Keep Your Cool When It’s Hot Hot Hot!

With mercury soaring all over the nation, everyone needs to beat the heat. Grab a bottle of water, pull down the shades, and pick from these seven cool tips to survive with a smile.

Happy Hats
Kate Middleton said it all with her hats, and now they’re back. Best things about hats? They come in scrumptious sherbet colors like key lime, mango, and raspberry. Wide, floppy brims create instant shade for your body. Choose a contrasting nail polish, or change it up by wrapping a scarf around the hat-band.

Hang Out
Book a manicure with your bestie, and stay in the air-conditioned cool while everyone else sweats it out. Catch up on the gossip and leave looking sweet.

Flounce In
Sarongs mean summer. Yards of soft, floating cloth in hot pinks or cool aquas can be doubled lengthwise and wrapped around your waist for a short skirt, unfurled and wrapped above the bust for a swimsuit cover-up, or wrapped from the back to the front and tied behind the neck for an instant dress. Carry an extra sarong as an evening wrap, to keep the chill off in air conditioned buildings, or as a makeshift blanket at an outdoor concert to protect from mosquitoes. Sarongs wrap tight to fit into the corner of your purse.

Soothe Away Summer
Relax away dry skin with a soothing facial that emphasizes the cooling and nourishing properties of summer’s bounty like cucumber, mint and avocado. Take away a moisturizer that feeds your skin, making it soft and hydrated.

Parasols make sense. The lacy, white umbrellas protect your face, arms, and neck from the drying and aging effects of the sun. Incredibly feminine and alluring, the parasol looks equally at home with short skirts and Prada, or flip-flops and shorts. Unlike a hat, a parasol shows off your summer hair color and cut. It also protects your hair from fading.

Keep Your Feet Neat
Let’s face it, feet take a beating in summer. Between gardening, dirty city streets, and sand, toenails need extra TLC to keep in shape. Pedicures mean your feet look clean, and your colorful toes are a sexy asset to your wardrobe. Check with your spa for cooling foot gels to apply when you get home.

Be Cool in the Pool
The best summer fitness happens in the water. Don’t like to swim? Grab a noodle and bob around. If you can’t kick, use a noodle or pull buoy between your legs to give your arms a workout. Water aerobics classes cater to all levels of fitness. Ask your stylist to recommend body wash and conditioner to zap the chlorine from your skin and protect your hair color. A dime-size of color-protecting conditioner rubbed through damp hair prior to swimming, and put under a cap will help preserve hair color and minimize chlorine damage.

Seriously Beautiful Summer Skin

It’s summertime! Welcome the season of pool parties, beach rendezvous, and bronzed goddesses in bikinis with a glow that must have been gifted to them by lady Aphrodite herself. Yes, summer is the season of beautiful people, and as the old adage goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. Here’s how you can.

Summer Face Aglow
Exfoliate, deep cleanse, moisturize, and protect are the four must haves for the summer look that will leave you all aglow. Heat and excessive sweating during the summer months may be en vogue at the beach, but what it can do to your face certainly is not! Clogged pores and environmental pollutants cause breakouts, while prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can prematurely age you, or worse, cause skin cancer. A monthly, or bi-monthly, visit to the spa for a deep cleansing or steam facial will work wonders. Here are some things you can do at home for a beautiful summer glow.

Exfoliate At Home
Exfoliate with a mild exfoliant twice a week to slough off dead skin and aid with cell renewal. Physical scrubs rely on granules like sugar, salt, or walnut shells to remove dead skin, so be careful not to scrub too hard, since jagged granules can cause microscopic tears and scratches on the skin. Chemical scrubs use fruit enzymes and acids to dissolve dead skin and are generally more suited to people with easily irritated or acne prone skin.

Deep Cleanse
Applying a facial mask once a week can provide tremendous benefits. Combination to oily skin types should opt for a purifying clay mask. They draw out impurities from deep down in your pores, including blackheads and whiteheads. You can certainly feel it working as it tightens on your skin, and the results can be seen as soon as you wash it off, because they leave the skin looking brighter. Dry skin types will benefit from hydrating and soothing masks that help to bring moisture back to the skin and prevent the peeling, tightness and discomfort people with dry skin usually experience. Look for masks that contain naturally nourishing ingredients like milk, honey and avocado. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) or peel-off masks are also good for dry skin, and aid with minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.

Moisturize & Protect
One of the biggest misconceptions, especially among those with oily skin, is that moisturizer is not needed during hot summer months when your skin is more prone to looking like it’s sitting under an oil slick. Trying to dry out your skin will only make the problem worse, since it will likely go into overdrive with oil production. Combination, super oily or dry, whatever your skin type, it needs moisture. The key for oily and acne prone skin types is to find a moisturizer that is suited to your skin’s needs. Water based and gel type moisturizers are best. Also look for moisturizers with ingredients like tea tree, witch hazel and salicylic acid. These ingredients have clarifying properties and help to combat acne while moisturizing the skin. DO NOT skimp on the SPF! It can be tempting to avoid sunscreen when the last thing you want in the summer heat is to feel like you’ve layers of product packed onto your face. The great news is, you don’t need to pack on a sunscreen over of your moisturizer. There are loads of great moisturizers to choose from with a range of sun protection factors sure to suit your needs, and your sun goddess indulgence. Check with your therapist or your dermatologist for advice on what’s best suited to your skin type and sun protection requirements.

We know all about the relaxing properties of a good massage, but there also many benefits for the person in full summer prep mode. Increased gym sessions can be rough on the body, and cause a build up of lactic acid, which may become lodged within the tissues as spasms or strains occur. The result, painful knots, inflammation and decreased range of motion. Massage therapy can reduce these pockets of lactic acid and increase flexibility and muscle tone. Massage can also break down fat deposits in the body and promote circulation. In other words, be on your way to banishing cellulite and getting your blood flowing for a brighter complexion by booking a massage with your therapist today.

Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
Let hydration be your watchword this summer. Roughly 70% of the adult human body is made up of water, and its benefits are numerous. Your joints take a pounding from daily activities like walking, running for the bus and simply just getting out and about more because the sun has made an appearance. They take even more abuse during regular gym sessions. Water protects and moisturizes your joints, helps to protect your vital organs and transports oxygen and nutrients into the cells. It also detoxifies, which will help with achieving a brighter complexion, and it regulates body temperature, vital for long hours spent out in the sun. Boost the brightening benefits of water by adding a little apple cider vinegar. The best varieties are cloudy in appearance and have a web like substance, known as the mother floating in it. It may not taste so great, but this magical liquid is packed with benefits. It can help to clear skin conditions and blemishes, break down fat in the body (particularly around the stomach), and it aids with the faster removal of toxins from the body. ACV is rich in potassium and malic acid. Potassium, which is usually lacking in the adult diet, is vital to building muscles, while malic acid has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, beneficial during a season where humidity is at a high and pool goers are out in their numbers.

Avoid sugary foods
Not only do they pile on the calories, sugary foods also hamper your efforts at achieving a healthy, youthful complexion. Snack on natural energy boosters like nuts which are packed with anti-oxidants that the fight skin-aging free radicals, out in abundance during the summer. Also prevent cell damage and premature aging by stocking up on red and green veggies, which are packed with vitamin A. And keep skin firm and toned by promoting collagen production with citrus fruits, which are high in vitamin C and help to keep colds at bay. So, if you’re still trying to shift those last few pounds and it seems like you’re losing the battle, fear not, there’s a lot to be said for a healthy, glowing complexion. So get that grocery list together and book that spa visit because that bronzed summer goddess is definitely within you. And here’s one last tip before you head poolside, add a little bit of bronzer to your moisturizer. It’s guaranteed to make even summer’s biggest star, the sun, jealous of your glow.