Summer Beauty: Hot Weather Hacks Every Girl Should Know

hotweatherSummer is all about fun on the beach and enjoying the gorgeous weather with friends. While it’s my favorite season for obvious reasons, there are some aspects of the hot weather that can really put a damper on our beauty routines. Whether it’s your blowout getting frizzy in all of two minutes or your nail polish bubbling up because of the heat, summer brings about a few challenges. Luckily, I’ve got some crazy – but effective –  hot weather beauty hacks that make surviving the summer easy.

#1. Sprinkle Baby Powder over your skin after the beach and sand will wipe right off.
The same way that baby powder can act as a dry shampoo (in a pinch) to absorb excess oil, it works wonders at the beach. Once you’ve got your fill of sun and sand for the day, sprinkle baby powder on your feet, legs, and anywhere else where you’ve got sand stuck to you. The powder will absorb the moisture on your skin from sweat and salt water (which is what makes the sand stick to you) and you’ll be able to wipe all of the sand off immediately. High five for a sand-free trip home!

#2. Mix a paste of Baking Soda and water to remove any self-tanner mistakes.
The safest way to tan is to avoid the sun altogether, but using self-tanner means that sometimes there will be mistakes. To remove any streaky or overly orange patches on your skin, mix together baking soda and a bit of water to create a paste. Use the mixture to gently exfoliate your skin where you need to even out the tanner and you’ll be set!

#3. Apply deodorant to the back of your neck before blow drying hair to avoid sweating.

Besides frizz, the worst part of heat styling your hair during the summer is sweating while you’re styling. We all know the struggle of blow drying our hair, and essentially needing another shower once we’re done because of sweat. Avoid all of this with a simple hack: Apply a powder (not gel) deodorant to the back of your neck about 10 minutes before blow drying your hair. It’ll have the same antiperspirant effect on your neck as it does under your arms.
#4. Use Dry Shampoo at night to absorb excess oil & sweat by morning.
Dry shampoo is a girl’s best friend year-round, but during the summer, it’s actually better when you don’t apply it in the morning. Spritz your roots with dry shampoo at night to let the product absorb oil (and perspiration) throughout the night. Giving dry shampoo a bit of time to work its magic will give you much better results.

#5. Freeze Aloe Vera gel in ice cube trays to treat sunburns.
Much as we try to prevent sunburn, there are just some days when we miss a spot while putting on sunscreen or we forget to reapply during a day outside. Aloe vera is one of the best ways to soothe burned skin, but chilled aloe vera is even better. Fill up an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and keep it in your freezer all summer, then pop out a cube or two when you need some extra relief.

#6. Squeeze Lemon Juice onto sweat stains before laundering to remove the stain completely.
Sometimes, even if you’re using clinical strength products, you wind up with stains under your arms on your favorite shirts. If you’re out of spot remover, squeeze lemon juice onto the stains before tossing into the laundry. The acidity of the lemon will lift the sweat stains right out of your shirts.

#7. Keep Nail Polish in the fridge to avoid bubbles while painting your nails.
DIY manicure mavens know that nothing ruins all your hard work like bubbles in your polish. During the summer, the heat can react with the ingredients in nail polish to make it thicker and a bit globby. Store your nail polish in the fridge, keeping it cool and thus getting a much smoother paint job when you do a manicure. If you can’t fit your entire collection in the fridge (because really, who could?) just put the colors you’ll be using, your base and top coat in the fridge for about an hour before you paint your nails for the same effect.

#8. Coat your razor in Olive Oil between shaves to keep it from rusting.
Besides being dull, rust on razors is one of the quickest ways to get nicks while you’re shaving — not to mention infections. Keep your razor alive for longer by storing it outside of the shower, and coat the blades in olive oil between uses to protect the metal from rusting.

#9. Use chilled Chamomile tea bags along your bikini line to soothe bumps & rashes.
Bikini line rash happens to just about everyone, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer. Steep a few bags of chamomile tea in hot water, then let them cool for about 15-20 minutes in the freezer. Lay the tea bags along your bikini line where you see a rash and let the calming effects of the herbs do their job.

#10. Rub Dryer Sheets on your clothes and keep one in your pockets to repel bugs.
Spending a ton of time outside this summer? Chances are, you’re in a buggy area, which means you’ll need some serious repellent to avoid being eaten alive. To repel bugs, rub dryer sheets all over your clothes (and even your legs), then keep one or two in your back pocket or tucked into your shorts. The scent will repel bugs without needing to spray yourself with bug repellent every few minutes.

Do you have any hot weather life or beauty hacks that you’ve accidentally discovered, or have been passed down to you by your family? Share the wisdom in the comments!

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