Your Beauty Routine -- Is It Ready for Summer?
Summer is almost here, and with it come longer days and warmer weather. More light and heat means more bare skin. Time for a beauty overhaul!
Make the following tasks part of your summer beauty routine:
- Exfoliating. Exfoliate your entire body a few times a week to remove dry skin. Buff your skin from head to toe using a dry brush or exfoliating body wash. This will not only make your skin feel and look silky soft. It will also ready it for spray-on tanners.
- Applying self-tanners. We all know sunbathing without sunscreen is a big no-no. You can save yourself the risk of premature aging and skin cancer by applying a self-tanner instead. Before you do, though, be sure to shave, wax, and get a manicure. Then exfoliate your body. Dab a little bit of body lotion to dry areas of your skin, such as your knees and elbows. This will keep them from turning orange. Apply a self-tanner from the bottom and work your way up.
- Hydrating your hair. A month before summer starts, begin applying moisturizing treatments to your hair. This will prevent water and sun from drying it out. Look for hair masks that are rich in wheat protein.
- Applying sunscreen. While this is important all year round, it’s especially essential during spring and summer months. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your face and body.
- Blasting body acne. If you suffer from body acne, try using a 2 percent salicylic acid body wash. Let the body wash sit on problem areas for a few minutes before rinsing it off. When you step out of the shower, you can swab breakouts with an additional salicylic acid treatment.
- Softening your feet. Chances are you’ll probably start sporting sandals soon. You’ll want to use a foot file to soften hard, leathery skin. Draw the file from the outer edges of your soles inward toward your arches. Once you have filed your feet, apply a foot cream.
- Waxing. If you plan on wearing swimsuits, you’ll want to give yourself a bikini wax by using prewaxed strips. Be sure you wax all the usual areas.
Your makeup routine will also need an overhaul before the start of summer. This is because a lot of cosmetics don’t hold up to humidity, sweat, or sunshine. Here’s how you can look your best despite the heat and sun:
- Wear a primer. Why? Because it’s the key to long-lasting foundation and color. All you need is a pea-sized dab of it. But make sure it’s of a lightweight, oil-free formula. Apply it before you put on foundation and concealer.
- Use a tinted moisturizer. Whatever you do, avoid liquid foundation. It can cake or, worse, melt altogether. Tinted moisturizers, on the other hand, are lightweight enough that you won’t end a summer day looking like a clown who has been crying.
- Apply powder. You should use a setting powder on your face’s t-zone area — forehead, nose, chin. That way you can maintain a dewy summer look. Also, lightly dust some loose powder on your t-zone as well as your upper lip.
- Choose the right concealer. The wrong concealer can leave streaks across your face if you start sweating. Opt for densely pigmented cream concealers, and apply it to blemishes with a small brush.
- Check out multipurpose products. If you don’t want to look too made up, use multipurpose products that you can apply to your cheeks, lids, and lips. These will give you a simple, put-together look. Use oil blotters. Because the summer heat can make your skin excessively shiny, you should use blotting papers throughout the day to keep your skin looking nice and matte.
- Apply lip stains. The summer heat can make your lipstick bleed. To avoid this, use lip stains instead of lipstick and liner.
- Choose creamy shadows. We all know that when sweat and powders mix, the results aren’t pretty. Luckily, sheer cream shadows tend to cake less in hot weather.
- Apply liquid eyeliner. Kohl pencil eyeliners tend to smudge and melt in the heat, but liquid eyeliners stay put. Choose waterproof mascaras. This is a no brainer; heat and sweat can easily smudge and fade regular mascara. Waterproof mascara, on the other hand, can withstand both the summer’s heat and the beach’s waves.
- Skip powdered blush. Once again, powdered blush and sweat don’t mix; they can leave you with streaky skin. A gel blush will keep this from happening.
- Choose a tinted lip balm. Sure, lip gloss is great to wear. But the sun can make it sticky and runny. To avoid this, wear a tinted lip balm that has a high wax content. This will keep it from melting in your bag or on your lips.
- Wear your hair up. Hair wore down causes sweat and oil to accumulate near your face. By wearing your hair up, you reduce the risk of excessive moisture messing up your makeup.
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