One-hundred-degree days? No sweat! These tips will help you put your freshest face forward no matter how hot and humid the weather:

1. Tame an unruly mane

Got frizz? Your best bet is to buy a hair sealant specifically for calming down this humidity-related condition, according to Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH, a New York dermatologist and founder of Art of Dermatology LLC. She explains that the product seals in healthy moisture while preventing frizz-inducing environmental moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and causing swelling. "The right conditioner can also help seal the [outer hair] cuticle into proper formation," she adds.

2. Be creative with antiperspirant

An antiperspirant can be your best friend in the summertime. If your face frequently gets sweaty, you can apply it along your hairline. For sweaty feet, an aerosol can do the trick. But be careful when shopping and be sure to purchase antiperspirant, not deodorant; deodorant will keep you smelling fresh, but it won't control sweat.

3. Lay a new foundation

You don't have to avoid wearing base makeup or foundation. Oil-absorbing cosmetics made from rice-protein extract are designed to be worn under makeup and can help control a case of slick summertime skin. "The rice protein absorbs shine and sweat and keeps you looking cool, calm, and collected," explains Krant.

4. Work with your hair

If you've got curls or waves, don't bother with a blowout on humid days, especially if you're prone to frizz. Your hair will likely do what it wants to, anyway. Instead, get a good textured cut that will allow your hair's natural body to shine through.

5. Don't get caught red faced

For some people, a hot day brings a flush to the cheeks. If caffeine elicits a similar result, you may want to cut down on the java until the mercury drops. But more commonly, a red pallor indicates too much time in the sun and not enough SPF protection. "Wear a moisturizer with at least SPF 30 every single day," Dr. Krant advises. "And whatever you do, do not forget your chest. That cute "color" you got last weekend will be looking leathery in short order, since the chest is both very susceptible and very neglected when it comes to collecting permanent sun damage."

Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, reviewed this article.



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