There are many reasons to love summer, the sun has finally appeared after a long cold spring, the temperature is climbing and we can enjoy the longer days and lighter evenings. However, it’s not all good news as beauty-wise summer can be a challenging season, from make-up meltdowns to frizzy hair, blisters and sunburn the hot weather can bring with it a host of beauty woes.
Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to counteract the style sabotaging effects of summer. Check out my favourite beauty hacks to help you beat the heat!
Soothe your skin with plant power
Now an Aloe Vera plant is a great thing to have all year round, not just during summer, but the gel (contained in the leaves) is wonderful for moisturising and soothing the skin and amazing for use as an aftersun. If you’re not particularly green fingered you can buy the gel in tubes (look for pure natural active Aloe Vera gel) For an even more soothing effect freeze the gel in an ice cube tray, then simply pop out a cube of the frozen gel when needed, and rub it over sun exposed skin.
If you find that your hair gets greasier quicker in the summer try spraying dry shampoo into your roots at night, instead of in the morning. As you move around through the night it will work it’s magic absorbing excess oil, and you will wake up with fresher feeling hair that will be easier to style.
Make your deodorant work double-duty
If you spend all summer in strappy sandals then before putting them on run your antiperspirant deodorant over your ankles and toes. This works to reduce moisture and friction, both of which contribute to blisters. It can also help reduce inner thigh chafing, which is a common problem during warmer months. And, if you apply it to the back of your neck prior to blowdrying your hair it will help prevent your neck from sweating and dampening your freshly dried hair.
Cheat your way to a golden glow
Gain gleaming limbs the easy way by mixing a highlighter into your usual body lotion. For an added bonus apply a little more highlighter along your shinbone to give the illusion of longer legs.
Summer is the perfect time to pare down your beauty routine and use fewer products. So it makes sense that the ones you stick with earn their place in your minimalist make-up bag. Bronzer is definitely a keeper as it doubles up a great eyeshadow, and can also be used for lightly contouring the neck and décolletage.
Fight Frizz with Coconut oil
Regular readers of my column will know that I love coconut oil, and it’s seemingly infinite uses! Over summer use it to fight frizzy hair that has been frazzled by the sun by warming a little (and I mean a little!) between palms and smoothing through the mid lengths and ends of the hair. Or, mix together equal parts coconut and avocado oil, in a spray bottle and spritz lightly through the hair.
Give these easy tips and tricks a try and make this your most beautiful summer ever!
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