We are officially in the full swing of summer, which means seriously soaring temps here in the California Central Valley. We have had several days reaching over 100 degrees, and many more in the mid to upper 90's. These are the days I am so very thankful for our air conditioning, iced coffees, and my favorite beauty tricks for keeping cool despite the heat!
I know many of you are in the same boat, so I wanted to pass on the ways I stay fresh and cool so that you can live radiantly and enjoy all summer has to offer!
Photo taken on a recent 98 degree day!
1. It's all about the dress!
By far, the most cooling outfit you can wear (besides a swimsuit, if you are lucky enough to be around water!) is a dress in a lightweight fabric. Having your waist and legs free from confining shorts lets more air circulate, and a lightweight fabric feels nice and cool against your skin. The dress I am wearing here is the LC Lauren Conrad I spoke of in my recent purchases post.
2. Simplify accessories.
I like to accessorize in the summer heat with a statement earring, and generally forego necklaces and bracelets. Anything left sitting on your skin is an invitation to feel ever hotter and sweatier in my opinion! Plus, I love the simple look of an unadorned neckline! If I do wear a necklace I like longer pendants, so they hit over the material of your top.
3. Switch from heavy foundation to a light tinted moisturizer or CC cream.
Sweating and heavy foundation just do not mix, so lighten up your load and reach for a formula such as a tinted moisturizer or CC cream. The bonus is most of these come with a built in SPF, so you don't need to add an extra layer. Summer is all about a fresh faced makeup look, so go ahead and let those freckles shine through!
4. Lighten up your scent!
Save the heavy musks or dark vanillas for fall and winter, and pick refreshing scents to help cool your senses. I love anything tropical or fruity smelling in the summer!
5. Spray lotions are where it's at!
Keeping your skin hydrated during the summer heat is essential, and spray lotions are my favorite way to do that. St. Ives has two amazing options: St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion, and NEW St. Ives Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion. What I love about these is how easy they are to apply. They spray on light and cool, absorb quickly, and leave your skin feeling energized and refreshed. I love to throw one in my bag before heading out for the day, and use it when I start to feel wilty from all the heat! It's the perfect quick boost of moisture and fragrance and a way to cool down my skin after running around. They also feel amazing right after a cool shower!
A few fun summer accessories c/o St. Ives
So how hot does it get in your neck of the woods? Share your favorite ways to stay cool and live radiantly this summer in the comments below!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St.Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.