Summer has been here for quite a long time, but let’s be honest, it won’t be going away anytime soon either. That being said, how many of us have fully adjusted to the hot weather and all that comes with it? Like it or not, our beauty routine can’t stay the same throughout the entire year, which is why I’ve prepared a set of gorgeous hacks that will keep you both pretty and comfy at this time of year.
Let’s talk about your skin
With the risk of stating the obvious, I’m going to tell you to apply sunscreen at all times. Going grocery shopping? Apply sunscreen. Going out? Apply sunscreen. Going to the beach? You know what you gotta do. Also, remember that your face needs protection too, so if your regular face cream’s got already got a sun protection factor, you’re good to go. If it doesn’t, you can always get a special sunscreen for your face.
Oh, and don’t forget about your eyelids and lips. Using a lip balm with a high SPF won’t make you less kissable – on the contrary.
Y’all know how annoying getting sand off your body can be when you go home after spending a couple hours at the beach, right? Well, what if I told you that baby powder will get it all right off in a matter of seconds?
And since we’re talking about a stress-free after beach experience, there’s one more thing you need to know. Fill an ice tray with aloe vera gel and pop it into the freezer. Your skin will be totes grateful for these soothing, heavenly ice cubes.
Do you know what the number on your sunscreen really means? Well, it tells you for how many minutes the lotion is going to keep you protected. Needless to say, the higher the sun protection factor, the better off your skin will be. SPF 30 is a good starting point, and keep in mind that clothes won’t do much to protect you either. A T-shirt, for instance, is the equivalent of a SPF 8 (at least that’s what the American Academy of Dermatology say), so you should apply sunscreen all over your body about 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
Whoa, not that much makeup. Not in the summer!
Going makeup free is probably the best course of action during the summer, but sometimes, looking glamorous is a must. You’re probably not very fond of foundation melting right off your face, so why not switch it for a sweet lil’ BB cream? Almost every beauty balm’s got a sun protection factor and a primer, not to mention that a good one will give you medium coverage, which is just perfect these months.
You should ditch dark matte lipsticks and go for light, summery glosses instead. Dark shades are great when the weather is a bit chilly, but at summer, they can look a little too heavy. This means that for the time being, you should put away your smokey eye palettes and focus more on pastel and golden shades.
To complete the modern mermaid look that everybody’s going about these days, apply a light touch of cream or gel blush on the apples of your cheeks and some good quality setting spray. Unless you like your skin oily and sweaty, you’d better keep some sheets of blotting paper in your purse at all times. Oh, and if you haven’t got waterproof makeup yet, well, you know what your next investment should be.
Applying bronzer – it’s an art
You know that sun-kissed look that all celebrities are rocking on the Red Carpet? Well, sometimes, simply lying around in the sun won’t give you the results that you hope for, but thank God for bronzer. However, pulling of a natural look can be a little tricky, because you can’t just apply it all over your face and hope for the best. But with a little help from this diagram, I’m sure that things will go a lot better.
See what I told you? Applying makeup is not that complicated when you use logic.
If you’re not extremely fond of keeping all sorts of makeup items in your bag, you should know that bronzer can be an excellent replacement for eye shadow. It will give you the most gorgeous crease you’ve ever seen.
How about your hair?
Your skin is not the only target of the scorching sun this summer, so make sure to regularly use hydrating hair masks. Also, don’t forget that all pool water has got chlorine in it, which is pretty harsh, and therefore prone to affect your hair. The best way to avoid this is to use tap water to get your hair wet before entering the pool. By doing this, you’ll ensure that your gorgeous locks absorb clean, harmless water, rather than nasty, chemical-filled one.
Sun-kissed highlights are all the rage
Let’s face it – there’s not a single woman in this world who wouldn’t like to get highlights just from staying in the sun. It’s true, these’re not going to be visible on everyone, but if you’ve got blonde or brown hair, then you’re in luck. The process is quite slow, so you may want to squirt some lemon juice all over your hair and pull it back in a messy bun. This way, the strands of hair closest to your face will get more sun exposure. The citric acid in the the lemon juice will make it easier for the pigment to become less intense, so, yeah, there’s actually science behind all this.
Oh, and one last bit of advice… Have lots of fun, ’cause this summer ain’t gonna last forever, but make sure you look great while you’re at it.