How To Maintain Your Summer Tan Long After Beach Season Ends

How To Maintain Your Summer Tan Long After Beach Season Ends

Along with a newfound ability to “tan” comes great responsibility: to keep said tan for as long as possible…

Here’s a fun fact: My skin is virtually incapable of “being tan.” Up until about five years ago, any time I spent more than an hour in the sun, I’d come home crisp and red. Part of it was probably that I was total shit at applying sunscreen properly (stories for another day), but I also just assumed my fair, sensitive skin wasn’t cut out for friendly interactions with the sun and I resigned myself to a life of looking a lot like Snow White if she wore glasses and had ombre hair.

But then a miraculous thing happened: I started taking suncare seriously. I realized that, if I just took my time and did it with care, sunscreen was wonderful…and it worked. If I chose to stand naked in the bathroom while meticulously applying SPF to every inch of my body to make sure I didn’t miss a spot and therefore didn’t fry, who cares if it added 20 minutes to my routine? For the first time in my life, I was TAN. (“Tan” being relative here. I was as bronzed as I was ever going to healthily be and that was A-OK!)

Getting wiser about proper sunscreen and really learning about how my skin interacted with the sun has been nothing short of miraculous. Yeah, I constantly reapply SPF 50 and I have a sixth sense when it comes to finding the part of the beach that also offers shade and I will fight you for the last umbrella, but I have not looked or felt like a cooked lobster in years.

But along with this newfound ability to “tan” comes great responsibility: to keep said tan for as long as possible. There’s nothing worse than going to bed beautifully bronzed only to wake up paler than you remember, as if the color seeped out while you slept. Here’s how I help my color last longer than one glorious day.


I know, counterintuitive, right? Why would you scrub away the skin you’re trying to keep color in? But exfoliating is an important pre- and post-glow step. Before you head out, you’ll want to gently scrub away dead or thirsty surface cells to make sure your skin is smooth and ready to receive sunscreen and all that vitamin D. It will also stimulate blood flow to help remove toxins that may interfere with skin cell generation down the line.

Post-tan, you’ll still want to gently scrub your whole body about once a week. Again, you need to remove those dead cells so your skin can breathe and regenerate properly, but this step is also crucial in making sure all the moisturizer I’m about to lay down in the next step is able to sink in and get to work. Don’t go crazy here. A soft sweep of a body brush or an oil-based scrub with very small grains (like sugar) will do the trick.

Take cold showers.

This one might sound odd, but just trust me. Hot baths and showers can dehydrate your skin, which will lead to faster peeling and flaking. You don’t have to stand under a stream of icy water, but try not to turn the temperature past warm. And while you’re at it, opt for a body wash that’s infused with moisturizing oils. Not only will the oils help keep your skin hydrated, they’ll also work to trap the water from the shower in your skin for an extra dose of moisture. If you’re more of a bath person, infuse that water with oil!

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

Get it? Good.

When you spend time in the sun, even if you don’t burn, your skin dries out. The heat and sunlight do a miraculous job of leaching natural moisture from your skin, so you need to make sure to replace it tenfold in the days after.

Immediately after being in the sun, drench every inch of your body in something hydrating that’s designed for after sun care. Even though you’re not red, when skin tans it technically burns, so you need to make sure you’re depositing healing nutrients into your skin right away. Since after-sun products are specifically designed with this in mind, look for products that will speed up skin recovery and have calming, soothing, hydrating ingredients.

In the following days, make sure to coat yourself in uber-hydrating products at least once a day (twice if you’re really good). A body oil will deposit essential moisture to your thirsty skin and then go a step further by locking it in with a moisturizer or cream. The latter will create a protective barrier that will keep the hydrating ingredients in your skin so they can’t escape.

Fake it.

If you’re a) not into the sun but wish you were, b) too scared of the potential to burn (I hear ya) or c) afraid of a life without a tan, my advice to you is to just fake it. That’s right, you heard me: FAKE IT.

Gone are the days of terrible self-tanner that left you streaky and orange, that smelled like a chemical factory exploded and rubbed off on all your towels and sheets, that you had to frantically wash your hands after applying or else it would get into the cracks in between your fingers and never leave. These days, DIY tans are pretty excellent and, if you take the time to use them properly, no one will be able to tell the difference between something you applied yourself or a glow you spent days working on.

The easiest way to fake a tan is with good old bronzer. Find a shade that’s one to two shades darker than your natural skin so it doesn’t look fake, and be sure to blend the crap out of it with a brush or makeup sponge. (There’s nothing worse than that very obvious line of makeup where your skin changes color in the blink of an eye.) Whether it’s a creamy formula you can apply to the high points of your face where the sun would naturally hit it for just a hint of glow, a stick you can use to contour and give some depth to your “tan,” a powder you can lightly dust in a “3” shape on both sides of your face for buildable color, or a loose, shimmer powder you can mix with face oil for an all-over wash, there’s a foolproof bronzing product out there for you.
And if you really want to commit, self-tan your whole bod. Always make sure to test new products out on a small patch of unseen skin so make sure the color jives with your skin tone and that you have control over the product, and then go to town. If you’re using a straight up self-tanning lotion, think about wearing an application mitt so it goes on smooth and even (and doesn’t leave your hands looking like they belong to an Oompa Loompa). Or go the slow and steady route with a 2-for-1, buildable tanning moisturizer.

The best part is that all of the steps I mentioned above (exfoliating, cool showers, moisturizing) are major parts of successful application and care of DIY tans, so do ‘em!

Photo by Jana Kirn.

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(When It’s Too Hot) In the Kitchen: Vegan Grilled Caesar Salad

(When It’s Too Hot) In the Kitchen: Vegan Grilled Caesar Salad

High summer = high heat = high time to get out of the kitchen for some outdoor cooking…

Serves 2.
15 oz garbanzo beans (in liquid, no salt)
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp caper brine
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper
1 head Romaine lettuce, split in 2 lengthwise
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup reserved garbanzos
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1 tbsp capers
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
1 loaf gluten free focaccia (or bread of choice for croutons)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for croutons
Black pepper
Reserve 1/2 cup of garbanzos for garnish.  Purée rest of ingredients in blender till very smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. (There should be extra dressing to use at a later date for crudités or more salad.)
Rub both pieces of halved romaine with olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper and, on a very hot grill, char flat sides of lettuce to create crosshatch marks.  *The most important part? Keep lettuce crisp and cold.  Grill marks will add contrast in texture, temperature and flavor. Garnish with as much dressing as desired. Add tomatoes seasoned with salt, capers, toasted pine nuts and garbanzos. Top with croutons. If you choose to make croutons, thinly slice bread of choice, brush with olive oil and grill till crispy.
Photos by Jillian Guyette.

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August FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

August FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

Soaking in the last bits of summer with the help of some lovable friends…

Throughout 2017, we’ll be featuring the beautiful dogs from this year’s FP x PAWS calendar, created in partnership with award-winning photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand!

All proceeds from the sale of our print calendars benefitted PAWS, Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter, which serves pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care.

Right-click to download!


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July FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

July FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

Kicking off the summer season with the help of some lovable friends…

Throughout 2017, we’ll be featuring the beautiful dogs from this year’s FP x PAWS calendar, created in partnership with award-winning photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand!

All proceeds from the sale of our print calendars benefited PAWS, Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter, which serves pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care.

Right-click to download!


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DIY Wellness Popsicles for Summer

DIY Wellness Popsicles for Summer

Cool your body and quench your skin with these nutrient-packed pops…

Ah, popsicles. The kid-time favorite is reminiscent of summer picnics, sandy days at the beach and happiness dripping down your chin. But thanks to the wave of wellness-inspired options, this sweet treat is now *super* healthy for you. Just replace the fake sugars and red dye #40 with fresh, seasonal ingredients. To get started, we turned to our friends at Vital Proteins, the makers of skin-boosting Beauty Waters, for some recipes filled with antioxidant-rich fruits, edible flowers and other complexion-enhancing picks. Pop in the freezer and say hello to glowy skin.

All recipes serve 6, depending on the size of your popsicle mold.

Pineapple Lime Beauty Pops


1 cucumber, peeled and diced

1 cup fresh diced pineapple

2 scoops Vital Proteins Cucumber Aloe Collagen Beauty Water

Juice of 1 lime

2 tbsp maple syrup


In a high-speed blender, add peeled cucumber, pineapple, Collagen Beauty Water, lime juice and maple syrup. Blend on high until completely pureed. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve frozen and enjoy!

Lavender Blackberry Beauty Pops


1 cup blackberries

14-ounce can of organic coconut milk

1 Vital Proteins Lavender Lemon Beauty Water stick pack

2 tbsp organic, raw honey

Juice of 1/2 lemon; slice the other half and set aside


In a high-speed blender, add blackberries, coconut milk, Lavender Lemon Beauty Water stick, honey and lemon juice. Blend on high until completely pureed. Pour into popsicle molds. Add in the lemon slices, placing along the sides of the mold. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve frozen and enjoy!

Strawberry Hibiscus Beauty Pops


1 cup organic strawberries

½ cup water

1 Vital Proteins Lavender Lemon Beauty Water stick pack

2 tbsp organic, raw honey

Juice of 1 lemon

Handful of hibiscus flower petals (grow your own or pick up at the farmer’s market)


In a high-speed blender, add strawberries, water, Lavender Lemon Beauty Water stick, honey and lemon juice. Blend on high until completely pureed. Pour into popsicle molds, adding in the flower petals. Freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve frozen and enjoy!

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Got more summertime popsicles recipes you love? Share them below!

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June FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

June FP x PAWS 2017 Calendar Download

Kicking off the summer season with the help of some lovable friends…

Throughout 2017, we’ll be featuring the beautiful dogs from this year’s FP x PAWS calendar, created in partnership with award-winning photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand!

All proceeds from the sale of our print calendars benefited PAWS, Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter, which serves pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care.

Right-click to download!


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The 7 Best Botanical Mists for Summer

The 7 Best Botanical Mists for Summer

Because when it’s hot outside you can’t beat spritzing on your skincare…

The best part about long summer weekends is that you can pack light—airy dresses, breezy swimsuits, a thin cardi and you’re done. That same thinking can also apply to your beauty haul. Leave behind the clunky creams, bulky oils and complicated cleansing routine for a moment and just rely on a few multi-tasking face mists. The latest formulas seal in moisture, tone down redness, set your makeup and feel amazing on a hot day. Here’s how to find your perfect, one-and-done match.

For All-Over Hydration: 

This hardworking mist is infused with organic rose extract and aloe vera and is gentle enough to be used pretty much anywhere—on your face, body and even hair. Just FYI, it’s a tiny bit over the 3-ounce TSA limit (like a few other picks on this list) so you’ll have to check your bag or reserve this bottle for trips that don’t involve airports. Miss Violet Lace Rose Water Floral Facial Mist, $26.

For an Aromatherapy Fix: 

This interesting hybrid mist combines antioxidant-rich organic fruit acids to soothe and refine your skin plus essential oils to deliver “aromatherapeutic” healing for your mind and body. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist, $22.

For Calming Inflamed Skin:

The type of water that’s used in your skincare items really matters. This mist is made with Norwegian thermal mineral water, which boasts anti-inflammatory properties, and can help bring down swelling and irritation. If your skin is super reactive, consider this your first aid. Maya Water Facial Mist, $29.

For Setting and Refreshing Your Makeup:

This botanical mist is packed with energizing plants (peppermint, green tea, cucumber) that help lock moisture into your skin so your makeup stays put for hours. Spritz on as the last step in your routine. Seven Seven Cosmetics Natural Glow Finishing Mist, $25.

For Waking Up Sluggish Skin: 

Sometimes your face just looks blah—tired, dull and creased. That’s when you roll out of bed and reach for this toning mist. The formula is spiked with bioactive ingredients—think grape, rose geranium and other nourishing botanicals—for a supercharged boost. Biodara Immortal Mist, $39.

For Crystal Healing on The Go:

Want to change your energy—and your complexion? This balancing body mist contains crystal, flower essences and essential oils that are designed to bring your spirit and skin into alignment. Shemana Crystal Clear Mist, $28,

For Post-Sun Self-Care:

After a long day in the hot, blistering sun your skin needs some intensive soothing. Try this cooling, full-body toner made with reparative aloe, rose water and hempseed oil. Mist on generously after the beach or a shower, and let the scent lull you to sleep. Ebb & Flow Run for the Roses After Sun Mist, $28.


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The Great Sunscreen Debate: What SPF Level is Best for You?

The Great Sunscreen Debate: What SPF Level is Best for You?

Can’t decide between SPF 15, 30 or 50? Here’s how to find your number…

This post comes to you from beauty contributor, Kari Molvar.

Sun-filled weekends and festival days are finally here, which means it’s time to up your SPF game. But with all the different protection levels out there, it can be hard to figure out what’s right for you. Is there really a difference between SPF 30 and 50? And why isn’t there one standard SPF number? To answer these questions and more, we turned to Jordana Mattioli, a NYC licensed medical esthetician and sun protection guru for some skin-saving advice.

First, a quick lesson in SPF. What exactly does it protect you from? 

SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and it measures your sunscreen protection from UVB rays. Think about this way: If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer, hence SPF 15). It’s not an exact estimate though. Also, SPF does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect from UVA rays. While UVB rays are what cause physical sunburns, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are associated with aging. They also increase the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays and increasingly are being seen as a cause of skin cancer on their own. That’s why it’s super important to look for a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection.”

Why do we have different SPF levels—why don’t we just have one standard? 

The FDA didn’t introduce SPF measures until the mid 70s, and even though it’s been quite some time, they are very slow with adapting new regulations! But just this past year, some newer regulations were passed: The FDA now requires sunscreen products with SPF lower than 15 to include a warning. It reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.” This same warning must appear on sunscreen products that are not broad spectrum.

Would you recommend a low level SPF 15 to anyone?

Darker skin types can use a lower level, such as SPF15, since they have more melanin in their skin, which does give some protection. However, I really recommend everyone start at SPF 30. Darker skin may not sunburn as easily as those with fair skin, but they are still at risk of skin damage from sun exposure.

What’s the difference between SPF 30 and 50? How do you choose between them?

SPF 30 is the most common level for most people and skin types. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent. But every bit of extra protection can be beneficial if you are very fair or spending a lot of time in direct sun! And most people apply less than the recommend amount (about one ounce for full body coverage), so the higher the number the better.

Are there any drawbacks to using a higher SPF?

There is often a false sense of security with higher numbers. You think since you’re wearing a higher level, you are invincible to the sun, and that’s just not the case. Most of us also forget that SPF is only at its most active for about two hours, so you need to reapply it often.

Does the product texture change as you move higher up in SPF level? How does it impact the look and feel of it?

The product texture can change, but it’s not very noticeable. It’s more about the types of sunscreens ingredients used. Physical sunscreens made with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide will usually be slightly more opaque then chemical sunscreens. But many sunscreens now combine several different active chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients in order to provide broad-spectrum protection.

What SPF level do you wear?  

I personally wear SPF 30 every day, all year, rain or shine—it’s just become a habit! My skin is acne-prone and sensitive to chemical sunscreens so I stick with physical sunscreens only.

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+ How do you practice safe sun? What’s your go-to SPF level? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo by Jana Kirn.

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Lifehack Herbs for Drop

Prevent waste and conserve money year round with “clean” herbs…

I suppose you can state that summertime creates simple ruining within the kitchen figuratively and actually. Clean herbs have been in& nbsp achieve, nbsp & dressing the;windowsill with  nbsp & their fragrant;beauty. Creating pesto? I will get handfuls of it effortlessly. But,  rsquo & since fall;s appeared, these herbs may be questioning exactly what the heck do them with all?

Your herbs may be& nbsp;on the last thighs, however they re dangling inside & nbsp; prepared and green to be eaten. I ve been eating salads of depleting all my basil hoping. There’s to be always a method that is greater ? I rsquo & shouldn;t toss nbsp today I gained& rsquo as a result of this technique?& all this absent.


Coconut Oil + Plant “Snow” Cubes

That which you’ll require:

Ice-cube holder (s)

Essential olive oil

Summertime herbs




Collect your potted herbs all, some begin snipping, and scissors. Prevent any browning leaves (very truthfully, I might or might not have allow the basil proceed too much time).


Get your blade and cut the herbs approximately, placing nbsp them&;into heaps.


Spread your herbs having a various plant; within the base of the ice-cube tray. Load each area&nbsp and blend several together. Snow coconut oil about the herbs , treating them completely.


Adhere these kids that are poor within growth and, the fridge! You ve conquered nbsp herbs & the unhappy planet of no.

Whenever you throw it within the skillet, & rsquo nbsp; finishing nbsp;that tasty pumpkin marinade during& nbsp evening with buddies, just take an ice-cube and allow the essential olive oil gradually soften. All those fresh & nbsp; herb flavors we love wills let loose.


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Here Comes Sunlight (Stop)!

Why changing to organic sunscreen is essential for you personally (and our whole world)…

This article originates from contributor Altman and our beloved buddy .

For many of my entire life, when it found purchasing sunblock, there is just one three-page term that impacted my buying choice. Is it possible to speculate? No? That term my buddy, is SPF (okay good, I understand SPF is definitely an acronym, not officially a term — nobody walks around stating it loudly like “spppppffff” — however, you obtain the stage…)

Easily purchased a sunscreen by having an SPF of 9, I understood I had been meant for a powerful bronze and/or perhaps a burn similar to an indignant seafood; likewise, when seeing SPF-50 and a large straw-hat, I understood I possibly could maintain my organic pasty goth appearance.

While walking down the sunscreen area in the nearby pharmacy, my easy thinking brought me to buy regardless of the cheapest sunblock using the greatest SPF was, slather it on my encounter and throat, and start my evening…

Properly, the changing times they’re a-changin (!) and, once we are finding more and more, what we place in our anatomies (through meals and topically, through beauty items) might have an enormous effect on our wellness. Prejudice is bliss, nevertheless when it involves sun-protection, prejudice is bliss(ters)… (continue reading which means this horrible laugh makes a bit more feeling…)

Listed here are 8 sunlight-connected “FUN DETAILS” I’ve learned all about sun and skin safety that have brought me to alter my sunscreen buying choices and steer clear of pharmacy manufacturers in support of organic suncare options…

Sunshine Fun Fact Number 1: the skin we have is the body’s biggest wood and, because it’s comprised of small pores, nearly all what we placed on the outer skin gets consumed and adopts our anatomies as though we’d consumed it, including beauty items and sunscreen.

Sunshine Fun Reality #2the term, im, acronym “SPF” means Sunlight Guarding Element and describes the theoretical period of time an individual can remain in sunlight without getting sunburned. For instance, an SPF of 45 allows one to remain in sunlight ..

(Note: I’m not certain if this can be a “enjoyment reality” or just a discussion beginning, therefore moving forward I’ll allow you to choose for oneself if it’s enjoyable or not…)

Sunlight (Possibly Enjoyable) Reality #2: There’s no medical evidence that any SPF more than 50 really shields skin somewhat better. For instance, utilizing an SPF of 100 isn’t dual an SPF 50’s safety, no more than 1-percent greater. (Ok, perhaps that one is certainly not really a fun reality. For that rest of the post I’ll allow you to choose if these truth is enjoyable or not…)

Sunlight Reality #3It’s essential that people people acquire 20 units of sun-exposure each day (without sunscreen) so our anatomies may create the all too-essential Supplement D3, that will be accountable for a lot of good stuff like guarding our immune programs, raising our emotions, helping combat melanoma and psychological disability. More than 70% of the populace is Vitamin-D poor, meaning nearly all us have to save money time outdoors and possibly consider Vitamin-D products. (Note: Talk To your physician to ensure you are able to manage 20 units of sunlight each day, particularly as this 20-moment principle differs for individuals of various complexions and and it is favorable towards the season…)

Sunlight Reality #4Reasonable sunlight is fantastic but, if you should be likely to be exterior for over 20 units, it’s very important to hide with a few type of sun-protection in order to steer clear of the likelihood of burning and health issues for example skin melanoma down the road…

Sunlight Reality #5Sunscreens come mainly in 2 types — chemical sunscreen and spring sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens absorb straight into the skin , while vitamin sunscreens referred to as & rdquo,& ldquo blockers; have the ability to remain in the skin s area. Nutrient sunblocks are created utilizing dioxide and zinc-oxide.

Sunlight Reality #6Chemical sunblocks constitute nearly all the local pharmacy variety and, when I’ve discovered, include unnecessarily poisonous elements like oxybenzone, that has been associated with cancers, hormone interruption and more. (Yikes!)

Sunlight Reality #7: as though chemical sunscreens weren’t poor enough, when you use one and get into the sea, the oxybenzone and paraben elements often wash-off in to the water (even when the sunscreen promises to become waterproof) and, consequently, toxin marine-life and bleach our fragile barrier reef program. (Yikes again!)  

should you enjoy ANY facet of the sea (or our world in general), I plead of that you don’t use conventional chemical sunscreen while boating! The seafood plead of you also! (P.S. May seafood get creases? Sorry, tangent…)

So rsquo & what;s a sunlight-caring woman to complete?!

Fortunately, there’s an answer and there is naturally-derived our body Earth or sunblocks that may easily support safeguard the skin without hurting your body.

Presenting Free People’s Sunlight Team — Liquid BeautyCoolaSuntegrityAllow It To Stop and EiR

Whether you’re buying colored cosmetic lotion, activities sunscreen or lipbalm, we’ve you coated (without risking your wellbeing or even the world’s…). Among the most popular manufacturers, Allow It To Stop, was recently granted many eco-friendly sunscreen by Surfrider Business! (I’m presently utilizing GOTH STOP by Allow It To Stop when I sort this, btw.)


+ Which sublock that is organic will you use to savor our world?

Discover our total selection of sun-protection BELOW.