How to Avoid Summer Bumps

Waiting for a balmy summer day to wear your favourite sundress is like waiting for Snooki to change her hair: sometimes it seems like it’ll never happen. So when it finally comes, the last thing you want is for your look to be ruined by unsightly skin blemishes. Here’s how to prevent and treat them to keep your summer spot-free:

Burn, Baby, Burn
Having your smooth skin ruined by razor burn can be a big “ouch” in the summer. Here’s how to avoid it:

1. Avoid dull razor blades.
2. It’s tempting to shave as close as possible, but don’t use too much pressure.
3. Use a shave gel and apply an unscented lotion on dry patches after you’ve finished.

To treat it:
Use a soothing lotion with aloe vera and avoid using fragrances or alcohol-based products on your burn.

Spot Check

All that extra summer sweat makes you prone to pimples, especially in areas like your back and chest. These steps can also help prevent heat rash:

1. Exfoliate and wash acne-prone areas with body cleansers that have salicylic acid to keep pores clear.
2. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing “ this will help skin breathe.
3. Avoid exercising outdoors between 12 and 4 p.m.

To treat them:
Take the same steps you would for a pimple on your face. Avoid squeezing and apply a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatment to dry out the blemish.

(Don’t) Bite Me

The size and regularity of bugs that bite can make it hard to catch the creepy crawlies before they strike. Here’s how to help:

1. Cover up with light-coloured clothing, since some bugs are attracted to dark colours. Plus, it makes them easier to spot.
2. Use a lavender candle to repel mosquitoes if you don’t like the smell of citronella “ it works just as well. Also rub lavender oil on pressure points to help repel bugs and attract compliments.
3. Use an insect repellent in an aerosol can (it goes on more evenly) that can spray upside-down.

To treat them:
Use ice or antihistamines to help reduce itchiness, and don’t scratch! It not only makes them itchier, but it also increases your risk of infection.

Blistering Heat

Those strappy sandals are on sale for a reason. Three blocks away your blistered stems will be cursing every step:

1. Use band-aids or moleskin to cover-up danger zones like your heels and sides of your feet for the first few wears. Sometimes you just need to break in your shoes.
2. Use powder or antiperspirant on your feet if you sweat a lot. You could be blistering from excessive moisture.
3. Add insoles or supports to areas you blister most in to help prevent rubbing.

To treat them:
Avoid draining the blister as it’ll be at risk for infection and can take more time to heal. Leave it alone and exposed and it should turn into hard skin within a few days. Chuck any shoes that consistently give you blisters, they’re never worth it.

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Tags: Acne, Beauty, blemishes, blisters, bug bites, pimple-free, razor burn, Sarah Robinson, Skin, smooth skin, Snooki, summer

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    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Great article Sarah! Thanks for all the tips and hope you are having a wonderful summer! 🙂
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    • Anonymous
    • January 1, 1970
    Great article Sarah! Thanks for all the tips and hope you are having a wonderful summer! 🙂

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