Summer Beauty Tips, Tricks & Hacks
Here are some helpful tips and lazy girl beauty hacks to keep your skin looking refreshed, youthful and healthy at any age!
Greasy Hair: Don’t have dry shampoo on hand? My go-to is baby powder to soak up the oil and excess grease in the hair when you’re pressed for time. Baby powder containing an ingredient called talcum can effectively absorb and closely adhere to the grease while preserving the integrity and strength of the hair itself. After rubbing baby powder in the roots of the hair, blowdrying the hair on a low heat setting will aid in removing away the excess white powder.
Cellulite & Spider Veins: Sunless Self-Tanners are safe ways to reduce the appearance of minor skin imperfections such as spider veins. Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizers are my top pick. This sunless tanner is relatively inexpensive and provides hydration while providing a natural, subtle glow. This product allows for a gradual tan as you can control how tan you appear by applying the product more or less frequently. Consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists to discuss in-office procedures to target cellulite and spider veins.
Unwanted Self Tanner: Erase away a self tanner with a simple at home trick with two simple ingredients: baking soda and water. Mix half cup of baking powder with half of up of water. Apply the paste on clean skin, leave it on for a few minutes prior to wiping off with a gentle cleansing cloth. Of note, it is important to not be discouraged if the process needs to be repeated 2-3 times for complete removal of the self-tanner. Don’t forget to follow-up with a gentle body moisturizer to maintain hydration and restore the skin barrier.
Under eye Dark circles: Frustrated with dark circles under your eyes—use a hemorrhoid cream! Preparation H is a vasoconstrictor to help reduce under eye puffiness and aids in the blue-violaceous discoloration, contributing to the “tired” appearance. This easy trick can help maintain the coveted “well-rested” look, while saving you a few bucks (Preparation H, $20 Amazon). A word of caution for this inside beauty hack is to start with a small test spot and short contact time (<10 minutes) to avoid any unwanted irritation or rashes, especially in those with sensitive skin.
Back Acne: A quick way to improve the appearance of back acne is to use over-the-counter concealers that help not only conceal blemishes, but contain ingredients that are anti-inflammatory. For example, IT Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer contains tree tea oil along with mild form of glycolic acid to help conceal and temporarily decrease acne-related redness. This product is non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t cause you to break out) and is light formula, ideal for applying to large surfaces, such as the back and chest.
Double Chin: A double chin can be cosmetically displeasing and frustrating for many. There are a few ways to help improve the appearance of the chin and define the jawline without surgical intervention. A double chin is also referred to as submental fat. There is an accumulation of subcutaneous fat below the jaw. There are a few factors that may contribute to developing a double chin. Genetics, weight gain and aging are three factors that have been shown to contribute to developing excess accumulation of fat below the jaw. Often times, removing this excess fat us resistant to diet and exercise. Some people who are thin and live healthy lifestyles may develop a double chin and this is often as a result of genetics. Keep your chin up & tone your muscles!
There are few exercises that may help to provide some benefit to help reduce the prominence of the double chin. One in particular is to stick out your tongue, stretch it up and out for 10-15 second intervals. Chin presses with the aid of a resistance ball may also be helpful in strengthening the jaw muscles. Neck rotations and projecting or jutting the lower jaw forward and holding it for 10 seconds may also be helpful in strengthening the neck muscles. These exercises have been shown to be helpful only when used consistently. These techniques are also helpful in prevention of a double chin. Consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists to discuss in-office procedures to target and reduce the appearance of excess submental fat.
Red Face (Rosacea): Patients with rosacea are frequently troubled with the appearance of a cosmetically displeasing “red, flushed” face. Green tinted makeup is my top recommendation for an at home remedy to correct redness, giving a complexion of a more balanced, even appearance. Foundations and blushes with a green-base or underlying green tint with a buildable texture is ideal for both ideal color correction and coverage.
Rough patches on the skin: Mixing over-the-counter hydrocortisone with vaseline (a “medicated moisturizer”) and applying to the rough patches on the skin is a quick and easy way to help improve the appearance of mild rough, dry patches on the body. If there is a persistent area that is not responding, it is important to talk to your dermatologist for further evaluation.
Chicken skin: Chicken skin on the arms and legs is also referred to as keratosis pilaris. The rough, red bumps typically is more prominent during the summer months. Eucerin Roughness Relief lotion contains an ingredient called Urea along with other moisturizing factors (such as ceramides). Urea helps to increase the moisture in the skin by dissolving and softening the excess keratin (rough, dead skin). There is no cure for keratosis pilaris, but this is a helpful way to help better control the redness, roughness and overall appearance and feel of the skin.
Stretch Marks: Stretch marks can be cosmetically displeasing, more so during the summer months. Applying your a nightly retinol cream on the dark stretch marks nightly may help even out the skin tone and hyperpigmentation. A nightly retinol cream is often used for treatment of acne and fine lines and wrinkles. Recommended products: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil (Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, drugstores) and CerVe Renewing Retinol Serum (drugstores, Amazon).