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Summer beauty survival guide

Everyone looks forward to the warm summer months, but let’s face it, the heat can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Here’s how to look your best when the mercury rises.

woman applying sunscreen

It was a rude awakening for Tanis Shelly when she moved from Kingston, Ontario to Scottsdale, Arizona and had to adjust to nearly year-round heat.

A self-proclaimed “winter” person, Shelly, 31, swapped her cozy sweaters for tank tops as she started a new job in the much warmer climate nearly four years ago.

With temperatures soaring into the mid to high 30s C during the summer months, Shelly has had to revamp her beauty routine. She shares her top four tips for surviving the heat and other environmental stressors.

Exercise in the a.m.

Whether it’s running, doing a Zumba class or biking, Shelly suggests getting your exercise out of the way while most people are still sleeping. It’s the coolest time of the day and you’ll avoid exposing yourself to harmful UV rays, which are strongest between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Treat yourself to a pretty reusable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated post workout and throughout the day.

Make sure you’re covered

Sunscreen is a must year-round, but it’s especially important during the summer. Protect your body and face from sun spots, wrinkles and painful burns (which put you at higher risk for some skin cancers) by lathering on an oil-free sunscreen.

Remember to apply sunscreen before you get dressed in the morning so you don’t risk smudging it on your clothes. Reapply often.

Treat your feet

Many Canadian women dig their sandals out of the closet once the temperature hits the double digits. Before you strut in your favourite slip-ons, visit your neighbourhood spa for a pedicure. They’ll slough off any dead skin that’s been hibernating all winter and you’ll leave feeling as bright as the colour on your toes.

Or, if you want to splurge on more nail polishes, opt for a DIY home pedicure instead.

Protect your hair

Swimming goes hand-in-hand with warm weather, but the chlorine in pools can do a number on your tresses. From drying it out and causing build-up to (gulp!) turning blonds green, the fear of chlorine drives some women right out of the water. Enjoy a swim but be sure to use a clarifying shampoo on your hair and rinse it well as soon as you get out of the water.

Quick tip

Baking soda and club soda are known home remedies for removing chlorine residue from your hair.

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