6 Expert Ways to Fix Common Summer Bummers
There are so many reasons to love summer: BBQs, vacations, and pool parties, to name a few. But it's all fun and games (literally) until a summer bummer strikes. You know what we’re talking about: bug bites and sunburn and streaky self-tanner, oh my! Read on to learn how to expertly fix these seasonal skin woes. (Photo via Getty)
Sunless Tanner Gone Wrong: If you find yourself in a streaky or splotchy situation, reach for a tanning towelette. “The L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Towelettes for Body ($11) are literally fool-proof,” says L’Oreal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist Sir John, who works with Beyoncé and Karlie Kloss. “Just use the wipes all over for a streak-free tan. Plus, they’re travel-friendly.”
Sunburn: Sunburned and bummed out? Take a soak in oatmeal. “Sprinkle colloidal, finely milled oatmeal into a warm bath, because it’s proven to soothe dry, itchy, irritated skin," recommends esthetician Lora Condon. (Photo via Getty)
Bug Bites: Don’t give pesky pests the power to keep you inside this summer. Dermatologist and president of Amarte Skin Care Craig Kraffert suggests products containing DEET if you want to avoid being chomped on. “With viruses transmitted by mosquitos on the rise, it’s become clear that the risks of not using DEET are more risky than the theoretical concerns with the chemical,” he says. (Photo via Getty)
Blisters: Whether you’ve been rocking your wedges or just finished a sweaty trail run, blisters can put a limp in your step. Kraffert warns against popping them — which leaves them totally open on the skin’s surface — but says, “It’s not the end of the world” if they break from pressure. “Just make sure to keep blisters clean and avoid additional irritation,” he warns. (Photo via Getty)
Ingrown Hairs: If you’re turning to at-home hair removal methods like shaving or waxing, keep in mind that pre- and post-care is crucial. Exfoliate before and hydrate after, and use a specially formulated product for those potential ingrowns. “Prevent or treat an ingrown hair with Tend Skin ($20),” Kraffert says. “The active ingredient is acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), and it works best if you apply it once or twice a day after hair removal.”
Peeling Skin: Peeling skin is your body's way of telling you to lay off the sun! Dermatologist and Epionce founder Carl Thornfeldt warns against picking the skin, even though it's hard to resist. "Picking can lead to scarring or irregular pigmentation," he says. "Instead, I recommend using a product like Epionce Medical Barrier Cream ($24) which will repair the skin barrier." (Photo via Getty)
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