June 22, 2013

Roasted On The Sun? Party Tonight? – Here Is The Summer Beauty SOS


The days are longer, the temperature is hotter and you can finally debut your new summer wardrobe. Despite the many great things about the summer season, all that heat, humidity, sun, sea and sand can leave your appearance looking a little worse for wear. Fear not! Here are seven common summer beauty problems and their solutions:

Oily Skin
Your tan might be great but all that heat and sun lotion is leaving your skin clogged and oily. Instead of piling on more and more powder to cover the oil, remove it with an oil-absorbing sheet. You can use oil absorbing sheets throughout the day to keep the shine at bay, without having to apply more makeup or remove the makeup you’re already wearing. We like Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets:

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Sunburnt Nose The nose tends to be one of the areas most easily sunburnt as it is left more exposed to the sun and the oils there tend to break down sunscreen faster. You should make sure you wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time and apply a high-factor sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. Remember to reapply regularly too!

Melting makeup
A common mistake when makeup disintegrates in the heat is to keep apply more - this will only clog your pores and can make your face even more oily. Instead, blot up excess oil with an oil absorbing sheet, and then redistribute and blend your foundation with a makeup sponge. Wipe up any rouge eyeliner or eyeshadow marks with a cotton bud and if you really do need to re-apply your foundation, try using a small amount of tinted moisturiser. A wide range of cosmetics from Macy’s offer lightweight coverage, such as this MAC Prep and Prime Beauty Balm – the added SPF 35 will also help prevent your face getting sunburnt, like the featured one from Macy’s:

Really Bad Sunburn
It happens to the best of us, but don’t just let your sunburn sit. Take two ibuprofen to dull the pain and reduce swelling. Have a cool shower, gently pat your skin dry and then place a bag of ice (or frozen peas, whatever’s available!) to the badly burnt areas. Apply one percent hydrocortisone cream and then keep your skin hydrated with an after-sun lotion – ones containing aloe vera will be especially soothing, such as Ski:n’s Aloe Vera Gel:

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Peeling Skin So the sunburn’s gone, but now your skin is peeling off. Yeah, it’s a little gross, but the worst thing you can do it pick at it. Instead, leave the skin to shed itself and focus on keeping yourself hydrated to help the healing process. Apply an ultra-hydrating moisturiser once or twice a day and also make sure to drink plenty of water.

Streaky Self-Tan
You’ve chosen to hit the bottle instead of the sun lounger and ended up with a blotchy, streaky, orange mess – how do you sort it out? Get some fresh lemon juice, squeeze onto a loofah and scrub – this will help dissolve and blend the streak marks. Next, smooth on a body lotion that contains alpha hydroxyl acid which will keep your skin super-moisturized and increase the natural turnover of the skin cells, speeding up the fading process.

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Dry, Brittle Hair With sunlight, humidity and not to mention added problems like sea salt or sand when you’re at the beach, your hair goes through a lot in summer. To prevent it drying out and breaking, make sure you use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to keep your hair hydrated and lock in moisture.

This is a guest post by Anita. She is a beauty blogger, a fashion enthusiast, and a writer for Higherclick.com. She is currently writing on behalf of Macys.com.



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