|Image source: Amanda Wellsh by Benny Horne for Vogue Australia February 2016|
Ready to hit the beach this summer? Looking for quick and effective skincare remedies to even out your complexion? Not to worry! With the help of these instant summer skincare solutions, you can easily resolve any skincare crisis without losing valuable sun, sea and sunbathing time;
1.) Always apply oil-free sunscreen
Many swimmers heading to the beach this summer will be inclined to opt for water-resistant sunscreen. However, what you may not realise is that these skincare formulas can cause oil and sweat to become trapped in your pores which will trigger breakouts. Therefore, rather than trying to find a water-resistant formula, simply invest in an oil-free, gel-based sunscreen that you can apply before swimming and then simply reapply as soon as you get out of the water.
2.) Use a BB cream with SPF protection
Applying a lightweight BB cream before hitting the beach this summer enables you to benefit from a comprehensive sunscreen and flawless makeup coverage all in one product. These types of BB creams are far more comfortable than a heavy foundation and they will even out your complexion far more effectively than facial powders. Moreover, these BB creams also come equipped with SPF30+ protection to combat the long term health impact and aging effects of the sun's harmful UV rays.
3.) Clean and cover bug bites
Without a doubt one of the most annoying aspects of summer vacations are bug bites! Fortunately you can reduce the urge to itch and conceal the appearance of these red marks with minimal hassle. All you need is some soap, water, ice cubes and a bit of baking soda. Firstly, clean the affected bites with soap and water and then apply an ice cube to reduce inflammation. After a few minutes remove the ice cube and apply a paste created from three tablespoons of baking soda and a tablespoon of warm water. Apply this paste directly onto your bug bites and leave to dry. Once this paste has dried, wash off and repeat until the redness has died down. Apply some sunscreen and spray yourself with some bug repellent before heading outside to benefit from soothed skin in a flash!
4.) Cover up blemishes with fake tan
Whether you are trying to mask an acne breakout, faded tan lines or uneven skin tone, a high quality self tanning lotion can smooth out your complexion in an instant! For a truly stunning all over tan, exfoliate first with a natural sea salt body scrub and apply an even amount of self-tanning lotion from the bottom upwards to avoid streaky marks. After leaving to dry for a few minutes, buff out any uneven patches around your elbows, ankles and knees with a damp cloth to benefit from a natural summer glow.
5.) Give yourself a pit-stop pedicure
If you're just about to hit the beach but feel self-conscious due wearing sandals then why not opt for a quick-fire pedicure treatment? In less than 10 minutes you can rejuvenate your feet; all you have to do is fill a tub with warm water, soak your feet in it for five minutes, then use a foot file or pumice stone to gently buff away dry skin. Pay close attention to the balls of your feet, your toes and your heels. Rinse with a moisturising shower gel and then finish with a lightweight foot cream or lotion. If you have time, apply a sheer nail polish for a low maintenance pedicure in a matter of minutes!