Dare to Be Bare–Staying Cool in the Summer Heat
Alternative title: How I Stay So Fresh and So Clean Clean in the Summer Heat
Hi guys! Hope your Thursday is treating you well
I don’t know about where you are, but the weather here has that full fledged summer feeling, and I am absolutely loving it. One of my favorite things in the entire world is being able to step outside and go for a walk, no matter how little (err, well appropriately) I’m wearing. There’s just something about a warm summer breeze whisking across bare arms and legs while wearing a tank and shorts in the summer.
Am I right or am I right? (HLS 2011, what what!)
However, along with the summer heat – and thusly wearing less – comes the little issue of staying fresh and confident while baring a little more skin.
Allow me to be a little…candid…with you all, and talk about the problems that I sometimes have with summer heat and baring more skin:
I sweat. I love to sweat when I’m working out. When I’m not actively trying to get my heart rate up? Notsomuch. However, ever since I was younger (read: adolescence) I was a pit sweater. I think it’s gotten more under control as I’ve gotten older, but I Still have to rely on a few tactics to keep the pit stains at bay. My #1 tip is to rotate deodorants.
I swear, my armpits become immune to a deodorant if I use it for more than a month. To avoid this, I typically switch out my deodorants every few days. Right now, here’s what’s in the cycle:
I typically rotate between three deodorants – a roll on, an all natural, and a white stick one. The last one in the rotation this time around is Dove Cleartone, which I received from the company to try out*
But more on that in a minute.
Red bumps. AKA – razor burn. Another one of my concerns is that I have fairly sensitive skin. Sometimes when I shave, I get little red bumps from the irritation of the blade, wax, etc. These are especially pesky on that super sensitive bikini line. However, with a little prep work, I typically don’t have to worry to much:
- I’ll first prep my skin by exfoliating the areas I want to shave or wax one day beforehand.
- I don’t buy shaving gel, and haven’t since Freshman year of high school (do people still use this stuff?) Instead, I use conditioner. It’s there, it makes my hair soft whether it’s on my head or my legs, and it helps soften the hair so I don’t get razor burn.
- Apply deodorant to bikini line. I heard about this tip years ago, but have no idea where I got it. However, it works – I apply Dove’s sensitive skin deodorant to my bikini line after shaving to help minimize razor burn. I’m sure you could use any brand’s deodorant for sensitive skin, too.
- Lotion up! Keeping skin hydrated can also minimize irritation. I just make sure that I’m using a fragrance-free lotion on just shaven skin – it works better for me.
Pasty skin. If you can’t tone it, tan it!
Ha! Who doesn’t love a little safe, UVA/UVB-free summer glow? Anyway, each year instead of getting freckled and risking my chance for skin cancer, I tan with a bottle. Usually this surrounds an event or something that I’ll need to get pictures taken for, as I don’t use it the entire summer.
I’m just not that high maintenance (aka I’m too lazy to put on both regular lotion and tanning lotion every day – or other day- whatever.) However, if I’m feeling ultra pasty, I’ll use a bottle of foaming tanning lotion to get my bronze goddess glowing. Or something like that.
That picture is from our Dominican Republic trip last year. Note to self: the sun is a lot closer to the earth down there. I won’t go into too much detail, because if I went over sun safety with you guys, I’d be beating a dead horse. We all know it. Stay out of the sun between 10-2, wear a hat, wear sunscreen. Got it? Good
When it comes to girls and hair, it seems like the grass is always greener. It’s the same for me. I’m not one who has naturally shiny, slick straight hair, but I waaannnnnt ittt. Instead, I have hair that I have to blow dry straight to make it straight. Otherwise it just air dries like crap (see here.)
Basically, I have a LOT of course, thin hairs on my head. So when the summer humidity is at its peak here in Illinois, blow drying it straight really isn’t an option. So instead, I embrace the moisture in the air, and do the whole “beachy wave” thing. Some days it works better than other (see my beachy waves tutorial here!)
Melted makeup. Every year around March when we get that unseasonal heat wave here in IL, I’m quickly reminded that it’s time to change my foundation. In the winter months, I either wear a tinted moisturizer or a liquid foundation. In the summer heat and humidity? It’s GOT to go.
Instead, I switch to a mineral powder foundation. I think it’s probably healthier for my skin, too. But for the most part, I use it because it eliminates melted make up and shiny T-zone problems.
Finally, one summer weather blunder that I hadn’t thought of – probably because I never look here too closely – is discolored armpits. Dove recently sent me its new Clear Tone deodorants to try out*, claiming that it combats dark marks in your armpits. I was intrigued, and willing to give it a try. Naturally, I conducted my own little study.
Would my pits change in appearance after 14 days of wearing Dove Clear Tone? I took a picture of my armpit right when I got up, before applying the deodorant for 14 days (nerd alert, anyone?) to find the results. Although I’ll spare you 14 pictures of my arm pit, I will show you this before, during, and after picture:
I’ll let you be the judge. Just don’t zoom in my armpit too closely. I shave every other day, people.
(For the record – although I was skeptical at first, I do think I noticed a slight difference in coloration. Sometimes, even if I shave that day, it looks like I have a “shadow” still. However, by day 14, it seemed less noticeable. Also, for my extremely clinical (aka in the bathroom) study, I used the regular Cleartone deodorant – not the clinical strength one.)
Aside from all this maintenance, sometimes I’m just a sweaty mess. Summer’s hot, and when it comes to outdoor activities like running or outdoor boot camp, sometimes ya just have to embrace your body’s not-so-pleasant cooling system and do what ya can
What’s your biggest summer skin-bearing problem and how do you combat it?
What kind of deodorant do you use? I’m nosey
*As part of the DailyBuzz Healthy Living Program, I received free Clear Tone Deodorant and a stipend from Dove. However, my opinions are entirely my own.