Don’t dissolve in the heat – sizzle instead!

Stay cool even in desert like heat!High temperatures can make you feel like you’re melting. Searing heat can make your hair collapse and frizz, and your makeup melt. But darlings, it doesn’t have to be that way! Summer is the time to sizzle! Follow our tips and you’ll look hot but feel cool as a cucumber as the mercury rises.
 
Summer is the time for simple sexy hair styles. If like to wear your hair straight and swinging, try blowing it dry with John Frieda’s 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spay. The bottle says it is for curly hair. But, I use this on my damp wavy fine hair. My hair survives 100 degree Fahrenheit heat and humidity, and a strenuous workout. Best of all, my hair looks and feels clean and shiny.
 
Pin long hair up into a cute top knot with a Goody Spin Pin. This handy gadget holds hair like magic and makes anyone a stylist. This is much chicer looking than dragging hair back with a rubber band! Buy this must-have gadget at drugstores and Target.
 
Go for a trendy look and braid your hair. Try a side part. Before braiding, work a few drops of Pureology’s Precious Versatile Caring Oil into damp hair. It will give your hair a fabulous shine as it dries. It will help to protect your colour, too. Comb out your braids and you’ll have beach waves. Braiding damp hair can be a great timesaver on busy mornings.Stylish way to put your hair up in seconds!
 
Apply a dry-touch sunscreen before dressing. It will feel cooler and protect you from the aging effects of the sun. Here is a guide to choosing the best:
 
 
Keep makeup light in the summer. If you like a glow, consider getting a spray tan or use a sunless tanner. You can get a great colour from sunless tanner. The ones we like best are from Fake Bake, Clarins, and L’Oreal Sublime. L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Express Pro Self-Tanning Mist is considered by our tan experts to be a good substitute for a spray tan at about $11.
 
If you have trouble applying sunless tanner use a gradual sunless tanner like Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer. It gradually gives skin a pretty, streakless glow.
Clear skin needs less makeup, so keep summer skin clean and spotless. Flawless skin is also a confidence builder, so don't skimp on skin care. Perspiration causes breakouts, so if you get overheated or grimy, gently cleanse without disturbing makeup. Stash a pack of gentle skin-clearing wipes like Boots 4-in-1 Quick Thinking Wipes in your desk or bag. They are fragrance-free and contain Vitamin pro B5 extract of witch hazel and fennel to help cleanse pores and moisturize.
 
Canadian DD readers can stock up on Lise Watier’s Solution Express Cleansing Cloths. These gentle clothes are safe for contact lens wearers, if you decide to remove your entire makeup. They contain botanical extracts and moisturizing ingredients and leave skin dewy, soft, and refreshed. These are DD’s Alice Farnsworth’s favourite and she turned me onto them. Try them and you will get hooked!
 
Pamper skin your with monthly facials and it will glow. Look for a salon or spa that uses natural products and takes to gently clean your pores. After a facial, your skin should be glowing, not red or irritated. You should feel relaxed!
 
Recently, I had a superb facial in Atlanta with Aicha Nassim at Balance Diet in Buckhead. Aicha trained in the legendary spas of Morocco and it showed. And I love the all-natural botanical products from Thailand she used on my face. My skin glowed! I also loved the complimentary hour in their infrared sauna before my facial. Infra saunas use comfortable dry heat to open your pores and burn calories, reduce stress and detox the body. Try it.
 
In Toronto, I recommend Fang Wang for a heavenly facial. Fang’s East-West combination of cosmetic acupuncture and all-natural western lotions and potions can be life changing! In Bangkok, the Spa at the Oriental Hotel is beauty nirvana. In other cities for decades my choice is to indulge at Guerlain or Clarins Spas. The French invented the “beauty institute” or spa, and these are two of the best. Guerlain and Clarins have spas all over the world and have never disappointed me.
 
 
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Between professional pampering sessions, keep skin flawless by using a mask twice a week. I mask three times a week to remove grime, speed cell turnover, and refine skin texture.
 
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask: A Revitalizing Treatment Mask will hydrate your skin with potent blend of antioxidant rich botanicals. Lie back for 10 minutes and enjoy the cool sensation.
 
Revive dull skin in minutes with Dr. Murad’s Intensive-C Radiance Peel. This cream mask wakes up skin as it tackles environmental aging caused by sun, smog, and stress. It leaves skin smoother and more luminous.
 
Glytone Mini Peel Gel isn’t a mask, but it is a great at home pick-me for skin. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and retexturize skin.
 
If you want a golden glow, wait 30 minutes after masking. Toughly cleanse and apply a coat of sunless tanner made especially for faces. Our own DolceDolce sunless tanning experts prefer Chanel Perfect Colour Face Self Tanner SPF-8 Intense and Clarins Instant Smooth Golden Glow when tanning their faces separately from spray tan. 
 
Clarins sunless tanner is tinted so you can apply it easily and avoid streaks too. Among drugstore brands, L’Oreal is hands down the most popular.
 
Don’t miss part 2 of Don’t dissolve in the heat – sizzle instead! in next week’s www.DolceDolce.com.  We would love to hear your tips or recommendations too. Send them to domore@dolcedolce.com.
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