Summer fashions use skin as accessory

Estee Lauder BB DayWear combines a moisturizer with a sheer tint; $38 at department stores.
Estee Lauder BB DayWear combines a moisturizer with a sheer tint; $38 at department stores.

Summer fashions that showcase bare arms and legs mean that skin care is more important than ever this time of the year. And with the great selection of moisturizers, sunless tanning products and sunscreens out there, adding a healthy glow to summer skin is easier than ever.

The foundation of summer skin care is a reliable scrub that smooths away rough spots and clears up flakiness with no irritation. For a refreshing scent try the blueberry and white tea scrub from Cos Bar, $6. Look for products from this luxury bath and beauty shop that opened in 1976 in Aspen, Colo. at Target on May 6.

Whether it's in the shower, before applying makeup or as a touch-up throughout the day, don't forget the moisturizer. And since summer is all about relaxing, look for products that do more than one job for a simpler makeup regime.

Estee Lauder's new DayWear BB Creme, $38 at department stores, contains an SPF of 35 to protect against UV rays, hydrate skin and provide a sheer tint of color to wear alone or beneath foundation.

Craving a little more color for summer styles that showcase bare arms and legs? It's easier than ever to find sunless tanning products that wash off after one use or deliver color that lasts for a few days.

To add a temporary warm glow, brush Lorac's Tantalizer Highlighter Matte Bronzer Duo, $32 at Ulta, along forehead, nose and cheeks.

And for longer lasting color use MicroMist Airbrush Sunless Tanning from Neutrogena, $10 at drugstores, which sprays on from any angle for hard-to-reach places like behind the knees. The quick-drying formula is oil-free for no more clogged pores.