In the winter, beauty consists of jewel-toned scarves, bundling them around our necks to set off the pale, snow white glory of our winter skin. Our hair is heavier somehow, and styled when we can be bothered. We declare Christmas Season to begin in early October because it means baked goods and oven smells and putting liquor into eggnog. We don’t care if our skin is pale and creamy and carrying a little extra cookie padding, because it’s hidden under warm, squashy, cozy winter clothes. Winter is the season of cuddling.
Summer, though, is a very different beast indeed. In summer, we’re out reveling in the sun. We soak up all the vitamin D that we can, entire meals are made from garden-fresh veggies, refreshing cocktails are sipped on patios, and everything feels…well…golden and shimmery. Summer beauty is all about playing up that golden shimmer, and protecting yourself from the damage of the sun while still taking time to enjoy the warmth and look like a bronze beach goddess with shiny mermaid hair. Thanks to the combined miracles of science, nature, and…let’s be real…women’s ingenuity, there’s a great product for almost every summer beauty challenge!
Challenge #1: You have dry, damaged hair that’s already taken a beating from these first days at the pool
Solution: If you’re already feeling the damage from the early sun rays, a repairing shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner will get your hair feeling like new again. We recommend Matrix Total Results “Repair” shampoo, conditioner, and “Break Fix” leave-in elixer. The promise is to leave hair “Reconstructed, Super Strong, Resilient, and Lustrous,” and after using them once on my own hair, I am a believer.
*Bonus: If you’ve had a baby, you may notice the “fuzz” that happens when half of your hair falls out post-partum, and then starts to grow back and stick out through your other hairs. This product tames that in a seemingly miraculous way. You can hardly tell that I almost went bald after baby just a year ago!
Challenge #2: Your hair is soft, supple, and streaked with expensive highlights, but you’ve got big beach plans and want to protect those luscious tresses without running around in a sombrero all summer.
Solution: If you and your stylist have toiled to make sure that your hair has the exact ratio of honey to caramel highlights, and the cost for this perfection is close to the GDP of a small European nation, you need to protect that investment! Biolage Color Care line is a must in your overnight beach bag. The UV and Orchid complex protects color from damaging sun, heat, dryness, and chlorine, and the accompanying Shine Shake and Color Bloom Mask are designed specifically to boost those highlights and protect from UV damage. Think of it like sunscreen for your hair, only instead of smelling like zinc and artificial coconut, it smells clean, feminine, and fresh.
*Bonus: The detangling effect is so wondrous that you can get directly out of the shower, towel dry your hair, and walk to the beach. No styling or rough combing necessary.
Challenge #3: You want that summer glow, but right now your legs are so pale that they glow in the dark.
Solution: You don’t have to submit yourself to wrinkles, sun spots, skin that looks like turkey jerky, or cancerous moles to be bronzed and beautiful this summer. If, when you think of self-tanner, you’re thinking of the orange, oompa loompa look of the cast of the Jersey Shore, I’ve got great news for you! Welcome to the future! Kate Somerville, the self-tanner to the stars, is responsible for the natural-looking, sexy skin tone of stars like Lauren Conrad and Molly Sims. Her Tanning Towelettes look and feel just like the cleanup towelettes that come with great BBQ, but these are soaked in a fantastic tanning solution. Just wipe down your body, wait a couple of hours, and BAM. You are giving new meaning to the term “Golden Girls.”
*Bonus: If spray tanning and tanning creams create a tattle-tale cloud of stink around you, you’ll be pleased to know that Kate Somerville Tanning Towelettes smell great and the smell evaporates quickly. Oh how she glows, and nobody knows.
Solution: Summer is all about light makeup and letting your natural self shine through. Summer is ALSO all about wearing sunscreen every moment of every day. Philosophy has perfected this combination with The Supernatural. This tinted, SPF 15 facial primer leaves your skin protected, natural and flawless all at once. Your skin deserves the best of the best if you want to stay young-looking and vibrant for years to come. Protect it and polish it and it will thank you later.