Summer is all about having fun outside with your friends, enjoying the gorgeous weather whenever you get the chance. While it’s our favorite season for obvious reasons, there are some aspects of the hot weather that can really put a damper on our beauty routines. Before you reach for pricey products or an arsenal of chemical products know that a solution might be right in your kitchen. These simple all-natural summer beauty hacks are perfect for every summer woe, and as an added bonus won’t break the bank.
1. Fix Self-Tanner Mistakes With Baking Soda
You’re trying to be good by using self-tanner instead of risking skin cancer by tanning in the sun (go you!), but you can’t deal with the uneven blotches. Stop scrubbing your skin red trying to even out your faux glow, and instead, exfoliate with a mix of baking soda and water on a loofah. It will help wash away excess tanner, so you can try again!
2. Use Potato as An Exfoliator
Instead of hitting the nail salon for weekly pedis, just grab a potato! Cut it in half, and coat it in coarse sea salt. Scrub it on the bottom and sides of your feet an instant exfoliator!
3. Freeze Aleo Vera Gel in Ice Cubes to Treat Sun Burns
As much as we try to prevent sunburn, there are just some days when we miss a spot while putting it on, or we forget to reapply during a day outside. Aloe vera is one of the best ways to soothe burned skin, but chilled aloe vera is even better. Fill up an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel and keep it in your freezer all summer long, then pop out a cube or two when you need some extra relief. It will immediately help to soothe your ailing skin.
4. Remove Water Proof Makeup With Oils
Waterproof makeup is a summer must-have for many, however taking it all off at the end of the day can be tricky, especially in the delicate eye area. Think castor oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. For those with oily complexions that are skipping right to the next tip, think again: Oil naturally dissolves the dirty “oils” on your skin (makeup) without stripping of the skin of its natural oils, which is what causes the skin to produce excess oil in the first place. Rub the oil of your choice onto dry skin, gently massaging in a circular motion as you go. Let the oil sit on your skin for a few moments before removing the oil with a washcloth dampened with warm water.
5. Keep Color From Fading With Vinegar
No matter what your hair color, salt water and the blazing sun can seriously dull the shade. Apple cider vinegar will brighten it back up! Just pour 1/2 cup into a spray bottle and spritz your hair. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, and rinse it out. Use this trick every time you spend the day outside, and your amazing color will last much longer.
6. Soothe An Itchy Scalp With Yogurt
The same thigns that dry out your hair and skin in summer, can seriously dry out your scalp, too. To treat a dry, itchy scalp, try this quick DIY fix. Dissolve two crushed aspirin pills in one tablespoon of water; then add two tablespoons of Greek yogurt and mix it all together. Massage the mixture into your scalp and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash and condition your hair after, and it will majorly help with an itchy scalp!
7. Fight Frizz With Coconut Oil
While there are a ton of great frizz-reducing products on the market, you can save money by making your own with ingredients you can probably find in the kitchen! Mix two tablespoons of coconut oil and two tablespoons of avocado oil into a spray bottle, and mist the super dry parts of your hair. Bonus: You’ll smell like the beach without ever leaving your house!
8. Use Sugar for Dry, Flaky Lips
Wearing bright, bold lip colors for summer can be fun, but you don’t want dry lips to draw attention from the rest of your look. Simply take a balm of your choice onto your finger and dip it into sugar. Gently massage the balm and sugar mixture onto your lips, then wipe lips clean with a washcloth. Follow the treatment with a layer of balm for extra moisture.
9. For Dull Skin Use Tomato
This lycopene-rich fruit is perfect for fading tans and restoring your skin’s glow, especially with the sun beating down. Cut a tomato in half, scoop out the pulp and mash. If your skin’s feeling dry and dull, mix with thick yogurt and apply all over for a protein and Vitamin C packed facial. Or add some besan and gently massage into skin to remove surface dullness.