To avoid at all costs!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

For all our care­ful prep­ping, our quest to be beach beau­ti­ful doesn’t al­ways go ex­actly to plan. Some beauty dis­as­ter is al­ways lurk­ing on the hori­zon, whether it’s frizzy hair or a tan that goes hor­ri­bly wrong, but the top five sum­mer style sins are alarm­ingly com­mon so be sure to note these sim­ple so­lu­tions!

1. Tan­gled and knotty, split­ting and coarse locks — signs that the sun and sea­wa­ter have rav­aged your hair. Apart from UV dam­age, which can cause colour fade, salt, heat and hu­mid­ity can dam­age del­i­cate hair, mak­ing it un­man­age­able. Be­fore sun ex­po­sure or swim­ming, pro­tect your hair with a suit­able sun prod­uct, choos­ing which­ever for­mula, spray, lo­tion or cream that suits your hair type. Ev­ery few days, treat your hair to a restora­tive hair masque to re­vive con­di­tion and shine.

2. Panda eyes! Last night’s mas­cara doesn’t al­ways get cleansed off com­pletely. Min­imise your post-swim black rings by dye­ing your lashes be­fore go­ing abroad. At night, use wa­ter­proof mas­cara for heat-re­sis­tant colour and to avoid a swim­ming-pool dis­as­ter next day.

3. Tanned face, shame about the neck! Even when wear­ing the higher SPFs, walk­ing about in the sun will cause some level of tan on the face. The same is not true for the neck, which is mostly hid­den from the sun’s rays by the head, leav­ing it fairly white. Rather than try to tan it quickly (and age it faster) with a lower SPF, just re­mem­ber to brush on a lit­tle bronzer at night. The colour will match up and your skin will stay younger-look­ing for longer.

4. Hairy knees. Even the most sea­soned beauty maven can fall short in her hair-re­moval regime. For­get­ting to shave or wax the knees is an easy mis­take to make, es­pe­cially if you have been wear­ing trousers or tights all year round. If you need a fast fix, skip the ra­zor in case of nicks, and treat your knees with hair-re­moval cream for longer-last­ing smooth­ness.

5. Fake-tanned palms. So com­mon and so an­noy­ing, but we all slip up some­times! If there is still time, wash away the ex­cess tan or use a tan-re­moval prod­uct; most brands now have one. If the tan has al­ready de­vel­oped, you might try rub­bing a lit­tle tooth­paste or half a le­mon over the skin to fade the colour. Avoid harsh chem­i­cals and de­ter­gents at all costs, but do try to ex­fo­li­ate and lift away any re­main­ing tan. And next time wear gloves! laura.ber­ming­ham@mailon­sun­

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