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(SPOT.ph) Ah, summer. The extra heat makes makeup—and grooming in general—extra tricky. How can you make makeup last? How do you prevent hair from becoming too oily? What is the solution to baskil?! Here are a few suggestions.
De-stress tresses with a sulfate-free shampoo. Scrubbing sans sulfates in the shower helps prolong your summer hair color and cleans hair gently but thoroughly. L'Oreal's EverStrong sulfate-free formula (P449, Watsons) helps strengthen hair—a good choice of shampoo for the summer since salt water and sun exposure can turn hair dry and brittle. The shampoo's rosemary mint scent helps keep your scalp feeling refreshed, too.
Keep the (body) waterworks to a minimum by putting on a light dusting of powder post-shower. The talc helps keep sweat at bay. We love Snake Brand's Prickly Heat Cooling Powder (P69, Watsons) because it contains a cooling agent that helps you keep cool and fresh the whole day. The vintage tin packaging is cute, too. Make sure to sprinkle it on problematic parts like the back, nape, thighs, and behind the knees.
Hair is the scalp's first and only line of defense against sunburn, but that doesn't mean it can be exposed to the sun without protection. Exposing your head to the harsh sun can turn your locks dry, brittle and faded. If you plan to spend most of the day getting cooked under the sun, make sure to spread the sun-shielding love to your locks. Snoe Beauty's Hair Heroes Intense UV & Thermal Barrier Shield (P249, www.snoebeauty.com) contains Argan oil which helps protect hair from getting damaged. Apply to dry or damp hair and spread evenly.
Another body part that tends to be neglected in the sun-protection department are the lips. The lips happen to be very sensitive and the thin layer of skin is prone to sunburn and chapping. Look for a lip balm with SPF like Celeteque's Soothing Lip Balm (P198, PCX) which has SPF 15, UVA/UVB filters and mulberry extract.
Keep your cool and your pits dry during the day by, naturally, putting on anti-perspirant or deodorant. Look for a formula that doesn't cause darkening in armpits so you can still flaunt 'em in summer-y, sleeveless tops. The spray version keeps you protected but won't leave an unsightly white residue behind. Try Dove Advanced Care Ultimate White spray deodorant (P115, Landmark Department Store).
Sporting a honey-bronze complexion from a beach trip? A summer tan looks fresh and pretty when paired with rosy-pink cheeks. Keep a tube of lip and cheek tint in your bag to give you a sexy dewy flush. Lip and cheek tint is also the best way to effortlessly wear makeup at the beach. Try: Tony Moly Tony Tint in Red Apple (P249, Tony Moly)
Nothing spells summer quite like a splash of bright color on your nails. Not only will your tips and toes look tropical and happy, a coat of nail polish will help protect your nail bed from UV rays. Get creative and funky with these dual-ended nail art pens from Revlon (P375 each, Watsons).
Soothe overheated skin by applying aloe vera gel (store a tub in the fridge for an extra shot of cooling relief). Nature Republic's version (P249, Nature Republic) can be used to moisturize the body especially when your regular lotions or creams feel sticky and unbearable.
The sun's harsh UV rays can cause premature wrinkles. Give your skin a helping hand by keeping Aloe Mist (P498, Etude House) in your summer tote. This soothing facial mist helps refresh the face and keeps skin hydrated.
Heavy foundation in the summer can make your face look like a melting wax figure or cracked soil. Switch out the heavy stuff with a multitasking BB cream instead. The sheer formula helps conceal blemishes while allowing skin to breathe. Try Pond's BB Cream (P349, PCX and Watsons).