Tips To Keep You Looking Your Best In Hot Weather!
Susie Galvez, spa owner and author of Hello Beautiful: 365 Ways To Be Even More Beautiful gives you some hot summer tips for looking your best.Hot times
To refresh fast, cleanse off old weather-worn makeup with a cooled cleanser, continue by applying toner with a cotton ball to all areas of the face as well as the back of the neck and d�collet� area to revive and freshen up. Finish by applying a dab of cooled moisturizer, or if you are planning on going out, a tinted moisturizer will add life without a lot of coverage -- perfect for the warm summer evenings.
To get rid of dry, cracked, over baked lips, try putting a bit of petroleum jelly on the lips and rub with a soft bristle toothbrush, dedicated just for this purpose. Open a vitamin E capsule and apply over the top of the freshly exfoliated lips. For any vitamin E leftovers, gently rub into your fingernail cuticles to rehyrdrate them as well. Keep lips hydrated by always keeping them covered either with lipstick or protective balm.
Take a sea cure
A sudden break out? Fix it fast with 4 ounces of warm water and one teaspoon of sea salt. Mix well. Dip a cotton pad in the solution and apply to the area. Keep the pad in place for 2-3 minutes. Repeat with a new cotton ball. Leave longer if desired. Pat dry. For larger areas such as backs, soak a hand towel in the solution and apply to back area for 10 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
Rinsing hair with champagne brings out blonde highlights. Conditioning the hair with beer adds sheen to your tresses. So the next time you indulge, save a little summer "cheer" for your hair.
If summer plans call for an ocean dip, before you go, braid your hair in two or more braids. Swim and have fun. As you walk along the shore, allow the sea breeze to dry your hair. After drying, take out the braids and run your fingers in the wonderful waves Mother Nature shared with you on your day at the beach -- easy, breezy, wavy, wonderful summer hair!
A walk along a sandy beach is a great way to strengthen and tone legs. Running in and out of the waves is also good for the feet, as the salt water has marine extracts and minerals that help soothe and smooth the skin. Take off your shoes, and your cares, and start strolling.
Sands of time
To escape to the beach anytime -- if only in your mind -- enjoy the foot print exfoliation treatment. Mix � cup of sand (if you are far from the beach, craft and pet stores carry it), one tablespoon of sea salt, and � cup of olive oil in a bowl. Gently massage feet and legs with the mixture over a big basin. Rinse feet in slightly cool water to remove any excess. Pat dry and feel how smooth. Perfect for summer sandals!
Instead of water to moisten wet/dry foundation, spritz a little oil free toner on the sponge to moisten before applying color. You will get the slip you need to spread the foundation smoothly, as well as a little extra skincare treatment to boot. Oil free toner can also be used to remoisten a slightly dry water based formula. Mix a few drops of toner with your foundation before applying.
And the winner for this summer season is a mauvy brown lip color. This lip color works well on most everyone so it is perfect as a handbag and beach bag staple. In a pinch, you can use it as a blush and as a soft eye shadow in an emergency. The best pick is a medium shade that is neither too brown nor too mauve for the most universal results. Remember the goal is for compliments like "wow, you look beautiful!" Not "I love your lipstick!"
Fishing for compliments
Rather than an expensive train case to keep your makeup in one place, do as the pros do and keep makeup organized with a fishing tackle box. Summer is the perfect time to find all sorts of kinds to choose from. Boxes come with a carrying handle, top and bottom compartments with lots of small storage trays, perfect for keeping colors together. There is room for tissues, cotton swabs and balls, as well as skin care products. Plastic is the material of choice, as it is easy to wipe down if something spills, plus it will not rust like the metal ones, and it is lighter to carry -- even when it loaded with your entire beauty stash.
When life gives you lemons take a soothing lemon soak
Slice a lemon into thin slices, sprinkle over a tub of warm water and immerse yourself in the wonderful aroma. Lemons contain citric acid, which is an excellent dead skin remover. The juice aids in gently cleansing and the oil form the lemon peel softly hydrates. This is an excellent cure for sunburned skin.
Turn down the heat
If hot weather makes you overly moist, try adding a bit of baking soda to your body powder before applying. Baking soda will absorb any excess moisture as well as odor. If your underarms have a tendency to stain garments, put a little baking soda over the deodorant to set and protect the garment.
To show off toned, and self-tanned legs, use a body moisturizer that contains shimmering ingredients, such as gold or bronze flecks. Sun tanning places often carry these products for their clients to show off their tan -- now you can show off too, without the sun damage. A quick at home version is to mix a bit of hair shine serum with a little bit of shimmery face powder and rub onto legs.