How to Switch Over Your Beauty Routine for Summer

Summer heat and sunshine calls for a few switch-ups to your beauty routine. Before you fill your bathroom cabinets with summer necessities, find out which products work best when humidity, UV rays, and rising temps are involved.


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  • Try a keratin treatment. Jet Rhys, owner of the eponymous San Diego salon, explains this leaves locks smooth and frizz free for up to four months. If that's not an option, "nothing is more chic than tying a scarf around your head," she says. "Plus, it controls flyaways." Another one of her favorite 'dos? A side braid. Take this look into evening by undoing the braid, shaking out the waves, and setting them with Blow Blow Out Spray ($19.75).
  • Get beachy highlights. All of the top colorists are raving about L'Oréal Professionnel Inoa, a new ammonia-free, moisture-adding salon hair color. Says Rhys, "I used to advise clients to color less in the summer, but now I have Inoa." Just be sure to protect your investment. "UV rays and chlorine bleach out color and zap moisture," warns Rhys. She suggests spritzing in René Furterer Waterproof Moisturizing Fluid KPF 90 ($23) and pulling hair back into a sleek bun.
  • Gone green? "When chlorine binds to hair, it gives it a grayish-green cast," says Rhys. "Rinse hair with club soda." Or try Fekkai Marine Clean Detox Shampoo ($23).
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  • Boost your workout. By now you've seen women sporting FitFlops - we like FitFlop Walkstar 3 ($59.99) - the thick-soled flip-flops engineered to tone your legs and butt with every step. No, you won't wear them on a date. But you can certainly commit to wearing them on your daily commute. Teddy Bass, the trainer responsible for Cameron Diaz's fantastic physique, is a fan. "You work your legs to keep your balance in them," he says. His other easy stay-slim tip: Wearing your belt a bit tight will force you to pull in your abs.
  • Camouflage cellulite. Skeptical about cellulite creams? They really can temporarily tighten thighs, especially ones with caffeine, explains Gerstner. It takes about a week. We like Nivea Good-bye Cellulite Advanced Formula Gel-Cream ($13.49). "But," she warns, "you need to reapply to see results."
  • Play with color. A body bronzer like St. Tropez Wash Off Instant Glow Mousse ($22.50) can hide a multitude of flaws, especially on your tummy. "Skin looks better when it's darker," notes Osmond. And don't forget a highlighter. "Create the illusion of thinner limbs by applying it down your shins and the sides of your legs and arms," says Osmond. Try Benefit Bathina body balm ($28).
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Which beauty products do you rely on every summer? Have you discovered any new favorites recently?

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