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Beauty Tips for Every Season

Look Good in Any Weather


Summer is the season you wait all year for. But once it arrives, it can wreak havoc on your skin and hair.

Hair Care
The sun can damage your hair by fading its color and/or lightening your highlights. Preserve the health of your hair by applying a styling product that contains sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat as much as possible. Slather on a leave-in hair conditioner before you hit the beach or pool to keep hair from becoming brittle and dry. If you’re a blonde (natural or otherwise), be sure to remove any chlorine residue with a clarifying shampoo to prevent that telltale greenish tinge. High humidity may make it impossible to avoid frizzy hair, so work with the weather now instead of against it. Tie your hair back as much as possible or define and separate your curls with a rich, leave-in conditioner.

Saving Face
Heat and humidity are prime causes of oily skin and resulting breakouts. Switch to a gel-based moisturizer if you are prone to acne, and keep your toner in the refrigerator for a refreshing burst of coolness when the temperature is rising.

Body Beautiful
Swimming and other outdoor activities can leave your skin vulnerable to sun damage. For the best protection, apply a wide-spectrum sunscreen every two hours with an SPF of at least 15. Look for one that contains "Parsol 1789," which protects your skin against both harmful types or rays—UVA and UVB. Remember, there’s no such thing as a safe tan! 
Fall is a time for recovery. Your skin and hair probably suffered some damage from the summer elements and need time to recuperate.

Hair Care
This is the perfect time for a new haircut to remove any damaged ends, and new color or highlights to correct any brassiness from the sun.

Saving Face
This change of seasons is a perfect time to get a fresh start for the coming months, so consider a professional facial. You can also improve the texture of the skin (but save money) by using a mask at home. Look for products that contain honey and oatmeal for moisturizing or charcoal and clay if your skin is oily.
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A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

Member Comments

  • going into fall & winter this was a timely article for me! I use olive oil and sugar so I can exfoliate the feet! I mainly use the sensitive skin tips but staying away from harsh chemicals and using natural products keep away the issues~ - 11/4/2014 3:03:58 PM
  • Great article. - 7/30/2013 8:01:16 PM
  • VICD25
    8/19/2011 1:51:15 PM

    VICD25's SparkPage chris3874-- check your math. clearly the vast majority of SP-ers are female!

    I do NOT need some condescending KNOW IT ALL LECTURING ME - HALF THE POPULACE IS MALE - 2/9/2012 8:43:54 PM
  • I love how guys don't think they can get dry skin or hair. They make moisturizer and hair products for men too. Take care of yourself inside AND out and it makes you feel better. Women don't just do it to look good, you know. - 8/19/2011 6:18:26 PM
  • chris3874-- check your math. clearly the vast majority of SP-ers are female! - 8/19/2011 1:51:15 PM
  • I don't get it - this was CLEARLY geared to only one HALF of the membership. - 5/9/2011 9:35:35 PM
  • This was a really helpful article. I have been having problems with dry skin and I plan to implement some of the suggestions to aide in improving the condition of my skin - 1/12/2011 6:05:38 PM
    I love help from natural ingredients! I am a country lady and I like natural. - 12/5/2010 4:30:32 PM
  • Great article!

    I find that year-round, my skin is happier if I use gentle, fragrance-free products made for sensitive skin. I always use a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer with SPF 15. I have oily, acne-prone skin and never thought I should moisturize, but a gentle moisturizer actually calms down the oiliness. Especially in summer, I like to mix a little bit of liquid makeup into my moisturizer, to make my own tinted moisturizer.

    My husband has psoriasis and has more, and worse, outbreaks in winter. I think it comes from irritated, dry skin. We switch to moisturizing body wash and a rich, fragrance-free body lotion.

    And of course, drink plenty of water year-round for healthy skin and hair! - 8/19/2010 12:59:53 PM
  • Worth knowing n reading this article.Wonderful
    ! - 5/29/2010 5:24:46 AM
  • Wonderful article and also very helpful! - 4/1/2010 11:53:26 AM
  • This was a great article, very helpful. Thanks to the author! - 1/1/2010 12:38:27 PM
  • HELP! I am new to Florida's humidity. My face seems to always be wet. Any hints about ways to combat that (it's kind of embarrassing!) would really be appreciated. Thanks!! - 12/28/2009 7:24:46 AM
  • "If you’re a blonde (natural or otherwise), be sure to remove any chlorine residue with a clarifying shampoo to prevent that telltale greenish tinge." As a natural blonde and former lifeguard, I know all about having green hair. However, chlorine is NOT the culprit! Copper, used to prevent algae growth, is the real proplem. You have probably seen a statue or roof of copper that has oxidized to green - this is what is happening to your hair.
    If you have your own pool (or can influence the pool manager), use SILVER instead of copper as your metal agent. It is equally as effective and you can swim daily, as I do in the AZ desert, without the slightest risk of turning green. - 8/26/2009 6:05:04 PM
  • A soft washcloth is a wonderful way to smooth out lips! I do that too. I find it very difficult to find products that are fragrance-free as I am sensitive to scents and can become pretty sick. It is very hard to remember that others find them pleasing when they make my environment uncomfortable. This article has great seasonal tips, thanks! - 1/31/2009 12:56:19 PM

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