Ah, summer! Sun-kissed skin, wash-and-wear hair and a glow that comes from the inside out. It’s the time of year when most of us are our most naturally gorgeous. “But it’s also time to be extra vigilant about your skin- and hair-care regimens,” says New York City-based makeup artist Mally Roncal, founder of Mally Beauty. “Hot, humid days and lots of wind can take their toll, leaving your complexion and hair dry and damaged,” she says. To the rescue: expert-approved tips and tricks to help you outsmart the elements and look hot no matter how high the temperature rises.
HOT, SWEATY SKIN
When it’s scorching outside, it’s easy to feel like you’re wilting. Even if you take scrupulous care of the skin on your face and body, everyone can fall prey to that sweaty, oily, grimy feel at the end of a long, hot day. The not-so-pretty result? As you perspire, your makeup slides around on your face or disappears all together, your foundation and powder get cakey and you’re left feeling (and looking) fried. A tried-and-true makeup artist tip is to keep a spray bottle of water (with a few drops of essential lemon or peppermint oil mixed in) in the fridge. With one spritz, you’ll experience an immediate cooling sensation; it also has the added benefit of setting your makeup. Try it right before you leave the house or car and see how much longer your makeup lasts. There’s also a host of cooling beauty products on the market, and each offers a fast fix when you’re feeling overheated. Consider trying one with tingle-inspiring ingredients such as aloe vera, cucumber and green tea.
(a) JASON Tea Tree Therapeutic Cooling Mineral Gel ($12; jason-natural.com) quickly penetrates chapped, sunparched skin, offering instant relief.
(b) skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30; beauty.com) give the sensitive under-eye area a de-puffing and refreshing wake-up call.
(c) Liz Earle Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel ($25; lizearle.com) contains organic aloe vera and cucumber to refresh thirsty, sun-sapped skin.
(d) Shaveworks The Cool Fix ($25; sephora.com) is a gel-based cream to use after shaving that helps prevent ingrown hairs, razor burn and redness.
(e) Almay Wake-Up Hydrating Makeup ($13; drugstore.com) is a lightweight foundation that’s loaded with aloe vera, which cools skin as it provides light to medium coverage.
(f) Yes To Cucumbers Completely Cooling Body Butter ($13; drugstore.com) contains reviving cucumber, hydrating spirulina and green tea, a potent antiinflammatory.