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Best ways to keep looking fresh this summer

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We all know that a certain amount of sweat is a normal and even necessary part of life. But often in the steamy summer, you want to keep excess perspiration or oil from cramping your style.

So here are a few ways to minimize sweat and shiny skin as the weather heats up.

To begin, let's talk about some products for your face:

To start the day off right, apply an oil or shine control foundation like CoverGirl's Clean Oil Control Foundation. At only $7.00 this basic foundation is affordable and effective. For grease-free skin try combining it with a loose face powder like Maybelline Oil Control Loose Powder ($5.99). The powder will set your make-up for long-term wear, but you can also use it for touch-ups throughout the day to absorb excess oil.

Another summer essential is CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.79). Keep CVS blotting paper in your purse for easy access throughout the day. Pull out one of the small blue sheets when needed and dab gently on oily skin to eliminate unwanted shine. Blotting paper is supposedly designed for made-up skin, but it works fine on a bare face as well.

With these products your face is ready to beat the heat, but what about the rest of you?

Baby powder is an easy addition to your beauty routine that can make a big difference. Apply it on top of antiperspirant for some extra protection, or sprinkle some on later in the day to freshen up. You can use any basic baby powder such as Johnson's Pure Cornstarch Powder ($3.44). Or if you're looking for a fancier, more fragrant version, check out Lush's Silky Underwear Dusting Powder ($7.95).

You can also apply antiperspirant and/or powder to your thighs to prevent chaffing while walking around in the hot weather.

Another useful tip: try putting on deodorant at night (especially after showering). This gives the antiperspirant extra time to start working before you begin your day and start sweating.

With these techniques, you can spend less time worrying about your skin and more time enjoying the summer!

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