Summer Style Tips

Sun Damaged Hair Summer isn’t drawing to a close yet! We say August is the halfway mark and this month is known for its heat waves and severe weather that stretches into the better part of September.  As you’re relinquishing these days of the summer sun you should consider this: Have your hair, skin, and nail beds seemed a bit scruffy and dry? If so, we have a few helpful hits on how to repair your over sun-kissed self.

Sunscreen:

First and foremost, sunscreen is your skin’s lifeline in the summer months.  Consumer Report provided us with studies to find some of the best sunscreens on the market and no one brand of sunscreen protects from UVA or UVB rays better than the rest.

You should always opt for a water resistant choice with an SPF of at least 30.

Head over to any supermarket or convenience store for the gammon of sunscreen options and remember to reapply every two hours.

Revamp Your Makeup Routine:

Applying layers of foundation, cover up, bronzer and blush adds to excess sweat in the summer causing the makeup to become cakey and clog pores. Give over processed skin a chance to breathe and repair itself without the foundation routine!  Chances are, your skin is somewhat tanned, eliminating the need for any sort of bronzer or complexion evening foundation, so stick to spot treatment for blemishes and simple eye makeup.

A great pick to help keep your eye shadow and liner in place despite the makeup melting heat of the sun is Urban Decay’s Primer Potion .  It will keep your shadows vibrant and crease proof, while eliminating the chance of smudging your eyeliner.

Hats:

Women’s old-fashioned hats with a wide brim are back in style, and with so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find one that is perfect for you.  These large hats will keep your body temperature down and create some shade for your face and scalp. As for the men? Same goes for you!  You can never go wrong with an every-day baseball hat outside by the pool, at the beach or doing yard work.

Hair:

There’s no need to part with your dry, sun damaged hair in September if you’ve noticed it becoming unruly, frizzy and unmanageable.  A trim will clean up your ends, automatically giving your hair a healthier vibrant appeal.  To maintain this look, we recommend using plenty of leave in conditioners or split end treatments to protect the hair from the sun’s heat and your routine styling. Check out one of my favorite products here.

If your hair is heat and sun damaged, your best bet to restoring your mane’s usual supple healthy texture is to let it air dry.  Shine contributors, Yahoo!’s health and beauty experts agree  that a “Hands Off” approach is best for summer styling.  Blow drying or flat ironing your hair after it has just spent hours in the sun, damaged by not only the rays, but chlorine and salt as well, does not need any extra heat from your styling tools!  Create a simple summer style by using products that have a lightweight formula but still provide hold, such as Garnier Fructis Style: Wonder Waves Spray and avoid products like hairspray, which contain a high percent of alcohol further damaging your hair.

Nails:

These little gems do a lot more than simply look pretty with a coat of polish.  Sun exposure to the cuticles and nail folds will cause these areas to dry out making new nail growth brittle, ridged and weak says Discovery Health.  Apply sun screen to your finger and toenails to keep your nails strong and protected.

For other summer style and fashion tips by Emily visit here for her Guide to the Real Jersey Shore.

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