Goodbye winter, hello summer. But with the temperatures steadily rising and an increase in the sun’s UV rays, summer can be damaging to our hair and skin. Is the summer humidity turning your hair frizzy? What are the best ingredients for good sunblock? Here are some tips to keep your hair and skin healthy throughout the hot season.
Don’t Shampoo Every Day
Does the summer humidity make your hair annoyingly frizzy? Tina Eckard, owner of Bella hair salon, gives one tip to help fight the disaster: don’t shampoo everyday. “You can get in the shower, wet your hair, and use conditioner,” Eckard said. “By avoiding the shampoo, you can keep your hair from getting frizzy.”
Vamp Up Thin Hair
Need tips for handling fine, thin hair? Eckhard suggests using a volumizing shampoo with a lightweight conditioner. If you are going out, she also recommends flat ironing your hair to make it lie better and look shinier.
Add Flare to Thick Hair
While there are many different ways to treat thick hair, Eckard advises using a palm aid product after blow-drying hair, and then using a curling iron. She says that this will separate your hair, giving it the “piecey” and “messy” look that many celebrities sport.
As appealing as it may be to get a tan, Cindy Day of Nuance Skin Boutique reminds that sunscreen is still essential. She says that the trick is to putting on sunblock at least 30 minutes before going outside because it takes a while for it to start giving you the protection that you need.
Finding the Right Sunscreen
If you want to find the best sunscreen, Day says to look for the right ingredients. Lotions containing zinc oxide and titanium oxide are especially beneficial because they block the sun from penetrating the skin and reflecting it.
Day always recommends exfoliation, especially with ashy skin or with wrinkles. “As you age, you really need to exfoliate more because your skin’s metabolism slows down,” Day said. “The skin is just naturally going to be prettier [and] softer.” For dry skin, she suggests exfoliating first before using a good moisturizer.