Keep your cool.
Frizzy hair, peeling skin, stubborn sweat stains ... clearly whoever coined the phrase "fun in the sun" didn’t have to look polished on a 95-degree day. Who among us hasn’t experienced the sometimes embarrassing effects of exposure to summer’s triple threat of heat, humidity, and harsh sunlight? (Talk about a hot mess.)
Fortunately, there's a growing array of tools to add to your arsenal. And you don't need to troll those expensive department store makeup counters to find them. These 10 products will help you stay cool, composed and on budget. The season’s looking better already (and so are you).
The Problem: Your face is so oily you could toss a salad with it. (Um, not that we recommend that.)
Solution: Paul & Joe’s Blotting Papers, $5.
No matter the season, some of us just produce more oil than others, particularly on the forehead, nose and chin. But summer can be particularly harsh. Instead of adding product (foundation or pressed powder) to cover it up, which might make the problem worse, take the oil away with blotting sheets like Paul & Joe's Blotting Papers. These single-use tissues delicately soak up excess oil and dirt on your complexion while leaving a nice matte finish. The big selling point: They won't disturb your makeup; they'll just lift off the unwanted shine. A little dab'll do ya.
The Problem: Your hair is limp and lifeless.
Solution: Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray, $39 for full size or $19.50 for purse size.
More nourishing than a dry shampoo, this invisible spray adds body and movable texture to clean and not-so-clean locks without leaving any flaky residue. Give a few spritzes to the roots on dry hair and you will instantly have volume and shine. It's ideal for short, layered hairstyles that need a lift and body, but can make longer hair look better, too, by adding movement and subtle texture. The bonus? Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray is completely buildable, so you can add more if you need to throughout the day or evening without risking shine or manageability.
The Problem: How to protect your lips when you’re in and out of the water all day.
Solution: EOS Lemon Drop Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, $3.29.
This new, naturally flavored lip balm not only moisturizes your lips with shea butter, jojoba oil and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, but it has PABA-free broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. It's also formulated to be water resistant for 80 minutes, so it stays on longer. And it's gluten-free (for those celiac sufferers who may be tempted to lick it off).
The Problem: Keeping your feet looking sandal-ready all summer long--without costly trips to the nail salon.
Solution: The Emoji Micro-pedi Precision Kit, $39.95.
Optional: Micro-pedi precision cone kit, $19.95 and micro-pedi manicure kit, $19.95. All the things you love about getting a professional pedicure can be done with this easy-to-use tool at home for the cost of one spa pedicure. Fitted with a roller that spins 30 times per second, the ergonomically-designed cone attachments, will remove all unwanted dry or dead skin from your feet and toes.
The small narrow shape of the cone allows you to get in between toes and focus on small areas, which can be hard, and sometimes painful, to manage with emery boards or scrapers. Your feet will be smooth and free of rough skin that typically appears from all the abuse we put on our feet throughout the summer months. You can upgrade the system by adding the Micro-pedi manicure kit, which includes five attachments to shape, smooth and buff your toenails (and fingernails too) to perfection.
The problem: The combination of sub-zero indoor temps and simulated-oven heat outdoors is doing a number on your skin.
Solution: Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Sure Gel, $38.
Moisturizing your epidermis during the balmy summer months can be a challenge, particularly if you're prone to oily, shiny skin. Dr. Jart's oil-free gel hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid that binds moisture to the skin for a solid 24 hours and holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It's not cheap, but you'll only need to use a little bit at a time to cover your whole face. Other ingredients strengthen the skin's outer barrier and provide protection from the elements. Its quick absorbency and lack of parabens, mineral oil and artificial fragrances are also good for hypersensitive and oil-prone complexions.
The problem: You need a lightweight summer lipstick that won’t melt off.
Photo caption: From left to right: Electric Pink, Tangerine Dream, Rave Red, Party Pink
Solution: Stila After Glow Lip Color, $18.
Known for their user-friendly makeup, Stila went for major, all-out color this season. Their intense lip crayons contain actual fluorescent pigments that are three times brighter than typical formulations and colors, giving them added vibrancy in the sunlight and a glow-in-the-dark look under black light. Their unique staining properties make them perfect for long, extended wear and their light, creamy texture is just enough to keep lips moisturized.
The problem: You need a foundation that won’t look caked on in bright sunlight.
Solution: Maybelline’s new Fit Me! Shine-Free Gel Stick Foundation, $8.99.
Once it’s applied, this creamy, lightweight gel-based stick delivers a beautiful, matte powder finish without looking cakey. The center of the stick contains a unique anti-shine core that absorbs oil and imparts an even, balanced look to the skin.
The problem: How to moisturize sensitive, dry skin without using heavy creams.
Solution: Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Body Lotion, $7.99.
Yes To's lotion is 98% natural, super-light and made from soothing aloe vera, cucumber and green tea, which protect your skin with cooling properties and vitamins. Jojoba oil adds a light but rich moisture that will leave your body silky smooth. It also absorbs immediately into your skin, so there's no residue that might stain your clothing.
The problem: You’re plagued by summertime bouts of back acne.
Solution: Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing brush, $225.
While the price may seem prohibitive at first, this high-quality brush should last well past the season. The new, professional-caliber cleansing brush oscillates back and forth at a sonic frequency creating a flexing action between the inner and outer brushes to give a deep, highly effective clean. The cleaner your skin is, the less likely you are to suffer breakouts and imperfections. And it includes a therapeutic body brush with an extension device ideal for cleaning those hard-to-reach spots on your back.
The problem: You want a tan, but you don’t want a sunburn--or a streaky orange glow.
Solution: Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan, $54.
The name says it all. At-home spray tans can be tricky. It’s easy to end up too light, too dark or oddly uneven. But the Phenomenal’s easy-to-apply mousse formula is non-streaking, odorless and quick drying. It also includes a time-release DHA ingredient that makes your tan last up to four times longer than other tanning products on the market and gives your skin a beautiful, natural fade. Made from 70% organic extracts and non-toxic ingredients, you won’t find any unwanted parabens, perfumes or alcohol in it either.
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