Archive for July, 2014

Summer Beauty Tips

Summer is officially here, and the warmer temperatures and longer days can disrupt your everyday beauty routine. To maintain an effortlessly cool appearance during your busy schedule of pool parties, exotic vacations and outdoor BBQs, try these summer beauty tips.  We’ve also included some helpful product recommendations for your next trip to the beauty supply store.


Summer is a great time to experiment with no-heat styles. Give your blow dryer and straightener a break, and let hair air-dry and assume its natural texture. A sea salt spray helps create casual beachy waves (beauty gurus love John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray with Lavender). For post-pool or beach tangles, use a detangler mist like Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beachcomber Leave-in Conditioner. To counteract the build-up of hair products, use a clarifying shampoo (like Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo) once a week.


Keep your makeup routine light and simple during the summer. A swipe of waterproof mascara (CoverGirl’s Lash Blast is a popular choice), a colorful lip stain and a bit of gel blush or bronzer creates a polished look for a warm summer day.

For elegant nighttime events, add a colorful eyeliner and complementary shadow; don’t forget to prime the eyes. Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion keeps eye shadow and liner locked in place during balmy nights.


Replace heavy perfumes with a light, fresh body spray. The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works have plenty of options. If you need a little extra sweat protection, swap out your regular antiperspirant with a clinical-strength formula (like Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof of Ban Clinical Roll-On).


A summertime beauty routine wouldn’t be complete without a proper (faux) tan. Stores like Sephora and Ultra are chock-full of fake tanning products, including sprays, creams and lotions that are much safer than tanning beds or the sun’s harmful rays. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel provides an even, natural-looking tan; Jergens Natural Glow Express is a cheaper, yet still effective solution.

Showing off your tan at the beach, pool or park? Make sure you’re protecting your skin from sun exposure with a sunscreen lotion or spray. You can’t go wrong with Banana Boat’s Sport Performance CoolZone Broad Spectrum SPF 30, an ultrafine mist that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

For some people, the extra oil, heat and sweat of summer contributes to acne flare-ups. If you struggle to maintain a clear complexion, invest in a good glycolic or salicylic acid cleanser and choose oil-free skin products to prevent clogged pores.

Consider Cosmetic Enhancement

If there’s an area of your face, body or breasts that you’d like to enhance or refine, consider a cosmetic enhancement procedure with the cosmetic surgeons at Northwestern Plastic Surgery. We offer a selection of breast enhancement, body sculpting and facial rejuvenation treatment options suited to every patient’s needs. We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your cosmetic goals and recommend a course of treatment.

Contact Our Cosmetic Surgeons

If you’d like more information about the procedures that we offer, please contact Northwestern Plastic Surgery today to schedule an informational consultation. Call 312-695-6022 or send us an email.