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Summer Beauty Bummers Solved

Quick fixes for all of your major summer beauty problems.

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Sunshine, flowy tops, and cocktails with little umbrellas. Summer ushers in a lot of awesome things, but it brings its share of annoyances too. Heat, humidity, and sun exposure can do a number on your beauty routine. To help you look gorgeous when the temperature rises, we've zeroed in on the season's biggest bummers -- think shiny skin, excess sweat, and greasy hair -- and asked top experts to spill their quick-fix secrets. Read on for tricks that will make this your prettiest summer ever.

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Summer Bummer: Shiny Skin

Go to the matte: Does your makeup disappear by lunch only to be replaced by an oil slick on your nose? "In the summer, skin feels greasier, and we sweat more," says Heidi Waldorf, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. "Extra humidity in the air means that evaporation is slower, so shine just sits on your skin." To help lick the slick, Dr. Waldorf recommends applying a lightweight SPF moisturizer and topping it with a mattifier, which can help control oil for hours. We like Philosophy Total Matteness Pore Eraser ($40, philosophy.com), which is filled with shine-sopping bamboo extract.

Think prime time: Next, put on a primer to help makeup last longer. Choose one that's free of silicone, an ingredient that can turn greasy in the heat. Try Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($36, sephora.com).

Last the distance: Give your foundation a vacay and opt for a BB cream. "The last thing you want is a face full of makeup on a sweltering day," says Raychel Wade, a makeup artist in New York City. Our pick: Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector for Combination to Oily Skin ($13, drugstores), which provides light coverage, oil-zapping ingredients, and SPF 20. Wade says to mist on a setting spray to lock in your look. A good one is Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray ($18, marykay.com).

Touch up lightly: If you find yourself in meltdown mode, resist the urge to pile on more products. "If you add more makeup, it can get cakey and discolored," Wade says. Instead, after using an oil-blotting sheet (or a tissue), reach for a thick stick concealer, like Maybelline New York Cover Stick Concealer ($6, drugstores). "You can apply it just where it's really needed, then spread it around," Wade says. "Use your fingers to dot the concealer around your nose and T-zone." Finish with a dusting of translucent powder.

Take it all off: Wash away the day's makeup, sweat, and grease with an oil-control cleanser, such as Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away! Shine Minimizing Cleanser ($8, drugstores) or Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution ($169, sephora.com), which includes a pore-clearing cleanser, a mask, and a brush that uses a sonic frequency to remove grime.

Zap zits: Dr. Waldorf's one-two punch for minimizing a pimple: Apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation, then top it with an acne spot treatment containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, and/or sulfur to dry it out. Try Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment ($5, drugstores), which has 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide.

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Summer Bummer: Greasy Hair

Wash well: Use a gentle shampoo, like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Anti-Oil Astringent Cleanser ($55, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com), then apply conditioner to only the ends of your hair and rinse it thoroughly with tepid water, says Nathaniel Hawkins, a hairstylist in New York City.

Add salt: Use anti-frizz products sparingly and never on your roots. These often contain silicone or oil, which can make hair look slick. A better option: a sea salt spray, like Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray ($6, ulta.com). "Mist it on damp hair, right at the roots, to counteract any oiliness," Hawkins says.

Revive your style: If your hair is greasy, a spritz of dry shampoo at the roots will sop up oil and add volume, Hawkins says. The latest formulas do even more: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle ($18, klorane.com) inhibits the scalp's sebum production, and Tresemme Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo ($5, drugstores) has a UVA complex to protect color-treated hair. If you're on the go, "brush translucent powder or dab oil-blotting sheets along your hairline," Hawkins says. Try Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder ($32, ulta.com) or Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($5, drugstores).

Pony up: If your hair poofs up like Bon Jovi's in the '80s, it's time for plan B. Hawkins recommends back-combing your strands at the roots, then pulling them into a tight ponytail. "The teased hair hides greasiness," he says.

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Summer Bummer: Excess Sweat

Take it up a notch: "Sweating is our body's way of regulating its temperature," Dr. Waldorf says. "When we get too hot, perspiring cools us down." To reduce wetness and odor, upgrade to a clinical-strength antiperspirant, which has the highest OTC amount of aluminum zirconium trichlorohydrex, the active ingredient. We like Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Antiperspirant/Deodorant ($10, drugstores).

Have an application revelation: Instead of swiping on your antiperspirant in the morning, apply it before bed. "The ingredients have more time to be absorbed, because you're not moving around," Dr. Waldorf says. It won't get washed off when you shower the next morning, so you don't even need to reapply it.

Get extra credit: If you're prone to sweating on your chest or back, apply a sensitive-skin version of antiperspirant on those spots, Dr. Waldorf says. Your best bet for staying sweat-free: Wear moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics.

Rope in a pro: If you perspire a ton, talk to your derm. You may have hyperhidrosis (aka excessive sweating), a condition that can be controlled with a prescription antiperspirant like Drysol or even underarm Botox injections, which stop sweat for up to a year.

Chill out: When you work out hard, your hairline, chest, back, groin, and palms will start perspiring. For relief, head to the shade and grab a bottle of frozen water or a portable gel pack, like Coldfront ($80, mycoldfront.com). "Place the cold item on the side of your neck over your pulse points and relax," Dr. Waldorf says.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July/August 2013.

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