Easy Summer Skin Savers
Bug bites are no match for minty Colgate
Cheers to these miracle products of summer. But did you know that the next time you get a sunburn (or a bikini burn or a mosquito bite), you can make your own cure--using stuff already in your cabinets? We'll show you how.
Self tanner streaks: baking soda and lemon
We get it: You were rushing. To cover up self-tanner mistakes, mix baking soda with lemon juice (water also works) to create a paste. Next, use that mixture to gently exfoliate and blend in those orangey patches. It’s like it never happened.
Bikini rash: Chamomile tea bags
Razor burn is the worst, especially when you’re about to hit the pool. For a quick fix, steep a few chamomile tea bags in hot water, then stick them in the freezer to cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Place the bags on rash-ridden spots to calm and soothe skin.
SUNBURN: FREEZE ALOE VERA ICE CUBES
So, you missed a spot (or a shoulder). It happens. Aloe works, but chilled aloe? Even better. Here’s what you do: Fill an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and pop it in the freezer before you hit the beach. When you return, grab a cube to spot-treat minor burns. Grip it with a paper towel to absorb any excess water as it melts.
BLISTERS: APPLY DEODORANT
Those silver slip-ons look a lot less cute when your toes are covered in Band-Aids. Avoid blisters (or blisters that are just about to form) by swiping deodorant anywhere a strap might pinch or rub. Antiperspirant wicks away moisture. Minimal moisture = minimal blisters.
CALLUSED FEET: PUT SEA SALT ON A POTATO
So, about those slip-ons: Wearing open-soled shoes every day can kind of wreak havoc on your feet. But you don’t need a pedicure to slough off all that rough and callused skin. Simply slice a raw potato in half, then dip it in sea salt. Boom. DIY pumice stone.
BUG BITES: APPLY MINTY FRESH TOOTHPASTE
All you wanted was to have dinner alfresco, but mosquitoes, man. A quick fix for the next time you get eaten alive: Squeeze mint or peppermint toothpaste on your bites. The menthol ingredient creates an instant cooling sensation, which pings your brain with the message to ignore the itch.