Four Hacks for Perfect Summer Skin

Four Hacks for Perfect Summer Skin

Because all we want is fresh, healthy skin — without much effort.  

It’s almost mid-summer, which means your body has probably been exposed to a lot of sweat and sunscreen — all of which can build up and create a not-so-flattering residue on your skin. But it’s nothing a good cleansing and toning routine can’t fix. Even if you only have ten minutes, this four-step ritual will get rid of the dullness — so you can feel fresh and glowing again — and stay protected for the days ahead.

Step 1: Exfoliate (Gently!)

No time for a lengthy dry brush? No problem. This grainy “mud” lifts dead skin with a combination of black salt, sugar (a natural humectant that hydrates as it clears out pores), clay and detoxifying activated charcoal. Rub it all over in the shower, working your way up from your feet with small buffing motions.

Step 2: Moisturize

Who wants to bother with a thick, heavy moisturizer when it’s a thousand degrees outside? Now’s the time for a light but nourishing oil you can quickly sweep on. Pat any excess from your hands on your cuticles, the tips of your hair and any other dry patches.

Step 3: Protect

Ok, now that your skin is looking dewy and lush, keep it that way. The sun can zap your radiance so make sure you cover up well. This high-level sunscreen won’t build up on skin or turn cakey, and you can use it on your face and body to save a step.

Step 4: Recover

Even if you’re super diligent about sunscreen, your skin still gets hot from baking outside. That heat can make your skin red and parched, which is why you need a nice, cooling lotion — this one is packed with healing aloe, calming lavender, and refreshing rosemary oil. Tip: store in the fridge to maximize the chilling sensation.  

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Jennifer Lopez Debuts Super-Long Braid by Hairstylist Chris Appleton

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Chris Appleton shared a photo to Instagram of Jennifer Lopez wearing a floor-length braid he created for a video shoot.

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James Read’s Self-Tanner Trick Is the Secret to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Golden Glow

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James Read says the secret to model Rosie Huntingon-Whiteley’s perfectly tanned legs is in the way he layers self-tanner.

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David Babaii’s np:beautiful Hair Brand Was Tested on Angelina Jolie

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Hairstylist David Babaii has launched a haircare line called np:beautiful, and he says he tested the products on some of his celebrity clients.

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Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of July 16-22

Free People Horoscope by Tracy Allen, Week of July 16-22

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June 21–July 22

You might notice a subtle unease early in the week as pleasant banter doesn’t jibe with more single-minded, serious relating. Maybe you’re having fun mingling but are already involved with someone, and it’s possible you’re flirting in part because of problems in a relationship. In any case, the disconnect between breezy and intense can cause strain now. With the moon descending to your foundation angle, you need downtime at Casa Crab to process all those feels. Simple comforts and familiar surroundings are bound to soothe you. Towards the end of the week, you’ll be more outgoing and a Venus-Jupiter confab can lend you the courage to wear your heart on your sleeve. It will feel good to show affection freely, and you might make a love connection while you’re out having a good time. After the sun segues from Cancer to Leo, some of your attention will turn to personal finances, belongings and values. This is a month for getting your priorities in order and making the most of what you have going for you.



July 23–August 22

The week starts off with an awkward encounter between Venus and Mars that makes it difficult to align your personal desires and partnership. It seems like you can’t collaborate with another individual and still get what you want, but with a bit of rebalancing, it’s not impossible. Mercury in Leo is having the same skirmish with Pluto in your productivity corner, so things may not unfold the way you have in mind and you could get stressed. Don’t fixate on a specific approach; be ready to think on your feet so you can adjust to shifting circumstances. With the moon dashing into your thinking-and-talking corner, your thoughts and communication are quite subjective, as they’re heavily influenced by emotions. You can easily articulate how you’re feeling and make choices from your gut, but make an effort to reason something through if you’re facing a weightier matter. The sun’s arrival in Leo heralds the beginning of your birthday season and gives you full permission to focus on yourself and what you want out of the year ahead. Happy solar return!



August 23–September 22

Venus in Virgo is rubbing Mars in your efficiency corner the wrong way early in the week, generating friction between your desire to enjoy life and your drive to get things done. These different parts of your life won’t fall perfectly into place, so try to be satisfied with close enough! A little flexibility goes a long way. Mercury’s similar friction with Pluto could spur you to say something unintentional in the heat of the moment or trigger an instinct that runs counter to a strong passion. The moon’s trip through your worth house midweek increases possessiveness and impulsive spending, while its segue into your thinking-and-talking corner will tinge your mindset and speech with emotion. Venus’s chemistry with Jupiter late in the week brings an opportunity to meet people, socialize close to home, enjoy a getaway or spend time with siblings. Once the sun ducks into the last house of your chart, your energy is apt to wane, as your solar year is drawing to a close. Make time for quiet reflection and rest.



September 23–October 22

Venus tussles with Mars at the beginning of the week, and the challenge could be reconciling a desire to love selflessly and an urge to do as you please. Part of you is primed to go after what you want, but another part is content to kick back and enjoy what comes your way. This planetary pairing can also indicate an illicit romance that’s not delivering the goods. As the moon zips into Libra, your sensitivity is heightened and you’re attuned to moods and needs — both yours and those of others around you. You’ll lack objectivity but can take advantage of a rare alliance between your will and your emotions. Thanks to the moon’s move into your worth house and Venus’s vibe with Jupiter, you have the confidence to identify what’s most important to you and to let go of something (or possibly someone) that doesn’t qualify. The sun’s arrival in your network sector stimulates the social butterfly in you, so make plenty of plans with your squad for the month to come. You’ll thrive on group energy!


October 23–November 21

With Venus and Mars struggling through an uncomfortable meeting early this week, your rapport with a friend or group could suffer if an irritable mood or old pattern of behavior gets the best of you. Redirect tension via physical activity and intersplice social time with alone time. Be mindful of how you communicate with authority figures when Mercury and Pluto endure the same meeting as Venus and Mars. Consider toning down your intensity a notch so you don’t come on too strong. You’ll segue from keeping your feelings to yourself to letting them show when the moon exits your seclusion corner and makes its grand entrance into your sign. You’ll feel more on, and your inner harmony will help put you in tune with others. Plus Venus is melding with Jupiter in Scorpio late in the week, inspiring positive interactions and potentially sparking a fresh connection. The sun’s ascension to the peak of your chart fires you up to prove yourself in a public or professional arena. This is your month to shine, so take center stage!



November 22–December 21

Your charm will help you curry favor while Venus twirls across the top of your chart, but her scuffle with Mars advises you to fine tune your approach, as it’s challenging to find the right balance of bold assertion and sweet charisma that wins people over. You can get what you want, but there’s a tricky dynamic at play. With the moon traveling through your network zone, you’re craving time with your closest crew and want to connect on an emotional level. You’re giving off a nurturing vibe that may draw in a friend who needs support. You won’t feel as open and available later in the week once the moon slips into your soul corner and puts you in closer touch with your own inner life. A Venus-Jupiter meet-up nudges you to rely on your intuition if you want to be seen in a positive light, and you might meet a spiritual guide now. The sun’s arrival in your exploration sector inspires you to broaden your horizons in the coming month through learning, travel and new experiences.



December 22–January 19

You’re up for trying new things and meeting different people, but a Venus-Mars dustup exacerbates the dissonance between pleasant gambles and playing it safe to protect your own interests. Take a well-calculated risk to satisfy your appetite for the unfamiliar rather than hemming yourself in. Mercury’s similar tension with Pluto makes it difficult for you to trust and confide, since it means giving up some control. Resist any temptation to break a confidence. Integrity is more important than the upper hand. The moon’s trip through your ambition angle might lead you to put your emotions on display in public. Pay attention to your instincts about handling higher-ups; your gut isn’t likely to steer you wrong. After the moon lands in your network sector, you need to see your squad! A Venus-Jupiter summit has “the more the merrier” written all over it, so invite some fresh faces and enjoy getting to know them. With the sun changing signs, you’ll be delving deeper into a relationship, passion project, emotional matter or investigation in the month ahead.



January 20–February 18

Venus in your depth-and-merging house is at odds with Mars in Aquarius, so although you’re craving a feeling of closeness, you’re also intent on forwarding your own agenda. And since Mars is backtracking, you’re probably a little frustrated over a lack of clear progress. Do your best to juggle one-on-one relating and the pursuit of personal goals, with the understanding that you may need to be more flexible. With the moon cruising through your exploration corner, you’re feeling restless and perhaps even bored. If you’re unable to travel now, digress from your daily routine as much as possible and seek out unfamiliar people, ideas and topics. When the moon proceeds to the pinnacle of your chart, you’ll be less interested in broadening your horizons and more intent on climbing the ladder of success — and Venus’s chemistry with Jupiter implies a creative partnership, powerful contact or financial resource will help you to flourish. Once the sun crosses your interpersonal angle, more of your energy will be channeled into your interactions with others during the month that follows.



February 19–March 20

Discord between Venus and Mars early in the week could cause you to do something inadvertently to disturb the peace in a relationship. Falling back into old ways will work against you and make it harder to get along with others. It’s a good idea to examine your subconscious in search of hidden motives and nip self-sabotaging actions in the bud. The moon is gliding through your depth-and-merging house, intensifying your feelings and possibly stirring up jealousy and a need for control. Emotional intimacy is favored if you’re willing and able to truly share. Once the moon arrives in your expansion zone, you may not feel like zeroing in on one person. If you want to branch out, look for safe ways to bring a dose of excitement into your life. Venus’s meet-up with Jupiter encourages you to enjoy a trip, adventure or learning experience with a companion, but when the sun shows up in your productivity corner, duty calls! In the month ahead, you’ll be motivated to accomplish a lot, so start tackling those to-dos.



March 21–April 19

When Venus and Mars tussle early in the week, you may have trouble engaging in teamwork and also helping someone you care about, and collaboration in general will be difficult to pull off gracefully. A willingness to adjust will be to everyone’s advantage. Mercury and Pluto encounter a similar problem, and your brain wants to play, while you feel compelled to work. Your distractedness can bother you to the extent that you can’t fully focus on goals or enjoy breaks. Tell yourself this is a brief speedbump. As the moon zooms through your partnership and sharing houses, your need for companionship moves to the forefront, and you’re apt to view others through an emotional lens. If faced with a conflict, it will be challenging to detach and avoid reacting compulsively. But if your relations go smoothly, they’ll benefit from this increased emotional depth. A Venus-Jupiter confab also drives home the point that investing in close, healthy relationships will pay major dividends. The sun’s arrival in your fulfillment zone greenlights a month of freeing self-expression, creativity and fun — enjoy!



April 20–May 20

With Venus and Mars mixing it up, your desire to have a good time and your drive to chase after goals are bound to clash early in the week, and you’ll need to make tweaks if you want to have it both ways. Juggle work and play as well as you can and be happy with a modest amount of success for now. As the moon makes her way through your efficiency corner, you feel the need to keep your emotions under control and may be preoccupied with health and work. Resist the impulse to criticize, and if you’re not in a great mood, direct some of your energy toward getting organized. Once the moon crosses your one-on-one angle and Venus gels with Jupiter who’s already hanging out there, your interactions will have a freer flow and you might even meet a new romantic prospect. The sun is sneaking down to your foundation angle for the next month, turning your attention to home and family and prompting you to contemplate your backstory and current emotional state.



May 21–June 20

Since Venus and Mars aren’t on the same page this week, you may not be able to pull off enjoying the pleasures of home and also getting out and exploring the world. The dilemma of having your cake and eating it too will require a flexible solution. Be creative! Mercury’s comparable disharmony with Pluto hints that the curious Gemini in you wants to meet new people, have a variety of interactions, flirt and explore more of what life has to offer, but you feel some pressure from a certain individual. Again, it’s going to take effort to rebalance these competing interests. The moon’s transit through your joy sector encourages you to show your feelings and be very much yourself. But her segue into your efficiency corner later in the week will cause you to keep a tighter lid on all those feels, and you may put head over heart. With the sun setting up shop in your thinking-and-talking house for the next month, you’re all about connecting with the people around you and getting your ideas across.


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GLOW’s Hairstylists Don’t Use Wigs to Create the Show’s ‘80s Looks

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Recently nominated for an Emmy, GLOW’s hairstyling team works with the actors’ own hair to create the authentic 1980s looks of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

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Kim Kardashian Sent Drew Barrymore Her New Kimoji Peach Fragrance

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Drew Barrymore took to Instagram to share her enthusiasm about the KKW Beauty Kimoji Peach perfume, and Kim Kardashian West is thrilled with the testimonial.

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Misty Copeland Appears in Estée Lauder Video About Foundation Shade Expansion

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Estée Lauder has tapped ballet dancer Misty Copeland to help announce the shade expansion of Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup.

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FP Escapes in Malibu: Ashe Is to Ashe

FP Escapes in Malibu: Ashe Is to Ashe

The bright-eyed singer/songwriter talks sleep and big girl things before heading to Malibu this July 27th weekend, for a very special event benefitting Girls Inc.

That’s right — as a guest on our latest Escape, you can choose to either attend a dinner curated from the farm at the Malibu Fig Tree Ranch, or stay the weekend at Malibu’s Native Hotel. The proceeds from both packages will be donated to Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that provides a safe third space outside of home and school for girls in inner city communities. This is Free People’s third year supporting Girls Inc. through community programming, advocacy, and financial donations, with proceeds from this particular Escape funding the girls’ nutritional and wellness programming.

On tap for a special performance during the event will be California native Ashe, who’s just released a new album, The Rabbit Hole. Taking time out of her tour, Ashe shares below a bit about herself before meeting you in a few weeks:

Your zodiac sign: 


The moment when you first knew that it was MUSIC that mattered…

I think I always knew, but it wasn’t until I graduated high school and realized MUSIC was the only thing that really made sense in my life.

Can you whistle? Do you?

lol I WISH!! Literally the worst whistler everrrrr.

Tell us about your education at Berklee College of Music.

Berklee was like home. I fell in love with jazz there. It took 3,000 miles away from home to realize music was all i needed.

What’s your dream concert lineup?

That I’m innnn??? Or no? Dood… probably… James Taylor, Carole King, then John Mayer comes out and surprises everyone. I’D DIE.

How do you keep healthy while touring?

SLEEEEPP!!! It’s the hardest thing to get on tour, but it’s the only thing that will keep you alive. 

What inspires you to write songs?

Literally everything… haha!

Your mantra…

Pull your big girl panties up and move forward.

What are you hoping to learn on your Escape to Malibu?

Gloria Steinem discusses “talking circles” amongst women as being the most healing and culturally defining tools we have in this world. So i’m excited to learn and be a part of our own version of a talking circle on this Escape to Malibu.

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Baby Hair Fail on Wendy Williams Show Gets Roasted on Social Media

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In which one hairstylist learns a valuable tip about styling baby hair while trying to give a tip about styling baby hair.

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