By Dani Goldstein
Fashion might be showcasing Fall clothing, but the summer is very much still in the swing of things. Keep your beach body in tip-top shape with these expert tips to help manage common hair and skin problems. These summer products and DIY recipes will keep your skin and hair glowing this and all seasons (even when your bathing suit is packed in the back of your closet).
Hair Chlorine Deposits: “Always drench your hair in non-chlorinated shower water before you dip into the pool,” says Devin Toth, celebrity stylist at Salon SCK and Rowenta Beauty brand ambassador. This way, your hair won’t be able to absorb the chlorine. If you skipped this step, try using a gentle clarifying shampoo such as Fairy Tales Lifeguard Clarifying Shampoo™ ($10, fairytaleshaircare.com) before washing. It will remove chlorine “green” sea salts and minerals with gentle yet effective extracts for clean, soft and shiny hair. Formulated with aloe and jojoba it works to restore moisture and detangle.
Itchy Mosquito Bites: Is the itchiness is driving you crazy? Avoid scratching if you can, as this can increase redness, swelling, and chance of an infection, and turn to one of Anne-Marie Faiola’s, founder of Handmade Beauty Box, natural at-home remedies instead.
DIY Bug Bite Cooling Tonic What you’ll need: 4oz, Aloe vera liquid, 4oz witch hazel and 1 oz lavender essential oil. Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Store in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief. Apply to the bug bite area as needed
Ingrown Hairs: “Tight clothes compress your hair against your body, increasing your chances of getting an ingrown hair. Regularly exfoliation is important to buff away dead skin cells and avoid clogged pores,” says Noemi Grupenmager, founder of Uni K Wax Centers. If you do get an ingrown hair, try applying Uni K Wax Center Ingrown Hair Roll-On ($22, unikwax.com) as it moisturizes the skin, reduces inflammation, and helps release the hair caught in the follicle.
Body Acne: To keep skin clear, use a body wash with salicylic acid, which help clean pores and minimize bacteria growth. To treat existing body acne, Dr. Nussbaum suggests a spot treatment product like Sebamed Clear Face Anti-Pimple Gel ($14.49, sebamedusa.com), which contains cucumber extract to help reduce redness and swelling (or any post acne dark spots) and is rich in vitamin E which is essential for warding off skin impurities caused by free radicals.
Frizzy hair: If your hair is combating the drying affects due to environmental wear, bleaching, coloring and straightening treatments, NEW! SOTAH Oil/Crème Therapy ($34, sotahhair.com) minimizes damage and locks in moisture needed for healthy, beautiful hair. Obliterate frizz and achieve the ultimate smooth and satiny finish you’ve always dreamed of with this product’s mixture of coconut oil and kale extracts. Oil/Crème Therapy is the unique combination of both oil and select conditioning ingredients; when applied sparingly to strands, it offers a flexible, touchable feel with maximum shine payoff. Paraben free; safe for all hair types, can be used wet or dry.
Dry Skin: AVEENO ULTRA-CALMING® Nourishing Night Cream ($14.99, aveeno.com) ACTIVE NATURALS® Calming Feverfew® is a naturally soothing ingredient that has been proven to help reduce the appearance of redness and calm irritated, dry skin. Used for centuries as an herbal treatment for fever and migraines, the resilient flower delivers high antioxidant and anti-irritant benefits that reduce the appearance of facial redness and irritation to effectively calm dry, sensitive and flaking skin. Clinically shown to significantly reduce the appearance of red, dry skin in just 1 week while helping to replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier overnight. Dermatologist-tested, oil and fragrance-free, noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic formula is gentle enough for everyday use on sensitive skin.