The long cold days of winter are now over, and pretty soon the summer heat will be here in earnest. Those wonderful summer days offer lots of fun and excitement, but the heat also presents its fair share of beauty challenges.
If you want to look your best when the summer heat arrives, now is the time to get ready. Here are six summer beauty challenges and six summer beauty hacks to overcome them. There is not much you can do about the summer heat, but you can stop the sweat and dry air from wrecking your complexion.
Humidity levels drop when the air heats up, and that low humidity can wreak havoc with your skin. Dry skin is a common side effect of summer heat, excess sun exposure and dehydration, but there are ways to fight back.
You should avoid alcohol-based moisturizers in the summer – these could dry out your skin even more. Stick to silk or cotton clothing for better comfort and to avoid skin damage, and look for spices and lotions that hydrate your skin and fight the moisture loss of summer weather.
Spending too much time in the sun can cause dark spots on your skin, so limit your sun exposure, wear sunscreen and keep a sunhat nearby when you are heading outside. You can also use vitamin E oil to soothe your skin and keep those dark sunspots at bay.
You can also fight summer sunspots with other skincare products, but you will need to shop around carefully. Some of those sunspot preventers can be quite expensive, so try vitamin E oil first to see if this simple solution gives you the relief you seek.
Heat rashes are all too common in the summertime, so look for the early warning signs. If your skin is red and itchy, it is time to cut your sun exposure short and spend some time indoors.
Your heat rash will be further aggravated by sweat, so limit your activity during the hottest part of the day and take frequent breaks. You can soothe the pain and redness of your heat rash with moisturizer from the fridge – the coldness with make your skin feel better. You can also soothe your skin during the day with a hydrating mist – just carry a small spray bottle and spray your skin with cool water.
A sunburn can be painful, and also dangerous. Too much sun exposure can predispose you to skin cancer, including melanoma, so limit the amount of time you spend outside in the summer heat.
If you do suffer a sunburn, treat it promptly by making a cold compress. Covering a washcloth with witch hazel and applying it to your skin can soothe the pain of a severe sunburn. Just put the compress in the freezer, apply a healing oil containing aloe vera, and then place the witch hazel soaked washcloth directly on your skin.
Insects are extra active in warm weather, and some of them pack a painful bite (or sting). For itching bug bites, apply an ice cube directly to the affected area – the cold will break the itch/scratch cycle and allow your skin to heal.
Over-the-counter cortisone cream can also ease the pain of a bug bite, so stock up and keep a tube with you. Aloe Vera is also effective for bug bites, so keep this simple remedy close by.
You will need to shave carefully in summer, but the heat can make razor burn more likely. The risk of razor burn is even worse for sensitive areas like the bikini line, so it pays to be prepared.
You can reduce the risk of razor burn by shaving carefully. If you do suffer a painful razor burn, treat it promptly with a quality skincare product. Soothing aloe works well, as do medicated creams designed specifically for shaving.
The summer season should be a time of fun, not pain. If you want to enjoy the warm weather, you need to be prepared for the dangers hot weather and sun exposure can bring. From bug bites to razor burn, from sunburn to dry skin, the summer season poses a number of challenges. Being prepared for those challenges will allow you to get the most out of the summer season while keeping your skin well protected.