Summer Primpin’: Rise Above Common Summer Beauty Problems With These Hot Weather Essentials!

My neighbour’s cat relaxing in the shade on a hot day

The dog days… er, cat days of summer are here!  You know, summer is a pretty rough season for the beauty-obsessed.  Not only does our makeup melt due to humidity giving us permanent raccoon eyes, but the hot weather leads to less clothing, meaning actual skin exposure.  Ohmygod.

Lucky for us, I know just the right products to keep us looking cute and fresh even though it is eleventy thousand degrees outside.  Here are my answers to common (first world) beauty problems that your pretty vain selves have to face this summer.  Yes, I’ve tried all of these and love them.  I know, I’ve been busy. 🙂

Problem #1: Your greasy sunscreen is cramping your style, big time.

Mary Kay Sun Care SPF 30 Sunscreen, Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 50

Great news!  Some companies really know what they’re doing on the sunscreen front.  First of all, for your face, Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($39 at various locations in Canada) is a gorgeous velvety mineral sunscreen with a slight tint that suits fair-to-medium skin tones.  While sunscreens alone will not protect against IRA, adding an antioxidant like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($152) has been clinically proven to prevent IRA damage.  This means you’ll be protected against bad IRA, UVA and UVB rays!

For the rest of your body, Mary Kay Sun Care SPF 30 Sunscreen ($20) and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($10.99) provide UVA and UVB protection as well as doubles as a body lotion with their silky smooth texture.  Great for you lazy gals out there! 😉

Problem #2: You are blinding the world with your paper-white legs in your short shorts and mini-skirts.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil, Mary Kay Sun Care Subtle Tanning Lotion, Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Oil-free Sunscreen SPF 30

For the entire world’s sake, bronze up those legs — and while you’re at it, your entire body, too.  Great for bronzing newbies is Mary Kay Sun Care Subtle Tanning Lotion ($20), because it provides results so subtle that you can’t screw it up.  Still an all-time favourite of mine is Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil ($28, review here) for gleaming golden legs.  Don’t sacrifice SPF for your leg bronzer; get both — plus the yummy signature coconut scent — with Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Oil-free Sunscreen SPF 30 ($10.99).  If you want to cover some imperfections, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($15.99) is your best friend.  Do it in the tub (it’s messy!) and make sure you spray evenly.

Problem #3: Your flip flops are exposing your — let’s face it — not-so-cute feet.

Sally Hansen Soften Your Step Tool, Sally Hansen Moisturizing Foot Creme in Lavender

Whether you’re a spa pedicure or a DIY kinda girl, there’s no excuse for dirty flaky feet this season. To go the DIY route, scrub off the dry skin with Sally Hansen Soften Your Step Tool ($7.99).  Sally Hansen Moisturizing Foot Creme in Lavender ($7.99) is a welcome alternative to the usual minty foot creams.

YSL 1 Rouge Pop Art, Sally Hansen 560 Kook-A-Mango, Misa Sandals, Flip Flops & Hip Hop

Wearing Misa Sandals, Flip Flops & Hip Hop and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Clockwise from top-right: Maybelline 160 Chiffon Chic, Sally Hansen 430 Grass Slipper, Maybelline 330 Tenacious Teal, YSL 16 Bleu Majorelle

So many cute colour options, ladies!  For summer, you can’t go wrong with any vibrant colour under the rainbow!  The best part: nail polishes come vibrant at all price points.  Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer ($2.96 – $3.99), Sally Hansen Complete Complete Salon Manicure ($7.49), Misa Nail Lacquer ($7.95, ON SPECIAL NOW at Trade Secrets!), YSL La Laque Couture ($27).

YSL 1 Rouge Pop Art, Sally Hansen 560 Kook-A-Mango, Misa Sandals, Flip Flops & Hip Hop
Maybelline 160 Chiffon Chic, Sally Hansen 430 Grass Slipper, Maybelline 330 Tenacious Teal, YSL 16 Bleu Majorelle

Problem #4: You’re too embarrassed of your dark under arms to even sport a tank top in public.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor, Dove  ClearTone Anti-Perspirant

Okay so this pretty close to TMI territory, but here’s the thing: I was using this natural deodorant that shockingly darkened the skin in my under arms. I was so appalled that I had to switch right away. I’m not kidding you, but Dove ClearTone Anti-Perspirant ($3.99-$4.99) has helped my under arms’ skin tone tremendously since I’ve used it for a few weeks.  Despite regular shaving and sweating, this anti-perspirant keeps me smelling fresh and moisturizes quite well, too!  This one’s a keeper.  And speaking of shaving, which is my hair removal method of choice for my underarms, the new Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($13.99) is pretty awesome.  With five blades and a water-activated moisturizing serum, you can even ditch your shaving cream!

Whew!  That was a long post!  What are your favourite summer rescue products?  Any favourites of yours on my list?

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  • Great post! Are you hinting and my blindingly white legs? Hmmm??? 😛 I have to try out that Sally Hansen Air Brush product! Thanks for the tip about using it in the tub! I hope I get some time this weekend!

    • Elaine, surely those white legs are now a pale beige after Florida. 😉 Hahaha!

  • My Arab parents are so disappointed in me because I have blindingly white legs! Haha. I need sunglasses in case I directly look at myself! I think my favourite summer product is a good tinted moistuizer (I’m using FusionBeauty these days). I can go out in humidity without feeling like my face is melting off.

    • Ohnoes, Soha. That’s hilarious! 🙂

      The FusionBeauty Tinted Moisturizer sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing!

  • I am SO buying that Dove Anti-Perspirant! TODAY!

    Scherbie looks so sinister in the nail polish swatch photo! :p

    • Ooh, yay! Hope you have a good experience with the Dove ClearTone anti-perspirant. 🙂

      She was getting curious when I was swatching outdoors. So cute!

  • I am so thankful for your shared TMI on your underarms. I have the same issue with discolored underarms. I refuse to wear tanktops alone as a result.

    I am going to have to buy this anti-perspirant for sure! Having pit stained skin in pictures is not pretty.

    • I really hope it works for you, Jayme! Be sure to report back if it works for you. 🙂

  • Great post Geekz! Love all the sunscreen. I really want to try the Skinceuticals one-need to find someplace here in Edmonchuk that sells it. 🙂
    LOVE your wedges!

    • Hope you find it, Tracy! It’s pretty amazing stuff. 🙂

  • Nice tips Arianne! I’ve never ever used any kind of tanning product before and have always been quite scared to try. But recently, I got a few free samples of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads for the face and body and thought, why not? My legs could definitely use the color. I’m a little nervous still but we’ll see!

    • Hi Becca,

      Self-tanning doesn’t have to be scary. Here are a few tips to ease your concerns:

      1. Before applying any self-tanning product, exfoliate your skin to remove any impurities or dead skin cells. A smooth base is key for ensuring consistent application.

      2. Choose a self-tanning product that won’t leave your skin orange or patchy. Trade Secrets sells Fake Bake Self-Tanners in creams, sprays and gels for fair, medium and dark skin.

      3. When I first tried a self-tanner, my results were somewhat blotchy. I applied the product just before bed to allow it to blend and absorb into my skin.

      4. In the morning, rub a damp cloth on your skin to remove any excess colour.

      5. If it goes terribly wrong, hop in the shower and wash it off. Nobody has to know that you even tried to fake a tan 🙂

      Hope this helps!


    • Hi Becca, I think for newbies, pre-soaked tan towels are supposed to work well and are easy to use. I haven’t tried one though so I can’t say for sure!

  • Yikes that’s scary that that deodorant did that! I think I will give that Dove one a try. It sounds nice. I love that razor too. I really need to find something to help my legs! My skin is so fair that it’s like you can see the hair follicle through the skin so even though I am smooth shaved you can see the red spots of all my hair follicles and some of them even show some darkness through as well. Yuck! I suppose maybe I ought to just get some sun on my legs! Or get a good self tanner!
    Great post. Thanks!

  • Danielle

    Love this post! The biggest issue is with my feet in the summer. The constant wearing of sandals and flip-flops and going barefoot in the backyard/beach leave them SO dry and erm, rough. Definitely going to be on the look out for those two Sally Hansen items- my current routine just isn’t working for me anymore. 🙂

    • I hear you, Danielle! I need to get myself one of those cheese grater kinda things for my feet. Hahaha TMI!

  • I finally found the dove clear tone deoderant! It took so long mostly because the packaging is completely different here despite the fact that I can make it to canada in under one tank of gas.

    I also discovered they make the cleartone deoderant in the clinical protection formula (for nights) which once I plan on trying once I find

    • Thanks for reporting back Jayme! I can’t wait to hear how this deodorant fares for you. 🙂

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