Despite the euphoric feelings associated with summer, there’s a host of, well,
less-than-glamorous beauty issues that tend to pop up during warmer months, like humidity-induced frizz, dry feet, oily skin, an even oilier scalp, and so on. The fact that these summer beauty woes are pretty common doesn’t make them any less irksome, and sometimes, they can put a real damper on an otherwise perfect summer day. (Nothing spoils an immaculate Sunday in July more than runny foundation or a grease-slicked complexion.) After spending the past couple of summers socially distancing and isolating, a primer — no pun intended — on how to tackle the season flawlessly (at least beauty-wise) is likely in order. So, with help from Ulta Beauty, we tapped a slew of dermatologists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and more experts to weigh in on six nearly universal beauty issues that tend to crop up during the summer. With editor-approved product recommendations and manageable solutions to solve even the peskiest of problems, consider this your official guide to a carefree summer. Frizzy Hair Humidity: Hair’s archenemy. During warmer months, especially when the air feels sticky and thick, your strands can develop frizz due to moisture in the air or sweat from your body entering the shaft (the part of your hair follicle that’s visible), explains Lacy Redway, celebrity hair stylist and Dove hair partner. “This causes your strands to swell and the cuticles [which are the outermost layers of your hair] to raise, which results in frizz.” To combat unwanted frizz, the pro, who works with stars like Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, suggests prepping your hair before exposing it to higher temperatures with products that’ll help create a barrier between the humidity and your hair shaft. “Before you get out of the shower, rinse your hair with a shot of cold water to help seal the cuticle, she notes. (Hot water opens up the cuticle, exposing the inner layers of the hair to damage and breakage.) Squeeze out excess moisture with a towel made of microfiber material or soft cotton, as traditional towels can rough up the hair and subsequently cause additional frizz, she adds. After, apply nourishing products with slightly more weight to them — think serums or creams — in order to create a sort of “shield” around your hair to literally block out the humidity and protect your strands. “A glossing product will help block out unwanted moisture [and will] smooth and moisturize your strands, too,” Redway says. Note that dry and damaged hair is especially prone to frizz, she says, so be sure to mask regularly and restore the hair when your cuticles are open in the shower. Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crea, $, available at Ulta Beauty DevaCurl NO-POO ORIGINAL Zero Lather Cleanser For Rich Moisture, $, available at Ulta Beauty Paul Mitchell Clean Beauty Anti-Frizz Conditioner, $, available at Ulta Beauty Greasy Strands If you find yourself washing your hair more frequently in the summer, carrying dry shampoo around for midday touch-ups, or noticing an excess dandruff on your scalp, you’re not alone. “Heat, scalp sebum (aka oil), and sweat increase on the scalp during warmer and more humid weather,” explains Kellie Reed, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology. This combination contributes to more dandruff, which can be flaky and feel greasy, leading to itching and irritation. In addition to using clarifying hair products that cleanse deeply, consider opting for something more heavy duty to combat dandruff, like anti-fungal products that contain zinc pyrithione, which has an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect on the scalp and will help reduce the yeast that causes dandruff, suggests Dr. Reed. Acure Curiously Clarifying Shampoo, $, available at Ulta Beauty Klorane Volumizing Dry Shampoo with Flax, $, available at Ulta Beauty Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub, $, available at Ulta Beauty Oily Skin An oily complexion is particularly common in the summer because the rise in temperature causes sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands on skin) to activate. While aggravating (and sometimes breakout-inducing), the intention is good: The glands prompt more oil to ensure our faces are protected from dry skin, so the more sebum it secretes, the more the skin is moisturized, says Konstantin Vasyuvich, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon at New York Facial Plastic Surgery. To regulate excess oil, he recommends exfoliating once a week, cleansing every morning and night, and not skimping on moisturizer — because stripping your skin will only produce more oil. Ingredient-wise, Dr. Grossman points to cleansing products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid, which can help stave off oil. Consider a toner, too, if your skin is still feeling oily after cleansing, she adds. (Skip it if your skin feels fully clean.) Mattifying products can help hold back shine throughout the day, while blotting papers can provide quick relief on the go. One Love Organics Botanical A Exfoliating Cleanser, $, available at Ulta Beauty Kinship Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Exfoliating Pads, $, available at Ulta Beauty Grown Alchemist Balancing Toner, $, available at Ulta Beauty Bumpy Skin You can thank genetics for those prickly bumps and rough patches that often appear on places like your arms, buttocks, and cheeks. The condition is called keratosis pilaris (or KP), says Mona Gohara, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Dove partner, and it results in a buildup of pore-clogging keratin plugs sticking out of the hair follicle. “Sweat and heat in the summer can exacerbate [it],” she says. To treat KP, Dr. Gohara recommends using an exfoliating wash that won’t disrupt the skin barrier (so reach for something fairly gentle), and moisturizing with a lotion that contains alpha hydroxy acids to “even out the texture [of skin] and break down those keratin plugs.” Bliss Texture Takedown Skin Smoothing Body Butter, $, available at Ulta Beauty First Aid Beauty KP Smoothing Body Lotion with 10% AHA, $, available at Ulta Beauty Peach and Lily KP Bump Boss Microderm Body Scrub, $, available at Ulta Beauty Melting Makeup Melting makeup is common in the summer months because the skin is simply exposed to more sweat and heat, says Marsha Page, makeup artist and founder of The Melanin Therapist. There are a few ways to try and combat this: First, make sure to always use a mattifying primer before applying makeup. “It creates a smooth base for your makeup and evens out the skin.” (When it comes to actual makeup, Page recommends using either less foundation or a lighter alternative to foundation, like tinted moisturizer, which is less heavy.) Second, use longwear products that are formulated to stand up to oil and perspiration. As a bonus, it’s also helpful to use a good setting spray after makeup is applied and to carry blotting papers in your bag to quickly remove oil without affecting your makeup. Another tweak that’ll help prevent melting, especially when it comes to blush and eyeshadow, includes using water-resistant formulas that “give high-impact color payoff,” says Atlanta-based makeup artist and Moda Brush artist Rachel Rose Mazza. For eyes, an easy sweep of color across the eye with a liquid eye pigment, like about-face Matte Fluid Eye Paint, makes for a great base. Then, for a long-lasting finish, Mazza recommends setting the product with a crease brush by using “light buffing motions” across the lid. As for blush, the pro says to opt for cream (or cream-to-powder) formulas to keep skin looking fresh and natural with long-wear staying power sans shine. r.e.m. beauty At The Borderline Eyeliner Marker, $, available at Ulta Beauty The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer, $, available at Ulta Beauty Tarte Face Tape Foundation, $, available at Ulta Beauty Dry, Cracked Feet In addition to being just plain irritating, cracked, dry feet can be uncomfortable and even painful, especially when they’re submerged in water, says Karyn Grossman, MD, Raf Five consultant and board-certified dermatologist at Grossman Dermatology. A quick fix? Use lotion containing lactic acid in the morning, and at night, coat your feet in Aquaphor and wear socks to bed. “Doing this for several days in a row should start to soften out the skin,” says Dr. Grossman, who suggests using a pumice stone in the shower to remove even more extra dead skin. When you're not at home, Azza Halim, MD, a board-certified physician specializing in aesthetic medicine, recommends avoiding certain footwear — like open sandals that put pressure on the pads of your heels or toes, or constricting shoes — as they can cause dry, thick skin to form cracks. If you can, refrain from standing a lot, using harsh soaps, and taking super-hot showers, which can exacerbate the problem, too. “Hydration is key and padded socks are good, especially when running around or standing a lot, to prevent friction and dryness," she says. Earth Therapeutics Pedi-Glass Stone-Green, $, available at Ulta Beauty Hey Honey Walk the Walk Propolis Foot Cream, $, available at Ulta Beauty Earth Therapeutics Charcoal Purifying Foot Scrub, $, available at Ulta Beauty Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?