This is not a how to get your body ready for summer post… Your body is summer ready! This is more of a beauty housekeeping post. Sharing some of my top tips to get yourself pretty effortlessly and easily into summer mode.
Taking on some of these tips will help you avoid the ‘my feet aren’t ready for sandals’ panic and will also have you braving the shorts with a ‘leg hair what leg hair?’ attitude.
Here are my top ways to easily get yourself summer ready…
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Start building the bronze
We’re not always blessed with weather to bronze by (and for the record I don’t advocate exposing your skin dangerously to the sun, all in the name of a tan) so self-tan can become your best friend.
As summer approaches, I recommend simply switching your normal body moisturiser for a moisturiser with a hint of self-tan, such as Garnier Body Summer Body*.
Good to know: Before you apply any self-tan be sure to exfoliate (more on that in a moment) and apply a regular moisturiser to harder skin areas such as knees and elbows first.
Get your skin glowing
If you’re not already, it’s time to start adding in a full-body exfoliation at least once a week. Not only will this prepare your skin nicely for any self-tan that follows, but it will also help to get rid of any back acne, eradicate any ingrowing hairs and improve the appearance of cellulite. It’s as easy as switching your regular body wash for a body scrub.
To find out more about the benefits of exfoliation read: For the scrub of it: why should you exfoliate and how to do it right!
If you like to keep things very natural in the winter months but suddenly find you have a forest to clear in the summer, it’s time to re-build your de-fuzzing habits so you can jump into a swimsuit at a moment’s notice.
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Sandal worthy feet
Your feet have been in hibernation for winter (unless you’re really brave) and most likely neglected.
Pop a pumice stone, such as The Body Shop’s No More Rough Stuff Smoother* into your shower cubicle and start running it over any rough skin areas a few times a week. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes but really helps to smooth your feet.
For an indulgent foot treat, I love to smoother on Champney’s Foot Butter and then wear cotton socks. The peppermint is very refreshing and the butter is very moisturising. The socks help to intensify the treatment – plus stop me slipping on the bathroom floor!
Our nails can suffer from being hidden away under lashings of darker shade nail polishes. Now is the perfect time to either give them a breather or start to gradually lighten the shades. As you may be aware, darker shades, especially if applied without a base coat can yellow the nails. Try using a nail brightening formulation such as Leighton Denny’s Nail Illuminator 2-in-1 Recovery Treatment Nail Polish* to help brighten dull and discoloured nails.
OK not really beauty related, but being truly summer-ready means also having access to the right underwear. This is the perfect time to check the underwear drawer for summer-essentials. I’m talking strapless bras, those little gadgets that help to turn your bras backless, neutral colours and seamless pants to avoid the inevitable panty lines. It’s also as good excuse as any to have your bra size checked.
Update the shopping list
As we head towards summer, make a mental note to start replacing winter products as they run out with more summer-friendly ones, such as lighter moisturisers and hair care products with UV protection. If your skin colour will be darker over the summer months, adjust your foundation shade accordingly. And most importantly don’t forget to stock up on the sunscreen!
Finally, get organised…
Schedule the waxing, tanning, mani/pedi appointments in advance now. It only takes a few minutes to schedule the appointments, but being proactive on this front is far better than reactive. This is especially true if your beautician is very popular and you want to guarantee your treatments inline with holiday dates. It all adds to the summer excitement, doesn’t it?!
Summer-ready, steady, go!
I hope you’ll see how these little actions can be barely noticeable in terms of effort or time commitment, but the results of which will be greatly felt by the time the sun finally decides to make an appearance.
However, most importantly – whether you choose to adopt these tips or not – enjoy your summer, have some wonderful moments! Try not to get too caught up on how you appear and concentrate more on your experiences.
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I hope you’ve found these tips, advice & recommendations helpful for preparing yourself for summer in a stress-free way! What do you do to get yourself summer ready? Any other great tips to share? Whatever you’d like to say or ask, please do get in touch via the comment box below. I’m happy to help and I always love to hear from you!