Summer is Coming: This is How to Prep Your Skin for the Beach ...

Summer is all about time outdoors and heading to the beach tops many people’s list of warm weather activities. Are you one of them, but worry about showing off all that skin? You’re not alone. The good news – a few simple things and your skin will be sand and surf ready in no time. So pack that towel and water bottle, don the bikini and rock this summer, beachside.

1. Stay Hydrated

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Turn the shower away from hot and opt instead for a lukewarm shower. Hot water sucks the moisture from your body and leaves it dry and scaly. At the same time, drink lots of water to pump your body full of fluids. This will help the skin all over your body look radiant and smooth. So easy, right? While you’re at the beach, make sure you’re guzzling water throughout your visit.

2. Exfoliate

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The beginning of summer is the perfect time to remove all the dead skin cells from your body and reveal the newer, fresher skin beneath. While many experts suggest a weekly exfoliation, the start of beach weather is a prime time to get it done. Gently exfoliate your entire body, including all the hidden areas that are on display when you wear your swimsuit. Do this in the shower so that you can rinse at the same time.

3. Moisturize

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Even when your beach trip is days or weeks away, it’s important to moisturize regularly. That’s because lotion or skin cream penetrates and keeps it smooth and hydrated from the inside out. By sticking to a consistent moisturizing routine, you ensure that all layers of your skin, even those deep inside your body, are always plumped up, young and ready for a swim in the ocean.

4. Control Oil

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Being in the sun is a fabulous feeling after a winter of hibernating indoors. However, it can promote excess oil production, especially in people who are prone to oily skin. Working now to control the shine can help make your beach vacay even more beautiful. Choose skincare products formulated for oily skin and make sure to carry blotting papers with you, now and when you hit the waves.

5. Target Cellulite

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We all have it, but this dimply skin often makes women self-conscious and embarrassed to put on a swimsuit. While there isn’t a proven way to get rid of cellulite, you can do things to hide it. Talk to your dermatologist about a cellulite cream. You can also work out on a regular basis and cover cellulite with a tanning cream.

6. Get Rid of Hair

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I’m like any girl in that I tend to slack off on shaving during the winter when I’m all covered up all the time. Now that summer is approaching, you should address all that wayward hair so that you don’t have an embarrassing patch to cover up when you get to the beach. Use a razor at home to remove leg, bikini and armpit hair. If you want a longer lasting solution, consider waxing all that hair.

7. Slather on the SPF

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Wearing sunscreen is always important, but making it a habit as you prepare for the beach ensures that you won’t forget. Make sure you wear SPF every single day and especially if you plan to spend more than just a few minutes outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after toweling off. Turning it into a habit now means that your beach vacation won’t end in a red, painful disaster down the road.

What’s your favorite beach? Are you going there this summer? Any other tips to share?

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