It’s mid-July, which also means it’s the height of summer. As much as we all love the near constant sunshine, it can also mean more sweat, more sunburns, and more opportunities to ditch your grooming routine altogether.
While it can be tempting to let yourself fall into a summer slump, July is actually the perfect time to spruce up your grooming routine before fall. The heat outside makes it even more essential to take good care of your skin and hair, since hot weather can have negative effects.
So whether you’re getting ready to squeeze in a late summer beach trip, or taking a long weekend in the mountains, we’ve got some tips, tricks, and products to keep your grooming routine fresh and natural, no matter how hot the weather gets.
Grooming Tips for Skin
Skincare should be an essential part of your daily routine, no matter your age. Keeping your skin clean will not only help you look and feel better, it will also help keep your skin healthy and less prone to breakouts.
If you’re going to be out in the sun this summer, you should invest in a great moisturizer, since wind and sea salt can dry out your face and cause redness and irritation. We’re fans of this daily moisturizer by Aubrey. It’s lightweight and non-greasy, and uses organic aloe vera to keep your skin hydrated without breakouts. Use it after your normal face washing routine to promote healthier looking skin.
It’s always a good idea to invest in a great sunscreen, especially for your face. Look for one with a fairly high SPF (that means skipping the SPF 10), and one that provides protection from UVA and UVB rays. It’s also a good idea to find a sunscreen that’s waterproof and sweat-proof, so you can enjoy your favorite outdoor activities and still stay protected. We like this facial sunscreen by Alba that’s made with organic ingredients and offers natural sun protection for your face.
If you’re spending your summer outdoors, make sure you stay fresh all day with a great deodorant. Deodorant is also a perfect on-the-go fix for sweat-inducing activities (hint: you can also use deodorant to prevent blisters on those summer hiking trips). So stock up on a stick (or two) to throw in your weekend bag.
We love this stick option by Real Purity— it’s aluminum free, and the combination of pure leaf extract and coconut oil helps fight odor. It also uses beeswax and jojoba to help your skin stay dry. Plus, it will keep you smelling fresh and clean all day with its combination of lavender, peppermint, and bergamot oils.
If you prefer a spray-on deodorant, consider this one by Aubrey Organics. It’s sulfate and paraben free and is made with natural herbal extracts including calendula and witch hazel. The classic pine scent will keep you smelling fresh without harsh chemicals.
Even though it’s not technically skincare, having fresh breath is a huge part of being well-groomed. Try this all-natural toothpaste from Jason— it’s fluoride and SLS-free and seeks to whiten your teeth gently and naturally. The peppermint oil also works to freshen your breath.
Grooming Tips for Hair
Having great summer hair is a must— whether it’s long or short. With the right products and the right routine, you can spruce up your grooming for a perfect warm-weather look.
Summer is the perfect time to try a shorter ‘do — it will keep you feeling cool, and will be easier to maintain. It’s also a good idea to invest in a pomade like this one from Badger to help you keep your strands in place, whether you’re spending the day at the beach or going to an outdoor concert. This balm contains coconut and babassu oils to help nourish your scalp and hair while providing shine and hold.
If you have longer hair, you can always tie it up when the weather warms. That doesn’t mean you can simply skip your hair care routine completely. Make sure to shampoo at least every two days to keep your hair healthy.
If you’re worried about thinning hair, try investing in a product that promotes thicker and healthier-looking hair like this Age Defying Thinning Hair System from Andalou Naturals. It’s formulated to support hair growth while enhancing shine with natural ingredients. It also uses fruit stem cells that are designed to promote new hair growth.
While a full beard is great in the winter, you might want to consider either sporting a clean-shaven look, or giving your beard a trim this summer. For the best natural way to take care of your facial hair, we love these Badger products. From their Basic Shave Set to their Beard Oil, you’ll be able to find the perfect products to keep your facial hair looking neat and well-groomed.
No matter where the rest of your summer takes you, make sure you have the tools and products you need to keep your grooming routine natural and easy.
Do you have any tips or products you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!