The 5 Best Summer Beauty Solutions

The 5 Best Summer Beauty Solutions

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.

Recommended: amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($24), Klorane Dry Shampoo With Nettle ($20); Macadamia Professional Sun & Surf Shampoo ($20), dpHUE Clarifying Shampoo ($24).

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).

  • These tips were so handy, defiantly going to use some of them. Greasy hair is the one thing I hate the most about Summer!

  • Great product suggestions for all the summer issues haha! I especially need to pick up a clarifying shampoo that’s safe for color treated hair.

  • Great post! Ive been wanting to try Coconut Oil for awhile now and I deal with those bumps ALL THE TIME. You might just be my hero! 🙂

  • I totally agree with using coconut oil to avoid razor bumps – but honestly I swear by coconut oil for just about anything! It’s a lifesaver!

    Stephanie |

  • I love highlighter on a bare face. Liquid/creams look amazing and give you that “No, this is just how I look” look. Greats tips!

  • I’m a huge fan of coconut oil all year long, and I also love the Amika and Klorane Dry Shampoos. They are always on my top five.

  • My problem would probably be shaving bumps. I had no idea I can just use coconut oil! Thanks for all the beauty tips!

  • This is a really helpful guide. My biggest problem in the summer is probably dull skin.

  • Maria Jose Abad

    Sunscreen recommendation is right up my ally. Need to try it!
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  • Katie Smith

    I almost always breakout to sunscreen! I have tired the daily moisturizer that has spf in it, 99% of the time I have to go wash my face within mins it burns me.

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    Shaving Bumps is my number one problem, I can’t do it alone! I’m going to check it out the product you prefer Thanks!

  • Christine Cox

    The heat in general just makes me break out. I don’t think it is my sunscreen but the sweat. These are all good tips!

  • Kathy

    These are all some great tips. My hair does get greasy sometimes in the summer, and I hate it. That’s the one feeling for hair that I can’t stand.

  • Laura

    the photo with the hat is amazing! xx

  • Love these summer beauty tips! Greasy hair is my worst enemy, so I’ll definitely need to take a look at the products you recommended. I agree with the highlighter too, I tend to use highlighter instead of foundation in the summer as it’s quick to apply and makes all the difference. 🙂

    Olivia x

  • Aziel Morte

    These are a great tips, My problem last summer was I have Sunscreen Breakouts.

  • Lisa Rios

    Summer is always such a fun part of the year with holidays, but the heat does cause worse health issues as I have a sensitive skin that needs lot of attention. These are some great tips and the Sunscreen could help a lot for sure!

  • Erin Kennedy

    Love the coconut oil idea for red bumps. I never heard of that or tried that before. I am going to do that next time I get out of the shower!

  • Dry Shampoo is something I will have to try. I haven’t tried it yet and one of my problem is indeed oily hair.