How Not to Be a “Hot Mess” this Summer

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We hear ya. The heat this summer is especially excruciating: with temperatures ranging from 34 to 38 °C, it is baking in Manila.

While we understand that staying cool seems to be the only priority these days, we still think that we can brave the heat and humidity without looking like a real hot mess. Might as well use this searing summer as an excuse to try something new, right? (Case in point: a new short ‘do)

But even if you’re not feeling experimental, remember that the sun’s rays wreak serious havoc on our skin—so staying sun-smart is key. Here, some things you can do in the name of summer beauty:

Like we mentioned, try a short haircut.

2016 began with the promise that short hair is really in. How short you want to go is completely up to you, but we love these wash-and-wear options that flatter most face shapes:

1. Julia Hough’s and Lily Collins’ bob haircuts have light layering at the ends for just the right amount of texture. They also style their hair in a slightly rumpled, cool way… and guess what? Our humid weather would even help you achieve this look.

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2. Rose Byrne’s blunt lob (long bob) works with or without bangs. Take your pick!

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3. Most wavy-haired girls we know would shy away from short haircuts, but as Vanessa Hudgens and Keri Russell (hello, she’s the poster girl of curly-hair beauties) show us, it can be done. The trick, we believe, is in strategically placed layers (the pros would know), as in the case of Keri. And in case you need an honest testimonial on how to tame unruly waves, get it straight from our very own.

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4. For the truly brave, here’s the most flattering short hair cut we know: short and clean at the back and long bangs in front. Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Mara have different face shapes, but this cut works for both of them.

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Protect your skin with SPF no lower than 15.

A wise friend once said: “Rays today, raisins tomorrow.” So this one’s a no-brainer. But the thing with super humid weather, you want your skin to not feel heavy with layers upon layers of skin care products. Here are three products (at different price points) that we swear by (nope, these are not paid testimonials!): Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 in Light to Medium Tint, L’Oreal True Match BB Cream with SPF 35 in Gold, and Pond’s BB Cream with SPF 30 in Beige. These products provide the SPF you need, plus moisturizing (yes, you still need this even in this heat) and pore-refining. They’re also all tinted (though the L’Oreal not so much—the color disappears into your skin) so following up with foundation is optional. (And yes, these tints we noted are the most flattering on most Pinays’ skin tone.)


Hydrate like your life depended on it.

Another no-brainer: Drink lots and lots of water. And no, caffeinated beverages don’t count.

Don’t forget your pout and your hair.

Sometimes we focus on our skin too much that we forget the other body parts the sun’s rays also affect. Use a lip balm with at least SPF15, and spray some sun protection spray on your hair, especially when you hit the beach.

Exfoliate the sun damage away.

If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate 2-3 times a week; for dry skin, once or twice a week would do. But please do so with a gentle exfoliant.

What are your own summer beauty tips?

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