Rue How-To: Self Tanning 101 For A The Healthy Glow

Badgley Mischka Summer is officially here, and as the temperature goes up, so too does our fear of having less-than-ready-for-airtime limbs. By now we all know about the dangers of skin cancer – so faux tanning is the chicest, safest way to get that bronze glow.

Self tanners have come such a long way from when they first hit the scene (no more of that “fake tan” smell, orange hue, streaks, or spots!). There are so many great products on the market now, whether self tanners, gradual tanners, or bronzers.

A self tanner will give you that sunkissed color without being exposed to the sun. Its main ingredient is DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which reacts to your amino acids, giving you a golden glow in 3-4 hours that will last about 5-7 days. Just don’t shower or sweat for about four hours to give the self tanner time to develop.
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June 18, 2011

Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Dr. Copeland Talks Summer Skincare

BY DR. MICHELLE COPELAND

When Dr. Copeland takes a break from her busy practice in Manhattan to spend long summer weekends in the Hamptons (so jealous!) where she gardens, bikes, and enjoy the outdoors – she makes sure sunblock comes first. We grabbed a few minutes with the sun care goddess to talk about a responsible skincare regimen for the summer months.

Rue La La: We’re losing our minds with label reading. Can you break it down?
Dr. Copeland: Find a sunblock that protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays break down collagen and elastin fibers supporting skin. If you don’t want wrinkles, you need to guard against UVA light.
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June 24, 2010

The Crib Sheet: Better Skin, Head to Toe

BY DR. MICHELLE COPELAND

Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care

Smooth, soft skin is healthy skin. And it’s very achievable.

Cover your head. Avoid excessive UV exposure – use Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20 for protection and Sunless Tanning Bronzer for a healthy glow.

Clean your face at least once a day. But bars of soap are too harsh no matter what the moisturizing claims. Surfactants, ingredients that produce foam in liquid products like shampoo and soap, are extremely drying. Choose non-foaming cleansers that don’t strip the top layer of oil from the skin.
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February 16, 2010