Chicago's Summer Beauty Guide
8 tips and tricks to help you beat the heat and look your best
You didn’t just survive a soul-crushing winter only to be broken by a mascara-melting summer. (You know it’s coming, right?) Fear not: With a few easy swaps and tricks, you can master the art of summer beauty. Here, our quick and easy guide for keeping things fresh and cool from now until next snowfall. (Whenever that may be.)
Look To Lemons
Don’t let sweat stains be your summer beauty--ahem--pitfall. Here’s a simple trick to get rid of them: Spray lemon juice onto the affected areas of fabric before washing your clothes. Easy.
Say No To Shine
There’s a fine line between getting that dewy natural look…and just looking plain greasy. Embrace oil blotting sheets or even use a humble coffee filter to mop up that sweat without smudging your makeup.
Transform Your Tresses
The scorching sun, fierce Lake Michigan winds, freakin’ humidity: Summer can wreak havoc on your hair. You could just slick it back into a topknot until September. Or you can do right by your locks with Pantene Pro-V’s Moisture Renewal Shampoo ($4) and Silkening Conditioner ($4). The moisture-rich shampoo blocks out damaging antioxidants, while the nourishing conditioner keeps hair healthy and shiny. You’re left with strong, protected tresses that are ready for anything.
Change Up Your Makeup
Speaking of makeup: This is not the season to layer up your face. Instead, look to a sheer BB or CC cream that offers just a touch of coverage. Add a swipe of gloss and a little smudge-proof mascara, and you’re good to go from sunrise to sunset.
Make Your Own Face Spray
Be your own aromatherapist. Add four drops each of lavender and lemon essential oils to a water-filled spray bottle, then spritz your face, neck and décolletage as needed to calm irritated, red summer skin. Keep this secret weapon in the fridge for a cool boost all summer long.
Apply Sunscreen the Right Way
We all know we should be wearing sunscreen year-round. But how you apply it matters: If you use a chemical sunscreen (with ingredients like oxybenzone or Helioplex), blend it into your skin before anyother products to ensure it is absorbed properly. If you prefer a physical sunscreen (with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) that acts as a barrier and sits on top of the skin, apply it as the last step of your beauty regimen.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Since the dawn of time, we’ve been told to put baby powder into our stinky shoes to absorb odor. And there’s a good reason this trick has been around forever: It. Really. Works.
Chill Out With Peppermint
Mint: It freshens your breath and your brain. Try a mint-based soap in the shower or a peppermint foot cream to soothe achy feet at the end of a long day. We feel cooler just thinking about it.