how to survive summer 101

Summer has arrived my friends!  It’s been four days since the summer solstice and we have gone through our first heat wave.  Yay!  Congrats to everyone who hasn’t melt yet, but if you’re like me, cooling down isn’t the only issue.  Was your hair a total mess during the last couple of days?  Is your skin completely burn from the sun?  Are you in desperate need of tricks and ideas on how to keep your skin glowing and your hair healthy?  If you answered yes to one of these questions, then you are in the right place! 

As much as we love summer, we do hate the way it makes our beauty routine a lot more complicated.  However, it won’t be this hard to make it through the entire season if you use the following tips to survive-summer-without-having-to-shave-your-head-or-look-like-burned-loobster.

First, put sunscreen on!

It can be obvious for some of you, but for the others that have already used a complete bottle of aloe, you might want to continue reading. 

Sunscreen is your best friend.  Nathaly or Nick won’t protect you from UV rays, but Coppertone will!  This is why over summer you need to share yourself between a couple of BFFs.  Don’t worry, we don’t judge if you share yourself between Nathaly, Coppertone and your favorite moisturizer.  It’s for the better.  So the important part is to choose a sunscreen that feels good on and has a high FPS.  Here is my top three.

Coppertone is a great choice if you’re on a budget!  I understand you don’t have 35$ to spend on sunscreen, that’s fine, but you need to have 10$ to prevent skin cancer.  I say it’s a great investment!  Remember, the higher the FPS the better.  If you have sensitive skin, go with a FPS 50 OR 60.

Anthelios from La Roche Posay is my favorite and the one I use every morning.  The fluid texture penetrate the skin easily and feels very light.  It’s also a good make-up primer.  It has a FPS 60 and smells like summer (a fresh breeze), not like summer camp (50 kids wearing kids protection that smells like banana).  The price is okay, around 30$, and it’s compact.  I carry my sunscreen in my purse.  Yes friends, I am that obsessed with sun protection!

Neutrogena is a great pick if you want to protect every member of your family and need to be quick in the morning, because your kids can’t stay in one place for over a minute.  It’s affordable and it’s not too sticky on your skin.  That’s actually a good point because you can dress right after putting on your sunscreen.

Now follow these :

#1 Don’t cover your face with foundation
Whether you like it or not, you will sweat and you want to have the lightest make-up possible!  A mixture of heavy foundation and sweat is not pretty!  If you really want to cover something up, simply use a bit of foundation on the unwanted spot.

#2 Mix your sunscreen and moisturizer together
Why?  Because you will hydrate your skin while protecting it!  Isn’t it amazing?  I’ve been doing this for a couple of years now and my skin always feels good.

#3 Wear a tinted lip balm
Your lips are going to need hydration because Mr. Sun is careless.  He doesn’t care if you have the biggest night of your life planned, he will dry your lips as much as he wants.  That’s how he is.  So make your lips happy and look good with the color of your dreams!  By the way, Clinique has some amazing lip balms that are easy to apply!

#4 Waterproof mascara!
It’s summer!  We all want to swim, but we don’t want to look like a raccoon.  This is when waterproof mascara comes in.  Apply and boum, you’ll have pretty eyes all day!  Hypnôse from Lancôme is great!  Don’t forget to use a gentle eye make-up remover that has oil in it.  Yes it feels weird at first, but if you clean your face after, everything is going to be fine.

Then treat your hair with respect!
Now if you don’t want frizzy and damaged hair, you need to feed them.  Feed them?  Yes, with products that will first, hydrate your hair and second, protect them from the sun.  What should you use?  Anything that your hairdresser suggests!  You can also peek into your favorite magazines.  They usally have a good round-up of the best products for all hair types.  My go-to collection : KÉRASTASE.  They have all kind of hair products that works for a good price!

After you have treated your hair, you need to style it!  How to wear my hair when it’s 1000°C outside?  That is the question.  I suggest that you wear it up in something else than a poney tail!  It’s time to get creative and to try the three hairdos below.

Left : The fishtail braid | Center : The braid that leads into a bun | Right : The Topknot
The first and last images are taken via Pinterest!

If you use the tricks from above and follow my make-up rules you will make it trough summer without any problems!  Your hair will always stay in place, it will look shiny and healthy, and it will be easy to managed.  Plus, your skin won’t be burned and your make-up won’t look melt down!  Stay tuned because in the next days I will post steps-by-steps tutorials on how to do these hairstyles!  You don’t want to miss that!


13 thoughts on “how to survive summer 101

  1. Love these tips! Just discovered your blog over on IFB by the way and love it so I gave you a follow!Come by mine and follow me back if you'd like :)xoxoMelisa

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! These are some great tips! I've got the hair bit down, now need to get my act together for the rest haha

  3. Couldn't agree more! I wear sunscreen on my face every day of the wear (instead of moisturizer). I also agree on not wearing foundation during summer…the face has to breathe!Anna

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