Sunscreen: What a Lifeguard Knows

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Perhaps no one spends more time in the direct sun than a lifeguard. So who better to give advice on protecting skin from sunburn? This is must-read advice whether you swim or not! While growing up in Faribault, Minnesota, Megan Trout, pictured second from right, spent summers as a lifeguard.

by Megan Trout, Viewpoints Guest Contributor

Have you ever been burned so badly you’ve questioned your life choices? I have. I was sunbathing with some friends near a river wearing SPF 8. After an afternoon in the sun, the backs of my knees were burned so badly I could barely bend my knees without screaming! Sitting, standing, walking, even laying down hurt so much I cried. I was 15 years old, and I had learned my lesson! As a lifeguard, sun protection is now an essential part of my well-being. While I used to be able to accommodate the healing of a sunburn, with a next day 8-hour guard shift, I now cannot.

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How To Choose A Mineral Makeup

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Mineral makeup is all the rage now but don’t be tricked by mainstream makeup companies. Not all makeup claiming to be natural on the label truly is.

Mineral makeup is natural, good-for-the-skin cosmetics that contain minerals from the earth and no fragrances, preservatives or other chemicals. Mineral makeup also has natural sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. More and more women are buying mineral makeup to enhance their looks while avoiding all the chemicals that traditional cosmetics companies use in their formulas. Are you one of them? Well, there are a few things you need to know before choosing a mineral makeup. Check out our tips and suggestions on how to choose a mineral makeup.

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Best Mineral Makeup Products

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Mineral makeup is great for healthy, natural looking skin. Here are the best mineral makeup products to look your best, for not a lot of money.

Although mineral makeup is becoming increasingly popular for those looking for a healthier makeup routine, many are still hesitant to swap in their regular old foundation for a mineral one.

If you are one of those people, there are plenty of reasons to jump on the mineral makeup bandwagon.

Most mineral makeups are all natural, provide great coverage as well as amazing skin benefits, and feel as though you are wearing a second skin as opposed to a mask of heavy makeup.

Here are a few of the best mineral makeup items available on the market today to get you started.

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Winter Beauty Tips


These winter beauty tips will keep you exfoliated and moisturized in harsh winds and cold temperatures.

Let’s face it, the frigid, dry winter is not the kindest of seasons to our skin, hair, and lips. Between a sallow, dry face, chapped lips, and hair with so much static that it stands on end, it’s not necessarily the season to feel your most attractive.

But, it is possible to win the war against these winter beauty woes. If you are armed with the proper arsenal of exfoliating, moisturizing, and weather-proof beauty products, you’ll breeze through the rest of this brutal winter that we are having, looking absolutely fabulous.

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6 Great Products For An A DIY Manicure

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A DIY manicure is easier than you think with these 6 products. You’re only 20 minutes away from a perfect DIY manicure.

While having a professional manicure done in nice salon is always a great treat, it is not something that I would regularly go out and splurge my money on. I know that it is possible to achieve just as good results at home with a DIY manicure, and would rather use the time and money on something else … like a great haircut.

If you have 15-20 minutes to devote to yourself, then you can re-create a salon manicure by using the correct products for a DIY manicure.

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Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Provides Natural, Everyday Color


Everyone on the beauty scene has been talking about the new Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm. Find out what Viewpoints reviewers are saying and if it’s worth trying to keep your lips hydrated this winter.

Burt’s Bees is known for making a line of unique, natural beauty products at a fair price. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm earned a 92/100 with feedback from over 500 reviewers, so we had high expectations for the new tinted balm. Reviewers so far haven’t been shy about testing it out, considering it only costs about $7 at a local drugstore.

This new tinted lip balm has earned an 88/100 so far. Read what reviewers have to say – and why many rave that it’s their beauty staple year-round.

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Best Facial Cleansers For Oily Skin

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People with oily skin have a hard time finding a face wash that will clean but won’t strip their skin of essential oils. There a few washes that Viewpoints reviewers swear by.

Oily skin is actually a natural anti-aging gift but people who have it say oily skin is anything BUT a gift! Keeping oily skin clean without stripping it is not easy. Our reviewers have tried all types of facial cleansers and found the following to be among the very best for controlling oily skin and improving the overall look of their faces. Let’s take a look at what real people like you and I say are the best facial cleansers for oily skin.

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What Is The Best Shampoo For Oily Hair?

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Finding a good shampoo for oily hair can be incredibly difficult. You need to find one that will get your hair clean, but doesn’t strip it of essential nutrients and oils. We’ve found 3 of the best shampoos on Viewpoints that our reviewers say are perfect for oily hair.

Oil is absolutely essential for healthy hair. It gives hair that beautiful shine and moisture that makes it silky and touchable and protects it from damage. But sometimes you have too much oil. It no longer gives your hair a beautiful shine, but instead coats it in grease and odor. So what is the best shampoo for oily hair like this?

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Best Vitamins for Skin Care: Vitamins C and E


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On a dreary winter day, get some vitamins for skin care in the form of lemon. Vitamin C and Vitamin E are great for skin care.

Getting the right level of vitamins each day is critical to maintaining good health and having great skin. In particular, two vitamins, applied topically, are crucial for healthy skin—Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

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Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel: A New Favorite


It’s a twist on an old favorite — baby oil. Viewpoints checks out Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel and discovers people of all ages like to use it — as a moisturizer, sunburn soother, even an eye make-up remover.

Winter cold and dry heat bring on dry chapped skin for babies, especially those with sensitive skin. Johnson’s Baby Oil has been a staple in cupboards for decades. A newer addition to the Johnson family, is the Baby Oil Gel, which is featured in Glamour Magazine as one of “four ways to get softer all over” by locking in up to ten times more moisture. If it works for Glamour Magazine, could it work for your baby (and you)?

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