Beauty Essentials Summer 2013: Curl Management, Skin Cleaning and More


Some of our beauty experts recommend some smart summer choices for beauty, wellness, skin and hair. Are you ready to protect against the damage?

Fresh Coat

With the appearance of sandals and sand between toes, it’s time to liven up the toenails with a fresh coat of polish. Butter London has an endless array of colorful polishes in quirky, decidedly English names. Poole ($15) is a lovely shade of robin’s egg blue that is named after a seaside resort town, a popular destination for Brits in the summertime. Primrose Hill Picnic ($15) is a punch of fuchsia that would be the perfect match for a picnic lunch in the park or a stroll through a garden. Find Butter polishes at Sephora (multiple metro locations).

Summertime Glow

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System ($119) isn’t your mother’s daily cleansing routine. The handle gently pulses the brush to remove dirt and oil trapped in pores. Effectively removing this build-up allows for cleansers to work better and skin to become healthier. Cleansing by hand is six times less effective at removing makeup than Mia. Plus, Mia comes in a handful of attractive colors, such as pink, white, yellow and blue.

This low-maintenance system only requires charging and washing the brush in warm, soapy water once a week. Its small, one-button, one-speed design is perfect for a life lived on the go. Clarisonic Mia is available at Beauty Brands (multiple metro locations) and Sephora (multiple metro locations).

Upper Management

Have thick, frizzy, wavy, untamed curls that need management in summer heat and humidity? Bumble and bumble Nourishing Masque ($34.99) deep conditions and softens texture, helping your curls feel fabulous without adding weight.

Keep the curls without feeling self-conscious about their body. Look for Bumble and bumble products at Soffia Via Salon (6920 West 135th St., Overland Park) or online at

Read the rest of the Beauty Essentials recommendations in the digital issue of Good Health KC.