Summer is finally here and whether you are planning on enjoying the gorgeous weather at home or are jetting off abroad, you will want to make sure that you are well prepped for the warmer months. After a long, cold winter, we can tend to neglect our usual beauty regime and so to bring your confidence levels back up in time for baring your skin this summer season you will want to try out our tips to refresh yourself and take your beauty regime out of hibernation.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
One of the first things that you will want to do to get yourself prepped for summer is make sure that your skin is exfoliated. This is something that you should be doing regularly as part of a healthy skin regimen, however, over the long winter months it can be easy to forget to do this when you do not have your skin regularly exposed. Exfoliating your skin can help you achieve healthy, glowing and smooth skin that will automatically make you appear more youthful. When you are exfoliating, it is important that you are not too rough with your skin as the aim here is simply to remove the top layer of dead skin cells as you do not want to strip your skin. If you have sensitive skin, we would recommend that you exfoliate as and when needed, as not to over-irritate your skin as you don’t want red raw skin for summer.
There are lots of different ways that you can buff away those dead skin cells and create a smooth canvas. You could use special exfoliating scrubs, exfoliating gloves or exfoliating brushes. These products are good for all over your body, however, if you are looking to exfoliate your face, then you may want to also consider skin care containing exfoliating ingredients. This includes ingredients such as glycolic and salicylic acid which work to remove the outer layer of your skin and reveal the fresh, glowing skin under it.
Non-Irritating Hair Removal
If you are going to be spending your days this summer next to the beach or a pool, then you may also want to think about what kind of hair removal you want to opt for. There are many different options for you to choose from now and you will want to try and opt for one that is going to cause the least irritation for your skin. Options such as waxing are extremely popular, but they can cause irritation to your skin, this is why the aftercare is so important too as you will need to look after this newly exposed skin. If you have a specific date or holiday planned in which you are planning on removing hair, it is always a good idea to do this at least a few days before your trip so you are not exposing your skin to sun or heat while it is still extremely sensitive from waxing, shaving or lasers. If you have left your hair removal quite close to your holiday, a good idea is to use some oil-free sunscreen on the area and then pat it down with some baby powder. Also, you should try and wear loose clothing and use products that will shed any dead skin cells.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
We all want to look like bronzed goddesses during the summer months, but it is important that you do not harm your skin in the process. When you are out in the sun, you should ensure that you are always wearing the appropriate SPF which will protect your skin against the strong summer UV rays. What you may not know though, is that you can also protect your skin against UV rays from the inside out too. Certain foods that you eat can be beneficial to your skin when you are going to be out in the sun, such as cooked tomatoes. Did you know that cooked tomatoes are rich in lycopene? This is an antioxidant which will help you to fight off some of the negative side effects caused by UV rays including blistering from sunburn and redness. This is the perfect excuse to not only consume lots of grilled tomatoes and tomato sauce, but also some bloody marys too! While we don’t recommend that you do this as a replacement to using sunscreen, as this is still the best form of protection against the sun, it is a good way to give yourself some extra protection over the warmer summer months.
Unfortunately, while we would love to be able to recommend you a product that permanently erases cellulite, this is not something that is available. While there are not products that will get rid of your cellulite, it is not all doom and gloom as there are plenty of amazing skin care products out there that can mask or detract from your cellulite if you feel that this is a problem area of you. Before you head off to the beach, why not use a toning lotion designed to make your skin appear tighter. When you use products that contain chemicals such as theophylline and caffeine, this will work to dehydrate your fat cells temporarily.
Another fantastic way to cover up cellulite is to use fake tan. There are hundreds of self-tanners out there for you to choose from and so don’t be put off if you have not used one in a while and only have memories of it as being orange, streaky and not smelling the best. Self-tanners have come a long way since then, so you can choose one that comes in a shade and undertone that will suit your skin. Once you have self-tanned, another great way to cover cellulite is to use products that will help you to achieve the summer golden goddess look. Moisturised and shimmering skin is the best way to achieve this and you can use a product such as a dry oil from Nuxe to get this look. This iconic multi-purpose dry oil can be used on both your face and body and will keep your skin moisturised. This is the perfect product for very dry areas. We would also recommend checking out the shimmering Nuxe dry oil as this provides all of the great benefits of the dry oil, but with an added shimmer that lets you achieve the golden, bronzed look. After you have enjoyed some time in the sun, apply this to your body for a radiant and enhanced effect.
Treat Your Hands and Feet
After a long winter with your feet hidden inside your boots every day, it is safe to say that we could all probably give our feet a little bit of extra TLC just in time for the summer season and sandal wearing. You can either give yourself a pedicure or you can head visit a salon to have this done professionally. If you are going to be doing a DIY pedicure, remove and thick skin with a foot file and then apply a rich emollient cream or ointment to them. Cover your feet in plastic wrap and cotton socks and leave this overnight for the best effect. Carry on repeating this process until you are left with smooth and soft skin and you can then simply repeat this process around once a week during the summer months to maintain them.
After carrying out your pedicure, you may also want to get yourself a manicure. Normal nail polishes are not always the most convenient during the warmer summer months when you are on holiday as they can easily chip and the warmer weather can even melt it off. If you do not want to have to spend your time on holiday painting your nails, then make sure to book yourself in for an appointment for an alternative type of nail polish such as shellac. This type of polish will not chip or melt off and so you can enjoy gorgeous nails throughout the duration of your trip. Once your trip is over, you can then head back to the salon to have them removed.
During the summer months, the dry heat can wreak havoc with our hair, not to mention chemicals such as chlorine in the swimming pools. This can have a negative effect on your hair and this is especially true of your hair is dyed or bleached as this can make it even dryer than it was previously. A good way to overcome this is to use a dry oil and again you can use a multi-purpose dry oil such as the one from Nuxe to combat this. Apply it to the ends of your hair as often as you feel that you require it. You can also use it as a deep conditioning treatment by leaving it on your hair for ten minutes before going in with shampoo.
Try out our top tips to prep yourself for summer so you can enjoy the warmer months with confidence.