Summer beauty survival guide
Summer is a never ending slog in the beauty world....constant skin, hair and feet maintenance. Here's are my top five tips to surviving the summer in your most beautiful way possible.
Our body's are around 75% water, Water is essential to keep your skin and hair hydrated...it even keeps those dark circles at bay, dark circles are caused by a build up of toxins so drinking plenty of water helps to flush toxins away. To keep your self hydrated during the summer months make sure you drink plenty of water...fizzy drinks and alcohol will actually dehydrate you as they can act like a diuretic so always top up with water if drinking these. 6-8 glasses is the recommended daily amount ...keeping hydrated will keep you fresh and the fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
The debate on how much sun exposure we should or shouldn't have is a fierce
one. Exposure to sunlight helps our body to produce vitamin d...which is responsible for our body's absorption of calcium and phosphate. Now as much as we need to produce vitamin d too much sun can lead to burns, skin damage and most commonly associated with too much sun exposure skin cancer. I always follow the rule of everything in moderation. When you tan this is your body's way of protecting itself, so as nice as a tan is a super dark tan isn't as healthy as it would seem. Make sure you have a day cream with a SPF of 20 or above and if you are going to be out in the sun during the day avoid being out during the hottest part of the day and wear a appropriate sun factor. Protecting your skin from too much sun will help prevent age spots and wrinkles in later life and burning...but make sure you get enough for your vitamin d production.
A decent pedicure once in a while through out the summer will make all the difference to those dry summer feet. During the summer wearing flip flops and sandals can expose the skin on the feet causing unsightly dry cracked skin and dry cuticles. A salon pedicure can make your feet fit for a cat walk, whilst relaxing and reviving you ...but if you cant afford a salon pedicure why not treat your feet to a home pedicure to keep your feet in tip top condition. follow my home pedicure guide for summer ready feet http://kaysbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/summer-pedi.html
4. Exfoliate & moisturise
Applying fake tan, sunbathing, swimming, sun exposure and dehydration can lead to dry, flaky and scaly skin. As well as drinking plenty of water to keep you hydrated exfoliating and moisturising is essential to keep your skin looking smooth and supple. For a quick drench of hydration salt scrubs are amazing, They combine rough salt to exfoliate removing even the most stubborn dry patches, and oils to moisturise and soften. My all time favourite is the body shop mango body scrub, a perfect combination of exfoliation deep hydration and a amazing summery smell. Try and make sure you exfoliate around once a week, concentrating on areas such as the elbows and knees and moisturise after each shower/bath to avoid moisture loss.
Whether it head or body hair it all needs keeping in check. Waxing can be the longer lasting solution to hair removal...the one downside though is that you have to grow it in the first place. The hair needs to be at least a centimetre long for optimum removal, waxing removes the whole hair so you will need a wax treatment around every 4-6 weeks. Your next choice is hair removal cream, make sure that you do a patch test (follow packet instructions) prior to any treatment. Hair removal cream works by melting the hair down to just below skin level so will last a week or two depending on your hair growth pattern. Last but not least shaving...When shaving make sure you have a good quality shaving foam to avoid shaving rash, A shaving foam acts as a lubricant to help the blades glide whilst cutting away the hair. Shaving cuts the hair off at skin level so will only last a day or two at the most.
When it comes to the hair on your head follow two rules a regular cut/trim to banish dry split ends and a shampoo and conditioner that is right for your hair type, to help hydrate or wash away grease and keep your locks shining all summer.
Follow these simple steps and you will be a summer goddess.Keep a look out for my upcoming guide to the perfect home tanning treatment