While summer is one of my favorite seasons to go bare faced and enjoy great weather, there is a whole set of hot weather beauty problems that mean you can’t go completely carefree. Oily hair, breakouts, and shaving bumps are only a few hot-weather bummers that can ruin even the most perfect day or vacation. Let’s dig deep into some of the most annoying summer beauty catastrophes and see how to fix them without the help of beauty pros.
The Problem: Greasy Hair
The Solution: My hair is oily and it gets even worse in the summer, so I can’t imagine my life without dry shampoo. Usually, I apply the product before taking a shower in the morning and brush my hair right after (you can read more about it in this post). While I can leave dry shampoo in for a few days, what’s even more important for keeping your hair fresh is using a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to remove product build-up and refresh your scalp. I already mentioned my favorite shampoo scrub in my July Beauty Favorites post, and I’ll just remind you that it’s a must for people struggling with greasy hair.
The Problem: Sunscreen Breakouts
The Solution: My skin breaks out more often in the summer and I believe that part of the problem is that I use more sunscreen products in the summer than usual. What I recently started doing to keep my skin clearer is using at-home glycolic acid pads. I noticed that with all the skincare and makeup products that I use regularly, these easy-to-use pads improve my skin texture and keep my skin breakout-free. While I’m not a dermatologist who can tell you that glycolic acid will necessarily work for you (check it out with your dermatologist first), it’s one of the products I’ve been obsessed with lately.
Recommended: Bliss That’s Incredi-peel Spa-Strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads ($41.65), Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel ($88).
The Problem: Shaving Bumps
The Solution: Summer shaving is the worst if you use a traditional shaving cream. In my experience, the best shaving solution is nothing you can find at a beauty store, but rather at a supermarket. It might sound a bit inconvenient and gross, but my favorite shaving cream is… coconut oil. I apply a small amount on my skin after taking a warm shower and remove the residue with a bath towel. The best thing about this technique is that you don’t need to apply a moisturizer afterward—your skin will be hydrated from shaving with oil.
Recommended: Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($8.99).
The Problem: Forgotten SPF
The Solution: I’m all about protecting my face from the sun (age spots in your 30s teach you about the importance of SPF in a second), but sometimes when I’m in the city I don’t remember to apply SPF on my legs and arms. What I started doing this season to trick myself into using sunscreen all over my body is using a body lotion that contains SPF. It’s as simple as that, but it really works!
Recommended: Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Body Lotion SPF 15 ($12.59), Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Daily Shade Lotion SPF 15 ($19.96).
The Problem: Bare Skin is Too Dull
The Solution: I’m not a fan of wearing a liquid foundation or even a concealer on vacation, but there’s one product I always apply when I’m heading to the beach—it’s a highlighter. In my opinion, there’s no other beauty tool that instantly makes your skin glowy and healthy-looking. The best part about this product is that it looks great on people of all skin types (as opposed to bronzer, which never works for my pale skin). Apply just a few dots of liquid highlighter on the top points of your cheekbones and under your brows and here comes your elevated bare skin look.
Recommended: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Golden Opal Pearl ($41), Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter ($30), Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer 01 Stardust ($14).