New books offers down-to-earth summer beauty tips

Bestselling author Christie Mellor is declaring war on the onset of summer psychoses. Her new book, "You Look Fine, Really, REALLY," lays out stress-free ways we can look good and feel good about ourselves. Now, just in time for the hottest days of summer, she’s sharing some DIY beauty tips with NaturallyCurly.com readers.

olive oil

Tip #1:

Clean your face with a mixture of olive oil and a teaspoon of sugar. It makes such a nice scrub and will make your skin feel like velvet. Follow that with a honey facial: spread a dollop of (organic, raw) honey on your face, leave it on for fifteen minutes, and rinse. Then grate some chilled cucumber into a bowl and spread that all over your nice clean face. Lie down for another ten minutes or so, preferably with your head on a towel—it's a messy proposition.

Tip #2:

Attempt to avoid the toxic chemicals that have been discovered hiding in sunscreens— try out the various mineral sunblocks out on the market, to see which ones work the best. And keep your eyes peeled for good hats. Collect them. Make the hat your friend. A wide-brimmed hat—or a cute parasol—is not only stylish, it won't sting your eyes or make your face greasy.

parasol

Tip #3:

Faux tans usually look faux for a reason; when a real person has been out in the real sun, the results are a lovely combination of colors, like a sun-kissed painting. Of course, too much sun is not good for our skin, but the uniform spraying of a tanning solution on the face and neck usually makes the wearer look oddly stained. Instead, a mixture of a bronzing powder and a blush can be used to nice effect when you want that sun-drenched look without the attendant melanoma. Just brush it on with a light hand, exactly where the sun would have kissed your face, had you been imprudently lying about in it. Your forehead, the apples of your cheeks, and the bridge of your nose are all safe bets.

Do YOU have summer beauty tips? Add them below, in the comments section, and be eligible to win one of five copies of "You Look Fine, Really, REALLY."