Keepin' Fresh

Hi! Happy Monday to us all. How incredible was the strawberry solstice moon last week? I can't get over it. I love strawberries and I love the moon, so you can only imagine my delight. So much to catch up on, I spent most of last week basking in the slow pace upstate towns where we were lucky to have a little mini-break. We even went sans-Maeby! What a treat.

Now it really feels like summer, the heat is just starting to prick up, a tell-tale sign of which is I can no longer tolerate blow drying my hair. So that means I do a quick cold blow dry on my bangs so I don't look like an idiot, (even though currently, my bangs are a hate crime) and then spritzing my wet hair with a salt spray and plaiting it into a french braid so that it dries in waves. It doesn't always looks great, but it works for me most of the time. I feel like a total dork in my french braid, it sends me back to my childhood when my mother wouldn't let my sister and I go to school with messy hair, so we had to pick between a ponytail, one braid, or two braids. I usually went with a ponytail because my mom was a brutal braider, but there are lots of braids in my past. Eventually I was able to convince her to let my friend Haley braid my hair, because she was much gentler. My current braids are considerably messier, but they get the job done.

When I moved to NY, I was floored by how gross everyone, including myself, gets during the summer. In LA, you go straight from your air conditioned apartment to your air conditioned car to your air conditioned office, or wherever you work, so there isn't really a chance to ever get truly gross. The fact that it doesn't get humid there also helped. Not so much here. The subway is a swamp to contend with several times a day, which means that two minutes after I leave my house my makeup has slid off my face, my hair is damp, and inevitably I stink. Luckily, we're all in this together here. Everyone is in the same state of grossness. Every once inwhile I see someone swanning through the city looking fresh and nonplussed, but I choose to believe I'm having a heat hallucination.

That said, I have come up with a few tricks to help me stay fresh during the summer months, before I let myself go and completely transform into a swamp animal for the entirety of August. Here's what works for me, I'd love to hear what works for you!

1. Two cold showers a day. Morning and night. Sometimes three, after I get home from work. Just embrace it! I'll hop in the shower and make it freezing right before I go to bed so I'm not sweating into my sheets. Gross. It really helps! I also feel less scummy in the mornings. Also it feels delightful. Just make sure the water is cold from beginning to end. None of this warm in the beginning and then cold at the end nonsense. You don't want to add any steam to the house.

2. I forget about chub rub every year until summer rolls around again. It's so rude. For those of you thigh-gap blessed motherfuckers who don't know what chub rub is, it's when the skin on your thighs rubs together and chafes when it's hot and humid out. I spend the whole winter in bliss, with tights and pants, but some summertime, my thighs be burning. Two options for this is to get some Body Glide, which was specifically made for this purpose, or to use coconut oil. Personally, I find the coconut oil to be a fine temporary solution, but it never lasts long and it has the potential to stain clothing. Some people just use regular stick deodorant and find that to be enough. A more practical approach would be wearing boyshorts under dresses that are long enough to cover the tops of your thighs and wearing longer shorts. I'm a true fan of the mom-jean shorts, last year I went to the Gap and got myself some jean shorts that weren't too low or too short and I've been in heaven ever since. So I only really have this problem with dresses and skirts. Booty shorts are a thing of the past for Lourdes!

3. Powder your booty! I had no idea this was even an option until I was chatting with some ladies at Lush about Silky Underwear, and I'm now obsessed. Powder your bits like you're a precious little baby and you'll keep the dreaded swamp-ass at bay, I promise. It's so worth it. I'm super into MMT's Baby Body Powder and it's an absolute delight. It makes me feel like a fancy Victorian lady, which is one of my top 5 goals, and it really does make you feel fresh all day long. That said, DON'T YOU DARE use baby powder or talcum powder of ANY kind on yourself or your kids. We know better now. It's just not good for you. I used baby powder as dry shampoo for years, and just a few months ago I made my sister send me a video of herself throwing her baby powder away. There are lots of really great and delicious smelling options out there that won't give you cancer!

4. As I mentioned before, try to avoid the hair dryer and heat appliances at all costs. No one needs that kind of torture in their lives. I've also found that it's highly counter-productive to blow dry my hair in the middle of summer after a shower and then be immediately sweaty and hot. Gross. Throw some sea salt spray in your hair and then depending on how long your hair is you can braid it, bun it, or twist it out of the way to dry during the day. My hair is above my shoulders and I get a decent braid out of it. I just ran out of my favorite sea spray, Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray, and have been using my old standby, Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion Spray. To be honest, it's fine. It's better than their classic salt spray, but it's nowhere near as good as the Captain Blankenship spray. I'll probably use it until it runs out and then replace it again with Golden Waves.

5. Whether you have color treated hair or not, it really takes a beating from the sun and heat during the summer months. If you plan on being outside for long periods of time, consider finding yourself a cute sunhat that will not only protect your skin, but also keep your hair from frying. If you have an hour a week, throw a hair mask on while you watch tv, do chores around the house, or even go to the gym! Use a hydrating hair treatment or hair mask to revitalize and keep your hair healthy from root to tip! You can also DIY it with some coconut oil or avocado! Just make sure when using heavy oils that you don't apply it on your hair higher than your ears, or you'll look like a greaseball all week!

6. I rarely use powder as part of my makeup routine, but when it's especially hot and sticky out, a little setting powder can go a long way in keeping you from looking like a melted candle. I love the dewy look, but when it's insanely hot out it goes from dewy to sweaty REAL quick. I use my super light and dewy foundations, like Glossier or Stowaway, and then top them with some loose powder just to set it. It doesn't take away from the natural look as long as it's not pressed powder. You can even use your highlighter under the powder as normal and it won't take away from the glow. You really can't go wrong with Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, it's really light and translucent, so you don't have to worry about looking like a ghost in photos. Just make sure you use a light hand and blend well!

7. Common sense. DRINK WATER. Lots of it. You know how I feel about hydrating. Have your reusable water bottle with you at all times. I don't want to hear about y'all using plastic water bottles. Wear light and breathable fabrics, perhaps step away from the baby goth blacks. Eat foods that are water rich, like cucumber and watermelon. If you're a stinker, get a small travel sized deodorant to keep with you in your bag, or desk at work, or car.