The heat, humidity and chlorine of summer can undo our best efforts at looking cool. Aside from staying indoors under the air conditioner, use these quick fixes for beauty emergencies so you can get out and enjoy the summertime fun.
Summertime Hair Fixes
Natural or color treated hair can undergo a color change when over-exposed to summer sun. To prevent hair from turning brassy or orange, shield it from the sun by wearing a hat or scarf. Also use a leave-in UV conditioner that contains sunscreen and blocks color-fading UV rays.
To fix hair that becomes flat and oily on top and frizzy on the ends during the summertime, try this quick beauty fix: Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove hair product buildup and only apply after shampoo conditioner to the ends of hair.
To prevent frizzy hair when air drying hair, try this beauty fix for frizz-free beach waves: Apply an anti-frizz product that contains moisturizer to damp hair, beginning at the ends and working towards the roots. Use fingers like the barrel of a curling iron and wrap strands of hair around fingers, making some curls towards your face and some away from your face. Don’t touch hair again until it’s completely dry.
Melting Makeup Fixes
Does your concealer and foundation melt and run down your face and fill in the fine lines when you’re out in the summertime heat? Swap to a mineral-based powder foundation which will help absorb skin oils and moisture and prevent melting makeup. But for blush users, moist and creamy blush will hold up to the summertime heat better than powdered blush. The creamy blush stains the cheeks and won’t melt away.
To prevent mascara from smearing on hot, humid days and/or running down your cheeks while swimming, use a waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara, combines with products needed to remove them, often dry out eyelashes, making them brittle and prone to breakage. Skip mascara when possible and apply a moisturizer to eyelashes after removing mascara.
Summertime Skin Emergencies
Many anti-aging products for the face contain alph-hydroxy acids or retinols, both of which exfoliate the top layer of skin and make it more prone to sunburn. When using an anti-aging product on the face, be vigilant about apply facial sunblock during the day.
Self-tanning lotions and creams can create a patchy, orange-skinned beauty emergency on our faces during the summer. The self-tanner adheres not only to facial skin, but also to the peach fuzz hairs covering our face and creates an orange glow. Patches of dry facial skin will absorb more of the self-tanner and create dark spots. To fix this self-tanning nightmare, saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe some of the color off. Follow that with a skin scrub and exfoliating product to remove even more of the unwanted color.