Summer Beauty Must Haves
Fast remedies for pool hair, pedicure chips, shiny skin and other summer beauty flaws
You're off to a pool party in an hour, and you haven't shaved your legs in a week
Fix: Grab a razor with a new blade, slather your legs with body lotion, and shave. To minimize irritation, avoid dragging the blade over the same section of skin twice, says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, M.D. There's no need to rinse; just rub extra lotion into skin and go!
You're having a major frizz attack
Fix: To smooth things down, hydrate your hair; otherwise, dry hair will act like a sponge, soaking up moisture in the humid air and then expanding far and wide.
• At home, smooth through a nickel-size amount of leave-in conditioner. (Regular, daily conditioner is an adequate alternative.)
• On the go, apply a few drops of hand lotion (from the tube that's been rolling around in your bag) to your locks. For thicker hair, use lip balm. Rub a bit onto your fingertips and run through your ends, where frizz hits hardest. Then gently pull downward to coax straight or wavy hair back to its formerly fabulous, smooth self.
• Want to restore curls? Instead of tugging your ends down, try lightly scrunching your mane like a piece of paper.
Our pick: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Lightweight Leave-In Conditioning Glaze, $4
Your brand-new pedicure is chipped
Fix: Brush a tiny bit of the polish onto the chipped patch and let it dry completely, about five minutes. If it's a dark hue, apply a second coat. Once it's dry, cover the entire nail with a clear topcoat to smooth over the patch you covered and make your pedicure look new. No time? No polish? Grab the closest color from your kids' marker box, and fill in the spot. Trust us, on your toes, a slight mismatch isn't nearly as noticeable as you might think.
Our pick: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
After splashing with the kids in the pool, your hair is a matted, soggy nest
Fix: If you have short hair, comb it back, make a side part, and slip on a simple, chic headband. Smooth shoulder-length hair into a low ponytail and hold with a covered elastic that matches your hair. Long hair? Comb back and braid, then twist it into a chignon. "It's pretty as is, and when you take it out later, you'll have beautiful, soft waves," says L.A. hairstylist Charles Dujic.
Post-shave red bumps have cropped up on your bikini line
Fix: Quickly reduce inflammation from razor burn or ingrown hairs by applying ice to the area for ten minutes, followed by rubbing in 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. If you don't have the cream, dampen cotton balls with cold whole milk and hold to skin for a minute or so; refresh with new milk and do it again. "The fat in the milk will naturally soothe skin," says Dr. Wechsler. Next time, you can prevent bumps by using a depilatory.
Our pick: Sally Hansen Spray-On Shower-Off Hair Remover, $7, which does the job in three minutes
You slip on a pretty tank top -- and realize you've got pimples on your shoulders and back
Fix: Saturate a cotton swab with redness-reducing eyedrops and press to each pimple; the drops will constrict tiny surface blood vessels and take away the angry look. Dab on acne cream with 2% salicylic acid or 5% benzoyl peroxide to help zits heal. Daily use of a body wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide will help prevent breakouts.
Our pick: Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, $6
You've gone from glowing to shiny on your forehead and nose
Fix: Take a tissue and gently press, don't rub, it against your skin. It will soak up grease or sweat without removing your makeup. In a pinch, wipe your shine onto your forearm. "It sounds crazy, but the skin of your arm is cleaner and drier than that of your hand -- it will pull the oil right off your face," says Los Angeles hair and makeup expert Stephen Sollitto.
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