… I understand. I LOVE what summer does to us. Your hair lightens up a little, your skin smooths over with caramel, your whole look transforms. The image above is hot, frankly.
Long-term, the sun is not our friend. In fact, most visible signs of aging are caused by the sun’s rays. When I go to the beach, I’m great about slathering the high SPF sunscreen on throughout the afternoon, as I go in and out of the ocean. But I’m not so great about remembering the sunscreen when I bike around the whole island before 11am. If you’re in the sun, have sunscreen on. There are so many light sunscreen sprays these days. Spray yourself down and reapply according to the instructions on the bottle. If you need motivation, pull to mind the worst example you can muster of those iconic images of … older folks who have spent the last 30 years sprawled out across Miami’s shore. Yeah. And if you love yourself tan that much, invest in some healthy self-tanners. I’ll write a post about some here shortly. I gotchu covered. ;)
2. Wearing Foundation That’s Either Not the Right Shade or Is Too Heavy for Everyday
Cake face is not better than however flawed you think your skin is without makeup. I promise. A line of foundation ending dramatically on your jaw is the worst. Choose a lightweight foundation that best matches your skin. I’ve been loving Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer in “Bare” and Revlon’s Nearly Naked Liquid Foundation in “Vanilla” because both offer translucent coverage that allows your skin’s natural texture to peak through. And both are light enough that they virtually resist the ability to leave a line of demarcation on your face. If you’re having some skin issues, go in with a concealer, but leave the heavy putty-thick makeup for makeup artists on stage and film sets. Your skin deserves better!
3. Not Being a Fish
Drink water. All day. Have the coffee in the morning and then switch to water before 10am. Coffee’s delicious. But treat it like chocolate: less is more. I won’t even talk about soft drinks. Drink water. Your skin will tell everyone whether you’re hydrating properly. She don’t lie. :D Here’s a post from a while ago that discusses just how important hydration is. Need more convincing? How bad does dehydration feel? We’ve all experienced it. Dehydration looks as bad as it feels. Fact.
4. Not Being Married to Your Sunglasses
As Jenna Marbles would say: enter a marriage with your sunglasses. In her case, it was the ridiculous shoes women wear to the bar that they inevitably take off around say 1:30am when dignity is fleeing like a scared child. :D I’ll include that video below for giggles. Here’s why you need to marry your sunglasses: squinting. Don’t do it. Why stress your beautiful corneas out in the sun? It’s not good for them. And squinting is terrible for the skin around your eyes, which is, by the way, the thinnest skin on your body. Yes, that area that we really need to age well is the THINNEST area of skin we have. Take care of it. Get a pair of sunglasses and a good case for them. Marry them. Look good in them, girl.
5. Heat + Hair ALL the time
Almost nothing damages hair like heat. It’s your hair’s nemesis. But curls look so good … and the flat iron is so useful. I’m not suggesting anyone throw out their heat tools. Maybe just limit yourself to a reasonable number of days a week where you allow yourself a lil’ heat. Make your blowout last with dry shampoo and give yourself a break on Sunday morning when you’re just going to do da yogas and grocery shop. Sundays are why the hair gods invented cute beanies, dry shampoos, and ponytails. Taking it easy will leave your hair much healthier when you do heat style it, meaning you’ll get better results. Winning! And one last note: when you do use heat on your hair, use a heat protectant spray. Tresemme has a good cheap one that won’t weigh your hair down.
Warning: there’s basically nothing appropriate about this video. You’re welcome.