Things are hotting up and its time to bring on the BBQ’s, grand weddings and summer holiday style. While we all love the warmth of a sunny summer day, it can play havoc with your beauty regime – especially when the humidity rises. But don’t despair, the crew at the Secret Oasis Spa have compiled the best beauty hacks in the business to ensure you stay cool, when all those around you are failing in the heat.
And don’t forget, summer is about having fun and enjoying the moment, it’s not about being stuck to the bathroom mirror trying to perfect your beauty look. All our beauty hacks – whether they can be done DIY at home or require a trip to see a professional in a salon – have the premise of saving you time in the long run.
Hack no 1: Long lasting nails
Professional: The last thing you want to be worrying about it chipped nail polish. If you are heading off for a professional manicure or pedicure, pay the extra to upgrade your normal polish to a Shellac polish (CND powerful polish). Shellac is a mix between normal polish and gel. It is applied similarly to nail polish, but like gel, it is set under a UV light. A professional Shellac manicure and pedicure will leave nails fabulously glossy and chip free for 2-3 weeks – just perfect for holidays – and it won’t damage the natural nail.
If you are already a slave to Shellac, you know that you’ll need to have the old polish removed in the salon – a normal nail varnish remover just won’t do the job. Once you are finished with your nail colour, go for a Shellac soak-off – it will remove old Shellac polish and make those nails look as good as new.
DIY: If you are doing your nails at home, remember to add a good basecoat and topcoat to the polish you apply. Follow any instructions and don’t guess how much time you’ve let them dry for – time it. If you are off on a beach holiday, don’t forget to pack your polish and nail varnish remover – sand is abrasive – it will damage your polish, so you’ll need to re-apply to maintain your look.
Hack no. 2: Long lasting luscious lashes
Professional: Going on holiday? Planning to hit the beach or pool as hard as you hit the nightlife? Unless you have invested in a heavy duty waterproof mascara, you may find the panda look hard to avoid. There is an alternative of course and an eyelash tint has to be top of the list. Designed to give your lashes a more defined look without the mascara, eyelash tints last around 6 weeks and cost around £15. It’s also a great treatment if you have a busy social calendar ahead – keep your lashes looking great, with minimal effort all summer!
DIY: A good primer can be worth its weight in gold when it comes to adding volume and definition to lashes – just apply it before your usual mascara. As already mentioned, a good quality waterproof mascara is a must for beach holidays. As is a quality eye makeup remover.
Hack no. 3: Beautiful brows
Professional: An eyebrow tint is a quick and easy way to give brows definition and will cost you around £13 in salons. Great for removing grey, evening out colour and giving your brows a thicker look, the eyebrow tint is a staple of most people’s beauty regime. The good news is that many salons will offer a package deal for an eyelash and eyebrow tint too.
For the perfect shape, you can’t get better results from a professional eyebrow waxing or threading session. Your beautician will take into account your face shape and preferences to shape your brows in the way that suits you best.
If you are going for a more permanent look, then some salons offer microblading; a treatment where eyebrow hairs are created via a semi permanent tattoo. Do your homework on the salon first and read their reviews before you decide who to use – only ever use a professional. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, so your new brows will be with you for quite some time!
DIY: If you are shaping your brows yourself, invest in a quality tweezers and don’t be tempted to over pluck your brows. For the best results, pluck your eyebrows after a shower.
Hack no 4: Long lasting hair removal
Professional: We all know that a professional wax will give you amazing results, so if you are planning on getting your pins out, it is the way to go. The most important thing is choosing the right waxing technician, so go for personal recommendation and check out online reviews. A good therapist will not only do a great job, but they’ll make the experience as pain free as possible.
Talking of pain… 45 minutes before your appointment pop an over the counter painkiller, but avoid asprin. Avoid alcohol and caffeine a couple of days before your wax too.
Find out what wax your salon uses and try to go for a low temperature wax such as Lycon. Different waxes need to be used at different temperatures, and generally speaking the higher temperature waxes will be more painful.
DIY: We’ve heard horror stories from home wax kits, so would only ever recommend using a professional waxing service, but if you must then it can be a good idea to have some pure aloe vera gel on hand to apply to red, bumpy, inflamed skin.
Hack 5: Prepare your skin
Professional: Before you wax, or even consider going near fake tan you need to exfoliate. Exfoliation removes dead skin, leaving your skin feeling smoother, fresher and allows products (such as moisturisers, serums, facial treatments and fake tan ect.) to absorb into the skin more successfully.
For a real treat head for the salon for a salt scrub. This treatment sees fragranced salt rubbed into the skin to remove dead skin cells, encouraging the regeneration of new cells. The salt leaves skin smooth and ready to absorb a deeply nourishing body oil, designed to leave skin deeply cleansed, silky-smooth and glowing. Brilliant as a one-off treatment, or part of a waxing or tanning regime, a salt scrub offers your skin some real TLC, while maximizing results of any other treatments.
DIY: Invest in a good body brush along with a quality salt scrub. You won’t get quite the same results – especially in those hard to reach places, like the middle of your back – but regular exfoliation will do your skin the world of good.
In short, the professional route will last you longer and mean less products in your handbag or travel baggage. Though you may pay more initially, it is an investment in looking and feeling your best, which can last for weeks rather than one day at a time.