Let your love affair with summer begin! Summer likes long walks on the beach, sharing a glass of wine while watching a beautiful sunset and picnics in the park. Summer also likes to wreak havoc on your hair and skin. Keep your cool with some of our favorite beauty regimens to repair, restore and protect your hair and skin so you can let that inner beach beauty out.
Summer is not a girl’s best friend when it comes to having smooth, sleek hair. Humidity, the chlorine in pool water and salt water from the ocean can all take their toll. To tame the hairy beast, make sure your hair is properly moisturized by using conditioner, oil or for intense repair needs, a hair mask.
To style, dry your hair with a ceramic blow dryer that has an ionic feature designed to reduce frizz. Finish your coif with some frizz defeating products such as this humidity-proof hairspray. A messy pony or beautiful twist will keep your hair off your neck a keep you a few degrees cooler.
Not-So-Lovely Lady Lumps
Speaking of controlling hair, let’s talk about down there. We all know grooming must occur more frequently when we bust out our bikinis and this can lead to irritation, redness and the lumpy bumpies in our delicate areas. In this case, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prep the area with soothing shave gel and always use a fresh razor.
If you’re going the wax route, make sure you exfoliate to remove ingrown hairs, trim because shorter hairs hurt less and use a pain-numbing cream like BareEase. Whether you shave or wax, always finish up with aloe or cooling moisturizer to prevent redness and swelling.
Last night it seemed like a good idea to close down the swim-up bar at your beach resort, but this morning your eyes have more bags than the luggage carousel at LAX. Take some advice from FACOS Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Brought, and use witch hazel to send those bags packing.
Witch hazel can be found in most drugstores and is good for occasional use in reducing puffiness. Be careful, though; this astringent does contain alcohol that can dry out your skin, so save it for beauty emergencies.
The sunshine beckons you to come outside and play. Hiking, biking and volleyball on the beach can all turn up the sweat factor, causing you to break out all over. Don’t let that scare you away from the fun. Healing starts from the inside out. Make sure you are getting lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet coupled with plenty of water. This will give your skin the nutrients and hydration it needs to fight acne.
When you do sweat, make sure that you are toweling off as often as you can. After a sweat session, get yourself into a shower as soon as possible and make sure your clothing gets cleaned as well.
If you feel like you’d benefit from a little coverage for the bumps on your face, avoid a heavy foundation in favor of tinted BB cream. The cream is a mixture of a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen. You’ll get a bit of coverage while your face benefits from the reparative properties in the formula.
Avoid sunburn by applying SPF 30 sunscreen every few hours. If you do happen to get burned, get yourself out of the sun and apply aloe vera gel on your clean skin. The gel will immediately sooth the burn and moisturize your parched skin.
If you have access to a bathtub, soaking in an oatmeal bath such as AVEENO® Soothing Bath Treatment will sooth your irritated skin. Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Sunburn dehydrates your skin and you need to rehydrate on the inside and out.
Campfires with s’mores and mountain pies, wrapping up in a sleeping bag and counting constellations – these are some of the best things about summer camping. What’s not so great about camping? Bugs! Keep them at bay with some natural bug spray made with essential oils or some DEET-free repellant.
If you do get eaten up, use hydrocortisone or calamine lotion to ease the itch. If you have an allergic reaction, Benadryl should provide some relief. If you know you have a serious reaction to bites or stings, such as anaphylactic shock, always make sure you have an Epi-pen nearby.
With these beauty regimens, you are ready to conquer whatever summer has to throw at you. No go soak up the sun and have some fun!