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Sexy Summer Skin: Keep It Cool, Keep It Fresh

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Sunday Jul 25, 2010

Look, we’re in the heat of it - the thick of summer - and it’s time to pay attention to what’s happening to your skin. According to the experts, the month of June 2010 was the hottest June ever recorded on Earth - and the month of July has been more like the dog days of August.

Take a look at some of the dehydrated trees along your block; if you don’t start paying attention now - that’s right; we’re talking to you - your skin is going to look every bit as baked as the desiccated leaves on that gingko.

As everyone knows by now, sun is the death knell for skin’s elasticity - and hydration is imperative for those baby-smooth cheeks and that ethereal glow (either that or the knife, about which we have a visceral aversion...).

Furthermore, by now you’ve learned that your skin is your largest organ. That’s right: the largest organ of a mammal is its skin. (What? You thought otherwise?) So it behooves you to give your skin the same attention you would give

Fortunately, there’s hope - in bottles and tubes, in jars of elixir so soothing and delicious, you might be tempted to lick your own skin. (Go on, admit it; it wouldn’t be the first time...)

Here’s our latest round up of seasonal grooming products to give your skin the same radiance of a summer afternoon.


Bambola Beauty / Volcanic Mineral Scrub

If you’re an urban animal, your skin needs deep cleansing. Think not? Try this little exercise. After a hard day’s night in the city, take a clean, white washcloth, dampen slightly - and wipe across your face. Ewww, right?

Better yet, try Bambola Beauty’s Volcanic Mineral Scrub, which deep cleanses without stripping the skin of essential oils. This mildly foaming scrub goes on like ash on Ash Wednesday, but it’s loaded with pineapple enzymes to remove dead skin cells, as well as anti-oxidant rich green tea and deeply-moisturizing kukui nut-and best of all, organic shea butter which restores the skin’s resiliency.

Feel better? Thought so.

PRICE: $42.00 / 1.7 oz.

The Real Shaving Co. / Self-Heating Hot Towel Mask / Super Slide Shave Gel

At some point during their 19th-century global dominance, the British perfected the act of shaving, turning it into an art. The Real Shaving Company, in business since 1953, has been providing barbers with professional formulae that are packed with natural, organic ingredients.

This cheeky British company counsels its clients to flip the daily grind of shaving on its head and, instead, take a more indulgent spa approach to those morning ablutions.

A recent winner in the Men’s Health Grooming Awards, the Real Shaving Company’s Self-Heating Hot Towel Mask is a mineral clay mask that warms and softens even the most bristly grizzly bear beard with a perfect panda bear breakfast of lemongrass, tea tree leaf, vitamin E, and zinc oxide.

Follow that step with another Men’s Health Grooming Awards winner: the Super Slide Shave Gel, which is a lather-free clear gel loaded with natural almond oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E, and you’ll see a shave as smooth as...Sweeney Todd.

Best part of all? These are products that don’t break the bank. Affordable indulgence - at Duane Reade, at that. Go on, your face is worth it.

PRICE: $5.99 / 3.3 oz. (Hot Towel Mask) $5.99 / 4.2 oz/ (Shave Gel)


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