17 Ways to Have the Best Summer Skin Ever
You can always count on pimples and other breakout nightmares to appear right before a big event — weddings, work parties, and even on your birthday. While it can be a bummer to deal with it, there are often easy fixes for your skin care issues . . . often the supplies and solutions are sitting in your own kitchen. Recently, right before traveling, I was plagued with two under-the-skin pimples, which are not only painful but often take days to go away. The temporary solution would have been to leave them alone and hide them with concealer, foundation, or a light BB cream, but a face full of products seemed like it would only aggravate the zits even more. So I switched it up and tried the warm tea bag hack, hoping it would make everything go away in 48 hours. This true lazy-girl method (I held the bags on my nose while watching a movie) worked like magic, making both pimples disappear completely, save for a little redness.
If you know about this trick, then chances are you're interested in other simple solutions to fix all your Summer skin care woes. Sweat, dirt, and the sun bring out a fresh set of skin stressors, and to help combat this, we rounded up 17 easy hacks anyone can do in minutes. Read on to see how you can target those troubled spots.
Prevent Foot Odor
Flats- and sneaker-lovers know foot odor is almost unpreventable, but there are nine natural remedies that can get rid of the funky smell. One easy way is to rub lemons on your feet, followed by exfoliation. If you don't have lemons, soaking your feet in mouthwash for 10 minutes works too.
Get Rid of Pimples
Foot blisters are the worst, especially when you've been dying to wear your new shoes. An easy method to save your skin is to rub some deodorant on your soles before slipping into the new shoes.
We've all suffered a sunburn or two for the price of a tan. Luckily, rubbing plain yogurt on your skin for 10 minutes will help restore your skin's natural barrier. Don't forget to use aloe vera in addition to this remedy.
Get Rid of Oily Skin
Summertime makes our skin extraoily, and if you find yourself without a blotting sheet, don't panic. A quick way to absorb the excess oil is to use the toilet seat covers (new ones, of course) available in bathrooms. If this makes you wince, however, you can rub a piece of ice all over your face to reduce oils.
Reduce Facial Redness or Swelling
A quick and natural way to reduce redness in your face is simply with a mixture of one-fourth teaspoon of salt and one cup of warm water. Soak a cotton ball or gauze pad in the solution, and then dab over the red spots.
Sandals can often cause blisters and calluses post-Summer fun. To soften the bumps and cracks, soak your feet in a baking-soda blend (two tablespoons mixed with warm water and lavender oil). Then exfoliate using three parts baking soda, one part water, and one part brown sugar.
Prevent Cold Sores
Change your toothbrush after the cold sore forms and again after it clears up, because it can harbor the virus for seven days. Also, drink some lemon balm tea, which has antiviral properties, and avoid the sun if you can.
Balance Out Your Skin
Although we all have our favorite toners, sometimes we want to give our skin a break and turn to a more natural remedy. For a quick DIY toner, mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and spritz on your face for the same clean effect.
Rehydrate Your Face
For a quick, fresh, and clean way to rehydrate your face, rub a watermelon rind all over your skin. The rind is great for your skin, plus it's another way to cool off from the Summer heat.
Revive Chapped Lips
If you don't have time to try this DIY rose-petal lip balm, rub some honey, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, over your lips for instant hydration.
Remove Eyeliner Residue
Sometimes the liner you used to make that cool cat eye doesn't completely wash off in the shower. If you find yourself with some liner residue, use a Q-tip and gentle cleanser like Cetaphil to wipe it off, because the eyelids are sensitive.
Wipe Out Whiteheads
Even though your friends will probably never notice your whiteheads, you might still want to get rid of them. Next time you spot some forming, rub the pulp of a tomato over the area. Leave it on for five minutes before washing off. Tomatoes are also high in vitamin C, which is great for dull skin.
Moisturize Dry Feet
For an overnight treatment to hydrate your dry heels, rub coconut oil all over your feet before slipping them into socks.
Heal a Cut or Burn
For minor cuts to major burns, eggs come to the rescue. Just ask Salma Hayek, who gave us a major skin care secret using egg whites. Next time you get a burn, crack an egg, whip up the egg white, and apply it directly on the burn for a scar-free solution.
Stop the Eczema Itchiness
Eczema flare-ups can cause discomfort and terrible itchiness. If an oatmeal bath seems too time-consuming, just mix oatmeal and water until it becomes a paste. Apply the mixture on the itchy spots for instant relief.