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11 Ways to Summer-Proof Your Beauty Routine

Switch Up Your Shampoo

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Fight frizz in the shower with a more moisturizing shampoo. Frizzy strands are dry strands that soak up moisture in the air. Quenching their thirst with nourishing oils and other hydrators will stop the swell before it starts. Try: R + Co Atlantis Moisturizing Shampoo ($28).

Leave It In

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A leave-in conditioner will plug up all the porous spots in your strands (caused by damage), making the hair shaft stronger and better protected against dehydrating UV rays, says Jet Rhys, a hairstylist in San Diego. Try: Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Strengthening Light Leave-In Cream with Awapuhi Ginger ($5).

Oil Up Before a Swim

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Before you take a dip, wet your strands with regular water. Then work a few drops of hair oil from root to tip. “The chlorinated water can’t absorb if there’s oil on your hair,” says Rhys. Try: Redken Argan-6 Oil ($30).

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Rinse with Bubbles

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Forgot to do the oil trick? Post-swim, rinse hair with club soda. “The bicarbonate will remove the impurities instantly,” Rhys says.

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Tote Your Treatment

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Toss a hair mask in your beach bag, says Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and salon owner. Post swim, apply it to damp strands. “The sun will act as heat and you’ll get an intense treatment all day,” she says. Try: L’Oréal Everpure Moisture Restorative Mask ($9).

Slow Your Sloughing

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Cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank suggests exfoliating less during the sunny season. Why? Regular exfoliation can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn. Do the deed just twice a week using a gentle tool like the Clarisonic Facial Sonic Cleansing Brush ($149).

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Ditch Your Face Cream

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When the humidity soars, moisturizing creams and lotions can mix with the oils in your skin, leaving you looking greasy. Frank suggests swapping out your regular moisturizer for a lightweight, gel-based formula. Try: Olay Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer ($14).

Condition, Then Cleanse

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Prone to backne? Residue from your hair conditioner could be to blame, says celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau. The solution: After you condition, pin-up your hair and cleanse your back.

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Make Prime Time

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Applying makeup primer is a smart move in the summer—even if you don’t wear foundation, says makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. A mattifying primer mops up excess oil, while smoothing over large pores, lines, and wrinkles, she says. Top with your base (only where you need it) or just add some blush. Try: Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Transparent Mattifier ($15).


Put Away Your Pencils

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In sticky conditions, waxy eyeliner pencils are more likely to slip and slide all over your face. Trade them in for longwearing gel pencils, which will stay put, says Kashuk. Try: Laura Geller Beauty INKcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil in After Midnight ($20).

Chill Your Lipstick

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If your favorite lipstick or balm got all melted and mushy after a long, hot day, it’s not ruined. “Put it in the fridge,” says Kashuk. “Once it’s chilled, you can restructure it.”


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