As temperatures start to rise, we're faced with a whole new realm of beauty problems. Dealing with dry, frizzy hair, getting greasy skin to behave, keeping our bodies hair-free and taming the tan are just a few of the beauty issues we have to cope with. These top 10 summer beauty tips will keep you feeling (and looking) cool, stylish and groomed no matter how high the temperature rises this summer.
1. Always use sun protection
Let's start with sunscreen because, as we all know, we've got to keep ourselves protected from those ultraviolet rays. However, while any sunscreen is better than none, knowing which type of protection to use for your skin type will not only help you achieve a smooth, even tan, but it will also go a long way in reducing your risk of skin cancer. So, before stepping outdoors this summer, make sure that you:
- Use an appropriate SPF
- Apply it regularly, especially if you're going to be in and out of water
- Check that your sun protection also includes protection against UVA and UVB rays
- Apply generously, and don't forget all those hard-to-reach spots. Enrol a friend to help if necessary.
2. Reassess your skincare routine
If you feel your skin breaking out, don’t panic! Summer usually means an increase in oiliness due to the heat and humidity. Be sure to use non-comedogenic products, which are specifically designed to hydrate skin without blocking pores. Or, if you prefer heavier, more occlusive creams, switch to an oil-free option. As tempting as it might be, don’t use the humidity as an excuse to skip the moisturiser during the summer months; it's an important step to keep your skin protected against the elements.
3. Don't forget to exfoliate
Exfoliators, used both on the body and face, will help keep your tan smoother and fresher by removing any dead skin cells accumulated on the skin’s surface. However, don't go overboard. Use gentle products and remember that exfoliation reveals new skin, so treat it carefully when you're in the sun.
4. Invest in some aloe vera
Aloe vera is an excellent anti-inflammatory and invaluable for providing relief to both dry skin and skin that's suffered from too much sun exposure. Not only will it help calm and smooth the skin’s surface, but its antioxidants will help repair any underlying damage.
5. Be careful when you remove unwanted hair
Whether you prefer to wax or shave, removing hair from your bikini line and eyebrows just before you hit the beach is never a good idea. The top layer of your skin will have been removed, leaving the newly revealed skin more susceptible to sunburn. If possible, remove unwanted hair the night before you're planning a trip to the beach.
6. Change your make-up
Heavy make-up looks out of place in the summer, not to mention it will clog your pores and increase skin oiliness. Look for lighter foundations, or even skip the foundation completely and just use a tinted moisturiser for a healthy glow. Swap your powder blusher for a cream or gel version and don't forget a primer if you want your makeup to stay in place as the temperatures rise.
7. Bring out the waterproofs
Waterproof mascara is a must-have in the summer. Choose one enriched with oils to keep your lashes soft and lustrous and, to avoid the dreaded ‘panda eyes’, apply mascara to upper eye lashes only. Of course, you could always opt to have your lashes dyed for the summer and do away with mascara completely.
8. Apply a stain
Heavy lipsticks are certainly a staple in the cooler months but, in the summer, lip stains are the way to go. They feel light on your lips and they'll stick around when lipsticks won't. The new lip stains aren't as drying as they were in the past, and their colour can last up to 10 hours. Choose from a variety of eye-catching shades to really get your pout noticed.
9. Perfect beachy waves
There’s only one option during summer ? simply, go with the flow and get beachy waves. You'll find many hair products on the market are infused with both oil and sea-salt for creating the perfect beachy wave. Not only is this an easy look to achieve for both the beach and the office, but it won't be affected by heat and humidity.