Dallas’s Guide to Summer Beauty
8 tips and tricks to help you beat the heat and look your best
Whoever first uttered the phrase “Ladies don’t sweat, they glow” has clearly never experienced 90-degree temps and unbearable humidity first thing in the morning (5 a.m., are you kidding me?). Luckily, there are ways to prevent yourself from turning into a puddle of sweat. Here, eight tips for looking (and feeling) cool all summer long.
Rethink Your Foundation
Face it: This is not the time to try out the matte look (it won’t last more than two minutesanyway). Instead, embrace your “dewy” (er, glistening) complexion with a lightweight BB cream that offers a touch of coverage without weighing you down. Bonus: Your morning routine just got a whole lot easier.
Remove Excess Shine
Instead of buying blotting papers, try a hack like a coffee filter, a toilet-seat cover or even your average Starbucks napkin to dab away oil on your T zone. Just please, for the sake of everyone around you, do this in private.
Moisturize While You Sleep
Slathering on thick moisturizer in 90-degree heat? No thanks. But your skin still needs hydration even in the most humid environments. This is where the Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask ($24) comes in. It features a lightweight, quick-absorbing gel that works throughout the night to even skin tone. Apply the mask before bed and wake up to healthier-looking skin every morning.
And not just when you know you’ll be in the sun. Tip: If you use a chemical sunscreen (look for ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone or Helioplex), apply it before all other skin-care products to ensure it is absorbed properly. If you wear a physical sunscreen (check the label for words like mineral, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), apply it as the last step of your skin-careregimen, as this type sits on top of the skin.
Spritz Your Face
Step away from the alcohol-based toner. That stuff strips your skin, causing it toproduce more oil (who knew?). Instead, try combining distilled water with six to ten drops of pure rose oil to make your own rose water. The stuff acts as a gentle antibacterial toner that can soothe redness and irritation. Spray this onto your face for a little afternoon pick-me-up.
Oil Your Tresses
Those chronic frizzy flyaways that frame your face as soon as the temp rises above 70 degrees? Yeah, those need to go. For an easy fix, just slick them back using a spare toothbrush coated with a little coconut oil.
Safely Detangle “Pool Hair”
Spending all afternoon at the pool is wonderful… until your hair is a tangled mess. After any stint in chlorine or salt water, use the Wet Brush to safely comb through your mane.
Say No to Sweat Stains
Pit stains happen to the best of us. Luckily, there’s an easy trickfor getting rid of them. Just spray some lemon juice on the affected areas of fabric right before washing. Voilà!