Category Archives: Summer


After reading every Summer skin care tip and applying your best sun protection regiment, you may have gotten more ultraviolet (UV) exposure than you would have liked. Even with your best sun protection efforts and intentions, you may have gotten more exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays this summer than you’d like resulting in the appearance of sunspots. Read these 5 cosmetic treatments that will help reduce the appearance of existing sunspots and remove the damage.

1) Retinoids are compounds derived from vitamin A that encourage skin cells to slough off and renew themselves, improving skin cell turnover cycles and lighten brown spots. Milder forms of retinoids, called retinols, are available in OTC creams; they may be less effective than their prescription counterparts, but can still have some benefit.

2) Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants reduce UV damage to your skin. They also slow down your skin’s degeneration from the production of rogue chemicals (free radicals) that cause visible signs of damage.

3) Exfoliants, such as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids), stimulate faster skin cell turnover. This is the process by which your skin cells replace themselves. Since sun damage slows the rate at which your skin cells turn over, exfoliants may be effective treatment.

4) Laser resurfacing can peel away sun damage, such as brown spots and blotchiness. There are several types of laser treatment, including: broadband light (BBL), fractionated lasers, and ablative lasers (the most aggressive). Always see a doctor to properly discuss your options.

5) Chemical peels encourage the dead top layer of skin to slough off, which in many cases will take with it areas of uneven pigmentation and precancerous lesions and fine lines. Peels can either be performed in a series or as a one-time treatment, depending on the peel depth. Again, we always say to see a doctor first to discuss your options.

Remember that signs of sun damage are always important and we always recommend seeing a doctor first before trying cosmetic treatments.

How to Cover Sunburns and Tan Lines

I’m sorry to say, but it’s inevitable and you will get some type of sunburn or unwanted sun tan line during the summer season. Even the best of us, that use SPF and follow the every tip known to mankind will eventually have a 911 emergency night. You will need to cover it up because you have a prior engagement that doesn’t call for you looking like a lobster.


Before you we start and talk about covering up a sunburn or a tan line, please do damage control. Just like your face, you want to make sure the area is smooth and clean. Wash and use a gentle exfoliator to the area.

Choose something that’s waterproof and long-wearing. If you’re planning to have a fun night dancing or having a night out in the town, remember the humidity and heat, which means you will sweat!

Also, color match your makeup and choose a color that is the same color or slightly darker than your tan. This way, it won’t stand out or look dramatically darker, but it’ll be much more pigmented than your non-tan patches. You should test a few shades on an area of the body that showcases your summer skin tone. The shade that blends seamlessly or appears slightly darker is your best bet. Finally, layer it up in the areas where you’re transitioning between fairer and tanned skin. Apply one thin layer across the whole area, let dry, and then apply more layers to the untanned area to build on the color.

Now, here are tips to cover up those sun created blemishes.

How to Cover Up a Sunburn

Covering up a sunburn can be tricky because your skin is irritated and you don’t want to aggravate it. Before you start, make sure your skin is hydrated and clean. First, prep the area by lightly covering it with a green toned primer that will help counter the redness. You want to smooth it out and not rub the product on your skin. Second, use a foundation that will provide good coverage without a lot of blending. Depending on how badly you are sunburned using the softest Kabuki brush could be painful, instead use a mist airbrush foundation. This type of foundation uses an ultrafine mist that gives flawless makeup results providing a full coverage finish without any blending. It’s easy to use, just spray and let it set. Talking about sprays, some may ask, “Can’t I just use a spray tan to cover it up?” We don’t suggest using it because spray tans will darken all over. If you have darker or lighter spots on your body, then these will show up as different tones.

No matter what you do though, there will be some discomfort when covering a sunburn. You want to let your skin to heal, so using a foundation shouldn’t be used unless it’s absolutely necessary.

How to Cover up those Unwanted Tan Lines

If your skin isn’t damaged, just tanned, then covering up those unwanted tan lines can be tricky. However, in these cases, you have a lot more application options since you don’t have to worry about irritating your skin or the pain. The place people go wrong during this process is people try and cover the entire area. Don’t try to use spray tan or self-tanning lotion to even out the area as you’ll only make the dark areas appear darker. Find a foundation that suits your tanned skin tone and concentrate on the uneven parts. By using a small kabuki brush, our clinic has “Youngblood Small Kabuki Brush” as shown below, you can carefully apply the product where it’s needed and save yourself from looking covered in makeup. If the difference in tone is very noticeable, try a concealer, just along the lighter skin. After you apply your foundation over the whole area with your brush, you’ll want to soften the line giving your skin a more natural finish. Set the area with powder or a setting spray, which will keep your skin moisturized and give a more skin-like finish.