Frizz, Chafing, Acne: Here’s How to Treat All Your Summer Beauty Problems
Pool days, breezy dresses, long walks on the beach: There are many wonderful things about summer. So wonderful, in fact, that it’s easy to forget these things also cause chlorine hair, thigh chafing and cracked heels. Luckily, there are easy fixes for each of these problems. Here’s your guide to surviving the season.
Though you might want to immediately take a cold shower, the first thing you should actually do is make a cold compress using skim milk and apply it directly to your burn. Whereas water quickly evaporates, skim milk has a high concentration of proteins that help to repair damaged skin.
Aka flip-flop feet. Soak them in a Listerine bath (which is equal parts mouthwash, vinegar and water) and slough off any remaining dry skin with a pumice stone. The concoction feels refreshing and contains exfoliating acids that make your heels baby soft.
Taming frizz and flyaways is less about which product you use and more about when you use it. To get the most control, apply mousse (or a styling cream if you have thicker or curlier strands) while your hair is freshly wet. Doing this will seal in moisture (which is key to preventing frizz) and will also set your hair in place as it dries.
Spending long days at the pool means two things to your strands: brassiness and brittleness. Minimize damage by rinsing your hair before even getting into the water. (This will close off your cuticles so your hair absorbs less chlorine.) When you get home, immediately suds up with a purple shampoo to neutralize any yellow tones and a protein mask to reinstate any moisture that was lost.
Face and Body Acne
Sweat and excess oil create the perfect storm for acne. Swipe a glycolic peel pad over clean skin every other day to sweep away dead cells and decongest pores so you keep bumps at bay. Also, while you're at it, keep your hair off of your back whenever possible. The oils from your conditioner (and styling products) can suffocate your skin and cause breakouts.
That dreaded rubbing between your thighs is especially stressful during warmer months. Ease the bare-leg friction by using something that will create a barrier between your skin. (We’re partial to MegaBabe Thigh Rescue because it’s not as messy as baby powder and feels lighter than some of the other gel sticks we’ve used in the past.)
Try as you might, on some hot days you’re just..."ripe." But before you double-down on the deodorant, consider the root cause of body odor: bacteria on your skin. Keep anti-bacterial towelettes in your purse for midday funk emergencies. Then give your pits a good wipe down before adding another layer of Secret.