Summer beauty is truly its own beast. With high temperatures and humidity come the threats of makeup meltdown and frizzy hair. Before you reach for a pricey setting spray or an arsenal of chemical products and heat-styling tools, know that a solution might be right in your kitchen. These simple all-natural summer beauty hacks are perfect for every summer woe, and as an added bonus won’t break the bank.
Whether it’s a fake tan gone wrong, an unflattering real one, or simply dull, dry skin, exfoliation is key. Beauty and lifestyle expert, and “Female Beauty MacGyver” Alexis Wolfer has a Lemon Lightening Body Scrub is perfect for just that. All you need is a lemon, white sugar, and a tablespoon of extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil.
The citric acid in the lemon breaks down dull, dry skin, the sugar works to scrub everything away, and coconut oil acts as a natural moisturizer to calm down any irritation.
Waterproof makeup is a summer must-have for many, however taking it all off at the end of the day can be tricky, especially in the delicate eye area. Enter: oils. Think castor oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. For those with oily complexions that are skipping right to the next tip, think again: Oil naturally dissolves the dirty “oils” on your skin (makeup) without stripping of the skin of its natural oils, which is what causes the skin to produce excess oil in the first place.
Rub the oil of your choice onto dry skin, gently massaging in a circular motion as you go. Let the oil sit on your skin for a few moments before removing the oil with a washcloth dampened with warm water. Use gentle motions that do not tug at the skin. For eye makeup, take a small amount onto a cotton round or on clean fingertips and gently massage the eye area before wiping away in a similar fashion.
Though acne can be a year-round issue, I find that the sweaty, sticky summer days all but encourage those pesky, unwelcome spots to come up. Though there are many acne-targeted cleansers and spot treatments on the market (which can get quite expensive), there’s no denying the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and balancing properties of tea tree oil.
If you are using pure tea tree oil, dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio. Use as you would a toner after cleansing or apply directly to breakouts. As an added bonus, tea tree oil can be used as a natural mosquito repellant and can be applied to bites for immediate relief.
Wearing bright, bold lip colors for summer can be fun, but you don’t want dry lips to draw attention from the rest of your look. This is where lip scrubs can come in handy. Instead of buying one at the store, make one at home using inexpensive ingredients.
YouTube vlogger Tati Westbrook’s DIY technique couldn’t be any easier. Simply take a balm of your choice onto your finger and dip it into sugar. Gently massage the balm and sugar mixture onto your lips, then wipe lips clean with a washcloth. Follow the treatment with a layer of balm for extra moisture.
To put it simply, in the summer it’s hot, we sweat, and it can feel pretty gross. Facial mists, while great year-round, can be especially refreshing in the summer heat, especially if you store them in the fridge. They can be refreshing, soothing, deliver skincare benefits, and give an overall dewy glow. There are a vast number of DIY face mists using different essential oils, witch hazel, rose water, and so on. Refinery29 gives some useful tips to get you started.
Simply spritz your DIY mist onto your face when desired, and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Though extremely common, stubborn cellulite can be frustrating and make you feel self-conscious. Dry brushing is a great, all-natural technique that reaps many benefits, and all it requires is a natural bristle brush and a few minutes before the shower. This technique reduces cellulite by breaking down trapped toxins in fat cells, stimulates the lymphatic system, exfoliates dead skin, and unclogs pores.
Take a natural brush and beginning at your feet, take long sweeping motions with the brush, always brushing towards the heart. A complete step-by-step guide can be found here.
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Perhaps the most painful of these summer woes, a bad sunburn can really put a damper on your summer fun. Everyday Roots has compiled a list of natural remedies to soothe sunburns, many of which require ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Highlights include plain yogurt, which features probiotics and enzymes to help heal skin and recover faster; witch hazel, which can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off bacteria; and oatmeal, which in a tepid bath will coat and heal skin while the water keeps skin hydrated.
Though frizzy hair can also happen in the winter, the summer humidity tends to exacerbate fizziness even more. Natural oils can provide a more long-term solution. Argan Oil, for example, seals the hair cuticle and protects it from external elements, such as humidity, that cause frizz. Coconut oil, as a fatty acid with a low molecular weight, penetrates the hair shaft and keeps it hydrated. Olive oil also easily penetrates strands and acts as an emollient, pulling moisture into the hair shaft.
An oldie but a goodie, chilled cucumber slices feel refreshing and can do wonders on the eyes, without having to pay the hefty price tag of some high-end eye creams and serums on the market.
Cucumbers revitalize and firm skin, can have a mild lightening effect, and the ascorbic and caffeic acid in cucumbers helps to bring down water retention and thus reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes. Take the rest of your cucumber, soak in water, and make cucumber water, which is not only refreshing and inexpensive, but is detoxifying and contains silica and antioxidants that helps to keep skin clear and supple.
Barefoot walks and flip flops can leave heels rough and calloused, which isn’t the cutest look when rocking a new pair of strappy sandals or heels. Grab a pumice stone to smooth away rough heels, or, if you are in in a pinch, slice a potato in half, coat it in salt, and similarly work it into your calluses. The potato moisturizes the area and helps to lift away dead skin, while the salt also helps to exfoliate.