I don’t know about you, but I’m SO ready for spring and summer. It’s not unusual for us to see snow in March and even April. That means we’re wearing toques and winter jackets and way too many layers of clothing for a good 6 months of the year. Blech! So, when the temperature soars into the double digits, I am SO ready to take full advantage of the sunshine and warmer weather. In fact, I am the often the first to kick off the winter boots and slip on the flip flops!
As we say goodbye to the hats that hide our unwashed hair and trade our long pants for short shorts and skirts, I’m sure I’m not the only one who enters a state of ‘summertime beauty emergency.” How will I keep my hair under control on those hot, humid days? Do I need to start shaving my legs again? How will I fit all my beauty supplies into my luggage for my summer vacation? And the list goes on.
This year, I’m vowing to sleep more, hang out in the hammock more, and shave… never! Seriously! I’m also going dry… dry shampoo that is. And when it comes to summer travel, I’m going to pack light. I’m sure you’re thinking: tell me more!
Let’s start with your locks. A good hair day can make all the difference but spending time shampooing, conditioning and blow drying every morning can leave you frantic and frazzled. My new secret weapon for fabulous hair is Batiste Dry Shampoo. If you haven’t heard of dry shampoo, I suggest you run, not walk, to pick up a can of Batiste. Seriously, I LOVE this stuff! It works to instantly revive oily hair, leaving it looking and smelling clean and fresh. No wet washing required and most importantly no blow drying. If I have a few extra minutes to spare, I sometimes re-style my hair but it’s not necessary. Batiste comes in a variety of fragrances – New Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry is perfect for summer with top notes of pear, melon, kiwi and wildberry!
If you’ve never used dry shampoo before, don’t worry. It’s easy to use. Simply shake can well. Hold 30 cm away from your hair, section & spray into roots. Massage thoroughly with fingertips then brush and style as desired.
Then there’s that hair that’s got to go. I’m talking about the stubble on your legs that leaves you cringing when you reach for that pair of shorts or even worse the bikini you’ve been hiding in the back of your closet all winter. I’m trading my razor this summer for the new Nair Nourish Crème for Legs & Body. A hair remover cream with Grape Seed Oil plus Antioxidant Rich Resveratrol, it removes hair in as little as three minutes (yes, three minutes) while moisturizing to restore skin’s youthful glow leaving you with smooth skin for days longer than shaving*. Did you read that? Days!
Pro Tip: Stock up! Keep a can of Batiste and a tube of Nair in your bathroom at home, in the bathroom at the cottage/cabin/summer home and a third one in your gym bag. You’ll be able to freshen up your hair at a moment’s notice! And the minute you spot the stubble, you’ll have hair remover on hand. All it takes is three minutes and a quick shower or damp cloth to rinse!
What else do I add to my summertime beauty shortcuts arsenal?
Waterproof mascara is my secret weapon for humid days or afternoons at the pool that would have me looking like a raccoon in no time. I set aside my wintertime foundation and blush for a simple brush-on bronzer to add a little colour and life to my face. A pair of sunglasses to protect my eye area from fine lines, a wide-brimmed hat to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful rays, and a spray bottle of mineral water to freshen up my skin on a hot day round out my summer beauty must-haves.
P.S. Between the summer heat and a jam-packed schedule, it’s easy to let healthy eating slip by the wayside. To ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs, try adding a multivitamin to your daily health and beauty routine. A complete multivitamin such as the Vitafusion Women’s Complete Multivitamin is a great option. It’s specially formulated to meet our needs and comes in an easy-to-take, delicious gummy. It includes Biotin and helps maintain hair, skin and nail health – ensuring you glow from the inside out this summer! I also take a bottle of water with me everywhere. It helps me stay hydrated and keeps me healthy inside and out.
So, this summer it’s all about getting your beauty rest, looking fabulous, feeling healthy and rocking those short shorts.