Summertime is a double edged sword. With the sun beating down, tanning, sweat, body odor and breakouts are likely. But the balmy weather also means lazy days by the pool, long Sunday brunches and picnics. So what's a guy to do? The solution is simple, just stock up on the nine most important warm weather products so that you can enjoy summer like never before.
1. It's raining men
Rising humidity levels demand a quick shower to cool off. Shower gels offer a far better bathing experience than soaps. A good shower gel should lather well, smell fantastic have a great texture. Look for a formula with refreshing and cleansing ingredients that cleanses, moisturizes and rejuvenates. A rich lather, pleasing fragrance and easy dispensation are other qualities to look for.
2. Soft, smooth facial skin
Putting your best face forward was never as important. Summertime means clear skies, the great outdoors and beach parties. Before you think creams and lotions are for women, think about it as insurance against leathery, wrinkly skin that can age you before time. There are countless products to choose from but for best results find a formulation best suited for your skin type, normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.
3. Smell sweet through summer
Humidity and heat can play havoc with body odor but you'll have nothing to worry about as long as you are deodorant and antiperspirant protected. If you're the kind of guy who wakes up every morning and slaps on some deo after a shower and stays dry, smelling great all day, you have nothing to worry about. But if you get smelly and sweaty by afternoon, apply deodorant at night. The reason: In the morning your sweat more and the formula gets washed off. Meanwhile at night sweating is minimal so the formula reaches the sweat glands unobstructed.
4. Block burns with sunscreens
5. Smooth talk with lip balm
If you are planning to skip this one, don't. Lip balm isn't for women only. Lips can get very dry because they don't naturally create their own moisture layer since they're lacking in sebaceous (oil) glands. Look for a lip balm that hydrates instantly, gets absorbed quickly and doesn't feel waxy and heavy on the lips.
Besides, chapped, flaky lips look ugly and make talking painful. Summer heat can dry out lips just as dry winter weather can. Time to seal some moisture back with lip savers like Nivea Essential Care-Lip Balm Essential Care
enriched with Jojoba Oil and natural Shea Butter to prevent moisture loss, leaving lips soft and smooth. Or try Nivea For Men Active Care Caring Lip Balm - SPF 15
, a smooth textured balm made with organic, natural and preservative-free ingredients
6. Stay safe with insect repellents
Men like being adventurous; trekking through fields, horsing around with the kids in the great outdoors, picnicking with friends. You might not think it's manly to dab on some insect spray but the risk of tick and mosquito-borne diseases like Lyme disease, malaria and dengue are very real during the summer. Covering up while outdoors is an option but can get uncomfortable in the heat. Insect repellents work by masking the body's odor, making you virtually invisible to mosquitoes..
Essentials oils like rosemary oil, lemongrass and citronella naturally repel insects. Fabindia Mosquito Repellant with Natural Oils
made with a blend of hydrating coconut oil and natural repellants like citronella and lemongrass essential oil, is a DTT-free solution to staying insect bite-free all summer. You could also opt for Alanna Mosquito Repellent
, a herbal antidote minus harmful pesticides and chemicals to keep insects at bay
7. The clipped look is in
Summer equals bare feet and socks off. But nothing is more off putting than unkempt nails and unshorn feet. Time to bring out the nail clippers. Choose from Vega Large Nail Clipper
, Sally Hansen Clip-N-Catch Control Grip Nail Clipper - 80505
. Use these perfect performance tools to trim with ultra-precision. For best results, soak nails before clipping to soften and cut nails straight across to avoid ingrowths.
8. TLC for your feet
Cracked and dry heels are no way to kick off summer revelries. The main cause of painful cracks is extreme dryness. Going barefoot, standing for hours, obesity and wearing the wrong shoes can make the problem worse. Soaking your feet in a warm foot bath infused with lavender or rose essential oils is great for softening heels and restoring moisture to weatherworn feet. Alternatively you could use a foot scrub like The Body Shop Peppermint Reviving Pumice Foot Scrub
to soften calluses.
9. Hairy tales
Eyebrows thin and fade with age. Over plucking only makes matters worse. Stick with their natural shape, just plucking out strays.
Accentuate their shape by filling sparse brows with an e
yebrow powder or pencil like Wet n Wild Color Icon Brow Pencil
a shade lighter than your natural brow color. Make soft slanting strokes to fill in sparse patches. Then run a clear brow gel over them and brush them up and out towards your temples.