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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

What’s there not to love about summer time? There’s the beach, your favorite pair of shorts and warm summer nights. On the opposite side of the spectrum there are also more bug bites, awful tan lines and hair that’s as dry as hay. Here are some helpful tips to fix these problems when (they’re bound to happen eventually) they happen.

Bug Bites

I’m sadly the victim of this problem than most of my friends who seem to never get bitten by those pesky mosquitoes. Avoid the urge to itch and instead apply a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. If you itch it’ll only make the problem worse and possibly end up as a scar. You can also avoid being bitten in the first place by avoiding strong flowery or sugary scents. Another way to avoid bites is by using a DEET bug-repellant with a concentration of 20 to 30 percent.


The dreaded lobster look is something no girl wants to achieve, especially when every move you make or thing you touch hurts. We should all know how to avoid this problem by now. Apply sunscreen (with at least SPF 15) about every two hours. We forget, so the first thing you need to do when burned is take an aspirin or an ibuprofen followed by some topical corticosteroid cream to reduce inflammation. Also, make sure to moisturize like crazy with aloe vera or soy to prevent dryness and flakiness later on.

Razor Burn

This is another one of those dreadful summer sins. Remember to swap out your blades regularly and use a good shaving cream to avoid the problem. An easy DIY remedy is using a tea bag. Wet the tea bag and place it on the affected area for a few minutes. Not a tea drinker? Tea tree oil is another option since it has antiseptic and antifungal properties.

Dry Hair

With all those summer activities like being out in the sun, hitting the pool or beach it’s easy to see why our strands may be begging for some much needed moisture. To quench your hair’s thirst use an intense hydrating hair mask once a week. Also, look for products containing Panthenol and Vitamin E to add moisture, protect from heat styling and make hair more elastic. If possible, minimize your use of heat styling tools that can further strip your hair of moisture.

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