As much as we love summer, high humidity can be a tough element to work with when it comes to looking fresh faced and presentable.
There’s nothing grosser than feeling your foundation running down your face and seeing your hair frizz up in your peripheral vision after you’ve spent an hour getting ready to look good — amiright?!
No woes! Whether you want to stay cool for that work presentation or you want to look your best for date night, we’ve got some solutions for staying in control when Boston’s humid summer weather gets crazy.
Hair: Hydrate, Protect and Treat
The best humidity-proofing hair routine begins in the shower with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. Try Innersense Hydrating Cream Hairbath shampoo and conditioner, available at Tara Foley’s Boston-based organic beauty store, Follain.
Since hair tends to hold water, make sure you squeeze it all out as you towel dry your hair to prevent frizz. To further increase shine and softness, apply a leave-in conditioner, like Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray, making sure to avoid the roots.
As an alternative, organic coconut oil or whipped shea butter also works well as a natural leave-in conditioner and creates a hydrated barrier against humidity and frizz.
If you want to cut your styling time in half every morning, take the investment route. For $450, the Cezanne Treatment, available at Patrice Vinci Salon in Boston, smooths your hair for five months and, unlike traditional keratin treatments, is formaldehyde-free and gentle enough that you could even get a color service the same day.
Lastly, updo hairstyles are another way to keep from looking unruly and frizzy. Try a braid for the beach, or a top knot bun. Finish with a spray product like Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield to seal the deal.
Skin: Moisturize, Prime and Mattify
If you have acne-prone skin, extra heat and moisture in the air can lead to overproduction of oil, causing clogged pores and breakouts.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, it’s best to fight oil with oil. The better moisturized and hydrated you keep your skin, the less surplus oil it produces. But, make sure to keep facial oils lightweight, like rosehip oil, jojoba oil or a special formulated oil-based serum such as Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil or Biossance Squalane and Vitamin C Rose Oil.
If oils aren’t your thing, use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid; your skin will just drink it up.
Before you apply any makeup, keep everything intact with a mattifying primer. Better yet, skip the heavy foundation altogether and keep it fresh with just a tinted BB cream or powder. The less layers of makeup you have on in humid weather, the better. Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream is tinted to provide light coverage and contains SPF 30 for sun protection.
We also suggest carrying a refreshing toner mist in your bag and spritz it a few times a day when you’re feeling hot. Instead of sweaty and greasy, you’ll look refreshed and dewy.
Body: Exfoliate, Wash and Cool
The body, like the face, needs acne-fighting techniques, because in humid weather, increased sweat can cause clogged pores or worse — ingrown hairs. For that, make sure to exfoliate in the shower with a body scrub at least three times a week. Natural beauty company Fresh, which has origins in Boston, has an effective Brown Sugar Body Polish Exfoliator.
If you’re still battling bacne, try a body wash formulated with salicylic acid, an ingredient that’s great for getting rid of spots.
And, of course, the skin needs to be hydrated no matter what. You can cool off and hydrate at the same time with a moisturizer like Origins Hit Refresh Cooling Moisturizer, which replenishes water and vital minerals lost during a workout — or a sweaty walk down the street on a humid day.
Clothing that constricts your body actually creates even more sweat accumulation and general discomfort in humid weather, so keep the body cool with loose and lightweight clothing.
No matter what the weather brings you, anything can be pulled off with confidence, and a little bit of beauty prep!