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I, for one, am thrilled that the summer season is finally here although it does require extra grooming on my part. Unlike the winter, where one can bundle up every crevice and corner of one’s epidermis, the summer is about letting it all hang out. Therefore it is ESSENTIAL that you have several beauty essentials and DIY beauty tricks up your sleeve in case you need to slough off a layer of crusted skin around your elbow that screams “This chick never exfoliates!” in a hot minute.
Since none of us wants to be known for our not-so-great grooming habits I’m sharing some easy-to-do at-home regimens to keep your body summer ready for that impromptu beach party. And keep reading for a few of my favorite must-have summer beauty essentials as well!
While we all LOVE our spa days, these beauty treatments can be whipped up in a few minutes and can be your go-to routines when a spa day is not on the schedule!
#1 Give Yourself a Natural Glow – Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
For smooth, radiant skin, give yourself a gentle facial and body scrub with ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda, helpful to do before applying products like self-tanners and lotions. Make a paste of three parts ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. (Be careful to avoid eye area.) Rinse clean with warm water. Leaves skin feeling nourished and refreshed. Gentle enough for daily use!
#2 Keep Your Toes Looking and Feeling Great with an Exfoliating Pedicure
Blend two tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. After a nice soak, make a scrub using three parts ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda and one part water. Follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Feet will feel smooth and clean. Apply polish if desired.
#3 Show Off Locks That Rock – Get rid of product buildup by sprinkling a small amount (quarter-size) of ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo.. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
#4 Show Off Your Smile
For gleaming smiles, brush teeth with ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda. Just sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush*. For a refreshing mouthwash, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in ½ glass of water. Swish the solution through your teeth and rinse.
*ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda does not contain the anti-cavity ingredient fluoride. Use it where water is fluorinated or when non-fluoride toothpaste is desired for adult use or as directed by your dentist of physician.
#5 Ease Irritants and Soothe Skin -Bath Soak
For a relaxing ending to a long day, add ½ cup of ARM & HAMMER(tm) Baking Soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration. When combined with water, baking soda goes to work softening and soothing skin. It will also neutralize irritants that the body brings to its surface as a result of a bite, skin irritation or mild sunburn (these irritants are acidic in nature).
#6 Hot Cream At-Home Hand Treatment
Just because the warm weather is here, that doesn’t mean our hands are safe from flakiness and dehydration. We have to be extra careful not to let our hands dry up from the high temperatures, low humidity, constant washing of hands, and sun exposure. Below is a quick at-home remedy to combat dry, summer hands from celebrity manicurist and owner of As U Wish Nail Spa, Skyy Hadley!
Remove all nail polish with a gentle polish remover
Begin by sloughing off dead and dry skin from palms and backs of hands with a homemade sugar scrub (salt scrubs can be drying or irritating):
Mix sugar, a few drops of vegetable glycerin and an uplifting essential oil like peppermint or rosemary in a medium-sized bowl.
Gently rub hands together to scrub away dullness. Remove scrub with a warm wet cloth.
Do NOT soak fingers in water, as doing so will actually draw the moisture OUT of your skin.
Instead, heat up 2 plastic baggies full of a thick, luxurious cream and add a few drops of an invigorating essential oil such as tangerine, ylang ylang, or chamomile.
Heat until very warm but not too hot, then place hands in bags for about 2 minutes, allowing moisture to penetrate the skin.
Remove hands from bag and massage cream into skin, wiping off any excess.
Your hands should instantly feel smooth and look radiant!
And as summer approaches -It’s only natural to throw on a sun hat and lather up on sun-screen to shield yourself from harmful rays but, what may not come to mind are all the other ways you can keep yourself stay safe from all elements of the hot summer season!Ditch the lifeguard, we’ve got the essentials to keeping you protected all summer long here are a few summer beauty essentials that need to be on your radar!
First you need the quintessential beauty pouch ! I love this Pink Kawaii Yum make-up pouch from Anya Hindmarch featuring a top zip fastening, a hanging tassel and an internal zipped pocket.
Nourishing your lips is extremely important in the hot summer months. This protective, vitamin enriched lip saver blended with french honey and vitamin E, will create the perfect fine moisture barrier to keep dry lips hydrated!
This is an instant fix for flat, flyaway or second-day hair, Oribe’s award-winning Dry Texturizing Spray builds glamorous volume from root to tip. An invisible dry hair spray that delivers body, bounce and tousled texture, this miracle styling aid is a favorite with celebrities and beauty bloggers the world over. Patented polymers absorb the natural oils that weigh hair down, leaving you with a freshly styled look that lasts for days.
An excellent alternative to dry shampoo, this luxurious spray won’t coat your hair with powdery white residue or leave locks looking dry and brittle. Instead, Oribe’s signature blend of plant extracts and antioxidants protects against the damaging effects of the elements and imbues hair with radiant health, strength and shine. Carry this perfectly portable handbag-sized spray everywhere and banish bad hair days for good.
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion with SPF 50 ( $20.00)
Keep your skin hydrated while shielding it from the sun. Help restore the appearance of your skin’s smooth, firm texture and protect against sun damage with a bottle of Burt’s Bees® Renewal Day Lotion. This lightweight face moisturizer with natural broad spectrum SPF 30 and anti-aging ingredients is clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles and improve firmness. White hibiscus works to smooth wrinkles, while intensively hydrating apple locks moisture inside the skin to plump up cells and help visibly tighten the skin’s surface. Apply this 98.9% natural face cream generously in the morning after cleansing and 15 minutes before sun exposure and. It’s dermatologist-tested and contains no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS. Put the power of nature to work for your skin with Burt’s Bees.Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion contains natural broad spectrum SPF 30.
Create an invisible shield against sun, chlorine, salt water and styling tools with this mix of botanical hydrators and potent L-Amino Acid Complex. Philip B describes its Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray as the first ever time-released hair perfume – with benefits. This fragrant mist has a rich, seductive scent and hydrates and conditions hair while preventing damage caused by heat styling, sun, chlorine or salt water. Apply it before blow-drying, mist it on at the beach or use it anytime as a leave-in treatment. – Can be used on dry or wet hair – Weightless formula- Enriched with Safflower Oleosomes, Mongongo Oil, Artichoke Leaf Extract and a potent L-Amino Acid Complex.
Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture Gel Like Top Coat
Protect your tip’s color with Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture’s Gel Like Top Coat, ensuring 2 week long manicure! No chipping or fading!