Summertime hair and skin are all about the au naturel. Our guide to the products and processes to fake that natural perfection.
Effortless beauty takes work, I always say. It's a smart woman who knows how to appear as though she's just fresh from the waves yet looks quite pulled together. Her secret is in the products of preparation from self-tanner that keeps her glowing to mouse that lifts and tames. There's no time like summertime for beauty done (kind of) natural.
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Moroccan Oil has long been known for products that keep hair flawless; it's no wonder we trust this company's newest bit for the hair arsenal - volumizing mousse. The weightless formula creates a flexible hold without residue, allowing hair to move - just the sort of carefree hair perfect for summer days. From Bath Haus.
While we're sure you'd never skimp on the sunscreen, Mario Badescu's after-sun cooling gel is there just in case you did. With rose extract and, of course, aloe, this potion sends chilling menthol through the skin after a day of too much sun. The non-greasy, lightweight formula is a dream on the face compared to more traditional after-sun creams. From Bath Haus.
The everyday assault of the sun is the worst of all. Try a waterproof sun protection like this one from Mario Badescu to keep sunspots from appearing and skin youthful. The sweat-proof formula wears well under makeup. From Bath Haus.
It doesn't matter how much you tout the benefits of Vitamin D, the truth is that a tan is proof of damaged skin. But how lovely a golden tan does look. Fake it with self-tanners that are easy to apply at home and look as good as the real thing. The trick is in the application. Start with a serious scrub. Try a delicious option like this coconut concoction from Bath Haus to polish the body before self-tanning.
For those new to the world of self tanner, a towelette like the traditional Tan Towels we found at Bath Haus are a great way to start. Follow the simple directions to the letter and wake in the morning with a bronze glow that won't cost you later.