5 multi-tasking beauty products to get you through the summer

Summer equals heat! sun! sweating! – oh, what a time to be outside!

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of summer. I hate heat, sun and sweating… So to ease some of the more uncomfortable aspects of summer, you’ll find me constantly devising new summer survival tricks.

Examples?

Mineral water

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Berlin hipsters and tourists alike agree: mineral water is good for you!

Yes, you read that right, simple mineral water!

Drink mineral water to stay hydrated and healthy. Then use that same water to keep fresh and dewy wherever you go.

Make your own multitasking mineral water spray with a big bottle of mineral water of choice kept in the fridge and these travel spray bottles by Muji. They dispense just the kind of fine mist you will need. For what, you ask?

This:

♥ Boost moisture in your skin by layering a few pumps of water mist in between your skin care steps. (Here’s how!)

♥ Set your make up with a fine mist of water to give your look a natural looking, more supple finish.

♥ Spritz on everywhere when you are hot and need to cool off in the middle of the day. Don’t worry, the fine mist will not compromise your make up or leave awkward stains on your clothing.

Other mists, enriched with antioxidants, are fair game for this as well, of course.

♥ Ice cream meltdown? Sweaty palms? Cleanse your sticky hands with a few spritzes of water.

Nothing beats the cooling sensation of fresh water on the skin during the heat of summer!

Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder

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Another one bites the dusting powder!

A powder that absorbs moisture but also slightly moisturizes?

Yup.

Besides cornstarch and kaolin, Lush Silky Underwear dusting powder contains tiny specks of cocoa butter to ensure a silky soft feeling without drying out the skin.

Here are just a few summer-related ways to use this to your advantage:

♥ Dust powder all over your body to prevent sweat and make yourself smell nice all day.

♥ Use especially on areas where chafing, painful rubbing of skin on skin, or skin on stiff fabrics, or where particularly heavy sweating occurs – like under your boobs or between your thighs.

♥ Then sprinkle some into your shoes to let the powder absorb moisture and prevent odors.

♥ The dusting powder also makes for a good dry shampoo.

♥ Use to quickly degrease your palms after applying moisturizer.

♥ Same thing after applying sunscreen on the beach. Bonus: this will also help getting rid of the sand in between your fingers more easily!

♥ After the beach, the calming dusting powder will soothe sunburnt skin.

♥ The dusting powder is so mild and gentle, in fact, that you can even use it as baby powder on your little one to prevent diaper rash.

♥ Last but not least, sprinkle all over your bed and in between your sheets to prevent feeling sticky in your sleep.

Any more uses you can think of?

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

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Body odor-free forever!

If you’re used to deodorant in stick or spray form, this all natural deodorant cream will strike you as odd at first. But you’ll get used to applying it with your fingers, and appreciate the fast absorbing and effective formula.

Does it work?

Hell, yeah! The Soapwalla Deodorant Cream is not an antiperspirant, so it will not prevent sweating 100 %. But it will keep you completely stink-free and fresh all. freaking. day. Without re-applying! It’s truly effective yet gentle stuff.

How do I know?

Ever since M got abscesses twice from drugstore deodorants, we’ve been trying several without aluminium, or for sensitive skin. Unfortunately, none of them were particularly effective at eliminating smells. The Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, however, has so far not caused any reactions on M’s skin and does its job far better than we could have ever hoped.

The cream texture is also surprisingly versatile:

♥ This is a no-brainer, of course: use it under your arms.

♥ Then also apply wherever else you’re prone to sweating. For me, that would be my neck and upper back.

♥ Use to also prevent chafing or painful rubbing of skin on skin by applying this wherever needed – just like dusting powder!

♥ And just a tiny bit on your feet will keep those fresh as well.

Note: This cream does contain sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, as well as essential oils. These can cause irritation in some users, although for most the lovely combination of moisturizing and protective oils and butters will mitigate adverse effects.

Intelligent Nutrients Styling Pomade

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Impress your pool mates with the newest wet hair style this summer!

I don’t usually do anything with my hair or ever use styling products. But the Intelligent Nutrients Styling Pomade is something truly different!

Basically made from barely more than beeswax, water and a slew of plant oils and butters, such as coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, this pomade is versatile, nourishing and protects the hair.

Here’s some ideas on how to use it:

♥ Rub between your palms to warm up, then with the gentlest of pressure catch flyaway and baby hairs to flatten them down with a light downwards motion. The pomade will glue strays to your head of hair, and once dry, will hold all day!

♥ The pomade also works well as natural gloss serum.

♥ Or simply as traditional pomade.

♥ But you can also concentrate on your ends to give them a more neat and healthy look.

♥ Another idea: Tie up your hair in a loose bun and run a pistachio sized blob of pomade through your roots. Let it set, then untie hair, and: instant, long-lasting volume!

♥ You can also use the pomade on wet or damp hair to control frizz or define curls.

♥ It can furthermore protect damp hair from heat when blow drying.

♥ Or it will repel moisture from dry hair to prevent humidity frizz.

But the great thing is: whatever you do with it, the Intelligent Nutrients Styling Pomade does not weigh down the hair or flake – unless you go in and scrunch your hair too soon after application.

It’s buildable too, which means you can even go to sleep with it, and slather on more the next day without problems.

The pomade doesn’t feel crunchy at all either, but leaves the hair flexible and natural looking. Not only that, though. Once fully dry, the pomade will also feel like nothing at all while still providing lift and grip to the roots, or keeping flyaway hairs under control until forever.

Yup. It’s pretty amazing!

Coconut oil

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So loco for coconut oil right now, you guys!

Coconut oil is the perfect summer vacation companion really as it’s a true multi-tasker and replaces many products at once. Seriously, what can it not?

Here’s just a few of the things I use and la-la-love it for:

♥ Spread all over as last step of your shower, and the coconut oil will form a light, thin film on top of the skin and trap in moisture, making this the most effective in-shower body moisturizer.

♥ Or throw a walnut sized amount of coconut oil in with your bath. You’ll come out with crazy soft and well nourished skin.

♥ And while you’re at it, you can also use coconut oil for shaving.

♥ But of course, coconut oil also works wonderfully on dry skin if needed. It’ll moisturize your body and really make it soft.

♥ Use coconut oil as deep-conditioning pre-wash hair treatment to make your dry, damaged hair more resilient, smoother, softer and shiny. Simply apply on dry hair, leave for anything from 15 minutes up to 12 hours, then wash as usual.

♥ Or use coconut oil as hair protectant on dry or wet hair before heading to the pool or beach. It will effectively nourish your hair and scalp while repelling chlorine and sea salt water. This way, coconut oil protects your hair from drying out and actually moisturizes it at the same time.

♥ For dry ends, comb some coconut oil through them.

Helpful, eh?

What do you like to use coconut oil for?

And do you have any more useful summer tips?

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