Any tips for health and beauty when the weather gets warm?
I make a few changes in my regimen in the summer. I just switched to a new face wash, Aquamarina from Lush. Normally I use Angels on Bare Skin, but it's been so warm in Paris and I've been sweating, I feel like I need something "purifying". I've also bought purifying masks to keep my pores from getting clogged with all the sweat. In the winter, my skin is always dry, so I need something exfoliating and hydrating. My skin is a lot better in the summer, but I need to make sure it stays luminous (dumb word but it's true) and not dull so I exfoliate every once in a while and moisturize daily (I use a Kiss my Face moisturizer).
I also wear MUCH less makeup when it gets warm. I get tons of freckles on my nose (which is really annoying because they don't go much past that, just a little on my cheeks) but I've come to accept it. In the winter I do the whole shebang, concealer, powder foundation, black mascara, powder, etc. Now that it's summer I've just been wearing a tinted Spf 15 moisturizer, concealer, and a light powder so seal. I switch to brown mascara, and wear maybe tinted lip gloss/balm (like Terra Tints) but never full-on lipstick.
I seem to want to be blonde every summer. I had dark brown hair in winter, after dying it with henna. I stopped the henna and after a few months I dyed over it with a commercial dye in lighter red...and now I'm dyeing over THAT with a nice blonde that I think will phase in nicely. I'll probably do lemon juice treatments to keep the blonde and highlight it through the summer.
Lastly I decided to try self tanner. I've never used it before, it was too pricey and I wasn't sure which one to get, but I found a nice spray one at the store today on sale. I've been using a lotion that's supposed to build up a really subtle bronze look, but I'm so freakin pale it hasn't done much. Do you self-tan? What are your favorite products?
I go even more natural in summer. I want my skin to actually show, I want to look healthy and like I wasn't just shut in all through the freezing winter. Tell me what you do to take care of yourself, both inside and outside, when the weather finally starts to heat up!
PS. Normally I live in California so I don't deal with that much of a temperature change, but after the year in Paris going through a crazy cold winter, I want to celebrate summer!