The Biggest Summer Beauty Mistakes

Summer Beauty Mistakes
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The Biggest Summer Beauty Mistakes

The hot summer weather will make you sweat more, increasing the risk that your makeup will run.

THE FIX: Switch to waterproof! Especially with mascara, there's nothing worse than looking like a raccoon, or as though you were hit thanks to some running mascara.

When you hit the beach this summer, remember this: salt and chlorine aren't great for your hair. When you jump in the ocean or pool with dry hair, it intensifies the effect they have on your locks.

THE FIX: Pre-soak your hair. If you soak your hair with fresh water before diving in, it'll help build a barrier against salt and chlorine, making it harder for them to penetrate your strands.

When you're on the beach or at the pool, the last thing you need is mascara running down your face.  Also, breakouts will increase: mixing sweat with makeup is no good.

THE FIX: Choose a tinted moisturizer if you can't resist, or go makeup-free!

Sometimes you're a stickler about sunscreen, but you just forget that one last part: your poor head.

THE FIX: When you're out and about, wear your hair up.  That's why we have hair, after all, to protect our scalp! Another great choice is to wear a hat -- it'll protect your scalp as well as your face and eyes.

Sloppy self-tanning or too much spray tan can result in obvious blotches, unsightly streaks or downright orange skin.

THE FIX: Be sure to exfoliate well to remove dead skin before self-tanning or your spray tan appointment. If you have a tan gone wrong, try the sugar & lemon fix.  Mix one cup raw sugar with 3/4 cup lemon juice, and rub the mixture on your skin. Leave for a minute or two, and rinse off with warm water.

Don't think that lathering yourself in the morning is enough to last you all day. This isn't just an issue when you're hitting the beach, either. Neglecting to properly moisturize will leave you with dry, irritated skin.

The Fix: If you're in direct sunlight, reapply an SPF of 15 or higher every few hours (at least!) - especially when you're just getting out of the ocean or pool.  If you're just enjoying a day about the town, don't forget to moisturize mid-day or at night to keep your skin happy.

If you spend all of the summer months in the sun and at the beach or pool without thinking of protecting your hair, it'll get fried.

THE FIX: Invest in a summertime product with SPF in it to protect your locks as well as your scalp.

Sandals can make your feet rough by exposing them to the elements while you walk, leaving them dry or cracked. 

THE FIX: Find a good moisturizing cream specifically for your feet.  Put it on at night and sleep in socks, they'll help keep the moisture in.


As you're gearing up for the summer months ahead, remember that with more time in the sun comes more responsibility. That is, responsibility to protect yourself from the sun's harsh rays!

Come this time of year, there are lots of beauty mistakes you're probably making, and don't realize it. From not applying enough SPF to letting your feet get dry and cracked (because yes, that does happen in summer, too!) -- click through the gallery above to see the biggest summer mistakes you need to avoid.

Then once you've got it all figured out, hit the beach with confidence -- and without running mascara!
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