1. Dry, faded hair
Sun and chlorine are fading your hair colour and drying out your do. All hair colours fade thanks to those elements, but redheads in particular can anticipate a wishy-washy hue. Before diving in, Daniel of Toronto’s Salon Daniel suggests drenching your unwashed hair with a bottle of spring water—tap water won’t work, as it still has traces of chlorine in it—then add a hair-quenching conditioning treatment.
FLARE’s pick: Tresemmé Smooth & Silky Deep Smoothing Masque, 226 g, $5.49. Because your hair will already be saturated with the bottled water and coated with an extra protectant, it will absorb less of the pool’s chlorinated water.
Beauty and the Beach
Your new summer sandals have given you blisters. “Fit is key, so make sure your shoes are the right size. Heat causes your feet to swell a little, so it is better to go shoe shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are more swollen,” says Dr. Alexandra Zorbas of Laval, Que.’s Clinique Podiatrique Chomedey. Also, your feet perspire more in the summer, and the moisture creates more friction, which leads to blisters. Resist the temptation to burst blisters, as they can easily get infected. Dr. Zorbas recommends tossing some Epsom salts into a warm bath and soaking your sore feet. “This will help dry out a blister and relax tired foot muscles, too.” Fashionistas who insist on wearing a pair of blister-inducing shoes can avoid the pain by applying a piece of moleskin (easily available at drugstores) to where the shoe is irritating the skin. Using a foot powder such as Lush T for Toes (right), 100 g, $10, will help cut down on moisture and friction as well.
3. Jaundiced nailpolish
Your nail polish has a sickly yellow tint. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can make your polish look like it’s come down with a case of jaundice. Matthew Onion, co-owner of Toronto’s Polish Beauty Bar, recommends using a topcoat with a UV filter to keep your true colour shining through.
FLARE’s pick: Nailene Sun Shield, $5.73. “Avoid getting sunscreen on your manicured nails, too,” adds New York City–based manicurist Elisa Ferri, as SPF chemicals can trigger a yellowing effect.
4. Irritated girls
Your ample bosom is causing some irritation. No, we’re not talking about the women jealous about how you fill out your bikini. Folds of skin can become inflamed when it’s hot and humid out. The uncomfortable condition, called intertrigo, most commonly occurs under the breasts, and can also be aggravated by a yeast infection or eczema. Toronto dermatologist Dr. Vince Bertucci suggests minimizing skin-on-skin contact (applying cotton gauze on the area may help). If the area is infected, you may need an antifungal or antibacterial cream.
5. Frizzy hair
Your hair’s exploded into a massive frizz. “Go with it and make the best of your curl,” says Daniel. He advises shampooing only twice a week—rinse and condition your hair every day if you wish, though—and combing a curl enhancer evenly through your hair before blow-drying. Be careful not to massage your mane too much or you’ll risk encouraging extra frizz. The best idea is to let your locks air-dry. If you insist on whipping your hair into straight submission, comb a smoothing cream through your damp hair. Post-blow-dry, Daniel recommends you use a liquid shine enhancer, such as L’Oréal Pro-fessionnel Tecni.art Hairmix Sublime Shine, 125 mL, $25, which is like a gloss that will seal your hair and stop humidity from penetrating.
6. Ingrown hairs
Your bikini area is riddled with ingrown hairs. Because the hair down there is coarse and curlier, it often doesn’t penetrate the dermis, instead curling back into the follicle, resulting in pesky ingrown hairs. How to deal with them? Leave them alone. “If you aggravate or try to remove the ingrown hair, you risk scarring and infection,” says esthetician Jessica Stewart of Edmonton’s Dolce Soleil Spa and Salon. “What I’ve found works best is adding a few drops of vitamin E to tea-tree oil and applying it to the whole bikini area after waxing. Continue if ingrowns are present.” The best thing to do, though, says Stewart, is to be proactive in preventing ingrown hairs from developing. “Scrub away dead skin cells that hold the hair against or under the skin with some body wash on an exfoliating mitt or use a gentle body scrub,” she says. “Waxing small areas at a time will also lessen the number of hairs that break and curl back into the follicle.” Try Olay Daily Purifying Body Wash with Sea Salts and Microbeads, 354 mL, $6—it won’t break the bank.
7. Sunburned skin
You’re so sunburned that even the slightest breeze makes your skin tingle. “Extensive sunburns may lead to dehydration, so drink lots of fluids to replenish some of the fluid loss,” says Dr. Bertucci. “More severe burns may require a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, or even a steroid prescribed by your doctor.” To help soothe your tender skin, a fragrance-free lotion, such as Olay Sensitive Moisture Therapy Lotion, 177 mL, $13, will help hydrate and may help reduce peeling as well. Adds Dr. Bertucci, “Prevention is obviously most important. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply regularly.”
FLARE’s pick: Clinique Sun-Care UV-Response Body Cream SPF 30, 150 mL, $22.50.
8. Flat hair
Your mane’s a flat-out disaster. Humidity acts like an anchor on naturally straight hair. Other than get-ting a textured cut to add some lift to your weighed-down tresses, Daniel suggests spritzing a light volumizing spray onto your damp hair before blow-drying
FLARE’s pick: Garnier Fructis Style XXL Volume Thickening Spray, 250 mL, $5.29. If you’d rather spend those precious summer hours enjoying margaritas on a patio, not fussing over your limp hair, consider a light body perm to give your hair some bounce for the next few months. “If your hair is healthy, try a perm with very large rollers so that the hair falls in loose, natural spirals,” he says.
9. Dry skin
Those laps in the pool are giving you one hot little bod, but your skin is parched. “Because pools often contain chemicals such as chlorine, your skin may become dry or irritated,” says Dr. Bertucci. The ocean’s saltwater can leave your skin lacking hydration, too. Moisturize before taking a swim and, when you get home, shower with a moisturizing body wash, such as St. Ives Vitamin E Body Wash, 532 mL, $5, or Dove Cream Oil Body Wash (above), 295 mL, $5, then apply a rich body lotion, such as Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Butter, 325 mL, $4.79, with skin-soothing and extra-moisturizing ingredients.
10. Blah makeup
Makeup that was gorgeous all winter suddenly looks blah in the summer. “Ditch the dark lipsticks and go for something that’s a shade and a half lighter,” says Ross Burton, national artistic director for Lancôme Makeup. Better yet, switch to gloss. “The days are longer and there’s more sun, so add more dazzle to your face with a lip gloss,” he recommends. Also, opt for a creamy blush in a bright shade (“Too much powder will make you look dry”). And chances are your foundation, concealer and bronzer are not matching your skin tone anymore due to your inevitable sun exposure. Burton suggests buying a base, a concealer and a bronzer in a summer shade. As for shine, get it under control with the right cleanser. Burton’s favourite: Lancôme Pure Focus Cleansing Gel with Micro-Beads for Oily Skin, 125 mL, $34. On a budget? Try Bioré Shine Control Foaming Cleanser, 200 mL, $13.
11. Brittle nails
Your nails are weak and brittle. From the driving range to climbing in and out of the pool, all this summertime activity can translate into big-time nail breakage. To help save a split or broken nail, Ferri, who’s worked with gal pals Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, swears by the Nailene Power Fusion Gel kit, $9. “Just brush one coat of the glue and one coat of the activator on bare nails and that’s it—it’s self-leveling, so you don’t need to file it or buff it,” she says. (It works well as a nail strengthener, too.) To help save nails dried out from chlorine, Ferri suggests applying cuticle cream regularly. “Keep it in your purse, in your desk drawer and on your night table. The best time to apply it is in the evening because that’s when you have 7–8 hours uninterrupted by hand-washing while your skin rejuvenates overnight.”
FLARE’s pick: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, $8.
12. Ghastly veins
Due to ghastly veins, your knees appear more like a danger zone than an erogenous zone. Don’t sulk about not being able to wear this summer’s ubiquitous mini just yet. An injection procedure pioneered 60 years ago effectively abolishes thin spider veins, says Toronto dermatologist Dr. Martie Gidon. And while it’s moderately painful, 20 minutes in the doc’s office ($150/session, with up to six visits required) it is nothing compared to the infamously excruciating vein-stripping surgery for abolishing thicker varicose veins. For a cheaper quick fix, try a colour-correcting concealer with a yellow undertone, such as Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Concealer in Soft Yellow, $12.50, to cover up those red blood vessels—and while you’re at it, if you’ve been dancing till dawn every night, use it to conceal your dark under-eye circles as well.