Don’t sweat it. Easier said than done, right? With all of the beautiful sunlight and fun activities of summer comes the major ick factor.
We love getting a little color in our cheeks, but gleaming by sweat? No gratitude. Here’s how to instantly look cool as a cucumber.
- Update your skincare regime
The combination of sweat and sunblock will clog pores and make skin feel oily unless the routine is switched up for the summer months. Create by using a gentle, non-soap cleanser in the morning and evening to give your skin a careful cleaning, says makeup artist Liz Fuller of Makeup Artistry. Be sure to exfoliate several mornings a week as well to help clean out pores.
- Don’t use bar soap
The binders that hold a bar of soap together have a high pH balance, which will strip the water and ordinary oils from your skin, says celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau. Your skin cells require staying moist in order to be healthy and without water, your skin will pump out more oil to compensate for the water defeat, Rouleau says.
- Prep your skin
Papaya is also a great natural mask for oily skin and I always suggest using it to my clients with oily skin. All you need to do is simply mash it up, apply it to your face and let the magic start! Says Jessica Scantlin, lead celebrity makeup artist of Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge. The natural enzymes found in papaya facilitate to draw out oil without stripping the skin or causing damage.
- Don’t wear makeup while you work out
The combination of sweat and makeup can clog pores and block the evaporation, making the sweat on your face more visible and important to breakouts, says Dr. David E. Bank, a dermatologist and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Top at Any Age. Bank suggests wearing a headband to keep hair off of your face and to prevent sweat from dripping down.
- Prevent sweat in those difficult areas
I do make up for a lot of brides in the summer and sometimes they are immediately sweating in my chair! A lot of times it’s their upper lip that’s sweating or immediately underneath their breasts, says Fuller. I use a hard antiperspirant on their upper lip to help end the sweating. I swipe it over the covering and then pat it in and remain a few minutes. Same goes for under their breasts. She says it’s a quick and simple way to stop sweating. You may also use a spray antiperspirant on foot or behind the neck and on the inner thighs.
- Cool down
Peppermint and eucalyptus oils are the perfect mix of cooling aid, says Elese. Wet a washcloth and spray a few drops of oil for immediate cooling relief. The homeopathic remedies of these oils signal the body to immediately cool and, even better, stay cool.