Temperatures are finally starting to heat up and that means we’ll be showing more skin in our fave summer outfits. During the chillier months, it’s been perfectly acceptable to hide our dry skin under sweatpants but now that summer is upon us, it’s time to start thinking of your summer skin. Applying lotion is one thing but there are lots of other factors that relate to achieving supple, smooth skin. Wondering how you can have your best skin ever this summer? Follow these tips for achieving the smoothest skin!
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You likely have one sitting in your shower, probably untouched but it’s time to dig into a body scrub, and well, start scrubbing. Exfoliating is one of the most important parts when vying for smooth skin. It removes all the dead skin cells and helps moisturizers absorb better into the skin. If scrubs aren’t your cup of tea, why not try a more chemical exfoliator? There’s less mess to clean up in the shower and they’re extremely effective as well. Whatever you fancy, there are loads of different types available in an endless variety of scents and price points so do some playing around and find your new fave.
My pick: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Exfoliating Body Treatment Peel
Grab Your Dry Brush
To take exfoliating to a whole other level, get your hands on a dry brush. The practice might sound a bit hokey but it truly works wonders. These tough bristles not only slough away dead skin but also help boost circulation, reduce puffiness, and even help break down cellulite. I like to dry brush before showering but some swear by dry brushing post-shower. Just remember to follow any type of exfoliation with a moisturizer!
My Pick: The organic pharmacy skin brush
Remove Unwanted Hair
Want to get as smooth as possible? It’s time for a little at-home hair removal sesh. Before you wince in anticipation, know that you don’t have to wax yourself if you don’t want to! These days there are a vast variety of hair removal creams available that won’t hurt a bit. If shaving is more your thing, ensure you get a top quality razor and always always always lather up with shave gel!
My pick: glee Women’s Body Hair Removal Cream Depilatory Kit
Slather On Moisturizer
After any type of exfoliation or hair removal, moisturizing the body is key. It’s so important to replenish any moisture you might have lost after sloughing away dead skin. The best time to moisturize is as soon as you get out of the shower or bath to avoid getting that tight skin feeling. Your best bet is to find a body lotion or cream that’s lovely and thick with a subtle smell so that it doesn’t overpower your perfume.
My pick: Goop beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter
All of the above tips and tricks are great but if you’re not putting in the work on the inside then what good is it? Hydrate the good old-fashioned way by drinking the oh-so-important 8 cups of water each day. The best way to achieve your smoothest skin this summer is by getting yourself a chic water bottle, one that you’ll actually want on display, and refill it throughout the day.