The summer season is definitely upon us and if you live anywhere in the South like I do, then you are fully aware of the suppressive heat. I live in Central Texas and not only do I combat the sweltering temperatures most of the year, but also the extreme humidity.
Neither the heat nor the humidity do much for my hair other than inspire frizz or flat, lifelessness. I'm not a fan of either so this year I did something a little drastic ~ I colored and cut my hair shorter than I have in years! Ay Caramba! I recently came across Madison Reed's hair dye advisor page and there is a fun little quiz that tells you which hair color is best for you. If you haven't heard of Madison Reed before, they are a hair care company that has created a healthier hair dye. There are also a few other key things that I do for successful summer survival.
I practically live in flip-flops and sandals during the summer so regular foot care and maintenance is a must! I do give myself a home pedicure on a regular basis but also love to indulge in a professional pedicure as often as I can manage to do so. There is just something about a professional pedicure that gives me a sense of well-being in addition to being pampered. Having dry skin is an issue that I've lived with for as long as I can remember and the feeling of having clean and tidy feet with all dead skin cells gone is amazing!
This one should be a given for everyone. With the high risk of skin cancer not to mention wrinkles and those unbecoming age spots, sunscreen is a must-have summer item. I'm not a sunscreen expert but wear at least an SPF 30 most of the time, especially when I know I'll be in the sun for an extended amount of time. There are so many sunscreen products out there and some are light enough to wear on your face and completely effective as well.
Speaking of sunscreen, I'm fully aware of how great a tan looks. I've heard all of the comments about how pale I am, with the most popular being, "You need some sun!" I do enjoy being tan and it does make me feel awesome to have that healthy looking glow but I'm not willing to risk it all for a tan no matter if it's summer or winter. My solution is to find a quality self-tanning product. I've tried countless products that claim to be the best while staying within my budget and have found a few that are worth using.
Squinting is not cool! Being outside in the bright sunlight automatically causes me to squint and all of that squinting is not only good for your vision but causes wrinkles around the eyes that some refer to as "crow's feet." Not only do I wear sunglasses, but I avoid wearing cheap, trendy sunglasses that don't provide protection against UV rays. I actually have two pair of great sunglasses and am extra careful about where I put them down making sure they are out of reach from the kids and the dogs!
We all have those days when putting your hair up is so much easier than styling it, right? I have many days like that during the summer months so I keep a couple of well fitting and cute ball caps around. If my hair is going to act up due to the sultry climate, a hat is in order. Wearing a hat is also advisable for protection from the sun, so either way it's a win-win situation!
The summer months are ideal for so many fun activities and the getting enough sunlight is good for you, but be sure to take the proper precautions and protect yourself at all times.
What tips and tricks do you have for summer survival?