Too Much Fun in the Sun?: How to Heal Your Beauty Routine

We’re nearing the point in the summer where too much fun in the sun can lead to some serious beauty damage. Chlorine, sand and sunshine can start to take a toll on your skin, hair and nails if you don’t take steps to repair the damage. Thankfully, a little TLC can leave you glowing well into August.

Treat Your Hair
Either whip up your own or buy one of the many fantastic masks that restore hair health. A personal favorite is Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask. In less than five minutes, dehydrated hair can return to its pre-summer glory. You can even up the ante and wrap your head in a warm towel so that the mask can penetrate deeper. Plus if you are feeling extra ambitious, put the mask or deep conditioner on wet hair and combing it through before hitting the beach. It will make hair more manageable later. Plus it creates pretty waves.

Cool and Clear
Summer wear and tear can leave strands greasy or worse, green from too much pool time. A natural and quick option is to add a tablespoon of baking soda to your regular shampoo. If you’ve been logging some serious pool time (talking to you, lifeguards), I’d recommend a weekly wash with a clarifying shampoo. Neutrogena Shampoo Anti-Residue formula works great. But be sure to only use it once a week and follow with a good conditioner, otherwise you’ll dry out your hair and create new problems.

Preventive Maintenance
It’s usually a whole lot easier to prevent the damage in the first place then it is to repair it. Add a hair BB cream to your routine and watch your hair woes disappear. A classic is It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in product. Buy it once and you’ll be hooked to its amazingly awesome abilities to make your hair look great. Another great option is Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 BB Crème. This multi-tasking product works wonders and is easy on your wallet.

Rough Life
A great tan comes with the unfortunate price of dry skin. Even if you’ve avoided the pain of sunburn, skin can turn to leather if you don’t moisturize. Slather on Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Moisturizer Lotion morning and night and watch your skin glow. It will extend your tan, and it smells like the beach. If you’ve done some serious skin damage, try coconut oil. I recommend putting it on at night so you aren’t greasy all day but you’ll wake up smooth and soft.

Tip Top Tips
UV rays can penetrate nails just like they do skin, making them dry and brittle. OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener will make them stronger in just a few applications. Follow with an application of cuticle oil to keep your hands looking beach party ready.

Pucker Up
Wind and sun can leave your kisser chapped and sore. Soften up with a quick lip scrub. Add a little sugar to some lip balm and scrub away the flakes. Follow with a thick coat of Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment, and kiss your way through the last days of summer.

This article is a part of Casey's column focusing on the best products and tips from your makeup counter to help you look and feel your best.

By: Casey Nighbor


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