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Beautiful Summer Skin In 7 Easy Steps

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When the temperature rises, we all want to show a bit more skin. Even if you look forward to banishing the knitwear in favor of tank tops and sundresses, we can all admit to feeling a bit of sun-induced panic – if we bare all, is our skin summer ready? Just as you switch your clothes once the temperature starts to rise, you may want to consider making a few swaps to your skincare products. Even if you don’t plan to strut around in a bikini, you still want your arms, shoulders, back, and legs to look soft and sun-kissed. Luckily it only takes a little extra minute from your everyday routine to get your skin into shape. 

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Here are seven tips to help you prep your skin before heading to the beach this summer:
1. Exfoliate

To make your skin look brighter, you need to exfoliate. Doing so, it will remove your dead skin, which if left untreated, can dull your complexion. Use an exfoliating scrub that uses natural ingredients. You’ll be giving your skin a fresh look and feel, whilst avoiding harmful parabens too.

Tip – Apply the exfoliating scrub all over your face and body using circular motions. Doing so at least twice a week throughout the summer will keep your skin in tip-top condition and will also prevent sunscreen oil from clogging your pores.

2. Moisturise

In the colder weather and spring months, you may find yourself looking for a richer cream to help your skin hydrated. But when it’s warmer outside, you may find that a lightweight face lotion is all you need. An added bonus to a good exfoliation routine is that your skin is more receptive to a moisturizer. This is a good thing in the summer as your skin will require all the hydration it can get to help in its battle against the sun. By quenching your skin’s thirst with moisturizers, especially after exfoliation, you’ll give your skin a natural softness. Not just this, moisturizing your skin will have the added bonus of locking in your tan for longer.

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3. Shave and Shower, correctly

Nobody likes razor-burn, so combat it by changing your blades regularly. It’s also a good idea to keep your shaves short. Long, hot shaves dry out the skin – instead, use lukewarm water and finish with a cool, refreshing skin to close the pores.

4. Always Protect From the Sun, Always!

We like to tan but only a fool doesn’t take precautions to guard against the sun. After all, nobody finds sunburnt skin sexy, so make sure you slap on the sun-cream and cover up well. You can also fake a summer tan by using a self-tanner. To find your ideal self-tanner formula, start by asking yourself what kind of coverage you want. But that’s not all, in addition to wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, make sure to reapply every two hours, wear a broad trimmed hat on the beach and UV- blocking sunglasses is a must.

Sometimes though, with all the prep in the world, we can still get a little sunburnt. If so, don’t suffer - apply cooling gels that will soothe red and inflamed skin. Products that utilize the natural healing powers of aloe vera tend to work fastest.

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5. Facials

Believe us, those women that always seem to enjoy perfect complexions are rarely just blessed with great skin. Having seamlessly flawless skin required effort on your behalf. Booking facials provide the skin with a regular deep cleanse that unclogs the pores and banishes blemishes.

The problem is regular trips to the clinic are costly, in terms of both money and time. So why not become your own facialist? Using a facial cleanser product as part of your beauty routine not only rejuvenates the skin but is also a must if you plan on fake tanning.

6. Pedicure

They often get forgotten, but it’s important to keep your toes in tip-top shape. Let’s face it, you’ll more than likely have stuffed your feet into boots all winter so it’s only natural from them to need a bit of TLC (Tender Loving Care) before they are summer-sandal safe. As your feet are about to be front and center, pamper yourself by scheduling an appointment at your local nail salon for a pedicure. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the foot massage - you deserve it! No time to head to the salon? Try buffing a gentle body scrub into your feet, rinse and follow up with the nail paint of your choice.

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7. Focus on Health

The appearance of our skin is very often a reflection of the way you treat your body. As we say all the time, anything going on internally will be shown externally. Keeping up a good diet will result in noticeably healthier skin.

Aim to drink eight glasses of water each day to maintain your body’s required moisture balances - this will help in keeping your skin detoxified. Take Vitamins, try to eat food with antioxidants. Also, watch your stress level. Relax and give your mind and body a break. After all, that’s supposed to be the whole point of a vacation.

Now that you know how to tailor your skincare routine in preparation of summer, why not take the time to execute all the ways to keep it looking its best before heading to the beach? Apply these seven pro tips and you won’t believe the difference. Get ready for the skin that shines all summer long!

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