I've been waiting for summer since last November. I love summer, but I don't love what the heat and humidity does to my hair and skin.
Here are some easy tricks that you have to try for to keep your hair, nails, and skin looking great all summer long.
If you're looking for summer makeup tips, I covered that a few weeks ago. I change my makeup quite a bit for the summer so I don't have to worry about it melting or smearing.
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Master a Top Knot
This summer's hottest style is the topknot. It's easy, and it keeps your hair off your neck to keep you cooler. Bonus? Piling hair on top of your head can make your cheekbones appear to be higher.
The humidity can cause frizzy stray hairs around your hairline. To keep your hair in check, use a strong hairspray to hold strays down and hit them with your hair dryer for a minute to dry the hairspray. Your do will withstand heat and perspiration.
I hate waking up sticky, so I use antiperspirant at night during the summer. I switch to a clinical strength formula in the summer, and applying at night gives it time to work before you start sweating in the heat of the day. My favorite is Secret Clinical Strength.
Sweating and working in the garden makes my hair feel nasty. When I'm pressed for time, I use a dry shampoo to soak up extra moisture and remove dirt until I can wash my hair.
In the summer, I only use mineral makeup. It covers well, but it's light so it doesn't feel like I'm wearing a mask. Under my makeup, I wear a mineral veil. Mineral veil is supposed to give you an even foundation, but it also helps absorb sweat and oil.
I use a moisturizer with SPF every day, but in the summer it's even more important to wear sunscreen. Mineral makeup blocks some of the harmful rays from the sun, but it's not enough to prevent sun damage. I use Olay Complete SPF 15 unless I'll be in the sun all day. I use an SPF 50 on those days.
If you swim often in the summer, you need to protect your hair. Chlorine and the sun can damage your hair, so try these tricks to keep your hair looking great.
Headbands are popular right now, so use them to your advantage. After being outside working and playing, your hair will need some attention. Pull your hair in to a messy ponytail and cover the roots with a headband. It will help disguise the perspiration until you can wash your hair.
You wouldn't leave home without using an antiperspirant under your arms, but what about the rest of your body? Prevent sweat stains and sticky skin by using a moisture-absorbing body powder like this one from Gold Bond.
It's always a good idea to use a heat protection spray before you flat iron your hair. An added bonus is that it also helps protect your style from high humidity. I use coconut oil on my hair before I flat iron, but I have a few other heat protection ideas here.
After working in the garden and swimming, my nails need some TLC. Try a nail strengthening soak to keep them from breaking and splitting.
If you want a tan without baking in the sun, try a sunless than. Here are some tips to help you get a streak free glow.
If you know you'll be outside in the high heat or swimming, switch to waterproof cosmetics. You can find waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and even eyeshadow.
Get a healthy glow without harming your skin by using a bronzer. I prefer to use a powdered mineral bronzer. Apply it in the shape of a 3 on the outside of your face on both sides. You'll sweet it along your forehead, down to your cheeks, and then to your jawline.
How to Use Bronzer
Even with all the steps above, you might need to freshen up quickly before you can get to a shower. These wipes are cooling and deposit just a teeny bit of powder on your skin to absorb moisture.