To avoid at all costs!
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! email@example.com