Summer Beauty Tips

 Summer Beauty Tips
Faces Magazine, June 2013

Always wear sunscreen. My mother’s number one beauty tip and her secret to looking so young – always wear sunscreen. I’m glad I took her advice. Look for sunscreens that have UVA and UVB protection with SPF 30 or higher. A tan looks good but it’s only temporary. Sun damage and wrinkles are permanent, so in the end it’s not really worth it.

Exfoliate your skin. You should exfoliate your skin more often during the summer, to help remove dead skin cells and make your skin glow. I used a mixture of Cetaphil cleanser and baking soda.

Stock up on blotting papers. Oily skin is not sexy. I always keep blotting papers in my purse. It’s a quick and easy fix.

Wear lipstick or lip balm with SPF. Lips are sensitive to the sun so don’t forget to protect them and keep them kissable.

Get regular pedicures. Summer is the time for opened toe shoes and sexy sandals. Pedicures will make your feet look pretty and polished. This goes for men too. Nothing is a bigger turn off than neglected feet.

Avoid wearing heavy foundation. Not only will it clog your pores but it will smear in the summer heat. Opt instead for a tinted face cream.

Always keep a few q-tips in your make-up bag. Raccoon eyes – never an attractive look. Mascara and eyeliner can run in hot and humid weather. Use q-tips to clean up messy eye make-up.

Invest in a good makeup primer. It will provide a smooth base for your makeup and help hold it in place in throughout the day or night in humid weather.

Protect your lovely locks. Hair can get damaged by the sun, wind and chlorine – making it appear dry and feel rough. I’m a Wella girl, but visit your favourite salon to pick up products that will help protect your hair cuticle from the elements. Remember, if you’re having a bad hair day, it doesn’t matter what you are wearing, it can ruin an outfit.

Drink plenty of water. This seems so simple but many of us forget to do it. Drinking water is good for your skin and hair. I also like to mist my face with distilled water in the morning and at night.