The summer heat has been scorching. However, the soaring temperature is not an excuse to look or feel dreadful; in fact, it’s a crucial time to focus on some beauty issues and address them.
The heat is making you feel bloated. Whether this is a psychological or physiological reality, drinking heaps of water can help reduce water weight that might be caused by the sweltering heat. Better yet, drink water to stay constantly hydrated and to fight heat stroke—a common occurrence these days.
Your face is peeling from all the sunbathing. Don’t panic. Soothe and moisturize your face with a mask that contains gentle ingredients to moisten and cleanse your skin. Don’t rub off your peeling skin and avoid abrasive cleansers that will aggravate and irritate your face. Wear a foundation that contains oils and moisturizers, like a BB cream. Apply lightly so it won’t appear too heavy on your face.
Your summer beach trip has caused you major tan lines. Tan lines may look sexy, but they can also look unprofessional, especially when you wear your sleeveless tank in the office or to a meeting. Hide strap marks by lightly dabbing on foundation that matches your tan. Blend well and lightly brush some powder on top of the foundation to seal the deal.
You can’t seem to get the perfect tan. Some people stay a minute under the sun and they roast right away; others don’t get tanned no matter how hard they try. If you’re one of the latter, find a good self-tanner and fake your tan. No one would know the difference, and most of the time, wearing a self-tanner looks better because the glow and color can be controlled by how much you apply. Try Guerlain’s Terracotta Sunless Tinted Self-Tanner. For your face, apply Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder.
Your sweat is giving you “bungang araw,” or major back acne. Cleanse your back with water and soap. The heat and your sweat may be clogging your pores, thus making your back break out. Find a cleanser that fights bacteria, with benzoyl peroxide as an active ingredient. If you have irritated pimples, apply a cream with salicylic acid to dry them out fast.
Your face is a riot of sunspots. Freckles and sunspots can be cute, but not if they are multiplying by the millisecond. With this kind of heat, it’s a necessity to wear sunscreen. If you apply retinol (or tretinoin) cream, be mindful that this strips off the top layers, making your skin more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure to constantly wear SPF 30 (or more!). Be generous when applying it on your skin, and reapply at least every two hours to ensure you are never naked of sunscreen.
Your treated hair has dry ends and split ends. You are in danger of damaging your newly colored hair in this kind of heat and humidity, especially if soaked in salt water. Fight fading color and brassiness by moisturizing your hair with leave-on conditioner. Or apply a serum like Kerastase Oleo-Relax for frizz control, shine and protection.
Your feet look dehydrated. Summer is the time to flaunt your bejeweled sandals. But before stepping out of the house, make sure the soles of your feet, and your toes aren’t sporting calloused, cracking skin. Pamper your feet by using a scrub, and lather with some moisturizing lotion. Clarisonic’s Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation is an easy-to-use tool that will help you achieve youthful-looking feet.