Summer is only less than a month away, so now is the perfect time to start tweaking your beauty and hair routine! Check out these quick summer dos and don’ts after the jump!
DO Get Glowing—Safely
We love a good faux tan, but it won’t protect you from sunburn. To keep sunscreen from smearing your self-tan, “look for oil-free blocks that absorb easily; the less rubbing you do the better,” advises Sophie Evans, the St. Tropez skin-finishing expert who bronzes the likes of Kate Moss. At night, touch up any color lost during the day with a gradual tanner.
DON’T Freak Out About Cellulite
Truth is, no number of squats will completely erase cellulite (damned genetics), but you can reduce its appearance. Vigorously massage your thighs, stomach or upper arms for 20 minutes twice a week leading up to beach day; use a grape-seed scrub to boost circulation. Then layer on a skin-plumping firming cream right after for a lasting shrink-wrap effect.
DO Try a Hair Primer
Your hair can’t get sunburned, but the sun can still damage your color and dry out your strands. Before styling—damp or dry—spritz on a primer and rake through hair. It helps hydrate and repair, in addition to adding softness and shine. The best part about these sprays? They work alone or with all your other hair products.
DON’T Forget To Scale Back Your Makeup
If you’re going to a pool or beach, makeup artist Christy Coleman recommends trimming your routine to five products, applied 30 minutes after sunscreen (if your skin’s still shiny, blot with a tissue): sheer foundation, cream blush, luminizer for cheekbones and eyelids, an eyelash curler (“not mascara—raccoon eyes aren’t pretty!”) and a tinted SPF lip balm like the universally flattering Fresh Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15. Leave high-shine glosses at home—they can actually magnify UV rays, damaging delicate lip skin. [via Lipstick]
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