Summer should be all about enjoying BBQs and pool parties -- not worrying about your appearance. Here are eight hacks for conquering the most common summer beauty problems:
1. Frizzy flyaways
An increase in temperature usually coincides with an increase in humidity, leading to frizzy flyaways. Tame unruly frizz by using a lightweight cream that offers a 24-hour humidity defense. You can also shampoo less in the shower to prevent frizz. This is because shampooing strips the natural oils in the hair and scalp, but these oils prevent frizz by maintaining moisture levels. Only use shampoo two or three times per week.
2. Sweat stains
Summer is all about sweating. For maximum protection against wetness and pit stains, use a deodorant and antiperspirant combo. If that doesn't help, then try a clinical-strength antiperspirant. Apply it at night right before bed -- the active salts will dissolve and plug sweat glands.
Sunburns can happen easily -- even if you've applied sunscreen. If you sustain a sunburn, immediately apply aloe vera to expel heat and lessen thermal injury. Then take ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. Be sure to apply moisturizer to the affected area during the peeling process.
4. Breakouts and shine
During the warmer months, oil glands work harder, leading to more oil and grease. To reduce shine, look for skincare products that contain oil-absorbing ingredients, like sulfur. Also, switch to a salicylic acid-based wash to treat acne. Additionally, you should exfoliate consistently to slough off dead skin cells and deep clean pores.
5. Makeup that melts
When it's hot and humid all day, makeup can easily melt off your face. Look for waterproof and water-resistant cosmetics. Always remove makeup before bed to prevent blocked pores. You should ensure that every last trace of makeup is removed. For waterproof mascaras, use oil-based makeup removers and follow up with a cleanser.
6. Chlorine damaged hair
Summer is all about swimming, but constantly hanging out in a pool can cause chlorine damaged hair. To keep your strands healthy, rinse with cool water before jumping into a pool; it'll seal the cuticle. Then apply a leave-in conditioner to help protect against chlorine build up. You should also use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove mineral deposits and then follow up with a protein-rich mask to lock in moisture.
7. Sun damaged skin
Even if you religiously apply SPF to your face before going outside every day, you can still end up with sunspots. To prevent sun damaged skin, add an antioxidant serum under your moisturizer during the day to help fight free radical damage. Then, at night, apply a moisturizer that contains vitamin A to help increase collagen production.
8. Foundation sweats off
Since most foundations are liquid, they easily sweat off your skin. During summer, use a tinted moisturizer with a powder finish instead. You can also use a primer to prep skin before makeup to help lock everything in place. Choose one that is silicone-free to allow the skin to breathe.
Gorgeous and carefree
Look and feel smoking hot this summer by conquering all your beauty woes with the above simple hacks. Remember to wear waterproof and lightweight makeup, apply SPF before going outside, and prep your hair with the right hair care products. Here's to a carefree summer!