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My Skintastic Secrets for Safely Soakin' Up Sun. Plus a Giveaway!

Fitness

I love exercising outside but I hate getting too much sun. I have this fear of turning into a wrinkly raisin-face or worse yet, the New Jersey Tanning Mom!!!

I'd rather take excellent care of my skin now than regret it later (even it if means not having the best tan or hiding under my floppy beach hat on a good hair day). The way I see it, if I'm going to be a cougar on the prowl when I'm older (I've been single this long so who knows), I'd like to be one that wags (or curls?) tails. Wouldn't you?

But here's the deal, you don't have to run for the shade like a Debbie Downer. There are ways to safely work out and lay out in the sun without scorching your skin.

 

FOLLOW MY 6 TIPS FOR SAFELY SOAKIN' UP THE SUN

1. Whether you're working out or laying out, don't spend more than 1 continuous hour in direct sunlight.

I know I sound like an over-protective mom right now but seriously 1-hour is plenty, especially during the summer! And if you feel like you're baking in the sun (you know that tingly sensation) then you probably are. Be smart and don't overdo your sun exposure or assume that just because you have olive or naturally dark skin that you're safe. Because you're not.

2. Wear sunscreen that not only protects your face and body, but that moisturizes, glistens and beautifies.

The more your sunscreen does for you, the more you'll use it. Cheap sunblock that leaves a white residue is FORGETTABLE and you'll never remember to apply it or take it with you. I use the sunscreens below regularly because they do more than just protect.

  • Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream SPF40 is superb for your face and gives you a nice base color and sheen that you can build on top of with your makeup. I wear it everyday no matter what I have going on because it brightens and evens out my complexion.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF50 is kind of addicting because it feels and smells like body lotion, not sunblock. It's made to lock in moisture and protect you from the most harmful rays (UVA/UVB). You'll only get a light tan with it...and that's really all you need. There's only room for 1 N.J. Tanning Mom!
  • Coola Sport Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray SPF35 is the most aromatic of sprays I've ever tried. It's made with nearly 100% organic ingredients and has kept me burn-free throughout a Napa bike tour and one of the hottest summer bootcamp sessions of my life.
  • Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer for body and legs with SPF20 is spectacular because it comes in tinted shades that smooth out and contour your legs. I use it on the models' legs for any fitness-fashion TV segments I do because the models always feel more confident with the extra boost of color and glow. If you have spider veins or anything like that, this is the best concealer with SPF!
  • Neova DNA Damage Control with Broad Spectrum Protection SPF 43 is probably the hardest working water resistant sunscreen I've tried (it lasts 80 minutes!). Do you spend a lot of time at the pool? Like to stand up paddle board or wake board? This stuff is made for people who live in the sun (even though my orders are for 1-hour only).

3. Don't bomb on balm. C'mon, you know the sun dries you out!

Keep your hands and lips moisturized when you're out there in the sun because people notice these parts of your body. I used to be a chronic nail and cuticle biter. I never realized how gross my habit was until I caught people I was trying to impress staring at my gnarly nails instead of paying attention to what I was saying. Can you blame someone for not wanting to hold a dry, cracked peeling hand? These 2 products rock for maintaining soft hands and kissable lips in the summertime:

  • Sarah McNamara Heal Everything Balm hydrates, soothes and relieves chapped skin. I use it on my hands but you can use it anywhere, even your face. It provides nice relief on on sunburned or irritated skin, and it's small enough to carry in your purse.
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 is a staple for conditioning and protecting my lips. Skip the tinted ones and just go for the original in clear. The color in the tinted balms is too saturated.

4. Style up and cover up with sexy tankinis, sunglasses and a hat.

I love a skimpy bikini (sometimes) but I happen to love my skin a hell of a lot more and don't want to risk harming it. So what I do is style up with accessories and apparel that provide coverage and win me lots of fashion brownie points.

I tend to burn the fastest and most painfully on my chest. It sucks. But now I avoid this problem by wearing tankini's for outdoor water-play and workouts like the yoga class I did in middle of Times Squares (see below). My favorite tankinis come from Luxe by Lisa Vogel and you can find the one I'm wearing (Foxy Lady Tankini) RIGHT HERE. It's my fave because the top is a loose peekaboo halter with a bandeau attached from the inside. When I wear it to workout people have no idea that it's made for swim!

For hats, make sure to pick one with a wide brim, tight weave if it's straw or built-in SPF. And as far as sunglasses, I say, the bigger the better! The skin around your eyes is incredibly sensitive and the first place to show signs of aging. I have a theory that big and/or wide sunglasses relax your squinting muscles and reduces premature crow's feet. But it's just a theory...

5. Fake your color with self tanning NOT tanning beds (yuck).

I am the queen of spray tanning and self-tanners. I've tried everything since the age of 14! Don't be afraid of going this route just because some people do it wrong. Yes, there are people who are completely unaware of how much orange is too much orange. But just listen up! Drugstore self tanners will turn you orange but a premium lotion or salon spray will not.

My advice is to cover yourself in sunblock when you're outside and then after showering, spend less than 20 minutes applying a premium self tanning lotion. Or, stop into a local high-end spray tan salon (I'm usually in and out in 25 minutes). Artificial color is so much better for your skin and you won't age as fast! These are my favorite ways to FAKE IT:

  • Sunsoak Age-Defying Self Tanner is my go-to facial self tanner because it gives me a nice realistic bronzy glow. There's nothing drastic about this lotion and you don't have to worry that you applied too much or too little because it's streak-free.
  • VersaSpa spray tan booths are AMAZING! I've never had better, longer-lasting color than when I used these booths. The Versa sprays you 3 times. Once to prep your color, twice to bronze your body and a third time to lock in the color with hydration. It even dries you without suffocating you with chemicals at the end. Find a location near you that has a VersaSpa booth HERE!

6. Exfoliate dead skin and let the new skin shine through.

What does this have to do with soaking up the sun? Well, a lot. When you exfoliate your face or other parts of your body, you're helping your skin cells turn over faster. You're getting rid of the dead top layer to uncover fresher skin with more luster. The more regularly you exfoliate, you'll notice a healthier glow, smoother skin and less blemishes. Which in turn means you'll look great and not feel so desperate for more color. In the past, I've definitely used "bad skin" as an excuse to tan and attempt to conceal my acne but in the long run it further irritated my skin.

Exfoliating can be life-changing...with the right tools! Do your research and get to know your skin type because a lot of exfoliators can be harsh on skin.

My mom gave me my Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System as a holiday gift last year. After hearing me complain about breakouts and loving the results from her own Clarisonic, she decided it would be the perfect gift for me. And it was! I even travel with it, using it every other day and replacing the brush head once a month. It's easy, non-abrasive-feeling and you can use it in the shower. My skin has never looked better and it really does keep me out of the sun. The Clarisonic brush is brilliant. I've tried the cheaper copycat brands and they don't compare. So my advice to you is buy the real one and get a brush in a fun color or design.

 

MY SKINTASTIC GIVEAWAY!!!

I'm giving away the SUNSOAK Self Tanner from Tip #5. Here's what you have to do to win it:

  1. Leave a comment with your favorite tip or say something else that sparks conversation
  2. Please spell out your full name (no initials otherwise I won't know who the heck you are!)
  3. Like the MizzFIT Facebook Page
  4. Follow me on Twitter ---> @MizzFIT_Bianca

I'm picking a winner on August 29th, 2012. Can't wait to make someone's face nice and tan!

 

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit

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19 comments
Liz Stark August 16th, 2012 12:20PM

These are EXCELLENT tips! My favorite tip is #2, since I truly believe that sunscreen should both protect skin from the sun and moisturize.

I "like" the MizzFIT Facebook page and also follow you on Twitter.

MizzFIT August 16th, 2012 5:58PM

Hi Liz,

THANK YOU! I'm curious about your sun protection regiment since you are more fair skinned and have the most beautiful porcelain skin I've ever seen. What do you use on your face and how do you keep from burning easily?

Thanks for sharing!

xoxo, Bianca Jade/Mizz

Maria Delaney August 16th, 2012 8:15PM

hi Mizzfit I really heart your tankini! It looks amazing! Your a great inspiration to be healthy, stylish and fit! I'm from Ireland so I in the condition but don't think I'm includedin the competition but i just wanted to say that I love your post from Maria. x
Ps totally agree with you on the sun glasses point!

MizzFIT August 17th, 2012 12:52AM

Hi Maria!

All the way from Ireland? For reals? I'm so flattered that you found me and have left a comment here! You rock! You will DEFINITELY be entered for the giveaway and I'm glad someone else shares my theory, haha! I bet you have the coolest accent. I love the way the Irish speak!!! Of course, I'm an American saying that but it's one of my favorite accents to hear aside from my Hispanic mother's.

Thank you for leaving your comment. Sending good vibes to you from New York City!

-MizzFIT

Megan Hutt August 17th, 2012 5:10AM

Mizzfit, such great tips! As a sun worshipper it is always nice to be reminded of all of these things. My favorite tip was #5. Sunless tanning has come such a long way since the days of smelly, orange creams. In fact, in my opinion a spray tan actually looks better than the real thing. No dry skin, no tan lines, just an all over glow!

On days when I'm feeling particularly dull I pull out my trusty Origins "pinch your cheeks" and thats all I need to stay clear of the sun.

Thank you, thank you, a million thank you's for all of your advice!
Megan

MizzFIT August 17th, 2012 7:51PM

Howdy Megan!

OMG, I've never heard this said before and I'm glad you brought it to my attention: "In fact, in my opinion a spray tan actually looks better than the real thing. No dry skin, no tan lines, just an all over glow!" I wish I had thought to say that because it's what I think too. I don't like sitting in the sun all day (it's time consuming), risking damaging my skin and then having a white little tushy on top of all of that! I know you're a fan of Nerium face lotion. Do you find that has helped with your skincare routine or how you deal with the sun? Does Nerium help reduce any sun spotting at all? Thanks for your comment and I look forward to hearing more from you!

xoxo,

MizzFIT

SHARON DANGLES August 18th, 2012 1:16PM

Have you ever tried Face Yoga? There was a segment on the Real Housewives of New York. I've been doing it for a few weeks now and notice a difference. Some face yoga moves are 1) Tilt your head back and open/close your mouth 2) Poke your tongue and roll it on the inside left/right of your mouth & 3)pout like a fish! Face Yoga helps to bring more circulation to your face and gives you that youthful look. Give it a try!

MizzFIT August 19th, 2012 8:06AM

Hi Sharon,

You know what's super funny is that my mom used to do "face exercises" in the car to make me laugh when I was younger. She learned about the "workout" somewhere and would practice in the car. It was hilarious! I guess these exercises are making a comeback and being called YOGA. I kinda dig it! But most of all, I love that you brought back this feel-good memory for me. I'm going to have to remind my mom of when she used to do this and tell her that she was ahead of the curve back then! Gonna have to find that episode too! I have no doubt face yoga works...I'll just have to do it with my blinds closed because people will think I'm cray cray!

Love your comment! Made my night! You rock!

xoxo, MizzFIT

Carrie August 21st, 2012 3:47AM

I am like you and try to shield myself - esp my face - from the sun as much as possible. Thank goodness for bronzers!
I also like your FB page and follow you on twitter :)

MizzFIT August 21st, 2012 10:30AM

Hi Carrie! Yes, bronzers are a girl's best friend. Which brand is your favorite?

xoxo,
MizzFIT

Liz Stark August 21st, 2012 8:39PM

The key for me (which may not sound like much fun) is to limit sun exposure as much as possible; but when I AM out in the sun for a longer period of time than usual, I use SPF 50 lotion (I mostly focus on just my face, neck, and shoulders); and if I do burn, I use aloe vera gel to soothe and heal the burns quickly & painlessly.

MizzFIT August 22nd, 2012 12:18AM

Hi Liz,

I do exactly the same. Because even though the sun provides Vitamin D, it does more damage than good. Aloe Vera is great...so is Arnica gel which is homeopathic. Thanks for sharing, babe!

xoxo,

MizzFIT

Lindsay Itzkowitz August 22nd, 2012 3:04PM

Especially at the beach, I rock a huge floppy hat to cover my face, neck, and shoulders, and I reapply sunscreen like it's my job!!! During our 1-week vacay to Cancun, I went through 3 things of sunscreen alone!!

MizzFIT August 22nd, 2012 7:52PM

Hi Linds,
When I saw you in STL you were sunkissed but far from burned and you looked fabulous. What SPF do you use? We should rock our floppy hats together in September when I next see you if there's any sun :)

xoxo, MizzFIT

MizzFIT September 4th, 2012 8:16PM

Megan,

CONGRATZZ!!!! You are the WINNER of this giveaway! Please contact me with your details so that I can send you your prize :) You're gonna be so beautifully bronzed in the face for Fall!

xoxo,

MizzFIT

MizzFIT September 4th, 2012 8:17PM

Hi everyone,

Congratzz to Megan Hutt for winning my SKINTASTIC GIVEAWAY. Please keep leaving comments because eventually everyone wins :) Seriously.

Love you all!

MizzFIT

megan September 4th, 2012 11:10PM

MizzFIT, I cannot believe I won! Woohoo! Im excited to try the bronzer! I trust all of your opinions and advice so its nice to get to try something that I'm confident is a great product! Thanks so much! You're the best!

Megan

MizzFIT September 4th, 2012 11:20PM

Hi Megan! You're welcome! And you're so cute! YOU'RE THE BEST! xoxo, MizzFIT

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