the modern belle's guide to summer beauty

10 beauty musts to get you through the summer

Well Hello Summer! I must say I was awaiting this season as “Spring” was a major disappointment. Now that summer is here it’s time for BBQ’s, festivals, relaxing beach days, rooftop parties, or just catching up with friends. You’ll have to update your beauty regime to accommodate for the heat and humidity to ensure you look great throughout the season. So say bye to layering, coats, and heavy foundation; here are our 10 summer beauty essentials.

 

1. Hydrate - Good ol' H2O

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Photo by Kaizen Nguy on Unsplash

Make sure you  keep hydrated during the summer, especially since the majority of activities we enjoy most this season are outdoors in the sun. A lack of water will not only make you feel fatigues, it will affect the look and feel of your skin and hair. Also, be careful when sipping your cocktails in the sun, because alcohol will dehydrate you too. Drinking water in between those adult beverages is a general must, but try to drink about eight glasses of water a day.

Tip: Add your favorite fruits, herbs and even teas to your cold water for a refreshing flavor!

2. Use Deodorant

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Photo by Hans Vivek on Unsplash

This tip may seem like a no-brainer; apply DEODORANT daily. We know that deodorant is an absolute MUST all the times, but it is even more so during these hot months.  No matter your preferences, there is a deodorant out there for everyone.  For those with more sensitive skin, try an all natural deodorant soap bar.  But no matter what do, opt for more subtle and fresh scents during this warm season.

Fun Fact: Deodorant can also be used to prevent thigh chaffing in women, and protect your feet when wearing sandals. 

3. Use Sunscreen

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Photo by Kori Nori on Unsplash

Sunscreen is a must and for the record, all complexions should apply. We are all aware of the dangers of sun exposure, so we won’t go into that here. Protect yourself from the sun by applying sunscreen every single day, even if it does look a bit overcast outside. Using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 (which blocks 97% of UVB rays) will help prevent sunburn if you plan on vacationing or being in the sun for long periods of time.

4. Protective Hair Styles

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Photo by Hannah Grace on Unsplash

Summer is a harsh season on skin and hair, these styles keep ends protected, keeps hair out your face, and aids in preventing excessive drying.

  • Braids
  • Sew-in Weaves

  • Crochet

  • Bantu Knot/Two strand twist out

  • Ponytails/Bun (try going band-less for even more protection)

  • Locs

  • Rod set

Fun Fact: A few of the styles listed above are a two-for-one, e.g. bantu knots and twists can be undone and worn curly when you're bored with the first style.

5. Keep Your Hair Clean and Protected

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Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

Again, because the summer can be brutal on hair, especially those who already tend to be on the drier side, it’s best to be proactive when trying to protect it.  If you know it’s a day that you’ll be in the sun for an extended period of time, wear a hat.  With all of the different styles (wide brim, fedora, baseball, bucket, church, etc.), there's no reason to go without one - they even have satin-lined hats for added protection.  And make sure you are washing or co-washing pretty regularly due to everything from extra sweating to swimming with chlorine and other chemicals. 

Tip: Try to deep condition hair at least once every two weeks to replace the moisture that the sun sucks out.

6. Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize

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Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

It's almost second nature to remember to moisturize during the colder months as our skin is noticeably dryer; however, it's just as important in the warmer months as well (and no, swimming doesn't count).  Depending on your skin type, select something that is light weight and specific to your skin's needs.

7. Lip Balm

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Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

A definite must is a lip balm to prevent lips from drying out……( you can also get lip balm that has SPF properties). You want to make sure you lips stay supple, now pucker up!

8. Lightweight + Waterproof Makeup

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Photo by Freestocks Org on Unsplash

I don’t know about you but between the heat, my allergies and humidity, my makeup doesn’t stand much of a chance of staying put in the summer.  But for the gals that still want the coverage, it may be time for you to switch to waterproof versions of your eyeliners and mascaras.  Also, try to find a lightweight foundation that has low transfer-ability and matches your summer skin tone. Waterproof makeup may cost a little bit more, but it’s worth it if it stops your makeup smudging and running on hot days.

9. Waxing

Photo by Marvin Meyer

Photo by Marvin Meyer

Yes, you read correctly, and yes... we mean there too.  Body hair can be such an annoyance, but waxing provides such an easy fix to this problem.  After being introduced to waxing, this is a go to for me. I mean how many times have been in a crunch for time when you remembered you didn’t shave? Between the more revealing summer attire and whimsical summer night, waxing can provide some peace of mind (and some extra exfoliation too). 

10. Get into this Glow, Honey!

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Photo by Terricks Noah on Unsplash

Blame it on the sun again... but during the summer our skin tends to dry and, even with moisturizers, can appear dull. Pick up an exfoliating body wash or scrub and try using weekly.  This is a great way to get rid of the dead skin that tends to build up more in the summer.  Also, try your hand in some of the latest bronzers to “...let your soooooouuuuul Glow”

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