By: Kadisha Kentish
The heat of the summer sun can be harsh on us. Spending the day outside in the sun can dry out our hair and skin, not to mention what those water activities involving salt or chlorine can do to you. But good news, there are steps you can take to prevent your body from suffering due to your summer activities.
Summer Hair Care Tips:
To prevent dried out hair, switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Wash your hair less often in the summer and instead condition more. Co-washing is your hair’s best chance of surviving the summer heat.
Reduce your use of heat. We all oppose frizz, but summer is the time to embrace it because no amount of blow drying or flat ironing can stop it. Instead, make use of anti-frizz products or products like shea butter and oils to smooth out your hair.
Make use of products that protect your hair from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Keep your hair and scalp moisturized. Make yourself a moisturizing spritz to use on your hair daily. You can combine water, your favorite oil, and/or aloe vera gel or juice. Follow this with a sealant to lock in the moisture, like shea butter or a heavy oil.
Before hitting the water, wet your hair at home and coat it in your favorite oil or conditioner to prevent your hair from absorbing chlorine or saltwater. Then, put your coated hair up in a bun. After swimming, use a clarifying shampoo, then condition and moisturize it as usual. When styling, avoid putting extra stress on your hair by doing tight styles.
Protective styles or hats can help shield your hair from the sun. But don’t think these methods mean you can abandon your hair. You still need to wash, condition, moisturize and tend to your hair.
When styling, even with a protective style of your choice, avoid constant up-dos or tight styles. Opt for simple and stress free hairstyles to prevent unnecessary tension to your hair. The goal is to minimize the manipulation of your hair.
Make use of deep conditioners between once or twice a month. Try the cool and seal method to enhance the level of moisture your hair receives. Deep condition your hair, and before you rinse it out apply a regular conditioner on top, then rinse it out with cool water. Your hair is less likely to dry out in the heat following this method.
Summer Skin Care Tips:
Take cooler showers in the summer. Hot showers will only add to the drying out of your skin after a day in the sun. A cool shower will be more helpful to your skin, and don’t forget to moisturize while your skin is still a little damp, to increase its moisture.
Make sure your skin care products protect against UV rays. Sunscreen is always helpful, but if you like to use makeup, your favorite brand should protect against UV rays as well. Even your lips need to be protected from the sun. Wearing little to no makeup is best during the summer because a heavy amount will cause you to tan unevenly. An uneven tan will result in an altered complexion that may not match the makeup you already own, which can make blending your makeup difficult to do. Eye makeup should be avoided in the heat.
Don’t forget that your scalp is skin and needs to be protected as well. You can spritz the areas of your scalp that are exposed with an SPF spray, or just simply keep it moisturized.
Exfoliation is helpful with dry skin. Exfoliate your face and body. Use a facial scrub on your face, and use a body scrub before you shower at least once or twice a month to get rid of dead skin cells. Don’t forget to moisturize your damp skin after showering to avoid your skin remaining dry.
The skin under your eyes is fragile so you should protect it with an eye cream.
Make use of facial masks, whether homemade or store bought. Putting on a facial mask is like giving your face a treat, they help restore you face and allow it to to feel refreshed.
Don’t forget to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are stylish but they also block those UV rays from harming your eyes. If you wear glasses, think about getting prescription sunglasses or a pair of glasses/contacts that protect against UV rays.