Beauty Tips for Summer

Warmer weather is upon us and, while we tend to be more active during the summer months, the change in season can mean you need to change up your beauty routine too.  Water, sun, and even wind can take it’s toll on your hair and skin.  To look and feel gorgeous all season long, follow these simple summer-friendly beauty tips.

  1. Protect your skin.  The best way to keep your skin looking young and healthy is to protect it with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Select 30SPF or higher and water-resistant, even if you don’t plan on being in the water.  Keep a small container in your purse or car for unexpected moments.  A foundation or moisturizer with sunblocking propertites can also fight day-to-day exposure.
  2. Cut down on your beauty regimen.  This might seem counter intuitive, but sun, water, and chlorine dry out your skin and strip away its natural oils.  To counterbalance this, skip your morning facial cleanser and wash with only water and a washcloth or use a very mild cleanser. Allow your hair to recover from moisture robbing shampoos and heated styling tools by replacing daily shampoo with a dry shampoo, up to every other day. On the days you do wash, use a leave-in conditioner which is gentler on the hair.
  3. Pamper your skin.  Rejuvenate your whole body with an olive oil sugar scrub once a week.  The olive oil is full of antioxidants and will lock in moisture while the sugar (or salt, or even coffee grounds!) gently exfoliates.  Rinse with a wash cloth and pat dry.  There are many scrubs available in drugstores or you can make your own with 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup exfoliant, a few drops of your choice of essential oil for scent, and 1 tablespoon of honey if you want extra moisture.
  4. TLB_Tropical_37236-White_1375Pamper your hair.  Smooth, round, loose waves are the in-the-moment look right now and new ingredients such as vinegar, rosehip oil, and sea buckthorn keep hair shining and healthy as well as protect your color from the sun.  Look for hair masks (similar to a facial mask, but for your hair!) with these ingredients for a once a week boost.
  5. Hydrate from within.  You’ve heard it before, but we’ll remind you again: drink lots of water.  During the summer we tend to be most active, so not only are we losing water by perspiration, but we are less likely to stop and rehydrate.  The recommended daily intake for women is nine cups or 2.2 liters.  Drink even if you are not thirsty and keep a refillable water bottle handy when you’re on the go.  Staying hydrated will keep your skin looking healthier and muscles and joints will feel better too.