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5 sunny beauty trends for this summer

(BPT) – Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets — at least for the next few months. It’s the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.

Summer is all about having fun! Flip-flops, shorts, iced coffee and long nights sitting outdoors. At the same time, the heat, humidity and sun mean you’ll need to make a few changes to your beauty routine.

And who better to bring in summer beauty tips than one of the season’s most radiant recording artists, Leslie Grace?

Show off your eyes. Even if you have a dozen pairs of cute, stylish sunglasses that you’ve been dying to wear, show the world your eyes. For a fresh summer look, put away the eyeliner and embrace a subtler look that highlights your natural beauty. Use a sparkling cream shadow for eyelids and accent it with your favorite mascara.

Lead with your smile. A healthy, white smile is always in style, especially on those sun-soaked days! But drinks like iced coffee, rose wine and soda (and what’s a summer without these?) can stain your pearly whites. Leslie’s favorite product to use for her teeth is Colgate Optic White Stain-Less White Toothpaste, which helps remove those unwanted stains.

Keep your hair healthy. Let your hair down and show off your natural beauty! For those of you with naturally curly hair, like Leslie, get in the habit of pinning your hair up at night so it won’t get tangled or damaged!

Love the sun, but with caution. You’ll probably be working on your tan this summer. At the same time, take precautions to protect your skin for the long term. This includes moisturizing your skin, hands and lips — and always make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen!

The perfect makeup combo. The secret for getting the most out of your makeup this summer is to match the season. Don’t shy away from bold, vibrant colors. For instance, blue eye shadow and red lipstick complement the bright colors of summer. For that extra pop and to really make a statement on your nights out, try glittery makeup for a glowing look.

Whether you plan to lounge by a pool, dance on a rooftop or spend your summer in the sand, let these tips serve as a foundation to your summer style. Doing so will give you that natural shine that matches summer’s glow.

4 Traits to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

(BPT) – Planning a wedding is no small task. In order to enjoy the process (and stay sane), it’s important to recognize early on which details can be decided quickly, and which ones deserve more time and care.

When it comes to wedding photos, you can’t go wrong with a little extra time and thought, because there’s no such thing as a do-over. Choosing the right person for the job makes all the difference in getting that collection of photos you’ll treasure forever.

When your special day rolls around, a professional photographer will have the skill and artistry in capturing those beautiful candid moments as well as the more formal portraits. Here are some traits to look for during your search that signal you’re in good hands.

1. A portfolio you love. Your venue may have a list of “preferred professionals” to choose from, but don’t feel obligated to stick with their list. Feel free to explore your options, and browse local guides and websites for the ones that have strong portfolios that speak to you. As you look, pay attention to mood, style and facial expressions. Skilled and experienced photographers should have a strong and varied wedding day collection.

2. They help you think through the day. A good listener who takes a genuine interest in your plans — and makes sure you feel elated with their work — is always a good sign. Things like venue, lighting, time of day, the number of people you want to capture, number of settings and the itinerary are just a few factors they need to consider to plan and organize the shoot. If you’re not sure about something, ask their opinion. A professional will give you an honest assessment along with lots of suggestions so you enjoy your special day and capture those priceless images.

3. Something just clicks. And it’s not just the shutter. Bad puns aside, keep in mind you’re going to be spending the day with your photographer. In fact, you could very well be spending more time with the photographer than anyone else — even with your beloved. Don’t skip the in-person, face-to-face meeting when planning your special day. You want to be sure this is someone who makes you both feel open and relaxed, so trust your gut feeling.

4. They’re the complete package. A professional will complete the time-consuming (and sometimes overwhelming) task of sorting through hundreds of shots for you and put their skills to work in editing the images. What you should get is a collection of hand-picked images, all perfectly edited, cropped and toned, so they capture the best moments and emotions of the day.

The one bearing the camera has a great responsibility: They are recording the first pages of history for your new family. To make sure you find the one that has the experience and the flair the day calls for, a professional photographer is always the right call. Start your search with the Professional Photographers of America by visiting

5 ways to turn back the clock on your skin

(BPT) – If you have started to notice changes in your skin in your late 30s or early 40s, you’re not alone. This is when most people see their skin start to sag around the forehead and jowls, and some areas may look more sunken, such as around the eyes and cheek area. These changes tend to make your face look older. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help forestall and reverse the aging process that do not involve invasive cosmetic surgery.

Start by evaluating what you are putting on your face. Most dermatologists recommend a daily application of broad spectrum SPF30+ by day to prevent premature aging from sun exposure, plus adding a vitamin A-derived cream at night time to improve skin texture, such as prescription tretinoin or retinol. Among the other top-ranked anti-aging ingredients to look for are antioxidants from green tea, vitamin C and E plus resveratrol found in red wine.

A third choice may be botulinum toxin injections, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, to help smooth wrinkles of the forehead and creases around the eyes. These treatments are temporary and last about three to four months. Next on the anti-aging menu are injectable hyaluronic acid gel fillers, such as Restylane® , that plump up deflated areas like cheeks and lips and replace lost volume. These are also temporary and can last from months to years, depending on the type and amount used.

One of the newest and most exciting innovations is Secret RF from CUTERA that delivers radiofrequency or heat energy into the skin to tighten slack areas and stimulate new collagen that is lost with age.

According to Dr. George Ibrahim of Biltmore Restorative Medicine & Aesthetics in Asheville, North Carolina, “Secret RF Microneedling is perfection in an aesthetic treatment, correcting three major concerns women have about their skin: wrinkles, texture and laxity. The system delivers precise radiofrequency into the skin through a microneedle tip. This safe and effective treatment offers gentle to dramatic improvements in all skin types and colors.”

“With little to no downtime, improvements in skin texture, tightening and fading of scars, Secret RF Microneedling is truly the treatment of the future without the peeling and redness or downtime of other laser treatments,” says Ibrahim.

According to Dr. Arash Moradzadeh, a facial plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, “Secret RF is a next generation fractional radiofrequency device that jumpstarts collagen production, smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, and helps to fade acne scars. It can be used on the chest, the hands, for stretchmarks, crepey skin and to reduce pore size. Secret RF has become the go-to treatment in our practice for a very broad audience because it is safe for people of all skin types and doesn’t have the downtime of lasers.”

“This is very different from other microneedling treatments that are more superficial. We are able to use controlled RF energy to reach multiple layers of the skin. Since the surface of the skin remains intact, patients can apply makeup after a few hours to cover any redness,” he says.

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6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season

(BPT) – The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe and keep your health top of mind.

To have a healthy summer full of incredible memories, experts recommend you don’t leave home without these essentials:

Sunscreen: Any time you’ll be outside, it’s important to wear sunscreen. This is especially important when spending time around sand and water as these reflect the sun’s rays, which put you at higher risk for sunburn. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), is SPF 30 or higher, and is water resistant.

Sunglasses: Did you know your eyes can get sunburned? Protect those peepers by keeping sunglasses on hand. If you wear prescription glasses, a stylish and affordable solution is Solar Shield, available in clip-ons and fits-over designs. Solar Shield sunglasses are polarized and come at an affordable price point, so you can have a pair with you for all your summer adventures. Put a pair in the car, your workout bag, purse and backpack, the cabin and anywhere else you’ll need sun protection.

Water: Staying hydrated is important for keeping your body well, especially as the temperatures rise. When outdoors during summer, your body needs H2O to stay energized and keep cool. If you’re doing an activity in the heat, you’ll need to increase your water intake. Keep a bottle nearby and drink often. If you tend to forget, set an alarm on your phone or use an app to remind you regularly.

Insect repellent: Warm weather brings out people to enjoy nature, and whether you like it or not, that includes bugs. From mosquitoes and ticks to ants and chiggers, bugs thrive in the summer. The first step to keep yourself protected is to be aware of what insects you may encounter during the activities you have planned for the day. Next, be prepared by using appropriate insect repellent and clothing.

Shoes: The unofficial shoe of summer has to be the flip-flop. This easy-on, easy-off shoe has been keeping feet cool for generations. The problem is flip-flops offer little support and put you at higher risk of injury. From stubbing your toes to being a tripping hazard, flip-flops are a flop when it comes to your health. Support feet and be ready for summer by shopping for supportive sandals with toe and ankle straps. For example, athletic-style sandals are trendy, durable and will last more than one season, making them a worthwhile investment.

Cotton clothing: All-natural cotton can serve you well when on summer adventures. Cotton breathes, meaning it allows air to circulate against the body so you don’t get too hot. It also can wick away sweat and dries quickly. Whether a classic cotton T-shirt or a trendy swimsuit cover-up, it’s the ideal material for covering up and staying cool.

These six must-have summer essentials will help you feel your best so you can maximize every day to the fullest. Have fun and stay safe for the best summer yet.