Q: My hair is fried from the sun. Any tips?
A: If summer fun has wreaked havoc on the health of your hair, pamper your tresses back to their prime with this daily at-home conditioning routine suggested by Gil Ferrer, owner of Gil Ferrer salon in New York City: Mix equal parts of a scalp-soothing mint-oil conditioner and a shampoo made for your hair type. Try Gil Ferrer CoolScalp Conditioner, $28, or Graham Webb Ice Cap Revitalizing Conditioner, $12. Suds up with this mane-moisturizing concoction, and rinse thoroughly. Follow with a deep conditioner, rubbing the ends of your hair as you let it soak in for a few minutes. Rinse, and apply a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to shield your strands from do-damaging UV rays.
Q: I’m going straight from the beach to a party. What’s a no-fuss way to freshen up my look?
A: Look stunning as you go from seashore to dance floor with these get-foxy-on-the-fly tips from Beverly Hills makeup artist Valerie Sarnelle.
- Clean up with a premoistened face wipe. "This is key if you won’t have access to a sink. You need to get off all the sunscreen and oils or you’ll be slick (and not in a good way) all night," says Sarnelle. Try Avon Clearskin Deep Clean Cleansing Cloths.
- If your skin’s a little blotchy after your day outdoors, even out your complexion in one step with a dual-finish powder compact. Try Cover Girl Simply Powder Foundation, $5.27.
- Since you wore sunscreen all day, put a flattering flush in your cheeks with a petal pink powder blush. Try Bobbi Brown Essentials Blush in Soft Pink, $20.
- Line and fill lips with a neutral liner, then coat with a glistening rose gloss. Try Max Factor Color Perfection Luxe Lipgloss, $5.89.
- Brush your brows into place with a tinted brow gel. Try Valerie Beverly Hills Brow Tamer, $15. "When you have beautiful, defined brows, everything else falls into place," says Sarnelle.
Q: Will wearing SPF free gloss in the sunlight increase the potential of burning my lips since the gloss is so shiny?
A: Believe it or not, going solo with gloss can indeed increase your chances of lip burn on sunny days. But it’s not because of the shine factor, says San Francisco dermatologist Richard Glogau. Gloss gives your lips a heavy-duty shot of moisture in addition to a sexy sheen. Although that moisture will prevent your lips from chapping or peeling, it also actually acts as a superconductor of damaging UV rays, allowing them to penetrate the skin more quickly.
To protect your pucker in the sun, stay away from clear gloss. Pick one with a bit of color instead, since the pigment is a natural sunblock. Try Senna Lip Lacquer in Orangeism, $15, or Urban Decay Lip Gunk in Burn Out, $13. You could also first line and fill in your lips with a nude pencil for the same protective-pigment effect. Or prep your lips with a slick of lip balm containing SPF 15 or higher. Try Chap Stick Lip Moisturizer SPF 15, $1.79.