During the winter, most of us yearn for the warm, summer days. We reminisce about the pleasant summer weather and all the fun, outdoor activities we can't wait to get back to. But as soon as it arrives, we remember some of the downsides that accompany it.
Warm weather is nice, but the summer heat can sometimes be overkill. It leaves us feeling sweaty, sticky, and lethargic. It causes our makeup to melt and run down our faces, and our hair usually looks less than ideal with all the humidity and sweating. Thankfully, there are some great summer tips that can help you stay fresh and looking your best while you enjoy the sun. The best part? All of these are simple enough to be easily incorporated into your daily routine. Get ready to forget all about these summer downsides forever!
1. Use Tinted Moisturizer In Place Of Foundation
Keeping your makeup intact is one of the biggest challenges during the summertime. Foundation tends to melt and run during the summer heat, which can cause embarrassing foundation-colored streaks down your face. This summer, swap your foundation with a tinted moisturizer, like a BB cream. It'll give you some coverage while doing wonders for your skin. Many of these creams also contain SPF, so they can also act as a sunblock.
2. Prevent Chafing With Antiperspirant
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During the hot, summer days, it's hard to imagine going out and about without some antiperspirant to protect your underarms. Now, your thighs will love it too. Antiperspirant keeps your skin from sweating, and moisture is the main culprit when it comes to chafing. By applying some antiperspirant on your inner thighs, you'll keep them cool, dry, and chafe-free.
3. Relieve Bikini Rash With Chilled Chamomile Tea Bags
Razor burns occur more often than we'd like, but it's especially uncomfortable when it occurs in such a sensitive and delicate area. To assuage the burn of a bikini rash, steep one or two chamomile tea bags in hot water, then cool the tea bags in the freezer for about 20 minutes. They should be nice and cold, but not frozen. Next, simply place the tea bags on the affected area to soothe and calm your skin.
4. Reduce Shine With Milk Of Magnesia
The summer heat always makes skin look extra shiny, in the worst way. Surprisingly, milk of magnesia - the solution that we use to treat upset stomachs - is actually great at keeping skin nice and matte underneath makeup. To reduce the unsightly glare of a shiny face, apply some milk of magnesia to the areas of your skin that are most prone to it. Wait for it to dry, then brush away any dried residue that sticks out. Apply your regular makeup on top, and enjoy the day shine-free.
5. Powder Everywhere On Your Body
Before you step into the sweltering outdoors, powder every nook and cranny of your body to keep yourself from oozing sweat. Staying dry also means reduced chances of chafing!
6. Stock Up On Blotting Sheets
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If your face is constantly moist with oil, sweat, and runny foundation, then you need to start using blotting sheets. These small, thin squares of oil-absorbing paper will soak up the oil on your face and return your skin to a nice, matte look. They are so small and thin that they easily fit into a purse or even pants pocket, so you can take them with you anywhere, anytime!
7. Undo Self-Tanning Mistakes With Baking Soda
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Applying self-tanner at home is safer than baking under the sun, but it requires more time and effort to achieve the look for a flawless tan. If you notice any uneven patches of "tan" on your skin, you can remove the self-tanner from that area with a mixture of baking soda and water. Simply rub it into your skin to allow the self-tanner to disappear.
8. Keep Hair Oil-Free With Dry Shampoo
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Dry shampoo is an oil-absorbing, usually fragrant powder that keeps hair fresh when you don't have time to actually wash your hair. Most come in an aerosol can, much like hair spray. For best results, spray the roots of your hair with dry shampoo before bed and let it absorb the oil and sweat from your scalp. You'll wake up to clean and fragrant hair without having to wash it for another day.
9. Coat Your Hair With Olive Oil Before Swimming
Swimming is tons of fun, but the chlorine in the pool can do quite a bit of damage to your hair. If you have chemically treated hair, you should take extra precaution to protect your hair from drying out or losing artificial color. To protect your hair from chlorine, coat your strands with olive oil, coconut oil, or leave-in conditioner before you hit the pool. It'll prevent the chlorine from seeping into your hair. When you get out of the pool, simply shampoo your hair as usual to get rid of the oil.
10. Get Rid Of Sweat Stains With Lemon
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Sweat stains are unsightly and embarrassing, but you don't have to let them ruin your favorite clothing. Before throwing the soiled garment into the wash, squeeze some lemon juice onto the problem area. It will get rid of the stain without altering the color of the garment.
11. Tint Your Lips With Kool-Aid
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Applying a pretty shade of lipstick can really tie your makeup together, but, like foundation, it can melt and get all runny during the summer. If you want the color without the mess, try a lip stain instead. You don't even have to buy one - you can just use some Kool-Aid! Simply dab some of the powder onto your lips, then allow it to absorb for a minute. Once you rinse your lips with water, you'll be left with a beautiful, subtle tint on your lips that will last all day.
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