20 Fantastic summer beauty tips every girl needs to know about
Summer is all about having fun, enjoying the gorgeous weather and spending some quality time with friends and family. It’s also about letting your hair down, days on the beach and long summer evenings sitting outdoors and relaxing. While the hot weather means that we can do all these things, it also brings with it some seasonal beauty headaches to deal with as well, like frizzy hair, running makeup and complexion problems. To help you make it through the summer without any major beauty mishaps, here are twenty fantastic summer beauty tips and hacks that every girl needs to know about.
1. Don’t stop moisturising
You can ease up on the moisturiser now that the summer is here, but don’t give it up all together. The sun, sea breeze and the salt in sea water can dry out your skin, so apply a light moisturiser, all through the summer months, and it will keep your skin looking fresh and clean and it will stop you getting any dry patches.
2. Wear a hat
Another one of useful summer beauty tips is to remember to take a wide brimmed hat when you head for the beach or a walk in the country. A big floppy hat looks really cute and elegant and it will protect your hair and your skin from the rays of the sun. If it’s a really hot day and you are going to be out all day in the sun, a hat will also stop your head getting too hot, and it will help you avoid getting heat-stroke, which will make you feel really ill and sick and it could ruin your day out.
3. Don’t use powder to hide sweat
Powdering your face to cover up sweat will only work for a short while, it will also clog up your pores and could cause breakouts. Carry some blotting sheets with you in the summer months and use those instead. A quick pat down with oil-absorbing blotting sheets will remove the sheen from your face and you won’t be risking a summer outbreak of acne.
4. Be generous with sunscreen
Even if you buy the highest SPF sunscreen you can find, if you don’t put enough on, then it won’t work. So our next one of important summer beauty tips is to apply sunscreen generously, over every part of your body that will be exposed to the sun, and don’t forget the little hidden places, like behind your ears, the tops of your feet and behind your knees. You can get sunburn anywhere, not just on your face and your shoulders.
5. Use baby powder to remove sand
Here is another one of great summer beauty tips: at the end of a day on the beach, give your skin a dusting of baby powder and it will make it much easier to brush off all the sand. Baby powder will absorb all the moisture that is causing the sand to stick to your skin, like sweat, sunscreen and sea water, and the sand will just drop easily off your skin.
6. Rinse your hair before you go swimming
Whether you are going for a swim in the pool, or in the ocean, both sea salt from the sea and chlorine in a pool can damage your hair. Take a shower, before you go swimming to moisten your hair, because damp hair will absorb less of the water from the sea or a swimming pool than dry hair will.
7. Use primer
One of the biggest problems in the hot weather is makeup running and not staying where it should do. To keep your makeup looking great for longer, use a primer. It only takes a few seconds of extra time and it will provide a smooth base on which to apply the rest of your makeup and will help the makeup stay put for longer.
8. Use products that are non-comedogenic
When it’s hot, you sweat more, and if that sweat has nowhere to go, because your pores are blocked, then that will lead to breakouts. That’s why it’s even more important in the summer to use makeup primer and other skin products that are oil free and are labelled non-comedogenic, which are products that have been designed especially so that they will not clog up your pores.
9. Moisturise after swimming
Next one of good summer beauty tips is to moisturise after swimming. Salt water can dry out your skin, so keep it moisturised when you are at the beach or have swimming in a pool. Look for the moisturisers that are designed to be used straight after a shower, they can be really handy. You can apply those to wet skin and they won’t turn into a clumpy mess on your skin like regular moisturisers will.
10. Protect coloured hair with SPF conditioner
If you want to keep your hair colour the way that it was when you walked out of the salon, then you will need to protect it from the sun. Wear a hat over your hair or use a spray on conditioner that contains a sunscreen SPF. A light spray of SPF spray on conditioner will protect your hair from the sun and will stop you getting unwanted highlights in your hair.
11. Don’t shave just before you go out to the beach
Another one of useful summer beauty tips is to shave your bikini line the day before you go to the beach, not seconds before you head out the door. Shaving removes the dead skin cells and will leave the new, soft skin exposed to things like sea salt, sand and chlorine from a pool. You are more likely to get infections, bumps and sore skin if you jump straight into the water, right after you have shaved or waxed.
12. Cure bikini rash with aspirin
If you do get bikini rash, bumps or ingrown hairs, then aspirin is a good way to cure that. Crush up a couple of aspirin tablets into a powder and mix them with some honey and water and apply to the affected area for about ten minutes before washing off. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which will exfoliate the skin and the honey will soothe any redness and fight infection.
13. Take a tee shirt to the beach to dry your hair with
When you have been swimming, if you rub your hair dry with a towel, you are very likely to end up with a bad case of the frizz. So next one of useful summer beauty tips is to take a tee shirt with you when you go swimming, and use that to gently pat your hair dry and you will be less likely to damage your hair.
14. Waterproof eye makeup is a must
Even if you are not swimming, you will be sweating in the summer and you will be more likely to rub your eyes too. Waterproof mascara is a definite must in the summer, if you want to avoid smears and panda like eyes.
15. Use a clarifying shampoo
During the summer, your hair can get coated with products, salt and other residue, even more than it does in the winter. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week and that will remove all the build-up of product that has accumulated on your hair and bring your hair back to life.
16. Moisturise your feet
With shoes open to the elements all day long and running around in bare feet, you will need to keep your feet moisturised too, if you don’t want to get unsightly dry and cracked heals. Keep your feet silky smooth and soft by rubbing in shea butter before you go to bed and putting on a pair of socks over the top. This will give your feet a deep down moisturising effect and will help stop you needing to scrub off hard skin later.
17. Pick the right time to exfoliate
Be careful when you exfoliate during the summer, because exfoliating the skin will make it more sensitive to the sun and you will be more susceptible to burning. Exfoliating before you get a fake tan will make the tan last for longer and, exfoliating your face will help keep the pores of your skin unclogged, but only exfoliate in the evenings, or on days that you won’t be going out, or it will increase your risk of getting sunburned.
18. Stock up on Aloe Vera
Here is another one of good summer beauty tips: make sure you have some aloe vera gel around in the summer, because it is the perfect after-sun care lotion. It rehydrates the skin and it also has anti-inflammatory properties too, as it’s ideal for treating sunburned skin. For an extra cool, after-sun treatment, keep some aloe vera gel in the refrigerator.
19. Use a cream eyeshadow
Try using cream eyeshadows in the summer, because they are far better for summertime than powder ones. You can buy waterproof cream eyeshadow that won’t run with the sweat like powder ones can, and they will look great for far longer. The same is true of blusher; a cream blusher will resist the heat and your sweat far better than a powder one will.
20. Remove self-tanner mistakes with baking soda
We all now know that using fake tan is the safe way to get a bronzed look, but self-tans don’t always work out the way they should. If you get ay self-tan streaks or orange patches, then the best way to tone down the colour, is to use some baking soda. Just make up a paste with baking soda and water, and then gently rub it into the affected areas of skin. The mixture will gently exfoliate your skin and remove any self-tanner mistakes.
What are your favorite summer beauty tips?