Summer Beauty Tips for Women Over 40

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Top 10 Summer Beauty Tips

Summer will be here before you know it! Because women like to be prepared, I’ve put together a list of my Top 10 Summer Beauty Tips for Women Over 40!  My Summer Makeup tips and Summer Skin care tips will have you glowing head to toe.  From bright, frizz free hair to healthy, glowing skin, you’ll be beach ready for the hottest season of the year!  Let’s get to it…

Summer Beauty Tips #1

Summer Skin care TipsSunscreen – Broad Spectrum Protection Spf 30 or more

Summer Beauty Tips #1
Protect your Skin year round with an SPF 30 or higher!

This one is a NO brainer but it is SO important that I have to include it as #1 on the Top 10 Summer Beauty Tips list.  Although sunscreen should be a staple in your routine year round, it is vitally important during the summer when the Sun’s dangerous UV rays are the highest. (May – August).  The general rule of thumb from dermatologists is that you should protect your skin year round by using a sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad Spectrum Protection (protects against UVA & UVB Rays)
  • Spf 30 or higher
  • Water Resistent

Sunscreen should be applied to every exposed area of your body, head to toe including your face, neck & the top of your feet!



Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion

Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 50

Elta MD UV Clear Spf46

COOLA Organic Mineral Face Matte Tint Sunscreen, SPF 30, Reef Safe


La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt in Sunscreen Milk for Face & Body

Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen for Body, SPF 55

Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion, Face & Body SPF 50+

Summer Beauty Tip #2

Skin Care Tips for Summer – Take a Salt Bath Twice a Week

Summer Beauty Tips #2
Take a Salt Bath Twice a Week for Healthy, Glowing Skin!

Soak twice weekly in an Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Mineral Salt Bath for healthy, glowing, moisturized Skin.  There are so many benefits to a Salt Bath. Salt’s mineral content helps restore the protective barrier in skin and helps it hold hydration. Result = Moisturized Skin!  Have you every noticed that your skin doesn’t wrinkle or prune after a long soak in salted water?  Enough said!


Eucalyptus + Arnica Bath Salts by EO (22 oz)

Himalayan Pink Bath Salts

Dr. Teal’s Restore & Replenish Pure Epsom Salt & Essential Oils Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak (48 oz)

Tree Hut Fig & Olive Epsom Salt

Ahava Bath Salt (32 oz)

Summer Beauty Tips #3

Health & Beauty Tip – Vitamin C Inside & Outside!

Summer Beauty Tips #3
Vitamin C Inside & Out Every Day!

Take a Vitamin C Supplement Daily & Apply topical Vitamin C in the form of a serum daily.  Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. 

The human body doesn’t have the capacity to generate Vitamin C. Therefore, it needs to be received through food and other supplements.  You can get it naturally through the foods that contain it such as oranges, red peppers, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli and kale.  And you can get it in the form of a vitamin supplement. Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that if you take more than your body can use, the excess is usually excreted without causing harm.  That being said, the recommended daily intake for Vitamin C is 65-90 mg. per day with an upper limit of 2000 mg.  I take a 1000 mg Vitamin C supplement daily.  Of course, you should consult with your doctor before adding a vitamin supplement to your routine.

Benefits of Vitamin C when applied topically to the Skin include promoting collagen formation, mitigating the effects of free radicals and helping to maintain the firmness of the Skin.  Sounds good to me and most Dermatologists agree that you should add a topical Vitamin C product to your skincare routine.



NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release, 250 TabletsEster-C Vitamin C 1000 mg

Vitamin C Serums:

Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face, Topical Facial Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum with Konjac Root, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ferulic Acid

Summer Beauty Tip #4

Face Beauty Tips – 60-Second Trick to Keep Lips Soft & Plump

Summer Beauty Tips #4
This 60 second a day trick will keep your lips healthy & full!

#4 is really simple and I’ve been doing it for over 20 years.  Every morning & night after brushing your teeth, rinse off your toothbrush and then brush your lips vigorously top and bottom for 60 secondsResult – smooth, plump, lipstick ready lips!

Summer Beauty Tip #5

Tired of Dry Hands & Cuticles?  Try this..

Summer Beauty Tips #5
Hint: I DON’T use this on my face!

I discovered this on accident and it has solved my dry hands & cuticles problem after years of trying to find the perfect hand cream.  Keep a jar of Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser by your bathroom sinkAs your LAST step every night before going to bed, wash your hands with Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser.  Rinse Off & dry.  Result – Wake up with soft, moisturized hands & cuticles.  I swear it lasts all day even through multiple hand washings throughout the day.  And it makes hand creams even more effective.

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser

Summer Beauty Tip #6

Skin care Tips for Summer – Don’t Forget Sunscreen on Your Lips

Summer Beauty Tip #6
Don’t Forget to Use Sunscreen on your Lips!

Be sure to use sunscreen on your lips.  Make this the first step in your lip routine every morning!  Apply a lip balm with Spf daily and throughout the day as needed.  I love Supergoop’s MintFusion Lip Balm SPF30.  It hydrates, smooths & protects!


Supergoop MintFusion Lip Balm SPF 30

Sun Bum Lip Balm, SPF 30

Blistex Lip Protectant Sunscreen Deep Renewal Anti-Aging Formula SPF15

Summer Beauty Tip #7

Summer Skin care Tips – Layer Body Oil & Body Lotion for Bathing Suit Ready Skin

Top 10 Beauty Tips
Layer Body Oil, Then Body Lotion for healthy, glowing Skin!

Summer Beauty Tips #7 is something I do year-round.  In the Summer, it is especially important to have moisturized, healthy, glowing skin as much more of our body is exposed!  This method of layering body oil, followed by body lotion works great year-round!  Here’s what you do, immediately after getting out of the shower or bath (within 1 minute), apply body oil to your entire body, then air dry or pat dry if needed.  Immediately follow with a good body lotion.  Result?  Healthy, Glowing, Soft, Touchable Skin!  I love Kopari’s Coconut Body Oil, followed by Josie Maran’s Argan Oil Body Butter!  Absolute Heavenly Combination!


Kopari Organic Coconut Melt

Pure Body Naturals Cellulite Massage Oil

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream

Summer Beauty Tip #8

Summer Makeup Tips – Switch to a Silicone Based Foundation for the Summer

Summer Beauty Tip #8
Switching to a Silicone Based Foundation in the Summer will help your makeup from melting!

Switch to a Silicone based Foundation in the Summer when the humidity is high.  Silicone acts as a film barrier between your skin and the humidity. This prevents it from seeping into your pores and running down your face.


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil-Free Photo Edition Foundation

Summer Beauty Tip #9

Face Makeup Tips – Bronzer is your New BFF!

Beauty Tip #9
Add Warmth to the Skin with Bronzer, Perfect for Summer!

Bronzer brightens the skin & gives it warmth, perfect for Summertime!  In the Summer, I like to apply a matte bronzer as my last step over after foundation, blush & finishing powder.  With a big fluffy brush, make a heart-shaped over the face starting at the forehead and working down to the cheeks.  Then sweep it along the jaw line.  This gives nice definition and a natural looking glow!


It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombré  Bronzer

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer

Summer Beauty Tip #10

Protect Hair from Sun, Chlorine & Salt Water

Summer Tip #7
Protect Your Hair from damage from the Sun, pool & salt water!

Hair takes a beating during the Summer!  Especially colored hair.  Sun, chlorine, salt water and air conditioning can all cause havoc on the hair.  These two tips will protect your hair so you can have fun at the beach, in the pool and outside all summer long.  #1 – Before Swimming in the Pool or Ocean, wet your hair & apply a leave in conditioner to your hair.  Hair will absorb the conditioner instead of the chlorine or salt water.  #2 – Spritz your Hair with a UV protectant spray before heading out during the Summer months.  I like ALTERNA Haircare’s Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray which is BOTH a leave-in conditioner and provides UV protection!


Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shine Shake

Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Triple Resure

Do you have any Summer Beauty Tips you would like to share?  I invite you to share YOUR summer beauty tip below!  As always, please leave your comments.  I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time..




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  1. Lovely post Susie! Great tips that I need to keep in mind. Ponds cream is perfect, I did not know about silicon based foundations for summer. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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