How to Get Your Skin Beach-Ready
The laid-back days of summer will soon be upon us, and that only means one thing – it’s time to bare it all.
Hitting the beach is something we all excitedly look forward to; however, the same can’t be said for the skin. The warmer months require us to be extra careful with skin care in order to keep looking radiant in the scorching heat.
After all, nothing oozes summer goddess like beach-ready skin, especially when it involves lounging around in a bikini. Complement it with a carefree hairdo and subtle makeup, and you are set to rock the season in style.
With all this in mind, here some top tips to get your skin looking fabulous for some beach-side flaunting. No personal training required.
Body scrubbing is the quickest and easiest way to boost the natural radiance and smoothness of your skin. This becomes essential in summers as a layer of dead skin cells start building on the epidermis, which makes your skin appear dry and rough. And the lotion you apply has to work its way through these layers of dead cells to reach the top layer.
Slightly abrasive products will help in removing the dead cells and also help body lotion sink in effectively. Regular exfoliation has been found to prevent skin cancer and reduce skin imperfections like blemishes and uneven pigmentation. Additionally, the removal of dead cells speeds up skin renewal, which helps in easing skin discoloration.
Use body scrubs for your arms, legs and torso, as they tend to provide the gentlest exfoliation, while a washcloth can be used in conjunction to intensify the process. Use this washcloth with a mild exfoliator on sensitive skin areas, such as your face, as this is the gentlest solution to sooth and condition sensitive skin.
Remove unwanted hair
After prepping your skin for an all-over glow, you need to start with the basics of hair removal. Shaving is fine in initial stages, but on a holiday break the last thing you want to be doing is shaving morning and night. Waxing can be an instant solution, lasting 5-8 weeks; however it can become inconvenient if done on average three times over the summer season.
Laser hair removing technology is another viable option for achieving the desired hair removal result, depending on your skin type. Laser hair removal reviews for American Laser Skincare’s solution reveal that laser technology delivers a controlled amount of energy to the targeted skin area, safely destroying hair follicles without damaging the surrounding skin.
Americanlaser.com reviews for its laser hair removal solution GentleMax Pro also point out that laser treatments provide fast results with fewer visits – making it more affordable than other options. And technological advances are making laser treatments gentle; many people have experienced increased comfort during the process. Also, laser treatments can be used to remove excessive hair from any part of the body.
Dull skin is never a good bare look, so make sure you do some prepping with hands-on moisturizer. Salt and sun can lead to dry skin, so moisturizing will also rehydrate it after a day at the beach. Moisturize your skin every day, especially after exfoliating, as it helps in retaining moisture levels.
Keeping the skin moisturizer also will help to keep it smooth and looking radiant. Consider switching your current moisturizer for one with lighter formulation and higher SPF to prevent freckles and sun spots. This is to prevent summer sun – in combination with heat and air conditioning – from wreaking havoc on your skin.
Apply an SPF moisturizer before hitting the sun, and use a richer lotion after and before sleep to keep skin hydrated and smooth. Other ingredients such as shea butter and cocoa butter also work to treat sunburn, which is great when you overdo it in the waves.
Consider a faux-glow
If you don’t want to strut across the beach like you spent the majority of the past few months inside a cave, you would want to add some color to the skin before developing a natural tan. Additionally, if you experience skin burning frequently, you can avoid sunbathing and achieve that skin glow with a sun-free tanner.
Self-sunless tanners utilize ingredients and technology that work to give your skin its own personal shade of tan. They uses amino acids to work with skin protections for creating a natural looking tan that lasts throughout the day.
Look for an option with glycolic acid, as it helps in improving the penetration of the tanner, reducing the time it takes to develop the color for a healthy glowing skin.
Article by Layla Davis. She is a freelance writer who loves painting, thrift-store hunting and everything in the color spearmint.