Last week on "The Couch" I chatted with Carolina Bermudez about Summer Beauty Secrets. From sunscreen truths to clearing up the myth about what really happens when you use the sun to "clear acne," we talk about it all. These summer beauty secrets are ones you've been wondering about. Do you think your hair grows longer in the summer? Ha. Check out the segment below to find out!
There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen.
The FDA doesn’t support the word “waterproof” at all so labeling can be misleading. Now, all labels should read “water resistant,” but even that reads as “waterproof” to people. The overall rule of thumb is to reapply your SPF every two hours throughout sun exposure, but if you’re in the water, reduce that time frame to every 40 minutes.
Try L'Oreal Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Lotion SPF 30.
Wearing bright nail colors can make your nails turn yellow.
Most people think that only dark nail polish shades will make your nails turn yellow, however even bright, summer colors can do it. It can simply a reaction from wearing a strong pigment for too long or to the formaldehyde in the polish. To prevent it from happening, try giving your nails a polish break, or opting for a formaldehyde free polish. To rid the yellow, soak your yellow tips in lemon juice, which natural bleaching agent, for several minutes. Use a soft toothbrush dipped in lemon juice to gently scrub the yellow discoloration away. Follow up with cuticle oil.
I like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil.
Your hair grows faster in the summer.
Show deep conditioners Honestly, this is still up for debate because the difference in hair growth is soooo small! It’s credited to more light exposure, naturally increased estrogen levels, and a better diet may help the overall health of your hair and scalp. So it’s a stretch, but does grow a bit more. To make sure your hair stays healthy throughout the summer, make sure to use a deep conditioner. It’ll help get you the most out of that extra millimeter!
Some good options are Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Smooth, Biolage HYDRASOURCE Mask, and Dove Pure Care Dry Oil.
Tanning does not clear acne.
It’s all an illusion. What you’re seeing is the tan darkening the skin around pimples, which makes them stand out less. UV rays damage the skin, weakening the natural barrier and causing it to lose moisture. While at first this means your oily zones dry up, your skin tries to fix this by producing more and more of its own oils. So instead of preventing or lessening breakouts, sun exposure worsens the root of the problem. If you want to create that illusion, without damaging your skin, try a self tanner.
Try Caudalie Soleil Divin.
Shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker.
Shaving has absolutely no effect on hair growth or thickness. What you are more likely to be experiencing when you feel that familiar prickle as the hair begins to grow back, is the thicker part of the hair shaft. This is because the razor cuts the hair straight across the shaft, which is why stubble feels stiffer.
I like Venus Embrace Sensitive.