Summer Beauty Tips
● By Enjoy Magazine
By Melissa Gulden
SUMMER IS HERE! And with all the excitement (or loathing) around buying a new swimsuit, or mapping out your big summer road trip, here are some beauty tips to help you look your best. It’s time to shake off the chilly spring weather and look forward to some hot summer fun. From shaving to skin care and hairstyles to melt-proof makeup, here’s how to look warm-weather wonderful this summer.
The sun, sand, ocean or lake can leave hair feeling brittle and fried. To protect and hydrate hair from those long days in the sun, use a finishing spray that reflects light for a gorgeous gloss and protects hair against moisture-zapping environmental elements such as sun, chlorine and salt water (try Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine, $27). In the shower, use a hydrating argan oil essence-based shampoo and conditioner to keep cuticles lying flat and smooth, which keeps damage at bay and hair looking and feeling nourished (Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, $3.99 each).
Keep in mind, summer skin needs less moisture, but just as much TLC because of increased exposure to the environment. Once the weather warms up, try changing your skincare routine to just serums. They improve your skin’s texture and ability to heal. Use a daytime serum under sunscreen (Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum, $78). For you “two birds, one stone” types, try Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum, which gives a golden glow to the skin for however long you use it ($54). Still plagued by acne? Clinique Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum hits back on two fronts: softening the wrinkles while battling the spots ($44.50).
Summer is also the perfect time for a skin smoother. Who wants to wear foundation if you don’t have to? L’Oréal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream SPF 30, is lightweight, colorless and fragrance free, and blurs imperfections such as redness, large pores and fine lines while allowing your natural beauty to shine through ($20).
Sunscreen is a non-negotiable. You should be using an SPF year-round, but really need to kick it up a notch in summer. Many sunscreens are so lightweight, you can wear them right under your makeup (Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days, SPF 30, $9). Here’s a product you may not know about—powder sunscreen. That’s right. Brush right over makeup to lock it in place, cut down on facial oil on a humid day and provide sun protection (Colorescience Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30, $25). There are even makeup-setting sprays with SPF. Simply spritz over your makeup and get on with your day (Kate Somerville’s UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray, $38).
Summer means more trips to the beach and more exposure to the sun, so having skin in tip-top condition is crucial. Using a high-quality razor, such as one with five blades, helps reduce your chance for cuts and nicks, which means less chance of irritation when you come in contact with seawater, sand and sun. Shaving is also a form of gentle exfoliation, so while you’re removing unwanted hair, you’re also gently removing dead skin cells, revealing beautiful, smooth skin (Gillette Venus Embrace, $10).
While summer is all about a less-is-more approach, it doesn’t mean you have to whittle your makeup bag down to a single tube of lightly tinted moisturizer and lip balm. The trick to summer beauty is keeping things simple for you. And if that means keeping the skin natural and using minimal products—great! If not, go ahead and rock that bright coral lipstick and aqua eyeliner. Summer is about a carefree attitude and free spirit. So you do you. Enjoy the sun, salt and sand in whatever way suits you. But now you can do it in style. •