6 Summer Beauty Survival Tips from Oprah and O Magazine

** This story, originally published in O Magazine, has be re-published on Little Pink Blog with permission from Hearst Magazines.**

With mid-summer in the air, it’s the epitome of summer’s beauty dilemmas.

You name it, everything from bug bites, to TOO much sun and the personal bane of my being, frizzy hair.

But for most of these everyday beauty problems women encounter, including some of the worst-case scenarios, Oprah, her team of experts and O Magazine, have complied a list of the best solutions!

For a sneak peak of the in-depth feature story, available in August 2011’s O Magazine, see below:

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  • Minimize the Aftermath of Sunburns

Pop two aspirin, which inhibits the prostaglandin release that can increase redness.

Take a cool bath or shower.

A sunburn increases blood flow to your skin; cold water reduces it.

Slather the affected areas with an aloe gel, but be careful to avoid products that contain alcohol, which can dry skin and increase peeling.

Solemnly swear to always apply sunscreen (and reapply every two hours!) when you’re in the sun.

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  • Hide Front-and-Center Mosquito Bites

Dab a 1 percent hydrocortisone ointment on the bite as soon as you notice it to bring down the inflammation and redness. (An antihistamine, like Zyrtec, will also help reduce swelling.)

Once you’ve treated the bite, cover it as you would a pimple, using concealer and a translucent powder.

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  • Sweat Less…Or Create that Allusion

Take a cold shower.

The cool water will lower your skin temperature, actually impacting how much you sweat.

After showering, towel off and sprinkle powder over areas that tend to be particularly sweaty.

To cure slippery feet, blow dry your feet using your hair dryer’s cool setting, and then pat powder on them.

Consider using a deodorant with a higher antiperspirant power, like Secret Clinical Strength or Degree Clinical Protection.

For best results, apply your antiperspirant to totally dry skin right before bed.

If you need even-more-potent sweat prevention, ask you dermatologist for a prescription, like Xerac Ac or Drysol.

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  • Conceal a Broken Out Chest

To hide any individual pimples, dab on a concentrated concealer using a fine-pointed makeup brush.

Because body makeup often looks thick on the chest and back, use a face formula instead, like Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.

Use a translucent powder to set the concealer.

For more diffuse breakouts, apply a powder foundation (like Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation or Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup) all over the offending area with a large fluffy brush.

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  • Prevent Hair from Wilting

Get to get rid of the grease that can weigh down hair at the roots.

Shampoo daily, using products like Neutrogena T/Sal shampoo for oil control.

Go easy on your conditioner usage, and try a product that has a gel consistency (like KMS California Add Volume Gel Conditioner) in order to keep hair smooth without flattening it.

To defy gravity all day, look for products billed as “root lifters” (like L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Pumping Volume Spritz).

Spray at the roots when hair is still damp, or try flipping your head upside down while blow-drying for extra volume.

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  • Cure a self-tanner hangover: streaky ankles, stained palms

In the shower, squeeze an exfoliating scrub (preferably one containing glycolic acid, like Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Body) onto a loofah and rub it in circles over the darkest areas.

This will buff away that surface skin, and will soften the color.

If you don’t have an exfoliator handy, the citric acid in fresh lemon juice can help slough away excess color (cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it directly on the splotchy areas will do the trick!).

Once your skin is dry, a tinted bronzer will help even things out; you can also minimize remaining streaks by applying a subtle gradual tanner (like Lorac SelfTantalizer body Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner) all over.

Next time, exfoliate thoroughly before applying self-tanner; when you’re done applying, gently rub a damp washcloth over your elbows, knees, ankles, and feet (the areas most likely to streak).


Sasha H. Muradali runs the Little Pink Blog (formerly Little Pink Book PR). She holds a B.S. Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. International Administration with a concentration in Communication from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter (@SashaHalima), Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and find us on Facebook.

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  1. I love these tips especially the one about mosquito bites and sweating. I have a good amount of mosquito bites on my body right now and they are a pain to cover up when bitten on your face. Also I love the tip about sweaty feet, I hate wearing heels and constantly slipping and sliding. Great post!