Once the summer sun sits high in the sky, it’s time to head outdoors bedecked in beach attire and the latest summer fashions. But the long-awaited summer weather can wreak havoc on your look, and on your body. Frizzy hair, clogged pores and sunburned skin are just a few follies that will take your summer look from fab to drab. So, to keep your look from drying out in the summer heat, try some of these summer beauty tricks to look your best.
Summer is the season when many people kick off their shoes and prance around barefoot. But walking around barefoot, even if it’s just around the house, can cause the skin to dry out and form calluses. It’s also very easy to pick up a fungal infection if you walk barefoot around a public pool, so play it safe and wear sandals instead; they’ll keep your feet cool and protected.
But if your feet aren’t quite as soft as you would like them to be, warm up a small bowl of olive oil and rub the oil into the soles of your feet. Wrap your feet in small towels or socks for about 15 minutes while the oil soaks in. Afterward, your feet should feel as soft as powdery sand.
If you’re undecided about the benefits and risks of going barefoot in the summer, or any other occasion for that matter, you might want to check out Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Walking Barefoot.)
If your hair has a tendency to frizz within seconds of stepping outside, it may actually be due to your pillowcase, not the weather. Both towel-drying and tossing and turning on a rough pillowcase can cause friction, which makes your hair more susceptible to frizz. So try wearing a silk scarf on your head or use a silk pillowcase instead.
Papaya is a great summer fruit that’s actually excellent for unclogging pores. Just mash up some fresh papaya and rub it into your skin. Leave it there for three to five minutes, depending on how oily your skin is, then wash it off. This is a great way to cleanse your skin from the sweat and sunscreen that inevitably seeps into the pores.
Before using heat styling tools, you should use a heat protectant spray to keep your luscious locks from frying. Well, that same principal applies when you’re in the sun. Some people recommend slathering sunscreen on hair to protect it from the sun. Although this does work, it can weigh down your hair and leave it feeling greasy. Plus, you may not want to rub all of those chemicals into your hair.
For a natural protectant, mix together a tablespoon of olive oil, two ounces of water and a drop or two of lavender or citrus oil. Spray it throughout your hair before heading outside.
To add an extra boost of shine to your hair, spritz a bit of silicone spray onto a makeup brush and then brush it into your hair. If you apply the spray directly to your hair, it can look and feel weighed down. But if you apply the spray with a large makeup brush, the soft, smooth bristles will work the spray into your hair without adding in the weight.
Let’s face it – in the summertime, everything sweats. But foot sweat can cause painful, unsightly blisters by the friction it causes between your foot and the shoe, and it can also cause your feet to smell. To stop sweat in its tracks, just roll some deodorant on the bottoms of your feet. It’ll keep you from slipping and sliding in your sandals and your feet will smell powder fresh.
Nope, that doesn’t mean you have to put away those records from your favorite 80s hair bands. That means that you should avoid using the hair ties that have metal on them. You may be tempted to put your hair up with one of these hair ties, but the metal on them can snag and pull your hair. Instead, use a hair tie that doesn’t contain metal or use a plastic clip to put your hair up.
Even if you slather on the sunscreen, you may still get burned if you forget to reapply it after swimming or don’t put enough of it on. Since red, peeling skin is not a good look, soothe your skin with oatmeal. Just wrap a bunch of old-fashioned oats in a piece of gauze, run it under water for a few minutes, remove the oats and apply the compress to the burned area. The oatmeal will reduce inflammation and redness, so your skin will look sun-kissed instead of sunburned.
You wash your hair, you wash your face, but do you wash your hairline? Sweat can easily accumulate along the hairline, especially underneath headbands and hats. This can clog pores, causing breakouts. And no one wants to have clear skin on their face only to have a breakout on their hairline. So, be sure to work your cleanser up to the hairline when washing your face and wipe your hairline often when wearing an accessory that covers it.
We all know that you need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, but did you know that caffeine may be just as effective at protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays? Studies show that caffeine creams can suppress the protein that triggers the production of pre-cancerous cells in mice, so experts believe it may work in humans as well. Try using a cream that contains 1 percent caffeine after you’ve been in the sun. It may protect your skin from further UV damage.
Summertime is all about spending time outdoors and with these 10 tricks, your beautiful summer look will be able to withstand the elements all season long.