Summer is finally here, and with all of its amazing perks come some difficult beauty challenges – frizzy hair, streaky self-tanner, melting makeup, nonstop hair removal, harsh sunburns … sound familiar? No need to sweat it–we’ve got you covered with simple, effective solutions to five of your most common summer beauty challenges.
The Challenge: Frizzy Hair
Taming your mane in warm weather can be a struggle, since factors like sun, chlorine, and saltwater are known for drying out your hair. Looking for a quick home remedy to combat frizz that doesn’t involve coating your hair in some weird mixture of honey, avocado, or mayonnaise? (Ew!) Try these easy alternatives:
Oil It Up
Dryness is the leading cause of frizz, so it is important to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Smoothing a small amount of an oil-based serum onto the ends of freshly washed hair before applying heat will not only tame frizz, but also treat split ends and leave your hair with a vibrant, summertime shine.
The Dryer Sheet Cheat
A dryer sheet is quick fix that allows you to fight frizz on the go. Start by using the sheet at your roots and smoothing down to your ends for instant control. Keep a few extra dryer sheets tucked into your purse for a touchup after a few hours spent outside.
Switch to Silk
As easy as it sounds, switching to a silk pillowcase can reduce frizz by minimizing hair breakage and reducing split ends. Sleeping on a silk pillow helps maintain moisture in the hair, compared to cotton and other materials that are known to increase dryness.
The Challenge: Streaky Self-Tanner
The list of reasons not to overexpose our skin to the sun is endless, but that doesn’t stop us girls from going through great lengths to achieve our summertime glow. Self-tanners are a great option if used properly. To prevent your skin from becoming a streaky, splotchy mess, take note of these tips:
The Power of Prepping
Always apply a light moisturizer to problem areas such as elbows, knees, fingers, and toes before applying self-tanner, in order to avoid color over-absorption and unevenness. Self-tanner also develops a deeper color on any patches of dry skin, which can leave a splotchy finish if not previously lathered with a bit of lotion a few days prior to self-tanner application. It is important to note that moisturizer lifts the intensity of the color, so do not apply lotion to the areas where you want the tanner to stick.
Never too Late to Exfoliate
To prevent streaking in the first place, most know that it is important to exfoliate a few days prior, and get rid of any dry patches. However, streakiness can often result from missing areas of your skin during the self-tanning process. Most don’t know that it is actually never to late to exfoliate – and a simple exfoliating scrub after self-tanning can help blend any missed areas!
The Challenge: Melting Makeup
If only we all looked this glamorous as our makeup melted off! Fortunately, making these few simple changes in our beauty regime can prevent us from sweating off our oh-so-fleek faces when the temperature rises.
It’s Prime Time
Wearing face and eye primers are one of the top tips to prevent your makeup from melting off, because they were made to make makeup stick. Don’t worry; adding another layer to your skin is not counterproductive. In fact, it makes for a smoother, more long-lasting makeup application. When choosing a primer for summer, it is best to pick a formula with a matte or natural finish.
Become a BB Believer
Moisturizing isn’t about adding oil to the skin – it’s about keeping moisture in.
Opting for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream instead of foundation is a lighter alternative that doesn’t melt off easily due to heat.
Powder makeup controls oil and sweat much better than liquid formulas, so choose powder-based products for your skin and eyes over creams and liquids. Also, setting all makeup with a sweep of translucent powder locks your makeup in place no matter how hot the temperature outside!
The Challenge: Hair Removal
To achieve smooth, stubble-free skin this summer, it is important to take care of your skin after a hair removal process. Here are a few ways to soothe any redness or irritated skin from waxing or razor burn:
A dull or razor can keep you from getting a clean shave and increase irritation, so make sure that you’re using a fresh razor around sensitive skin areas like the bikini line.
Put moisture back into your skin as soon as you finish shaving to help minimize irritation and razor burn. Along with lotion, applying a bit of deodorant over sensitive skin areas after shaving is a common way to reduce redness and rashes.
The Challenge: Bad Sunburns
If you’re like me, you’re probably too busy spending a hot day in sun-soaked bliss to remember to apply sunscreen. Since not all burns can be as chic as the one in this photo, I’ve listed some tips to prevent and disguise a bad burn.
Since the skin on our face is one of the most sensitive areas, don’t risk forgetting to put on sunscreen and opt for a foundation that already contains SPF. This way even if you forget to pack your sunscreen, you know you will be covered.
Cover the Red
Green or yellow tinted primers and concealers are a great tool for counteracting redness, just make sure your skin is well moisturized before applying any makeup.
If you’ve got an all-over burn, taking a cool bath is a good way to gently cool down the skin. Looking for a faster alternative? Aloe Vera is another great cooling agent to help reduce redness and inflammation.