Monday, May 23, 2011

How to Care for Your Skin & Hair During the Summer

Summer is quickly creeping up on us. There's nothing quite like soaking up the sun while drinking a long island iced tea, warm breezes, the beach, pool parties, BBQ's....the list goes on and on! But all of that fun in the sun can surely take a toll on your delicate skin and hair. Here are a few tips to help prevent damage and how to stay looking fresh and beautiful all summer long. Also, I will share my personal recommendations.

Wear Sunscreen

This is by far, the best thing you can do for your skin, especially during the summer months. The harsh UVA/UVB rays can radically damage your skin, like premature wrinkles, sun spots, uneven skin tone, and worst of all, skin cancer. If at all possible, stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm. The rays are at their strongest during these hours.

There are plenty of sunscreens to choose from. I like going for the higher SPFs. Anything above 30 is ideal, and the key is to re-apply throughout the day. If you are planning to be in the water, go for a waterproof formula. Try:

Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch
 Sunblock SPF 85, $10.99

I love this sunscreen because it absorbs nicely into the skin, dries matte and it won't leave you looking shiny or greasy. This also comes in a face only formula.

Wet Skin Sunblock
 Spray SPF 85+, $10.99

This sunblock stays PUT! Sweat, humdity, and waterproof. This is ideal for a pool or beach day. It comes in a kids formula as well.

If you happen to get a sunburn, treat it with a quality aloe vera gel, or better yet, use an actual aloe vera plant. It soothes the skin and gives it a cooling sensation. Another tip is one that my mother-in-law taught me--Grab some baking soda and water and make it into a paste in a bowl. Apply it to the affected area, and it instantly cools the burn. Re-apply as often as you like, and finish it off with some aloe.


Jergens Soft
Shimmer,  $9.99

Make your skin glow and shimmer as you moisturize. I love this product from Jergens. It leaves a super subtle golden shimmer that makes your skin look radiant and healthy.

Get a Sun Kissed Look 

Jergens Natural
Glow, $6.99


Self tanners can be tricky. Some leave your skin looking as orange as an oompa loompa, or a cheeto puff...I mean, unless that's your thing. If you want to look like a bronzed Goddess and have complete control then try out this one out. 

Protect Your Under-Eye Area

The skin under your eyes is extremely sensitive and it is one of the thinnest areas of skin on your body and can lead to pre-mature wrinkling and aging if exposed to the sun. Because of that, we need to need to pay extra attention to the area.

One of the quickest, easiest and surprisingly effective ways to care for the area is to use cucumber slices on your eyes at night. It helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, reduces swelling, and improves circulation.

Another simple way to protect your under eyes is to simply wear sunglasses! There are plenty of styles to choose from. I personally love sunglasses because I believe that they certainly bring a lot of fun and style to your look. Don't be afraid to try a bold, fun pair of shades. I like larger frames and aviator styles best for summer since they shield the area better than smaller glasses. Try something like these:

Forever 21, F2015 Sunglasses $5.80

Forever 21, F7729 Sunglasses, $5.80 

Hair Care

Try not to use hair sprays during the times you will be in the sunlight, since they contain alcohol and further dry out your tresses. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner every other day. Washing too often can lead to extra-dryness. Also, use a deep conditioner 1-2 times a week.
Aussie is my favorite affordable hair care line. 

Try to reduce the use of heat styling tools such as blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons. But, if you do decide to, use a heat protection spray.
Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian
Angel is heaven sent.
Instead of heat styling, try creating a cute, beachy look. If you have straight hair, simply split your hair into 4 sections while it's still damp. Then, braid each section and tie the ends with a band. Let it air dry, and then reveal your waves.  If you have curly hair, you can try out some french braids like Rachel McAdams and add a colorful flower to compliment the look.


Your secret weapon.

Apply some texturizing spray that contains some sort of sodium to get that natural looking, beachy style.  Like this one from Bumble & Bumble. It is a bit on the pricey side, ($25-$30), but you can easily create your own sea salt sprayAll you need is 8oz of H20, a spray bottle, 1/2 tsp of coconut scented conditioner and 1 tsp of sea saltSimply spray on damp hair, scrunch, and you're ready to go!


Now you should be all set for the season! Not only will you have a blast this summer, but you will look great doing it as well. I hope this was helpful to you! Let me know YOUR best beauty tip for the warm summer months in the comment section below!




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