17 Jul Summer beauty dos and don’ts
For most people. summer is a time to kick back, relax and unwind—and while days at the beach can be a balm to the soul, they take a toll on your hair and skin. From dangerous UV rays to harsh chlorinated pools, there are a number of warm-weather foes waiting to undo the hard-earned results of your beauty regime.
The bottom line: Summer is a time to shift your beauty game plan. Read on for W. Daly Salon’s tips and tricks, and you’ll be sitting pretty all the way til Labor Day.
DO try tinted moisturizer
As the seasons change, so do your skin’s needs. That notorious Georgia heat and humidity mean increased sebum production (read: oiliness). With that in mind, consider using lightweight skin care products—and less of them. An oil-free moisturizer with mineral-derived SPF, such as Aveda’s Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 15, is a convenient way to combine sun protection with light coverage.
And it goes without saying that you should be wearing sunscreen all day, every day—not just on your face, and not just during summer. However, you should pay extra-close attention to your SPF applications when you know you’ll be outside a lot (hello, beach vacation). Use an ounce of full-spectrum sunscreen (that’s enough to fill a shot glass) every time you head outside. Aveda’s Daily Light Guard Defense Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF is a great everyday option, with mineral based UVA and UVB protection.
DO avoid the sun’s most intense rays
UV rays are most dangerous at mid-day—from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—so if at all possible, avoid the sun during those hours. Early morning or late afternoon light is less harsh, and (bonus!) it happens to be super-flattering. There’s a reason why photographers call the period right before and after sunset the “golden hour”—it makes everyone look like a bronzed goddess.
DON’T go outside without sun protection
What do oversized shades and wide-brimmed hats have in common, aside from being favored accessories of incognito celebs? They protect your skin from the sun and have the added benefit of looking incredibly stylish. Some parasols offer UV ratings, but studies show that even a plain black umbrella blocks more than 90 percent of UV rays. Sure, you might get some confused looks if you carry an umbrella while the sun is shining—but trendsetters always do.
DO accessorize with perfume
Dita von Teese calls perfume “a veil of beauty that enhances a woman’s glamour”—and never is that fragrant veil more welcome than during summer, when an actual veil (or scarf, or wrap, or other accessory) feels suffocating. A carefully chosen perfume has the opposite effect, uplifting your spirits and those of everyone around you. To keep things from becoming overwhelming, choose a singular-note aromatic oil, such as Aveda’s Eucalyptus Oil. With fresh menthol undertones, it invigorates the senses. It’s also incredibly refreshing when added to a cool bath.
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DON’T forget to protect your hair
Don’t let your perfect, honeyed balayage fall victim to harsh sunlight. (“Sunkissed” is a euphemism when it comes to sun exposure and colored hair—the result of exposing color to UV rays is more like sun-wrecked.) Instead, spritz on a water-resistant UV defense mist, Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. It minimizes both sun damage and dryness, plus, it smells of citrusy goodness. And remember to wet your hair in the shower before taking the plunge into the pool (dry hair soaks up more chlorine-laced water) and after you swim.
DO try a fun style that gets your hair off your neck
Those of you blessed with thick, luxuriant tresses can feel smothered by all that hair when summer rolls around. To keep yourself from having to go through the season with a sweaty neck, try a fun, edgy-but-pretty undercut. It’s versatile: you can pull hair up to show off the breezy style, or wear it down in a more conservative environment. Hair actually does grow faster during summer months, according to a study led by the National Institute of Health, so this is the ideal time to test-drive a new style. Pixie cuts, bobs and even buzz cuts are all trending styles that will keep you looking and feeling cool.
Not ready to take the plunge? Long-haired individuals can rock plaits of every type, from fishtails to braided space buns. Braids couldn’t be more au courant, and they definitely pass the sweaty-neck test.
Of course, we’ve got plenty more ideas where those came from. Pop over to our Peachtree City and Newnan locations to brainstorm your summer beauty strategy—then get back to what’s really important (chillaxing).