My big toe is telling me this summer is going to be a scorcher. The current heat wave passing through Southern Ontario – that’s in Canada, ya’ll – is a killer so far.
Humidity is jacking the temperatures to the mid 30’s and we all know that with humidity comes scary hair days. Not to mention melting faces.
To avoid melting into a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West, I need to employ a few beat the heat techniques to stay as cool as a cucumber all season long. I’m talking hair, face and body so listen up ladies, cause I’m about to summer school you!
Long Hair Don’t Care
My hair may not be as long as I want it to be, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t look luscious even in the humidity. Caring for your hair is important because it is one of those things that can totally age you.
Think about it for a minute. If you saw a lady with damaged, frizzy hair what would be your first thought? I typically assume that person hasn’t taken very good care of themselves over the years. Not good, right!
To ensure your hair stays healthy, nourished and frizz-free this summer, you may want to try a simple DIY hair mask.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup Real Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Raw Honey
- 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil
Mix together all of your ingredients then slather all over your hair. Cover it up with plastic wrap and let it soak in for 30 minutes.
The fat content of mayonnaise will pump moisture back into your hair and scalp, while the honey’s humectant properties lock it in. Tea tree oil offers a refreshing scent and an antifungal agent to prevent potential dandruff.
To wash it out, use a mild shampoo, lather, rinse and air dry. You’ll have sleek, nourished locks that you’ll love.
Fresh Faced Fox
I’m sure you’ve noticed that your skin reacts differently once the temperatures begin to rise. Oil production seems to slide into overdrive causing breakouts and irritation, and your makeup seems to fall right off your face because it’s too damn hot outside.
There are two quick fixes for this: BB cream and Facial Spray.
I like to use BB cream as a protective foundation for applying my makeup. It covers blemishes and prevents them, contains an SPF so you’re safe from sun damage and allows makeup to be applied with ease.
Facial spray is my secret weapon for always appearing fresh faced. A cool spritz of facial mist can suck away excess oils, reduce your chances of acne breakouts and make you feel clean again.
To make your own mist all you will need is:
- 2 tablespoons of Witch Hazel
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
- 30 drops of Rose Concentrate
- 100mL spray bottle
Add all your ingredients to your spray bottle and top with filtered water. Shake it up real good before each use, then spray as necessary. You’ll love the fresh scent and clean feeling you have after each spray.
Say Hell No to B.O.
Sweating is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean you have to stink. Using a natural deodorant in combination with strategically spotted essential oils will keep you smelling fresh as a daisy.
Try V’s homemade deodorant recipe and give up store-bought brands that are full of harmful aluminum.
To ensure you are stink-free, take your favourite scented essential oil and place a dab on your pulse points. Behind your ears, neck, elbow creases and even behind the knees are great spots to apply a little oil.
Crisp scents like helichrysum, bergamot and grapefruit are fun for summer. Neroli, jasmine and lilac essential oils are also some great exotic and floral scented choices.
No matter how high the mercury rises this summer, if you follow these 3 simple summer beauty tips you’ll feel and look your best all season long! Do you have any beat-the-heat tactics you want to share? Dish ’em below!