Get Your Skin Beach Ready

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After a long winter of stodgy eating, harsh cold winds and days on end spent indoors, our bodies and skin can end up looking far from their best. Those dark days are behind us now and with summer fast approaching the race is on to get our bodies fighting fit in time to enjoy the bikini weather. After spending all winter with your skin hidden under massive jumpers and thick tights this can seem like a monumental task, but there are a number of actions you can take to make sure you’ll be proud to show off your skin come July!

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate – we can’t stress it enough. There is no better way to prepare your skin for this new weather than by getting rid of the dead skin cells of winter. A good exfoliation will make your skin look radiant, supple and moisturised and it’s extremely quick and easy to do. Invest in a decent body scrub and apply to your skin in the shower using circular motions and then rinse for perfectly smooth skin.

Winter diets are terrible for causing unsightly spots and bumps on your back and chest, which is definitely not what you want on show in a revealing summer dress! Use beauty products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to kill bacteria and unclog pores and drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.

Let’s face it; sometimes we allow a little “winter growth” to sneak onto our legs while they’re hidden by jeans and opaque tights, but summer outfits are not so forgiving of unsightly body hair or razor bumps. Spend a little bit of extra cash and buy a good quality razor and make sure you probably moisturise your skin before and after shaving to keep your skin supple.

We cannot overstress how important moisturising is in the summer. The arid heat of a summer day can dry out your skin immensely, so it’s important to rehydrate it as often as you can. This can be harder than it sounds because many moisturisers can tend to cling to the skin and leave you feeling hot and sweaty. By using lightweight creams such as gentle shea butter soufflés, you can avoid this sticky feeling and still keep your skin soft.

Hot days means sandals are a month if you want to keep your feet cool and that means that your feet will be out for all the world to see. Having a decent pedicure and manicure are essential in the summer months when feet aren’t covered by shoes or gloves. Treat yourself and tie your mani pedi into a cheap spa break where you can also enjoy a sea weed wrap that can be great for undernourished skin or get a spray tan to chase that pasty winter skin away.

 

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Ellie Smits is a lifestyle writer. With over ten years of experience, she focuses on spas, nutrition and lifestyle stories.

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This article was published on 2011/06/21