The Best After-Sun Products to Soothe and Cool Summer Skin

The Best After-Sun Products to Soothe and Cool Summer Skin

Beach days call for sunscreen and lots of it. Ditto for lazy weekends by the pool, patio brunches or basically any time you’re outside this summer. While it’s imperative to apply (and reapply) SPF, it’s also important to think about what products to apply after lounging in the sun all day to ensure skin stays balanced and nourished. That’s where after-sun products come into play.In addition to causing bright red and painful sunburns, the sun’s rays can also seriously dry out your skin and cause irritation. Therefore, it’s wise to have nourishing products that counteract the sun’s damage. There are actually a bunch of after-sun products that do just that. Handily, they are sitting on the shelves next to the endless bottles of sunscreen. They often contain super soothing ingredients like cooling aloe vera and moisturizing shea butter to help calm your skin and keep it silky smooth.But there’s no need to lug around after-sun products in your beach bag. You should just make sure they’re handy in your bathroom vanity. See below for the ones that will see you and your skin through the rest of the season. Avène After Sun Repair Creamy Gel, $31.95 at The French Cosmetics ClubIf you’re a fan of the brand’s refreshing and soothing Thermal Spring Water mist, you’re going to love this after-sun pick. It offers an immediate cooling effect and absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue behind. It also boasts ceramides, plant sterols and fatty acids to restore your skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss. Burt’s Bees Aloe & Coconut Oil After Sun Soother, $7.69 at WalmartThis bargain buy still gets the job done thanks to natural aloe vera extract and hydration helper coconut oil. Formulated to replenish and recondition skin after sun exposure, the fast-absorbing and nongreasy face and body lotion doesn’t contain any parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS. Korres Greek Yoghurt Calming + Cooling Gel, $28 at KorresNothing beats frozen yogurt on a hot day and this cooling gel is the froyo equivalent for bodies and faces. It’s made with real Greek yogurt, sweet almond oil and soybean oil to tackle irritated and sunburned skin. And it works as soon as it’s applied to skin.  Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm With Aloe, $33 at Macy’sDon’t wait until skin turns red and peels to take action. Start now. This aloe-rich treatment provides relief for faces and bodies. And unlike some sun care products, it won’t cause breakouts. The formula is oil-free and non-acnegenic. Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist, $30 at FarmaestheticsAloe is one of the best soothing skin care ingredients around. And this cooling mist is packed with aloe vera juice along with lecithin, lavender essential oil and bergamot essential oil. Spritz the natural and organic product from head to toes to stop overheating. The nonirritating formula also reduces inflammation, disinfects, regulates oil production and helps you relax. Ahh. COOLA Radical Recovery Eco-Cert Organic After Sun Lotion, $32 at Ulta BeautyIn danger of overheating? Slather on this after-sun lotion. It is clinically proven to provide sunburn relief. What’s more, the cruelty-free product uses organic agave’s natural moisture-binding mechanisms to protect skin against environmental aggressors, making it suitable for year-round use.  Yon-Ka Paris Lait Apres-Soleil Repairing After-Sun Milk, $54 at Yon-Ka ParisThose whose French is limited to “bonjour” and “merci” should know that “après-soleil” means “after sun.” And this is one soothing after-sun product that shouldn’t be overlooked because of a language barrier. The nourishing milk is formulated with cooling cucumber and a blend of vitamins and botanicals to put back what the sun took away from skin. Use it on faces and bodies. Sun Bum After Sun Cool Down Lotion, $11.99 at Sun BumBeach bunnies can bring their skin back to its former glory with this lightweight gel. It’s rich in vitamin E, cocoa butter and aloe so it calms as it moisturizes. The formula is also 100 percent vegan and gluten-free.  Phyto Phytoplage Sublime After Sun Oil, $44.23 at WalmartThe sun can mess with hair as much as it can skin. Thankfully, this nourishing oil can be applied from head to toe to counteract any damage. It makes use of under-the-radar oils, including annatto, perilla, buriti and camellia to produce an effective formula that’s 98 percent natural. Apply the oil to skin after bathing. It can also be applied to tresses pre-shampoo or after styling.   Mantra Mask CBD After Sun Mask, $15 at Mantra MaskThere really is a sheet mask for everything, including sun exposure. These masks include CBD plus powerful antioxidants, like chamomile, calendula and aloe vera. They soothe sun damage, reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. [ Next: 12 (Delicious) Superfoods That Help Fight Sun Damage ]

Caprese Sandwich

Caprese Sandwich

This Caprese sandwich is a stunning crowd pleaser! Layer tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto aioli for a splash of flavor.

What’s better than the classic combination of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil? Not much, in our opinion. So try this summery delight: the Caprese sandwich! This riff on the classic Italian salad from Capri layers the classic ingredients as a sandwich filling, with an irresistibly creamy, pesto aioli that adds a pop of savory brightness to each bite. It’s the perfect idea for an easy no-cook summer dinner, picnics, and more. When our son Larson tried a bite, he said, “Can we eat this every day?” We felt the same!

Ingredients in a Caprese sandwich

A Caprese sandwich is a sandwich that uses the ingredients in the classic Italian Caprese salad: tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. There are many variations on this concept, sometimes using arugula, balsamic vinegar, or other spreads to embellish the sandwich. The traditional Italian version of Caprese salad doesn’t use balsamic vinegar or reduction and we don’t think the flavor pairs correctly, so you won’t need that here. For this recipe, we’ve used our fan-favorite pesto aioli as a creamy spread that adds a pop of savory flavor to each bite.

Here’s what you’ll need for this Caprese sandwich:

Ciabatta bread or other artisan bread: This Italian bread is soft and perfect for sandwiches! Steer clear of a French baguette, which can be tough to bite through. Any other type of artisan bread works! Ripe tomatoes: This is a must! This sandwich only works with the ripest, juiciest tomatoes, much like a good BLT. Fresh mozzarella cheese: Purchase it in an 8 ounce ball and slice off slices for the sandwich. Fresh basil: All you need is a handful of leaves per sandwich. Baby arugula: Arugula adds a bit of texture and flavor variation. Make sure to buy baby arugula in a box or bag, which has a feathery texture and milder flavor. Avoid mature arugula that’s sold in bunches: the flavor is too strong. Pesto aioli: This is the kicker! The pesto aioli blends basil, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice and absolutely makes the sandwich. Do not leave it out!

Tips for making the pesto aioli

The key to any good sandwich? A great sandwich spread. You absolutely cannot have a dry sandwich with unseasoned bread. Here, the pesto aioli adds just the right creaminess and seasoning to the entire sandwich. Here’s what to know about the pesto aioli:

Use a large or small food processor. A small blender would also work. It works for several sandwiches. The quantity you’ll end up with is 10 tablespoons, so depending on how much you use it should work for 3 to 4 sandwiches. You can make it in advance and store refrigerated. Keep in mind, the color does fade slightly over time.

Make ahead for a Caprese sandwich

This Caprese sandwich is perfect for a picnic: but does it hold up over time? Yes! Some sandwiches get soggy over time, but this one holds up well. However, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:

Spread each bread side with pesto aioli and have a layer of arugula and basil over each. This protects the bread from direct contact with the tomato or mozzarella, which can make it soggy. If serving within 2 hours, refrigeration is not needed. The mayo in the sandwich spread should be refrigerated after 2 hours. Otherwise, wrap and refrigerate or keep in a cooler until serving. The bread does become tougher when refrigerated, so allow the sandwich to come to room temperature before serving if possible.

Alternate method

You can also make a Caprese sandwich as a panini or hot sandwich, like the Panera Caprese sandwich. Simply use sliced sandwich bread to build the sandwich. Then toast it in a panini press for 3 to 4 minutes, or grill in a grill pan or skillet for 2 minutes per side.

More Caprese themed foods

Caprese has become a shorthand for anything that stars tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. Of course, nothing beats the classic Caprese salad, made the Italian way with a drizzle of great olive oil and salt. Here are a few variations on the theme:

This Caprese sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, serve on gluten-free bread.


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This Caprese sandwich is a stunning crowd pleaser! Layer tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto aioli for a splash of flavor.

For the sandwich

2 slices ciabatta bread
2 slices ripe tomato
2 slices fresh mozzarella cheese (1 ounce)
1 handful baby arugula
1 handful basil leaves
2 to 3 tablespoons pesto aioli (see below)

For the pesto aioli (makes 10 tablespoons)

1 medium garlic clove
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup high quality mayonnaise

Make the pesto aioli: In a food processor, blend the garlic until roughly chopped. Add the basil, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and mayonnaise. Blend until a smooth, creamy sauce forms. (Store leftovers refrigerated for 2 weeks.)
Season the tomato slices with a pinch of salt. On each slice of bread, slather the pesto aioli. Build the sandwich by layering half the arugula and basil, the tomato slices, mozzarella slices, more arugula and basil, and then the aioli-slathered bread. Enjoy immediately, or wrap and refrigerate until serving.

Category: SandwichMethod: No CookCuisine: SummerDiet: Vegetarian

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Victoria Beckham Returns to the Cover of Vogue Australia for July 2022

Victoria Beckham Returns to the Cover of Vogue Australia for July 2022

Victoria Beckham is certainly no stranger to the cover of Vogue. After landing her very first solo cover back in 2004, she’s covered just about every single edition of the fashion bible, including British Vogue (multiple times), Vogue Greece, Vogue Korea, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Spain, Vogue Poland and has even guest edited Vogue Paris. The fashion icon now appears on Vogue Australia for the fifth time for July 2022. Captured by Daniel Jackson and styled by Christine Centenera, the designer/beauty mogul wears a huge Marc Jacobs coat worn over a silk Gucci dress. IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AUMembers of our forums, however, aren’t impressed. “Some combination of retouching/lighting/expression on her face is ruining it a bit for me,” said KINGofVERSAILLES.“Her pose ruins it,” voiced VogueGirl8910.“Nothing works,” oaklee91 chimed in.[ Not a tFS forum member yet? Click here to join! ]“Initial reaction: Why is she carrying trash?” questioned MON.“Never minded the sight of Victoria Beckham on the cover of Vogue, but this isn’t her finest moment. She looks caught off guard in the cover photograph and I’m not a fan of the Marc Jacobs coat, which resembles a trash bag,” echoed vogue28.WAVES is also not jumping for joy: “She must sell really well in Australia. I feel like she’s been on the cover too many times. What is she promoting?”“Victoria always made the most of what she was given and loves hamming it up for any photoshoot…” added tigerrouge.Are you a fan? Check out Victoria’s cover shoot and share your thoughts here.

Mawa Modak | Khoya Modak

Mawa Modak | Khoya Modak

Mawa Modak is a quickest and instant variation of Modak and gets done in less than 30 minutes. These tasty modak variant is made with minimal ingredients like Mawa or Khoya (evaporated milk solids), sugar and cardamom powder. An easy choice for your traditional Ganesh Chaturthi festivities or as a homemade sweet after your meals.

About Mawa Modak

While this is also a decadent version, a traditional modak is this Ukadiche Modak – with an outside covering made of rice flour dough, stuffed with a delicious sweet and flavorful coconut-jaggery mixture. This is steamed. So, the final results are quite different.

In addition to the steamed modak, there are varieties like the Fried Modak. Then, also some ingredient and flavor specific ones like this quick Mawa Modak, Rava Modak, Mango Modak, Dry Fruits Modak and the fancy Chocolate Modak.

Modak is not favored just in Maharashtra, but also popular in South India. There it is called Kozhukattai and are made in Tamil Nadu and Kerala on the auspicious festival of Vinayaka Chaturthi.

Most of the times, the classic Ukadiche Modak and Fried Modak is what people prefer making during Ganesh Chaturthi. Although, this Khoya Modak is also a good option for the same.

Once you bite into one of the favorite sweets of Lord Ganesh, the modak (other being ladoo); you’ll know why literally every Maharashtrian is so fond of a modak!

Ganesha festival is a festival of opulence and very grand, especially in the state of Maharashtra. People have a joyous vibe, spirit and energy on all days of this festival. It is also quite divine to experience the singing of the Ganpati aarti during the day time.

And when there’s a festivity like this, how can we not talk about food! Both go hand in hand. Thus, modak or other sweets as well as many more dishes only enhance the revelries during this particular time. Here is a special compilation of such Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes that you can easily refer to.

You can make this Khoya Modak too in varied ways. Like, add some nuts, dry fruits or milk powder. Though, I have kept it basic and not used any of these. The most amazing thing is that you can prepare these ahead of time. Then, just refrigerate to last for 3 to 4 days.

Also, the easiest and a quicker way of shaping the modak is to use a modak mould, which even I have done. But, if you have the time, patience, energy and are a pro at shaping modak, use your hands. You can easily source a mould online.

Offer these rich and sumptuous modak as naivedya to Ganpati or feed them to your friends and family. They too will absolutely love these modak. Make sure to prepare a large batch as no one is going to stop at one!

Step-by-Step Guide
How to make Mawa Modak

Prep and Make Mawa Mixture

1. First keep all the ingredients ready for the modak. Crumble finely or grate 250 grams mawa or khoya. Also, keep ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder and ½ cup sugar ready.

2. Grease the modak moulds with a bit of ghee or oil. Keep aside.

3. Heat a pan. Keep the heat to a low and add the 1.5 cups of grated mawa.

4. Keep stirring on low heat for a minute. The mawa would start melting.

5. When the mawa begins to melt, add ½ cup sugar.

6. Stir for a minute.

7. Soon the mixture will look liquid like.

8. Once the mixture starts bubbling, add ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder.

9. The mixture will start thickening. So, continuously keep stirring.

10. Keep stirring on low heat until the mixture starts leaving the edges of the pan.

11. When the mixture begins to leave the side of the pan, switch off the heat. Immediately transfer the mixture in another bowl/dish/thali. 

Remember not to overcook the mawa mixture, as then the texture will turn out chewy and dense.

12. Allow the mixture to cool and become warm. Then knead the mixture gently into a dough, while it is still warm.

I have changed my glass dish to a metal thali, as it was more convenient for me to knead on a metal dish.

Make Mawa Modak

13. Make small balls from the dough while it is still warm.

14. Place a small mawa ball in the greased modak mould.

15. Press the mawa ball with your fingers so that it takes the shape of the mould.

16. Gently unmould and repeat the same with the rest of mixture. I got about 9 mawa modak from the modak mixture.

18. Place the khoya modak over a greased plate. You can choose to lightly spread some ghee or a neutral oil on the plate or use a banana leaf or turmeric leaf.

19. Offer Mawa Modak to Bhagwan Ganesha. These modak can also be refrigerated and served later.

Expert Tips

This Mawa Modak recipe is similar to the Mango Modak and Chocolate Modak, as it isn’t about a separate filling and outer covering. Here, a mawa mixture is prepared and then shaped into modak. That’s about it. So, it automatically becomes faster.

Still, keeping these things in mind will help:

The mawa or khoya you use, has to be fresh and of the best quality, not stale or rancid.For this, source your ingredients from a reliable shop/store. Saves on the extra time that will go in checking.Avoid overcooking of mawa mixture. This will result in denser khoya modak.When preparing these modak for the deities or otherwise too, you have to maintain proper hygiene, prayerfulness and purity.To make sweeter modak, add more sugar. If you are habituated of less sweetness, reduce the quantity.

More Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes To Try!5 hrsSweets RecipesPuran PoliModerate • 30 minsLadoo RecipesRava Laddu | Suji Ke LadduModerate • 30 minsLadoo RecipesBesan Ladoo | Besan Ke LadduModerate • 15 minsLadoo RecipesCoconut Ladoo | Nariyal ke Laddu

Polka Dots Were Spotted on Bella Hadid, Now We’re Buying the Pattern in Bulk

Polka Dots Were Spotted on Bella Hadid, Now We’re Buying the Pattern in Bulk

Bella Hadid pulling off polka dots in style; Image: Jacopo M. Raule/Getty Images For BalenciagaBella Hadid has a reputation for blazing her own trail off the runway. Her outfit choices are always noteworthy, whether she’s running errands or attending a fashion week shindig. So when the model went to a Balenciaga dinner during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall 2022, we took notice. Naturally she was decked out in the famous fashion house favoring statement-making polka dot pieces, including a jacquard shirt worn off the shoulder and matching flowing pants.Now all we can think about is replicating the look. Although we’re swapping the pants for shorts because heat wave. We’re also setting our sights on all variations of the classic pattern. Good thing there are lots of options. From a fancy take on a slip dress to a flossed midi skirt and even matching sets, there’s something for every day of the week.Traditionally, the darling dots come in black and white. But we’re not limiting ourselves to two colors. Red, blue, beige and an orangish brown are great alternatives. The size of the dots also varies. Embrace larger circumferences to make a big impression. Or go smaller for a subtler approach. Feel free to mix and match from top to bottom.Scroll down to see the best polka dot pieces to sport this season. You can even rock them straight through fall. Balenciaga Polka-Dot Jacquard Shirt ($1,450) and Polka-Dot Shorts ($850) at H&M Flounce-Trimmed Dress, $17.84 at H&M Boutique Moschino Polka-Dot Belted Tank Top, $238 at Farfetch Mango Polka Dots Midi Skirt, $59.99 at Mango Alexandra Miro Emma Polka-Dot Chiffon Playsuit, $360 at Khaite Mista Polka-Dot Silk Top, $924 at Farfetch Self-Portrait White Crinkle Chiffon Dot Mini Dress, $555 at Self-Portrait Zara Rose Polka Dot Top, $39.90 at Zara Mango Polka-Dot Print Jumpsuit, $69.99 at Mango Carolina Herrera Polka-Dot Stretch-Cotton Crop Top, $570 at MM6 Maison Margiela Grey & White Fluid Scarf Back Tank Top, $142 at SSENSE Mango Sheer Polka-Dot Blouse, $59.99 at Mango