Summer Beauty Routine Do’s and Don’ts

SunscreenHappy June! This month is all about enjoying carefree days and shifting into a more lighthearted season. And of course, the concept of transitioning seasons goes beyond just switching your wardrobe- from new shades of nail polish and lipstick to an entirely new set of skin care rules. Take a look at the do’s and don’ts of a summer beauty routine, inspired by Manolo:

Don’t Forget the SPF

Skin-damaging UV rays can reach you even when you’re in the shade. Slather SPF 30 on everything that’s exposed—and just to be on the safe side, even the areas that aren’t. (Some of those sheer and sexy tees let in UV rays.) Complete your cute outfit with a hat and big sunglasses and the future you—who’s happily wrinkle- and skin cancer-free—will thank you.

Do go for radiant skin

Guinot’s gradual tan moisturizing lotion Lait Hydra Bronze hydrates and softens skin and provides a natural, golden hue, tanning the skin without the negative effects of baking in UV rays. Its light, non-sticky texture is easy to apply and does not streak, and the floral, feminine scent is sweet and enchanting.

Don’t use your winter moisturizer in warm weather

That heavy dry-skin-fixing moisturizer that works wonders from September through March could actually clog pores and trigger acne if used during the sweatier summer months. Switch to lightweight moisturizer such as Guinot’s Hydra Sensitive Face Cream. It is hypoallergenic, soothes skin, reduces redness and irritation and rebuilds the skin’s natural defenses.

Lay off the piping hot showersDo Lay Off the Piping-Hot Showers

Hot showers can be dehydrating to skin in general, but if you’ve spent several hours in the sun, the effects can be even worse. The next time you hop in, turn the water temperature down about 10 to 15 degrees, and don’t take more than two showers a day.

Don’t be so fussy about your hair

It’s too hot to mess around with curling irons and flat irons. Go for an unplugged look instead! Scrunch in a little volumizing foam like Kérastase Mousse Bouffante and just let your hair air-dry. Or for a carefree style, you could braid it or twist it into an easy bun.

Try brightly colored cosmeticsDo try brightly colored cosmetics

Test-drive the season’s hottest new hues—hot pink, blue, and even orange! A shot of color brightens your entire face, and shiny stuff makes your lips look plumper! Go for a bold pink, red or coral lip gloss. For your eyes, try teal. The aquatic hue is beautiful when applied on the lower waterline or coated on your lashes. Or try it on your nails as a fresh alternative to wintertime navy.

From sun protection, to makeup secrets, to hair care, these tips from Manolo will overhaul your summer beauty routine and inspire you to discover the beauty in you!