How to Fix Body Acne and 4 Other Common Summer Problems
Rising mercury signals the arrival of two things: beach braais and summer style mishaps. From oily skin to body acne, there’s nothing like coming into work looking—and smelling— like you’re a finalist on “Survivor.” But there are some simple tricks to keep you fresh.
There are few things as persistent and annoying than sunglasses sliding down your sweaty nose. Instead of continually pushing them up all summer, you can fix the problem at its source.
“You can have your frames adjusted to a slightly tighter fit to prevent them from falling down your nose bridge,” advises Patty Perriera, an eyewear expert who has been designing glasses for over 30 years. “You can also opt for a sunglass frame that has silicone nose pads. These have more of a grip and are less likely to slip when you’re sweaty in humid climates,” she says.
No matter how careful you are when getting dressed in the morning, it’s nearly impossible to avoid getting telltale white streaks of your deodorant on your shirt. Wearing dark colours in the summer may help mask sweat stains, but they’re a magnet for deodorant streaks.
“Putting on deodorant at night gives it time to sink into your skin,” says Men’s Health Fashion and Grooming Director Sandra Nygaard, “It improves your deodorant’s staying power the next day and keeps it off your clothes.” (And if you do still get streaks on your shirt, rub the discolored fabric against itself to quickly erase the stain.)
If you’ve been noticing more frequent breakouts in the summer months, you’re not imagining it. As the weather gets hot, the body produces more oil; that oil then gets trapped in your pores and causes breakouts. Body acne can get especially bad, since your clothing tends to lock in sweat and oil.
To combat this, Men’s Health’s Fashion Editor Dan Michel suggests using an oil controlling body and face wash, such as Dove Men+Care. The wash, which contains oil-neutralizing technology, will get rid of excess oil without drying you out; less oil means fewer breakouts.
For summer weddings and other big events where know you’ll have your picture taken, a shine-free complexion is especially important. Michel recommends Lab Series’ Power Pore Anti-Shine to quickly mattify your skin and reduce the look of your pores, which can appear bigger when your skin is oily.
While you may have spent all year prepping your summer bod for the warm days, there’s not much you can do to train your hair to stay put in humidity. Hair pulls moisture from the air, which changes the texture and causes frizz. The more humid it is, the more moisture your hair can soak up.
Products can help keep the puff at bay, but picking the wrong product can make the problem worse. “Look for a creme or lotion, and remember that thinner is better,” says Michel, “Water or oil based products are your best bet.” Try Fatboy’s Boss Dog Styling Creme, which is lightweight with just enough hold. In a pinch you can run pure coconut oil, or even your daily moisturizer, through your hair.
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Dry, Cracked Heels
Spending the summer in flip flops mean your feet are on full display, so do everyone around you a favor and keep your feet in top shape. Dry, cracked heels can be a persistent eyesore, but the good news is this common complaint has an easy fix.
Exfoliate your feet with a sugar scrub (one part sugar, one part oil) to get rid of the dead skin. Put a quarter sized amount of scrub on a washcloth and apply medium pressure in a circular motion. Buff for a few solid minutes before you rinse off the scrub and apply a thick layer of moisturizer. Finish off with a pair of socks (wear them to bed) to lock in the moisture. In no time, your heels will be worthy of open footwear.
Originally Published on menshealth.com