It’s the equinox-unofficial societal-official kickoff of summer this weekend, Memorial Day! I’m sure you have some fabulous plans gallavanting on a yacht, hanging with friends at the beach or by the pool, or heading out to a family member’s BBQ. No matter what you end up doing, you’ll probably be getting some sun – probably lots of it.
Today I wanted to post a quick roundup of some tried-and-true beauty tactics and tips I swear by for sun safety and summer weather, just in time for the start of the season. Some of them might surprise you!
We’re all aware that sunscreen needs to be worn during sun exposure, so I’m not going to go on and on about it, but I want to bring up an important misconception about sunscreen. I’m sure we all know someone (or have been the person) who has said “I’m not wearing sunscreen, I want to tan!”
You can still get tan while protecting your skin against damage and wrinkles – I definitely do. The process may be a little more gradual, but it will turn out much more even (and your skin will thank you for it)!
Everyone loves that greasy feeling and look of smearing sunscreen on their face, right?
…Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Luckily, many skincare brands offer moisturizers high in SPF (none of that pansy SPF 15) that won’t clog your pores. This Neutrogena one is so nice I use it as my daily moisturizer.
Your daily commute or eating lunch outside might expose you to more UV rays than you’re aware of, especially in the summer. Even if you aren’t planning on going to the beach, it’s always good to use topical products with SPF. Some examples: hand & body lotion, makeup, chapstick.
Ready for anything. T-shirt: Vintage (similar here and here). Shorts: VILA (similar here). Sneakers: Vans (similar here). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Sunscreen SPF 70: Neutrogena.
So, you didn’t get burned after a day at the beach – good! But sun, the heat, and outdoor activities like swimming or sports probably leave you comfortably exhausted at the end of a summer day. One of my favorite things to do at night in the summer is put on one of these nourishing, refreshing face masks for 30 minutes before bed (and sip on lots of ice water to get rehydrated). It’s like the cherry on top of an awesome day.
You might not believe it, but I accidentally discovered the best mosquito prevention method ever.
Story time: one night a few summers ago, some friends and I were at the beach at dusk. Naturally, the bugs began to come out and thoroughly annoy everyone with their bothersome ways. However, I noticed that while all my friends were getting eaten alive, I remained untouched.
Am I a goddess immune to the pesky invasive pests? I wish, but no – I was wearing this moisturizer. Its lemon scent kept the bloodsuckers at bay!
I couldn’t believe it, but every single night that summer, and the summer after that, whenever I used this lotion before going outside at night, I was untouchable. Being able to comfortably be outside in the summer, and never having to scratch those awful red bumps any more is one of the most liberating feelings I have ever experienced.
Now, I always buy a big bottle of it at the beginning of every summer and never need to use gross, chemical-filled bug spray. Sounds crazy, but it really works. I highly encourage you to try it and free yourself from bugs!
Never leave home without it. Bikini top: RVCA (similar here). Bikini bottom: Billabong. Sandals: J.Crew. Bag: Marc Jacobs. Lotion: Bliss. (It says sold out online but there are always plenty available in store!)
Banish or embrace frizz
I love having grown my hair to be very long and thick. However, I am super-lazy when it comes to hair maintenance (I don’t own a blow-dryer, it just seems like too much hassle). This makes summertime weather my best friend, because with just two products*, I can have great hair all season with very little to no maintenance.
Whichever of the two products I use depends entirely on where I’ve been that day:
BEACH = SEA SALT SPRAY = WAVES FOR DAYS
At the end of the day, rinse and soap off to wash off any bacteria and prevent itchy salt skin, but don’t wet your hair – just spritz some sea salt spray, tousle, and you’ll be reborn with Gisele-worthy beach waves. (My hair does not hold styles from hot tools, so this is the one and only instance where I can manage to get wavy hair, and it’s very exciting).
Sea Mist: Herbivore at Moorea Seal. (Use code CAPCAP for 10% off your order.)
POOL = LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER = SMOOTH & SILKY
Luckily I have a freshwater pool, so rinsing off isn’t necessary. Spraying in some leave-in conditioner after swimming makes my hair super soft. Only use a little to detangle – your hair will already be softer and smoother from the cool water. You could easily do the same after rinsing off after a day at the beach too!
Leave-in Conditioner: Wen.
*I am excluding dry shampoo from this list, because we all know by now that it is a gift from the second-day/post-workout beauty deities.
What are some beauty tips you swear by for the summer? Let me know in the comments below!
Final 5 – Songs for your Memorial Day Pool Party:
- Is This Love (Montmartre Remix) – Bob Marley & The Wailers
- Daydreamer (Gryffin Remix) – Bipolar Sunshine
- Evening Star – Cannons
- Forever – HAIM
- Guest – Jean Tonique
Listen to my entire Poolside playlist on Spotify.