Easy Tips for Beautiful Skin in The Summer (What to Avoid, What to Have Plenty)

Many of you know me from my various “other” lives, if we define flexibility as a MUST to survive in our changing world. Whether you knew me when I was a translator in the U.S. Embassy in Romania, or after I came to the U.S. and reinvented myself as an insurance  and mutual funds sales person, probably a majority of you know that for 12 years I was a Certified Massage Therapist and Licensed Esthetician in PA. Most of you also know that in 2005 I was forced to close my skin care business and just because in “my book” learning never stops, I went back to school and earned my Masters in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. Throughout my entire life, I continued to write and this blog is a testimony to not only my love of writing, but to wanting to continue to share and help those around me.

I wrote the above so you know I am a licensed esthetician  (skin care, beauty specialist) and qualified to write this post:))

Summer is here at last!!! Sun, heat, humidity, sweat… we’ll take these anytime over cold, ice, snow…

Our skin care “routines” need to change! Just like we wouldn’t wear a sundress in December or a heavy coat in July.

Generally, in all seasons, a good skin routine requires to be done twice a day: in the AM and in the PM and NEVER to go to sleep with make-up on. Brush your teeth too!

The steps are the same in all seasons, but the products are different:


Cleanse–why? Because if you apply anything, how is the product going to penetrate where it’s needed?

Tone– why?closes the pores after you cleanse — many toners have wonderful natural ingredients. Some people just use rose water 

Apply a serum or a day/night cream — this is the product which has the ingredients that will really help your skin stay beautiful!

In Summer apply a water-base sun-block that will NOT clog your pores. If you are inside an SPF of 15 is okay. If you spend time outside check the label to have both UVA and UVB sunblock, and use an SPF of 30. Unless you are guaranteed in writing:) that if you sweat or go in the water the sunblock stays on, REAPPLY!

Moisturize — I like the water-based ones and stay away from any mineral oils which clog your pores.

There are at least four types of skin  and combinations and it is important that you use the right products for your type of skin.

Types of skin: Normal, oily (generally a T zone-nose and forehead) dry, sensitive, also oily and sensitive and acne pro.

Of course each type needs different products for maximum efficiency, but no matter what type you have, you still have to cleanse, tone, apply the right facial cream or serum and moisturize. 

Also, no matter what type of skin you have, it is important to stay hydrated (drink water, not coffee or alcohol which give the “illusion of hydrating, while dehydrating you) Why is hydration important? Imagine a baloon filled with water and someone lets all the water out! Oh NO!!! now the baloon looks… wrinkled and hmm not that pretty! Our bodies are made of water about 65%-70% of water so, the water is clearly important for good health. WARNING: SOME HEALTH CONDITIONS LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF WATER INTAKE _PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN.

Products to avoid in SUMMER TIME

Glycolic acid products and treatments– this is an acid which does not do well with the sun. Wait until the fall to refresh your skin by treating yourself to a series of six glycolic acid treatments. Make sure you prepare your skin by FIRST using a product with a lower % of glycolic and  build up to the strength  of what is used in doctors’ offices. It stings:) but it does the job of getting rid of the layers of dead skin!

The product to use in SUMMER TIME: Vit. C Ester. This will  help the production of collagen (a protein essential to keep our skin firm)

An easy,  cooling home-made mask is:  a blend of fresh cucumbers mixed with a teaspoon of yogurt.

Yogurt in itself, applied on burns (if you didn’t apply your sunblock and fell asleep on the beach for three hours) is also soothing and helpful. Doesn’t have to be Greek:)

If yo find this post helpful and would like more information on this topic, please like or comment this post and ask questions. Let’s be a more beautiful world! Inside and out!

Happy Summer and Beautiful Skin!!!



The Winding Road to the Yummiest Web Site!

Last night I was determined to sit at my laptop and search until I find that expert in cyber security  who will help me, with… surprise,  a cyber security problem!  

What happened next is a perfect explanation of the term “surfing the net.”

I started by reading an article, I believe on http://www.lifehacker.com on why it was safe to log into new accounts with your Facebook or Google accounts. Most commentators disagreed. I felt I needed to voice my opinion in their support… and then, somehow, my eyes stopped on a young man’s picture and under his picture it read: Turn Ice Cream into Bread! 

Oh, this was much more important than  my cyber security, so I surfed to his site: http://www.adachis.kinja.com (Adam Dachis)

I read the recipe once, twice, three times. Still there. So simple, I NEEDED to share.

Then, the real miracle happened, down the page, he was giving credit to The Hungry Housewife via Wonderful How To!


Needless to say, my “surfing STOPPED,” and  I didn’t know what to read first. So, I signed up for her e- newsletter and look forward to more incredible, yummy and uncomplicated recipes. Meanwhile, I wanted to say thank you and congratulations for a job well done!

The recipe is so easy, it made me blush because in my book, home made must be complex and take a long time! No more!

The recipe of the Ice Cream Bread:

Melted Ice Cream,  add flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, a pint of salt. Mix well and bake at 350 until done!

There are variations but this is the basic idea.  If you are an experienced cook, which I am sure you are, you will play with the quantities for the right consistency.

Today, while I was imagining the ice cream bread of my choice of vanilla, fate took me to one of her recent recipe: Bacon, avocado, tomato, grilled cheese!!!

This reminded me of an old joke: A man was trying to loose weight and avoid breads. His greatest temptation was that on his way to work he drove by a Bakery Shop! The day he started his diet, he thought to himself. “God, please send me a sign if I am supposed to start this diet. If there is no parking in front of the Bakery, it means I should start the diet!” With that deal in mind, he drove by the Bakery. NO parking space! He drove around the block…once, twice, three times!  A parking spake at last!!! “Oh God, thank you for giving me the right sign!” and he entered the Bakery.

The lesson in this story: The Hungry Housewife is a perfect example of loving to do something (cook) doing it well and sharing it in a smart way! Bravo! The world needs more like you!

Oh, and for those who wonder, I am not paid, I make no profits by writing this blog. I just like to share and give credit when credit is due! Most importantly, God did give me a sign!

P.S. I still did not find that cyber security expert, so I am surfing the net again tonight!

Rodica Mihalis, M.S. Counseling and Clinical Psychology