By Juliana Day
is a great time for relaxation, recreation and
renewal. If you're like most of us, you probably
take advantage of the longer days and warm weather
to enjoy extra time with family and friends.
While enjoying the hot, lazy days of summer,
keep in mind that different beauty rules apply.
Here are a few tips to keep you looking as good
as you feel:
If you spend lots of time outdoors and want
to spice up your look naturally, try combing
a little lemon juice through your hair.
The sun will lighten those strands faster
than your locks sans lemon, giving you an
attractive sun-streaked look. It's also
easier on your budget than salon highlights.
Be sure to deep condition your hair at least
once a week, especially if you swim a lot.
Hair tends to become dry, dull and brittle
if it is soaked and dried too often.
If you like to swim lengths, try spritzing
on some leave-in conditioner under your swim
cap to help ward off damage from chlorine
and salt water.
It may be hip to be tanned, and it does
tend to camouflage a multitude of imperfections,
but don't deep-fry your skin for the sake
of fashion. Your best bet is a high quality
bronzer in a bottle. The Body Shop has a
great all-natural formula. Just remember
to use a facial scrub prior to application
to slough off any dead skin cells. You may
also want to use a pair of gloves, lest
your palms turn orange!
If you spend lots of time outside, be sure
to use sunscreen with minimum SPF 15. The
cancer-preventing benefits are obvious,
but protection is also a must for those
of us who don't want to look old before
Make sure that you are adequately hydrated
- at least 8 glasses of water a day and
even more when you are outside.
If you do burn, apply Aloe Vera or lotions
containing it. This will cool and soothe
your skin and help you to heal faster. A
personal trick is to apply cream containing
zinc to my face at night. This is an effective
way of healing my burn by the morning.
Nothing is more revolting than skin full
of little red mosquito or bug bites, not
to mention the new threat of West Nile Virus,
so don't forget the bug spray. You may want
to try one of the new two-in-one sunscreen
and insect repellants.
For a quick skin boost in the sun, fill
a misting bottle with a little bit of toner
and water, and spritz your face and body
for a quick cool off. Just remember to close
your eyes so you don't risk burning them.
Take on summer with a fresh face forward -
less is best! Accentuate your glowing skin
by brushing on a light shimmering powder instead
of a heavy foundation. You don't want to appear
like you are melting under the hot sun.
Those of you who read my column know that
I'm a big advocate of the powder bronzer.
This is a great way to give yourself a pretty
glow. I like to use a matte finish on my face
and then a shimmer powder on my eyelids, above
my cheekbones, and on my shoulders and collarbone.
A hot look on a bronzed face is shiny lip
gloss. The BEST is "Lip Glass" by
MAC. It gives you ultra shine over lipstick
(applied with a brush) or on its own. Plus,
it stays put - a big bonus for die-hard lip
Try a light shimmering eye shadow in beige
just under your brow bone to draw attention
to your eyes.
If you are wear mascara, try a waterproof.
This way you will avoid "Raccoon Eyes"
when you are perspiring or near water. Don't
forget the must-have partner, eye make-up
remover, or else you really will end up
with the dreaded dark circles!
number one beauty booster tip is simple: relax
summer is the perfect time to do it. Take time
to sit back, relax and enjoy time with your
friends and family. Check back with LifeToolsforWomen
in September for my fall beauty and fashion