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5 Secrets to completing your summer look

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Super summer beauty

You have the perfect summer outfit — now it’s time to give your look the finishing touches with these five easy steps.

Super summer beauty

Shiny, soft hair

For soft hair with sparkling color, you want a product that protects and purifies while maintaining your shade. Natural Instincts Hair Color, for instance, features antioxidants and an intense conditioning treatment designed to nourish hair and protect against dryness. Treating your hair with this type of formula will protect it from damage while giving it shine — exactly what you want in your summer look.

Healthy hair

From UV rays to chlorine, summer can wreak havoc on your hair. And the more damaged it is, the more likely it will absorb unhealthy chemicals. Products such as Pantene's Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner will lock in your hair's moisture while preventing damage. Just make sure to avoid shampooing before swimming, as it can remove oils that guard your hair. Add a deep conditioner to your hair care regimen once a week for extra body and shine.

Beautiful skin

Shimmering, soft summer skin is about hydrating and moisturizing while protecting yourself from the sun's harmful rays. Try a product like Olay Total Effects Body Wash, which extends elasticity, decreases dryness, smooths rough skin, moisturizes and makes dull skin shine.

And don't forget to exfoliate! Gently massage your skin in circular movements from the shoulders down, then rinse clean. Do this two to three times a week for optimal glow.  

Bold bright nails

Summer is great because you can color your fingers and toes in bolder shades. COVERGIRL's Boundless Color Nails offers 22 brilliant base coats and eight twinkling top coats that you can mix and match all summer long. Base coat shades include Pink Champagne, Crushed Shells and Perfect Penny while top coats tout Ruby Dust, City Lights and Crystal Mist. For maximum color, apply a clear base coat followed by two applications of color and a clear top coat to protect.

All-day protection

Whether you're relaxing by the pool or working up a sweat playing beach volleyball, you'll want an antiperspirant/deodorant that helps you stay fresh and clean. Secret Clinical Strength Sensitive Skin offers prescription strength in triple action technology to protect wetness, combat odor all day and keep skin smooth. It's designed for use at night to work with your body's natural temperature fluctuations but lasts all day — especially when you sweat, so you don't have to worry when the heat is on.

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