5 Summer Beauty Killers (& How To Fix Them)

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Summer's almost here, and while time in the sun can be fun, this season’s hot, often humid weather and outdoorsy activities can sabotage your gorgeousness — unless you’re prepared. Here’s exactly what you need to do (and have on hand) to ensure you get through even the most brutal summer weather looking pretty as a peach.

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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
So, you got burned (and not by some heartbreaker). First, promise yourself that you'll be more careful with reapplying SPF next time, and make sure it’s labeled “broad- spectrum” to ensure you’re getting the best protection.

Use this as an excuse to shop for a cute, wide-brimmed hat and a new pair of shades to help protect your skin and eyes on your next outing.

But, what about that burn that you already have? Combat the symptoms you see now and help repair pro-aging sun damage in the deeper layers of skin with products that contain reparative ingredients, like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, as well as soothing anti-irritants, such as green tea extract and willow bark.
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This gel is formulated with green tea and antioxidants.

Mary Kay After-Sun Replenishing Gel, $13, available at Mary Kay.
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This super-soothing liquid can also be used to reduce inflammation from insect bites — a bonus if you're going camping.

Paula's Choice
Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief, $15.30, Paula's Choice.
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A powerhouse fragrance-free formula capable of helping damaged skin begin the repair and healing process, this moisturizer will get your skin back on track.
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Don't buy “after sun” products claiming to cool and soothe skin with ingredients such as menthol, peppermint, camphor, and mint. Why? Their cooling, tingling sensation may feel good, but it’s actually substituting one kind of inflammation for another, and that interferes with the healing process.

Dealing with peeling? Resist the temptation to pick, and instead massage the flake-fest away with a gentle body wash and soft cotton washcloth.

Try this oil-based formula that transforms to an elegant cleanser, leaving skin unbelievably smooth.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Despite popular belief, it turns out that hair doesn't turn green from chlorine in swimming pools. According to chemistry expert Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.,“Oxidized metals in the water bind to the protein in the hair shaft and deposit their color. The metal that produces the green tint is copper. The bleach that's added to a pool may be responsible for oxidizing the metal, but it's not the cause of the color.”

So, what can you do if your hair turns green after a swim? Simple: Use a shampoo that chelates (binds with) the metallic elements, allowing them to be rinsed away, taking the green tinge with it.
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Suave makes a great, inexpensive chelating shampoo.
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If you're a salon-product devotee, Bumble's version is great, too.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
As the heat index and humidity rises, so does sweating. Consider switching to makeup with a longer-lasting matte finish. Today’s best formulas prevent creasing and are surprisingly resistant to the elements. Need help with extra shine? Dab oil-blotting papers over oily areas as the day goes, or prevent shine ahead of time with an oil-absorbing primer.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sephora.
To improve the longevity of your makeup, try a primer. It keeps skin fresh and matte — plus it’s a nice boost to your regular sunscreen.
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Urban Decay makes a lid-specific primer to lock shadow in place all day long.
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This Rimmel foundation provides a true matte, long-wearing finish. (Prep drier areas with moisturizer first.)
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This drugstore concealer is easy to apply, covers all sorts of skin sins, and lasts and lasts and lasts, no matter the season.
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Degrease skin with these blotting sheets halfway through the day. You get a pack of 50 for $1, so stock up on a few!

e.l.f. Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets, $1, available at e.l.f.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
If you’ve experimented with sunscreens, you’ve likely found several you didn’t like because they go on too thick, don’t blend well, and tend to sit on top of skin, making you feel icky and extra oily.

But, before you dismiss the sunscreen, know that the right formula can actually feel good — even if your skin is prone to breakouts.

Two solutions: Opt for a lightweight, mattifying sunscreen (yup, they exist!) rather than thick, emollient formulas. Or, consider getting your facial sun protection via an SPF-enhanced foundation and pressed powder. Either method works beautifully to protect skin without a pore-clogging, greasy feel.
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Coola's got our pick for faces.
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Kiss My Face is good for allover, and a great choice for kids, too.
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And, Benefit wins for best foundation with SPF.
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For those who want their products super-light, this liquid version goes on great.
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...and you can skip the foundation by going with this powder SPF formula for some coverage.
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Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Whether you need a mascara that can hold up on a beach day or are plagued by perpetually smudged mascara no matter what the circumstance, finding a mascara that goes the distance is no easy feat. That’s when it’s time to call in the big guns: We're talking about waterproof mascara — though not just any old tube labeled as such. You need one that's tenacious enough to laugh in the face of summer's heat and humidity.

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Or, go all out.
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For a budget-friendly option that's still va-voom, try this Maybelline pick.
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