As much as we love summer, the excessive heat, humidity, and skin-baring clothing (swimsuits, tank tops, and shorts, anyone?) can make us less than comfortable. Stop feeling self-conscious and start enjoying one of the most glorious seasons of the year! These six common hot-weather beauty issues can easily be solved with budget-friendly solutions. Related: More Summer Beauty Bummer Fixes
1. Your Thighs Have Dimples - and They Ain't Cute
Minimize the look of cellulite by spending a minute in the shower rubbing thighs with a smoothing scrub. Boosting circulation to the thigh area can lessen the orange-peel look, says Marcia Kilgore, founder of Soap & Glory. Then, follow with a self-tanner - cellulite always looks better in brown.
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2. Your Makeup Has Zero Staying Power
Avoid product overload by using products that multitask. Consider a self-tanner with sunscreen, a mattifying moisturizer, etc. Try Jergens Natural Glow Facial Moisturizer, $8.49; drugstore.com.
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3. Your Lips Are Sunburned
"Try to prevent burn by using a lip balm with SPF in it before you are going to be in the sun," says NYC-based dermatologist Eric Schweiger. "But, if your pout has already been scorched, try using Aquaphor Healing Ointment every 1-2 hours, this should speed up your recovery." Aquaphor, $5.99; drugstore.com.
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4. Your Back Is Breaking Out
The upper back is full of oil glands, making it a prime spot for breakouts, says California-based dermatologist David Sire, M.D. Since perspiration is a main cause of clogged pores, it's not unusual to see more back acne during the hot summer months. Before bed, apply a benzoyl peroxide product directly on the pimples to dry them out and kill bacteria. Try: Clean & Clear Persa Gel 10. To keep pores clear, wash your back in the shower with a body wash containing salicylic acid, like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Body Wash Pink Grapefruit or Murad Acne Body Wash, $39.50; ulta.com.
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5. Those Super-Cute Sandals Left Behind Ugly Blisters
"If the blister is intact, sanitize a needle with alcohol, then pop the blister to let the fluid out," says Chappaqua, NY, dermatologist Lydia Evans. Don't peel off the skin though, she warns. If it has already been torn open, apply an antibiotic ointment like Polysporin to prevent an infection, then cover it with a bandage. Reduce the shoe-on-skin rubbing that creates a blister by sprinkling your feet with a foot powder to keep them from sweating, says Dr. Evans
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6. You're Sweating - Everywhere
You can use your antiperspirant to control sweating in unusual areas, like between your boobs and thighs, says Dr. Audrey Kunin. She recommends using an aerosol version, which is less sticky than a roll-on or solid and won't look chalky on your skin. Our pick: Secret Aerosol, $4.50; drugstore.com.
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