Hack Your Way To Summer Handsome

25 June 2019
Grooming, Summer
Ermenegildo Zegna
When the warmer weather rolls in, you trade your winter clothes for summer gear, right?

Now go give your grooming routine the same treatment.

Hot Hair

Hack Your Way To Summer Handsome

Jason Momoa (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Luckily for us, the FW19 runways produced hair trends that are ideal for the summer months, so if you’ve been considering that new ’do, now might just be the ideal time to take the plunge. Some of your favourite style stars are already on it.

If you can’t beat them

Heat, humidity and the sun’s sharp rays can wreak havoc on your crowning glory. Apart from keeping up your usual hair maintenance, consider adding a mask to your routine a few times a week to repair damage caused by the harsh environment. We like... Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, $25, Kiehl’s

Breezy does it

With higher levels of humidity in the air, you’re fighting a losing battle if you think you can keep every strand of hair in place. Embrace your natural hair texture by styling it with calculated abandon. A sea salt spray (apt, indeed) with moisturising properties will do the trick. We like... Sea Salt Texturising Mist, $35, Lavett & Chin at Mr Porter

Good riddance

Buzz cuts are all the rage, so if you’d like a look that requires minimal styling with a cool feel (literally), opt for a clean cut. However, an uncovered scalp does come with its own set of risks, like maximum sun exposure. And that’s where a conditioner with UV protection fits right in. We like... Intensive Repair Conditioner, $35, Sachajuan at Mr Porter

Face Forward

Hack Your Way To Summer Handsome

Maluma (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

A shiny face from excessive sweating isn’t the only thing that can put a dampener on your vibe. With more grease and grime on your mug (in part due to the application of a high SPF sunscreen, which you should totally be applying), you risk clogged pores and the inevitable breakouts that follow.

1. Your first instinct might be to wash your face excessively. Don’t do this – your skin’s way of compensating for a loss of natural oils is by, yes, producing more oil: it only perpetuates the nasty cycle. Instead, keep some next-gen face wipes handy – they’ll not only cleanse but also moisturise. We like... Refreshing Face Wipes, $15, Horace at Mr Porter

2. Your skin is already drier than usual at this time of year, so when you do wash your face (which you should, twice a day), avoid harsh cleansers that strip your skin of its moisture. We like... Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk, $45, Aesop

3. Switch out your heavy duty moisturiser – it’s likely causing layers of shine and gunk. Instead, reach for a lightweight alternative. Or, for something next-level, consider a nutrient-dense face oil that adds hydration and keeps sebum levels in check. We like... The Renewal Oil, $245, La Mer at Mr Porter

Forever Fresh

Hack Your Way To Summer Handsome

Lip Service

Dry lips can be year-round nuisance, but when the sun’s out in force, the stakes are higher. Unlike most of our skin, our lips contain no melanin – the dark pigment that acts as a natural barrier against UV rays. Give it a helping hand. We like... Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $8, Jack Black

Bug Barrier

If you’re sporting a beard this season, use a beard oil that works double time – as an insect repellent. Ingredients like citronella will keep the pests away without any extra effort. We like... Neroli Portofino Conditioning Beard Oil, $52, Tom Ford

Grooming Gets Woke

There’s an unrealistic expectation that you’ll look sun-kissed and fresh-faced in summer. But it’s not worth risking more damage to your visage. Going all-in on your grooming is no longer taboo – use a subtle tint to freshen yourself up. We Like... Boy de Chanel Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 25, $65, Chanel