Beauty and the beach

TRACEY STRANGE
Last updated 05:00 24/11/2013

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OPINION: Feeling the lure of sun, sand and sea? Here's our guide to the products that will help you keep your cool when the temperatures are stratospheric.

FAUX TO A FAULT

Some beauty treatments aren't exactly beach or pool friendly. That blonde colour you paid a small fortune for can go brassy. Lash extensions can fall out; hair extensions could matt in water. An expert spray tan might go streaky. Avoiding calamity is less about staying inside and more about insider-information.

BLEACH BABY

Chlorine and blondes? BFFs? Forget it. Too much chlorine turns blondes green. Overexposure to sun will fade any chemical colour, no matter how cleverly done. To keep colour vibrant, protect hair with a UV spray and before hopping into a pool, wet strands with fresh water and comb through conditioner. This will help prevent hair from absorbing chlorine.

EXTENSION PREVENTION

Water isn't going to dissolve the glue and make hair extensions come adrift, but it might turn them into a matted mess. Tying up your hair before a swim stops the strands from floating around and knotting together. A wide-tooth comb will smooth them out once you're done being a water baby.

LASH CRISIS

Ditch the lash extensions if you are a serious swimmer - they just won't hold up unless you are prepared to wear goggles. They also tend to fall out at the mere whiff of oily product. So keep sunscreens and moisturisers well away from the lash line.

TAN EXTENDERS

Self tans can go from perfect to patchy relatively quickly. If you're swimming, apply a hydrating sunscreen before taking the plunge (which will prolong the tan) and dab - don't rub - yourself with a towel afterwards. Exfoliating well with a scrub such as Lush Rub Rub Rub Salt Scrub, $17.90, before tanning also preps the skin and extends your tan's lifespan.

SOME LIKE IT HOT

When the heat seems unbeatable, there's a very obvious way of cooling yourself down. A quick spritz of a hydrating toner, especially one that's been keptin the fridge, is guaranteed to stop the melt. A light spray won't remove your makeup - just the opposite in fact - as long as you don't touch your face until it's completely dry. Jane Iredale Balance Antioxidant Hydration Spray, $36.95, is a great option, cooling the face and blasting it with moisturising skin-soothers.

A lip balm or gloss with a hint of menthol will make your lips feel tingly and fresh and can provide a little relief when the temperatures soar. Try cooling down with Natio's minty Lip Treatment, $14.50. High heat can cause the body to retain fluid. And what's the cause of puffiness around the eyes? Oedema, or plain old bloat.

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Bloating around the eyes isn't quite the same as that around the tum, but it's miserable none the less. A great way of combating it is to try a cooling eye gel. Many contain ingredients like caffeine to draw water away from the skin, along with soothers such as cucumber and aloe.

Others, like La Mer's The Eye Balm Intense, $305, come with special ball applicators to cool the area and help stimulate microcirculation.Sunscreen is mandatory but why not choose one that freshens the skin as it protects?

Neutrogena's Fresh Cooling Sunscreen SPF70, $22.99, is a favourite. It smells great, applies easily and tingles as it goes on.

Q: SUN PROTECTION SPRAYS MAKE MY HAIR TACKY AND STIFF. HOW DO I AVOID IT?

A: Don't layer sprays on top of other products (volumising mousses or styling gels, for example) and be careful to mist them over the hair lightly and evenly. You can also use fingers to comb the product through. Unfortunately, most sprays with UV filters can leave your hair feeling a little stiff. The trade-off for the tiny bit of crunch is colour that looks brighter for longer. Consider Redken's Color Extend Magnetics Radiant-10, $35.

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PILE ON THE PRIMER

It will blot oil and cut down on shine and/or greasiness. Try a mineral product like Jane Iredale's Absence Control Primer, $95.

MAKE YOURSELF WATERPROOF

Heat, not to mention sweat, can reduce normal mascara and liner to a smudgy mess. To avoid this, choose a precision liner like Smashbox's Limitless Liquid Liner Pen, $42, and team it with water-resistant mascara. We like Estée Lauder's Sumptuous Bold Volume Waterproof Mascara, $57.

B FOR BEAUTY

BB and CC creams are summer essentials. Lighter in texture than most foundations, they protect, tint, nourish,smooth and add radiance. Many also reduce shine. Try an oil-free formula like Garnier's Skin Naturals Miracle Skin Perfector, $17.49.

- Sunday Star Times

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