We love to enjoy the good things in life and that includes lounging under the sun after a long, severe season of brutal cold temperatures. And with it brings indulgence in different beauty regimen to keep skin smooth, glowing and hair-free. Skin is continually exposed and can bring about certain reactions. And that is the last thing you would want especially in glorious weather.
Take care of summer beauty woes with these easy tricks:
BIKINI RAZOR BUMPS
Bikini razor bumps can be a summer bomb especially if you want to wear your favourite swimsuit. To avoid having such a nuisance, take a warm shower to open up your pores then gently exfoliate the area to get rid of dirt and dead skin. With your preferred shaving cream and razor, shave towards the direction of where your hair naturally grows. Pat dry and apply a cooling cream or gel like Shaveworks The Cool Fix (Sephora, $25). It soothes the skin and prevents ingrown hairs from developing.
It is inevitable and we all get them! To help minimize ingrown hairs, try changing your hair removal routine. If you’re more prone to getting them when you shave, book an appointment for a wax and see if that works better for you.
At-home remedy: The best advice is NEVER tweeze with force and let hair grow out a little longer. Prep by pressing a clean, warm compress over the affected area and exfoliate gently. Make sure to pull only when hair is exposed and with a pair of disinfected tweezers. Apply a topical cream to heal and to avoid infection. It is advisable to talk to your dermatologist or doctor for alternative ways in getting rid of ingrown hairs.
You take extra steps to care for your skin. But despite best efforts to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays, you’ve still gotten this painful and irritated skin. But don’t let this get you down. Heal your way back to your beautiful summer self with a little bit of skin kitchenomics.
Homemade Oatmeal and Yogurt Balm
1/2 cup of oatmeal + 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
Overcook the oatmeal for a softer consistency and then set aside to cool. Combine the ingredients together and apply on affected area. Oatmeal calms the skin while yogurt helps hydrate and repair skin’s natural barriers. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with a cold shower. Finish by spraying aloe juice to boost healing.
CLOGGED PORES AND ACNE
Whatever climate we are in, our skin is susceptible to breakouts. And to keep skin clean, well-maintained and acne under control, eat foods rich in antioxidants, drink enough H2O and establish an exceptional skin hygiene regimen. Instead of washing your face by means of plain soap and water, try using your favourite cleanser with Clarisonic Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System (Hudson’s Bay, $180). Its gentle, revolving brush effectively clears pores of unwanted gunk, removes makeup from skin and stimulates circulation for a healthy glow. Heal and nourish with a facial mask.
French Green Clay Mask for Acne-Prone Skin
1 tbsp of French Green Clay (Available at any health food and beauty stores) + 1 tbsp of water
Add water and loose French Green Clay powder to make a paste and apply on damp skin. Leave for 15 minutes then wash with warm water and gently pat skin to dry.
Summer does not have to be a bummer. All you need is a little bit of patience and the right ingredients and tools for healthier and happier skin.
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