GO FROM WINTER WOE TO SUMMER GLOW
Have you started to peel off the layers in preparation for beach weather but discovered washed-out skin, cracked heels and a hairy jungle? Don’t fret! Follow our step-by-step guide to season-proof your body. By Donna Duggan SMOOTH OUT THE BUMPS
Summer can be unkind to your hair, with the combination of sun, salt and humidity leaving it rough and brittle. Your locks need more love at this time of year and that means adjusting your routine to suit. Tribe Lifestyle hair salon director Luke Smart says the key is to lock in the moisture, and a daily leave-in conditioner with UV protectant is a great place to start.
“Keep a moisturising conditioner such as Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Conditioner ($49, 1800 061 326) handy after days in the sun,” he says. “For those who are really active in the water, I’d recommend a shampoo that removes chlorine build-up as it can make hair dull and highlights look lifeless.”
If the heat sends your hair into a frizz, a protection spray will control and shield it from both hot air and tools. Paul Mitchell Heat Seal ($ 20.95, 1300 365 350) is a humidityresistant styling spray for straight or curly hair. If harsh winter air and indoor heating have left your skin looking sallow and dry, a hydrating treatment or peel can work wonders. These products contain active ingredients that target everything from hydration to pigmentation, and work by gently removing the top layer of skin to reveal a brighter complexion.
Is oily skin a summer spoiler? Reduce shine by swapping your foundation for a tinted moisturiser or mineral powder. Excess oil can clog the pores, so keep blemishes at bay by adding an oil-control cleanser and moisturiser to your routine. (4) Skin Doctors T-Zone Pore Strips ($14.99 for 10, available from Priceline) not only clean the pores but shrink them, too. Even five minutes of sun can damage your skin, so applying sunscreen before you leave the house is a must, even if the most sun you see is on the train to work. ( 6) Ultraceuticals SunActive SPF 50+ Clear Body Spray ($ 59, 1800 355 890) has a shine-free finish, four hours of water resistance and is free of synthetic fragrances and parabens. A hint of colour will ease you into that summer wardrobe. Wait for 24 hours after shaving, and exfoliate well the day prior for even coverage. ( 5) Bondi Sands Gradual Tanning Foam ($19.95, bondisands.com.au) builds slowly so it’s great for a light tan or if you’re new to fake tanning. For a fast-acting tan, the new (7) St Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse ($ 59.95, 1300 819 331) creates a sun-kissed glow in one hour, and a dark bronze colour in three.
When it comes to adding colour to your face, it’s important to use the right product to prevent clumping in your pores and at your hairline. ( 3) PureTan Pure Bronze Ultra Light Feel Facial Tanner SPF 15 ($19.95, ( 03) 9848 3039) allows good colour control. For even coverage, apply a small amount of moisturiser to your brows and hairline before application. For easy hair-removal at home, the new Nair Salon Divine Milk & Honey Roll-On Wax ($17.99, 1800 222 099) contains a nourishing formula to wax your way to silky-smooth skin.
For a longer-lasting solution, laser hair removal can keep you fuzz-free for months. Just be sure to do your research and have a proper consultation at a reputable clinic that analyses your skin type, hair colour and medical history prior to treatment. After months of being ignored, your feet are likely in need of some serious TLC. Soften calluses and gently remove tough skin with (1) 1000 Hour Softsole Exfoliating Foot Peel ($ 24.95, ( 02) 9526 0777) or ( 2) Sally Hansen Pumice Foot Polish ($ 9.95, 1800 812 663). Treat any discolouration from long-wearing polish by rubbing your nails with fresh lemon.
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