Why Summer Makes Us Physically Uglier

Why Summer Makes Us Physically Uglier

There's no use trying to use makeup when it just melts off.
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Everyone posts on Instagram throughout the school year saying things like "missing summer omg," or with summertime music quotes attached to photos of tanned bikini bodies and tropical drinks. However, while we all love many elements about summer in the United States, such as vacation, freedom from studies, and being able to take a break from tanning memberships, there are ugly sides to summer we less than care to admit to having experience with. As a female, I can attest to the fact that I spend far too much time and money on my beauty routine, because I not only think it's fun to try new things, but more importantly, because I genuinely feel good all dolled up as well -- even if it's just for myself.

But come summertime, I feel faced with skyscraper-tall hurdles to overcome in order to achieve the same self-satisfaction with my beauty routine. Harder and harder it gets to feel the same "first things first, I'm the realest" vibe everyone feels when all dolled up, and summer is completely to blame for our ugly truths.


Sweat

I've heard it all, from "ladies don't sweat, they glow," to "sweat keeps you cooled off in the summer," but I still stay firm in my beliefs: I really hate sweating, and if I'm sweating, it means it's hot as hell itself - so no, I'm not "cooled off". The sweat has probably removed all of the hard work I put into my makeup, so not only am I not glowing (because my highlighter is now on the neckline of my dress, so it's no, it's not glow), but I feel like a soaking wet hog, even though I showered an hour ago. Excuse me while I go take paper towels in the bathroom and blot the armpits of this little sky blue number, before it turns a nice shade navy. Sweat is sweat, and it's not sexy or pretty; it's as ugly and as smelly on me as it is on anyone else.


Bug bites

As if the concept of razor burn that causes stinging and red bumps when you don't use enough shaving cream wasn't bad enough, the huge welts covering my legs, butt, feet, arms, and even face for several weeks with a itching sensation of a thousand burning suns during summertime is far worse. Those cute summer shorts we all buy to show off our months of hard work in the gym and our fresh tans are completely tainted by unwelcome pests. No matter how much OFF bug spray is used, the satanic beasts somehow find that one centimeter missed. And it doesn't stop there, free with each bite comes a drastic change in behavior where you scratch like a maniac (no matter how many Xs you put in each bite with your nail to try and prevent the urge), the potential hazards of malaria, Zika, West Nile, and other spreadable diseases, and an unsmooth base for your daily makeup indefinitely (as there's no ridding of them), regardless of how many old benzoyl peroxide acne treatments you may have on hand for emergency. This can all be yours every summertime in the great outdoors!


Sunburn

The only thing worse than being as pale as a ghost during the winter from lack of sun, is the pain, splotchiness, fever, and the disgusting snakeskin-like shedding results of achieving too much sun. "I'm just going to lay out without sunscreen for a few minutes to get a base," we say... "I'll be fine, even though I've been badly burnt nearly every single time I've used this method," we say. I may be smiling across the table from you at dinner, and I may appear a tad red to you (most of it is covered by foundation), but I just want to let you know my cheek skin feels like stretching a super small rubber band from our table to the car and back, and I feel like I'm going through menopause at the ripe age of 21, due to the heat radiating from within me. My tan may look fab enough to take my summer "Insta" pics in a week after nighttime regimes of lots of aloe vera, but for right now, I'm on fire and it'd be best if you don't pull a Selena Gomez, and keep your hands to yourself -- unless you're a fan of tears.


Ultimately, summer makes for many amazing memories, pictures, fun, Nicholas Sparks movie settings, and several moments to flaunt the most daring and beloved beauty routines, but there are some downsides, like anything, as well. We will continue to strive to wear sleeveless and go in air conditioned areas to avoid sweat as much as possible, drown ourselves in bug spray to avoid disease and severe lack of comfort, and lather on the sunscreen so we can achieve a nice shade of bronze, rather than lobster, but ultimately, it's easy to see that even "perfect summertime omg," has its ugly truths.


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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.
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Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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You're Not Crazy, Your Seasonal Allergies ARE Worse Than They Normally Are

Between all of these symptoms, I've felt miserable the last week.

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We've all been waiting for summer to come, and it's finally on its way. I started putting away my jackets and heavy clothes, and I'm so excited to take out my dresses and bathing suits. Classes are ending for students and we can start the beach trips on these warm, sunny days. What could possibly be wrong with summer coming?

If you have seasonal allergies, specifically to pollen and tree-related allergens, you may be in for a real problem.

In certain states, especially in the northern and eastern US areas, the pollen count is at drastically high levels. So much so that people with only minimal seasonal allergies are having intense reactions, and people who didn't even know they had allergies are having their first reactions.

I've only ever had an itchy nose when seasons change, and only when standing in the middle of lots of plants that would aggravate it. I never suspected my allergies would be making me so sick right now until my physician told me what's going on with this season's allergens.

Since the pollen levels are so dramatic in New York right now, I've had sinus congestion so bad it turned into sinusitis, and a sore throat so swollen and painful I swore it had to be strep. The sinusitis was giving me fevers, aches, and chills, making me feel like I had the flu — all of this traced back to allergies. Between all of these symptoms, I've felt miserable the last week.

Once I started asking around about what my doctor said, several people have told me they're having the same problem with their allergies now. If you're suspicious you may have allergies, get tested and ask your doctor's opinion. It's best to be well-informed on your medical issues so that you'll be prepared if a bad allergy season comes along (like this summer).

If you want to know what the pollen count looks like in your area, go to Pollen.com and allow access to your location — it'll show you a map of the states and their current pollen levels, as well as a specific analysis of the town you live.

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