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Style, Sun and Self-Care this Summer in “Balmy” Florida

One way to think about summer in Florida involves piña coladas at sunset, family barbecues on Sunday afternoons and searching for seashells on the beach. If you’re slightly more cynical, though, you would also add temperatures pushing into the triple figures, legions of mosquitoes and humidity levels so high, particularly near the coast, that any antiperspirant commercial you care to name just seems like a nasty joke.

Well, as they say, you have to take the good with the bad, and Levy County does offer some compensations. Aside from the discomfort, though, women in particular have another problem: hot weather and most magazine beauty tips don’t really get along that well. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your appearance until Thanksgiving swings around: you just need to adjust your styling routine a little to compensate for the circumstances.

Reconsider Your Hairstyle

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The brain, all on its own, generates as much as a third of your body heat when you’re physically resting. Luckily, most of this is carried away by your blood circulation, but keeping your scalp and neck cool is still amazingly effective at improving your general comfort level.

There are some very attractive shorter hairstyles to choose from, whatever your age, personality and general approach to fashion. On the other hand, if you just can’t bear to part with your luscious locks, going with a topknot or braid will both keep you cool and help with another summertime headache:

Fight the Frizz

Hair is amazingly absorbent. In fact, when it’s humid, it can suck the water right out of the air, leaving you with puffed up, frizzy hair.

For some people, this will happen almost as soon as they leave an air-conditioned space for the mugginess outside. To ameliorate this problem, it’s important to moisturize your hair using an appropriate shampoo and conditioner. This seals the hair and prevents it from taking on too much atmospheric moisture. Washing your hair too often, on the other hand, will leach out the natural oils, leaving it not only more prone to pouffing up but also more vulnerable to all kinds of damage.

Also, damp hair is also more absorbent, contrary to what you would expect. Therefore, blow-dry thoroughly before setting out for the day and consider applying a flat iron that can handle thick and coarse hair even if your coiffure isn’t naturally curly.

Adjust Your Makeup

The first thing to understand about summer makeup is that you should almost certainly be using less. The sunshine months are the perfect time for a more natural look, so relax your ordinary routine a little and reserve heavier colors for the evenings. The best way to keep your makeup from behaving badly really is doing only the minimum.

If you’re planning to spend some time outdoors, “waterproof” makeup might not be enough if applied directly to your skin. Applying an oil-free moisturizer in the morning, preferably one with sun-blocking properties, is a great way of protecting your skin while also preventing your makeup from running. You can follow this up with a foundation, while a layer of primer will definitely help fix whatever you follow it up with.

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Dress for Comfort First

How attractive can you really seem when you have a splitting headache, your heart is palpitating and you feel like you’re about to throw up? That, of course, was a rhetorical question; even Gigi Hadid won’t look sexy under those circumstances.

For exactly this reason, it’s far better to keep to simple, open styles whenever possible – summer clothes are meant to be less formal. Choose breathable fabrics (linen, especially, is highly underrated). Also, since most people reading this will live just a smidge less than 30° from the equator, try to find two or three stylish hats that you can wear outside. These are not only some of the most versatile accessories out there, but will help preserve your skin from UV ray damage.