Summer is coming to an end, and let me guess–your body needs a little TLC after being a beach bum for the last 3 months! (I wish I was in that category!) Our skin is easily damaged in the summer months. When skin is exposed to sunlight over time, the top layer thickens and darkens as a defense. Because of that, it more than likely means your pores are more clogged. We tend to sweat more, creating a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Stay clear of those nasty blemishes by regularly cleansing, exfoliating, and still applying sunscreen. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, ingredients that keep pores clear.
Don’t forget about your lips, too. They get chapped and dry, so make sure you are applying sunscreen to those regularly. Are yours in really bad shape? Try applying a small amount of petroleum jelly on top of your lip balm to help lock in some moisture.
If you have had a nasty burn this summer, you need to pay special attention to that area. That burnt area is more than likely going to absorb more UV light, so don’t let it go unattended. Trying to cover sunburned skin with foundation will only make it look worse. Instead, smooth on an aloe vera gel to soothe the burn. Then, tone down redness and shine with a gold-tinted moisturizer. Look for a golden lotion with a touch of shimmer for your body, and a sheer bronze or gold-tinted moisturizer for your face.
If you are living outside this summer you are bound to have some crazy tan lines to show for it! Wheather it’s a tan line on your feet from your sandals, on your wrist from your watch, or around your neck area from your swimsuit, don’t worry. If your heading to a wedding or big event, try mixing 2 parts liquid bronzer with one part moisturizer–blend over the tan lines. It’s better to try to blend them than trying to cover them up completely! Works like a charm for the time being!
Another area that is more than likely on the road to disaster is your hair. A good choice for this time of year is a deep conditioner. For all we do to our hair, most of us could have dry hair to start with before summer even rolls around. Throw all the sun and chlorine from being a pool rat into your hair and you are going to need a treatment ASAP! Cuts to Dye For carries an amazing treatment by Kenra and recommend that done at least once a week (depending on how bad your hair is) . Women who color their hair should be extra attentive because their hair tends to fade out in the summer months. Come and get your color touched up and darken it a shade or two, or even just put some lowlights in to break up the color.
How about trying a new haircut? Trade in your beach waves for a nice structured cut . Dive into fall with a sexy new do that will get heads turning with some bold bangs or noticeable layers. It could be a change as easy as parting your hair a little different, like down the center for something new and sexy. Some of those options are a good way to get rid of those dead ends that are soaked to the cuticle of chlorine. If you’re not feeling like a big change, no worries. Plan for a nice trim on the ends though, you don’t want to rock split ends on the first day of school!