Even though we’re looking at the final stretch of summer, things are still heating up in August. Many U.S. cities face daily temperatures in the 90s. And we know sweat can put a damper on our beauty routine! To beat the heat, try these five simple tips for melt-proofing your look and keeping it natural.
Tie conditioned hair in a chic bun. Hair takes a beating in the sun, chlorine, and salt water and loses its moisture, color, and shine. Protect against this damage by spritzing leave-in conditioner on your strands and securing it in a simple bun before heading outside. When you let your hair down, you’ll have soft beachy waves for the evening.
Bonus: Add a pinch of baking soda to your shampoo (look for natural options without sulfates or parabens) to create a homemade clarifier that de-gunks your hair of summer pollution.
Prime your skin. Heat, humidity, and water can wash away your liquid or powder foundation. Avoid this makeup meltdown by investing in a primer that keeps everything from wearing off by the time you step outside. And, if you’re worried about oily skin, look for one with mattifying power. In The Honest Life, Jessica recommends primers by Korres. She adds, “[Y]ou’ll break out less because it prevents everything else from gunking up your pores.”
Bonus: If you prefer to skip the summer foundation, make your own tinted moisturizer with SPF by mixing a pea-sized blob of your natural sunscreen with an equal amount of your makeup base. Jessica and Christopher recommend ones from 100% Pure, Juice Beauty, and Dr. Hauschka. (Check out Healthy Child Healthy World for more natural beauty options.)
Maintain that dewy glow. Exfoliate every other day to remove the dead skin cells that build up over summer. You can make your own natural face and body scrubs by mixing organic cane sugar or baking soda with Honest’s Face + Body Lotion or Body Oil. Next, give your gams a sun-kissed look by mixing a mineral-based bronzer like Jane Iredale’s 24-Karat Gold Dust with natural body lotion before applying it to your legs for a safe, healthy glow.
Pucker up to SPF. Pretty punch-colored lipsticks and glosses are a staple in our summer makeup bag, but they often lack the UV protection our sensitive lips need. To fight against dryness, sunspots, and wrinkles, layer SPF under your lip color. By applying natural sunscreen first you’ll create a protective barrier for your lips.
Chill Out. Stash a travel pack of wipes in the fridge and toss them in your beach bag or purse for an afternoon refresher. Wipe your forehead after wearing a hat for quick, moisturizing cleansing. And soothe your sun-exposed face with chamomile and cucumber to promote healthy skin.
What are you natural beauty tips for summer?