Summer often calls for more time outside and in the sun. Though the days are warmer and longer, the weather can also lead to some unintended beauty issues. Think puffy eyes, frizzy hair, sunburn, cracked skin, and sweat-streaked makeup. Luckily, you can take steps to reduce beauty-related snafus associated with heat and sun.
Puffy eyes from allergies
Wave goodbye to puffy eyes with a few simple fixes.
According to the Allergy & Asthma Network, puffy eyes show up when protective cells in our eyes release histamine to combat allergies.Histamine can irritate eyes, and warmer temperatures can dry them out, making symptoms worse.
The quick fix
The Allergy & Asthma Network suggests counteracting histamines with over-the-counter antihistamines, like Benadryl.You can also try freezing a washcloth, and use it to wash your eyes to reduce swelling.
“The other way washing helps is [by reducing] pollen in and around the eye,” says Fred Pescatore, a physician and the author of “The Allergy & Asthma Cure.”Avoid trying to cover up with makeup. “Anything foreign can cause irritation,” Pescatore says.
Pescatore also recommends taking Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract that that researchTrusted Source shows may reduce allergy-induced inflammation.
The long-term solution
You can’t cure allergies, but you can mitigate symptoms. The Allergy & Asthma Network suggests asking your doctor about prescription-strength eye drops. Pescatore recommends using a humidifier to keep eyes moist. “When you keep eyes moist, allergens can’t latch on as well.”
Wearing sunglasses may also help. “They block the allergens from going into your eyes,” he says.
Frizzy hair from humidity
Sun, sand, wind, and waves often equal frizzy hair. A few simple mods to your routine can help you avoid it.
When the hair cuticle becomes raised and allows moisture from the environment to enter, your strands swell. “[Then], the hair can move into different patterns, so it feels like the hair is uncontrolled,” says Michele Green, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist. People with wavy, dry, or heat-damaged hair are more prone to frizz.
The quick fix
If you wake up with frizzy hair, your best bet may be to embrace it, says Andrew Fitzsimons, a celebrity hairstylist who has styled Mariah Carey and Martha Stewart.
“Sometimes it’s not about taming frizz but leveraging and enhancing your hair’s natural texture, so it looks as healthy and vibrant as possible,” Fitzsimons says. “To do this, I add dry oils or texture sprays throughout the hair.”
You can also pull hair back into a sleek ponytail. Start by blowing the hair out straight. Then, flatiron narrow sections, running a comb through your hair as you go.
“This will achieve sleek ‘glass’ hair, and then you can throw it into a tight high ponytail,” Fitzsimons says. “Apply [hairspray] to a fine-tooth comb and gently comb loose flyaways down.”
The long-term solution
To reduce hair frizziness long-term, Green recommends opting for a shampoo with hydrating ingredients, like glycerin. “It will lock in moisture and seal the cuticle layer of the hair, preening to prevent frizz,” she says. Green also suggests avoiding shampoos that contain sulfates, which strip the hair of its natural oils.
You may also want to cut down on how much you use shampoo. “Washing hair too frequently can contribute to how much frizz you have by interrupting the natural balance of your hair’s oil,” she says.
She recommends shampooing 2 to 3 times per week and scheduling heat-styling-free days. Always use a heat protectant when styling hair. Fitzsimons suggests finding a product that protects up to 450°F or 232°C.