mix in a little bit of oatmeal with it and a little bit of that aloe vera gel; mix that up and chill it in the fridge; and put that all over you or all over the sunburned area for at least 10 to 15 minutes."
In case you don't have an aloe vera plant at home…
Aubrey Organics – 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel – Amazon.com
Good Sense – Anti-Itch Lotion Hydrocortisone 1% 4 OZ – Amazon.com
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats Oatmeal – 42 OZ Container- Amazon.com
CR: Thank you! Where can we go for more information?