From body odor to breakouts, summer’s intense weather brings on a whole slew of issues that we don’t usually have to deal with. But don’t worry, there are a few tricks you can use to make summer feel a little more bearable. Here, we’re discussing some of the most common summer beauty problems and their solutions.
Melted Makeup – Wearing makeup seems like an impossible task during the summer. But what’s a girl to do when she wants to look good during the day? Try switching to a lightweight cream or liquid formula that will last longer in the heat and apply your makeup in light layers to increase staying power. Always use a setting spray which acts like a shield, gluing your makeup to your face, and keeping it from slowly melting off, no matter how hot it gets.
Try: Ofra Makeup Fixer, a refreshing, alcohol-free mist that creates a protective, invisible shield over your makeup to lock it in place.
Skin Chafing – Chafing is caused by repetitive friction or rubbing against the skin, and usually occurs on the inner thighs and armpits. An easy way to prevent this is to reduce the friction by applying a body powder to affected areas, allowing the skin to glide easily without causing irritation. You can also apply the body powder inside your shoes to prevent blisters.
Try: Dr. Hauschka Body Silk. This all-natural body powder absorbs moisture to keep your skin cool, refreshed, and free from chafing.
Ingrown Hairs – Summer is usually peak hair-removal time, with many of us shaving, waxing, or epilating our body hair every few days to keep our skin smooth. Ingrown hairs can occur when a hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin, rather than coming up to the surface. As irritating as this can be, try not to pick at ingrown hairs as this can cause scarring or infection. Instead, use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and allow the hairs to come to the surface.
Try: Phytomer Toning Body Scrub with Marine Salt Crystals. This gentle toning body scrub contains mineral salts and oligomer to remove dead skin cells and reduce ingrown hairs.
Body Acne – Another thing to thank summer for? An increase in sweat and oil production that can lead to breakouts on your body; mainly the back, chest, and shoulders. Keep breakouts to a minimum by hopping in the shower immediately after working out, or if you’ve been sweating outdoors. You can also treat existing breakouts and prevent future ones with a topical treatment.
Try: NeoStrata Oily Skin Solution, an acne treatment that contains glycolic acid to unclog pores and remove surface oils that can cause breakouts.
Sweat Control – Excessive sweating can be annoying and embarrassing, especially in the heat of the summer. A great way to combat this is to use a maximum strength deodorant and antiperspirant. The antiperspirant will reduce sweating, while the deodorant controls odors caused by bacteria.
Try: Vichy Homme Triple Diffusion Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray 72Hr, a super-strength spray that will keep you sweat-free and smelling fresh for up to three days.
Accidental Sunburn – It can happen to any of us, despite our best efforts. In the summer, when the UV index can get up to 11 (a safe measurement is 5), it’s easy to run around outside for a few minutes and come back with a sunburn. Apart from the unsightly, and sometimes painful, red burn, exposure to the sun can lead to premature aging. Make sure you are always protected, even when you aren’t planning on being outside, by using a fast-acting sunscreen spray that can be applied at any time.
Try: Bioderma Hydrabio Eau De Soin, a lightweight spray that hydrates and cools your skin while protecting it from UV damage and premature aging. This can be sprayed over makeup and the can is small enough to keep in your purse for quick touchups during the day.