Summertime can wreak havoc on your skin and hair.
Hair can become super brittle from the heat to salt water and chlorine from the pool, so it’s important to strengthen it with a key ingredient -- citric acid, lifestyle and beauty expert Nicole Pearl recommends.
"This really helps with stressed hair from sun, sweat and chlorine as it helps to strengthen the hair bond and improve breakage," she said.
Pearl suggests using Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Treatment, which retails for $30. It contains citric acid, which will fill the cuticle.
"You will notice a result after one use," she said.
Protect your color
You can preserve your blonde locks by using a purple shampoo to help with brassiness and maintain your hair color, Pearl said.
"That is going to be key to protecting your blond hair because the UV rays will change the color and really dull it," she said.
Pearl said the John Frieda Violet Crush for Blondes shampoo and conditioner retail for about $25 and is a summer must-have.
Look for anti-frizz
Humidity is the number one culprit in the summer. When shopping for a hair dryer, you want to look for ionic technology which will cut frizz and dry time. A good word to look for on the packaging is "anti-frizz."
If you want an upgrade, Pearl said the DryBar Reserve ultralight anti-frizz blow-dryer retails for $285 and is excellent for someone who travels since it only weighs a pound.
"I always put on the nozzle on the tip so it will direct the airflow in a streamlined way and point it at a 45-degree angle. And that is going to help with smoothing your hair," Pearl said.
Tone-up your skin
Your skin is an ever-so-important layer on your body, and it is essential to protect it from sunburns or dry and oily conditions.
"This is the time to use a toner," Pearl said. "Witch hazel is a great ingredient, and it is astringent."
Pearl said you can find this in the Isa Lazo facial toner, which retails for $78. Witch Hazel is a great ingredient in the summer because it's antibacterial.
"What I love is that you can just use this toner in the morning and skip your cleanser," she said. "It’s got rose water and is nice and gentle on your skin. This is really important to use."
You can also incorporate essential oils into your skin routine, and it’s perfect for all skin types.
Lavender is calming to skin that’s been exposed to sun or heat. An excellent multi-purpose oil is turmeric will help with anti-inflammatory and gives skin a radiant glow, according to Pearl.
Dealing with melting makeup?
In the summer, Pearl hears many women complain about makeup migrating and melting off their faces.
"A really good fix for people that want to look great but don’t want to deal with melting makeup is using a waterproof eye shadow. I recommend a waterproof eyeshadow stick," she said.
Pearl suggests shopping for Thrive Causemetics Infinity Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick, which retails for $26. It will last 12 hours so you can swim and sweat without a worry. The shadows come in pretty shades, have a beautiful creamy texture and even include a sponge tip on one end for easy blending.
One last tip, Pearl said, is to start using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser which will help cut through the sunscreen, grit and all the dirt on your skin.
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