1. We all know that the Sun’s UV rays are damaging to our skin – which brings me to my first tip: wear sunscreen…ALWAYS! Regardless of the fact that you may be spending the majority of your time indoors, during the summer or any time of year for that matter, sunscreen is a must. The sun’s harmful UV rays can still damage your skin, indoors, through windows or any other light source. However, being outside during the beautiful summer months puts you at a greater risk for developing dangers within your skin. A sunscreen of at least SPF 30 should be applied daily, to your face during the summer months. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry- Touch Sunscreen is a great option. Do not forget to reapply through out the day!
2. Now that we’ve talked about the sun and how to protect our skin, let’s not forget about the sun and what it can do to our hair. Those UV and rays are just as damaging to your hair as they are to your skin. A great hair care regime that I’ve grown up using is to oil my hair, at any time of the year, but especially during the brutal winters and hot summers. All that sunshine, heat, chlorine (who doesn’t love a nice dip in the pool when it’s hot out?) and humidity can cause split ends, frizzy tresses, and discoloration.
Mix equal parts of any oils of your choice together, heat it up, and massage into your scalp and tresses. My favourite oils include: castor, coconut, jojoba, and almond. For best results, leave it on for a few hours, or overnight and cover your hair so that the hot oils can really penetrate into your scalp. You’ll be amazed at how much more silkier, healthier and manageable your hair will become if you stay consistent with this regime. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant when using hot tools on your hair! My current fave is the L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray Volume. I can really see and feel so much more volume in my hair after a couple of sprays of this stuff – and it’s protecting my hair from all that heat. What more could I ask for?!
3. Ok, ladies. Who doesn’t love to rock a cute pedicure and sandals in the summer? Instead of splurging on a mani/pedi every so often, try and maintain your foot-care at home. A great option for dry skin on the feet is The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub. It has an amazing minty fresh scent, and you can really feel the tiny volcanic rock granules doing their job. Dry skin, be gone!
4. Do you find that your makeup is literally melting off during summer? Worry no more! With a great primer, and a makeup setting spray, you’ll no longer have to worry about melting like an ice cream cone, even on the hottest days of the summer. I cannot stress enough how important it is to prime your skin before applying any makeup. Ladies, moisturize & prime! After going through your skin care routine and moisturizing, apply a primer before you reach for your foundation. The Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a great, and extremely popular option. My current fave is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I swear my makeup does not budge.
After achieving your finished look, a setting spray is a great choice to double up on your makeup protection. This will surely make everything last and stay in place. The great thing about a setting spray is that you can purchase a fabulous one, such as the Urban Decay All Nighter Long- Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, or you can go for a more natural approach and use a rose water spray. Rose water is an amazing natural replacement to everyday products that are used. It can be used as a toner, makeup setting spray, or even for hair care. In this case, I have heard that it works amazing – and the best part is that it’s natural! You can either purchase a rose water spray, such as the Heritage Store Rose Petals Rose Water.
5. Lastly, it’s summertime – so enjoy the heat, sunshine, and the breezy wind. It’s important to limit your stress levels and control it as much as you can. Doing things that make you happy, or alleviating that stress with some physical activity is a great idea. Go for a run or a hike in this beautiful weather, or go for a swim. A great idea for those who are dealing with stress is to practice yoga. I actually love hot yoga and find that sweating out all of those toxins within your body, in a calm environment, actually helps to elimate a ton of stress and make me feel great after. Exercise of any kind is also great for the skin. It helps to keep the blood flowing through the skin cells, while nourishing them. Remember, beauty always comes from within. It’s much more important to genuinely feel good inside so it can show on the outside. That’s something that no amount of materialistic goods can do for you!