13 tips to sweat- and frizz-proof your summer
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Your Beauty Forecast1 of 14
By Emili Visilind & Tiffany Tse
Sky-high temps—not to mention ooey-gooey humidity—can be a game changer when it comes to taking care of your hair and skin. To help, we've gathered 13 pro-approved tips to get you looking your best, no matter the weather.
Smooth Operator2 of 14
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, L.A. dermatologist Dr. Michael Lin says that "swapping your night cream for a serum or gel moisturizer during the summer months can help maintain balanced hydration without clogging pores." Try Kate Somerville's version, which is formulated with moisturizing hyaluronic acid. The ingredient "helps plump, hydrate and prevent skin from getting too greasy," explains Dr. Lin.
SHOP NOW: Kate Somerville CytoCell oil-free serum, $95, sephora.com
Powder Puff3 of 14
Instead of using compress powder, switch to loose mineral powder, which "can absorb excess oil and provide a mattifying effect," says Dr. Lin. Another tip from the dermatologist? "Whether you're using a liquid or powder foundation, begin washing your applicator brush or sponge more frequently—or at least once a week—to prevent bacteria from being transferred onto the skin."
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Take Cover4 of 14
"Sometimes less can be more when it comes to skincare," says Dr. Lin. "Instead of layering foundation on top of your moisturizer, look for an oil-free tinted moisturizer, BB, or CC cream for hydrating coverage. If you plan on going out in the sun, make sure it contains an SPF of at least 30 to prevent burns and premature photo aging." We like Tarte's version, which comes in five shades.
SHOP NOW: Tarte BB tinted treatment SPF 30, $35, sephora.com
Get Cheeky5 of 14
You sweat more in the summer, which means your powder blush will cake and look uneven as the day wears on. Trade it in for creamy cheek and lip tint, like this one by Tory Burch, which comes in a universally flattering pink hue and goes on sheer.
SHOP NOW: Tory Burch Cat's Meow lip and cheek tint, $38, nordstrom.com
Frizz Fixer6 of 14
If scorching temps turn your hair into a halo of frizz, switch your rinse-out conditioner for a leave-in version, says celebrity hairdresser Scott Cuhna, who has worked with Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus, among others. "After washing your hair, spray on conditioner from the roots to the ends," he says. His product pick: Lait Luminescence by Leonor Greyl.
SHOP NOW: Leonor Greyl Lait Luminescence, $45, nordstrom.com
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Cut With Caution7 of 14
As much as you may be tempted to chop your hair come summer, think before you lop. "Long hair is actually the best in the heat, because you can pull it up," says Cuhna. Instead, experiment with trendy, slightly mussed updos. Keep errant hairs in place with this product.
SHOP NOW: Bumble and bumble Bb. texture hair (un)dressing creme, $29, sephora.com
The Shield8 of 14
Blonde and highlighted hair is especially susceptible to sun-induced color havoc. So protect your locks with a spray-on product packing SPF, recommends Cuhna. He likes Rene Furterer Protective Summer Oil KPF 90, which features naturally protective sesame oil, combined with a UV sunscreen.
SHOP NOW: Rene Furterer Protective Summer Oil KPF 90, $24, beauty.com
Lay It On Light9 of 14
Heavy creams can clog up pores when it's hot out, says L.A. dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu. Replace thick concoctions with light lotions or—on really blistering days—a water-based serum. And be sparing with hydration: "I always tell my patients, you only need to moisturize where you feel dry in the summertime."
SHOP NOW: Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum, $20, drugstore.com
Soft Sell10 of 14
Simplify your beauty routine this summer by using a two-in-one hydrating product, suggests Cunha, who adores Leonor Greyl Huile De Magnolia—a vitamin-rich blend of botanical oils that can be used to condition and soften skin and hair.
SHOP NOW: Leonor Greyl Huile De Magnolia, $52, net-a-porter.com
A Cookie Cure11 of 14
To jumpstart skin's vitality, whip up Dr. Wu's Oatmeal Cookie Scrub: Combine 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon plain yogurt. Smooth the mixture over your face, let dry and rinse. The oats contain proteins that help dissolve oil, while the yogurt has lactic acid to help unclog pores.
Battle Breakouts12 of 14
Acne can turn into “buttne, backne and chestne” in the summer months, says Dr. Wu, so replacing your gentle shower gels with stronger formulations is a must. She recommends an exfoliating body wash that boasts salicylic acid, like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Pink Grapefruit. To add oomph to any scrub, use an exfoliating mitt, like Stark's woven agave cloth.
SHOP NOW: Stark exfoliating mitt, $15, starkwaxingstudio.com
Puff Piece13 of 14
If pollen and grasses leave your eyes puffy and red in the spring and summer months, then dunk cotton balls in soymilk, says Wu, and hold them over your eyes. "The soy proteins are very soothing" she adds, warning that heat (i.e. a warm washcloth) can only make matters worse.
Keep Your Cool14 of 14
Should you space out on reapplying sunscreen, soothe a burn with cold green tea, says Wu. "Green tea is an anti-inflammatory," she adds, "so keep a glass of it in your refrigerator in case you burn. Soak a washcloth in the tea and lay it over the burned area. Then follow with an aloe vera gel."
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