June 18, 2015

The beauty talk: heat defense.

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Hot and sunny summer weather brings out numerous of beauty and make up challenges - frizzy hair, sunburned skin, clogged pores, melting make up and bubbling nail polish tend to be quite nerve-racking, right? That's why I thought of sharing my favorite beauty tips for summer; quick and easy treatments and multi-tasking products will help you deal with high temperatures, both on the sandy beaches and the burning city pavements!

1. If you want to look good on the outside you have to take care of what you put inside, so the healthy balanced diet is always on top of my list of beauty tips.  During summer, it is all about cutting the intake of salty foods and refined carbs - this kind of diet will help you reduce the water retention, leave you looking less bloated and actually provide you more energy.
Extra tip: Fruits and vegetables with high water content (raspberries, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, zuchini, broccoli) contain minimal calories; but since they are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers they will hydrate your body and make you feel full for a longer time period.

2. We all know we should drink eight glasses of water of each day, but don't hesitate to have an extra glass or two now. You will not find the better natural detoxifier, the mood booster or the skin moisturizer! But if you are having trouble forcing yourself to drink water, try infusing it with flavors and nutrients of different fruits and vegetables. You will have a perfect summer beverage - tasty and refreshing, with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. 
Extra tip: Why not prepare some water flavoring in advance? Again, mix and match different fruits, vegetables and herbs with clean water and pour them into the ice cube treys. Then simply toss them into your glass of water whenever you are feeling thirsty! I love the refreshing combo of frozen lemon juice and mint, but cannot wait to try these as well!

3. Exfoliation promotes the healthy cell regeneration, it gets rid of rough dry patches and helps you achieve the radiant skin. And it also helps you get a nice even tan - whether you are hitting the beach or just using the tan-developer products, it is the perfect way to prep your skin.
Extra tip: Your skin will love a rich hydrating body scrub once or twice a week, but it wouldn't mind a loofah or an exfoliating mitt in the shower either.

4. Take some extra care of your feet too -  after all, they need to look their best in all these trendy gladiator sandals and lace up shoes!
Extra tip: After your pedi, apply butter or oil and put on the socks. There is no better way to trap the moisture into your feet.

Garnier Oil Infused Nourishing Scrub  /  Caudalie Crush Cabernet Scrub  /   Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator

5.  Skin goes through the process of building up dead cell residue and trapping up the oil flow underneath it -  and now it will bring you more problems than ever! To avoid getting clogged pores and breakouts, you need to make a face scrub and a mud based mask a frequent part of your skincare routine.
Extra tip: Speaking of pores, skin-icing (wrapping the ice cubes in a towel and rubbing them on the skin) will help both reducing the pores and calming the redness. Kate Moss approved.

6. Summer tan helps us evening out our skin and hiding all the imperfections. But if you are too impatient to wait for your vacation, the tanning lotions, mousses and gels will do it to you instead of the sun. Easy and relatively inexpensive, a subtle bronze from the bottle is a great confidence booster when it comes to breaking out the short dresses or the bikinis.
Extra tip: A golden glow can make your body look more toned, especially when applied to specific areas (on the biceps, the inner thighs, between the bust).

7.  The best way to prevent tan streaks is to shave the legs and exfoliate the night before using the self tanner, as well as applying a tiny amount of lotion on the dry areas (knuckles, knees). Extra tip: Use lemon juice mixed with baking soda for quick fixes.

    Bourjois Sun Illusion Bronzer   /  Nuxe Gold Shimmer Huile Prodigieuse  /  Guerlain Terracota Sun Serum 

8. When it comes to your complexion, be extra careful because the tanned skin tends to age you. Rather rely on the bronzers to achieve the warm golden glow and make sure to control the amount of product.
Extra tip: Lightly dust the bronzer over the cheeks if you want your skin to get an overall warmth. And if you want to look like you've spent all day in the sun, apply the bronzer with a brush where the sun would naturally hit you - cheekbones, nose, center of your forehead and the chin.

9. Facial mists are such a multitasking products, working perfectly as a toner, serum, midday refresher, make up setter and a travel companion. Basic water is always a great option, but there are numerous options of sprays infused with vitamins, minerals or calming ingredients. My favorites: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Avene (especially in case you get sunburned) and Evian.
Extra tip: Keep the facial mists in the refrigerator: they will feel refreshingly cold on your skin and help you calm facial redness.

10. Less is more - keep your summer make up routine as minimal as possible. Switch your foundations for tinted moisturizers and BB creams, as they are super light and will leave your skin looking dewy without looking oily. Also replace your powders with creams - cream based products will stand up to sweat better than powder ones. Try making the most of the single products: mix the highlighter with the BB cream to additionally even out and brighten your skin; use the cream eyeshadow as a blusher and vice versa.

Garnier Miracle Skin & Eye Cream  /   Benefit Cosmetics Benetint    /   NARS The Multiple

11. Primers and setting sprays should now be your most reliable make up products! They will both help you lock everything in place ans give your make up a little more insurance. Extra tip: Opt for silicone based primer as it doesn't melt when mixed with sweat, water and humidity. Always let it absorb and set for 2 minutes before proceeding with your make up.

12. Avoid powdering your face to hide sweat - carry oil-blotting sheets to keep pores from clogging.

13. Lipstick can look heavy, so switch it for a lip liner and gloss instead.

14. Standard mascaras and eyeliners don't hold up well in high heat/humidity situations either, so replace them with waterproof formulas.
Extra tip: Skip applying mascara on the bottom eyelashes to avoid the racoon effect.

15. Bright nail polishes look amazing next to the tanned skin, but the nail polish itself doesn't look amazing at all once the heat starts to react with its ingredients and leave it bubbly. So make sure to keep it in the refrigerator too!

16. Get your hair in good shape and condition - opt for a shorter hairdo (long bob has never look this good) or at least get rid of any damaged hair and split.

17. Take advantage of the warm air and humidity: do not blow dry it and let it dry out on its own. True, it will bring out the natural wave but it will most likely bring the frizz too. And if your hair is prone to frizz then arm yourself with the products that will enhance the curl and help combat the excess moisture in the air; from shampoos and conditioners, to oils and serums.
Extra tip: Spray a toothbrush with your favorite anti-frizz product  and smooth away.

18. If you don't want to give up blow drying and styling, you probably won't be able to escape the sweating. So apply the powder deodorant to the back of your neck about 10 minutes before blow drying your hair. It will have the same antiperspirant effect on your neck as it does under your arms.
Extra tip: The same trick with swiping the deodorant can be applied whenever you are leaving the house and don't want the humidity mess up your styling.

19. Sun will have a natural brightening and highlighting effect on your hair, and you can accentuate it even more by using some simple lemon or tea based recipes. But if keeping you hair color is your priority, make sure to generously spray SPF leave in conditioner before heading out.

20. And if your hair just doesn't respond to any of the tips above and if you are not the "messy hair don't care" type of person, simply hide it under a hat or tie it up in a summery scarf. Couldn't think of a more practical and more stylish solution!

How do you deal with summer heat and humidity? Hope you will find my tips useful and hope to share yours in the comment section below! 


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