Quick fixes for summer beauty problems
By Carla Snuggs
Days of fun in the sun, heat, humidity and chlorine can do a number on our skin and hair, leaving us with sunburns, chapped lips, oily skin or even the dreaded green, crunchy hair. But there's no need to stay indoors when faced with summer beauty problems. Here are some quick (and easy) solutions to treat common summer concerns, and keep you looking gorgeous all season long.
So it's summer and...
You Got a Sunburn
Ever fallen asleep and woken up lobster red? To soothe red, hot skin, opt for the actual aloe vera house plant itself vs. your generic shelf brand of aloe. The household plant has been used since antiquity to treat skin issues. Remove a few leaves and slice them in half, then rub the liquid side directly onto the burn in a gentle motion. For when you begin to peel, exfoliate once a week with a soft scrub and moisturize after ever shower.
Your Hair is Dry and Brittle
Salty water, chlorine and sun can leave tresses dry as the Sahara desert. Incorporating a soap and alkali-free shampoo into your daily regimen can help to stabilize hair structure, as well as treat sensitive and delicate scalp conditions. Sebamed Scalp Activating Shampoo is a pH balanced wash that naturally supports scalp circulation - which is essential for hair growth and thicker-looking hair. (14.99, SebamedUSA.com)
You Have an Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hairs are something we all face (especially around the bikini line!). For a quick 5-second solution, use a gentle exfoliating treatment like Uni K Wax Ingrown Hair Roll-on. Exfoliating once a week with a shower scrub can also help to further prevent new ones. ($22.00, UniKWax.com)
You've Got Chapped, Peeling Lips
As summers dry conditions evaporate the moisture from the body, lips are often left dry and dehydrated. Apply jane iredale Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper duo for soft, beautiful and oh-so-kissable lips in no time. Its organic brown sugar gently removes dull, dry skin while the tinted lip plump with shea butter moistens and plumps lips. ($25, janeiredale.com)
Your Skin's Breaking Out
Face acne (or bacne!) is never cute, but often exacerbated by sweat during the warmer months. Calm existing breakouts with soap-free cleanser that provides a gentle, deep cleansing of the pores while regulating oil production and preventing new pimples like Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar. ($8.99, SebamedUSA.com)
How do you handle summer's beauty problems? Leave your comments below!