Summer Skincare: The Essential Tips

1.  Exfoliate Your Body

It’s so very important to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just sit on your skin making your skin look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you’ll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.  You can also dry brush your skin.  Be sure to apply moisturizer right after getting out of the shower.

I recommend checking out Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Sea Salt Body Scrub. It’s a great smelling scrub and is made with natural sea salt and tropical nut oils that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Buy on

2.  Shave the Right Way

I won’t ask for a show of hands; you know who you are. In the winter, what is the point of keeping your legs religiously shaved daily when you know your legs will never see the light of day? Those lazy days of winter are over. Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn. Buy the Gillette Embrace Razor on

When picking out a shaving cream, don’t choose the $1.00 men’s cream; a shaving lotion is much better for your skin as it will hydrate and help ward off nicks and cuts. Buy the Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel on

In a pinch? Use your conditioner for a moisturizing shaving cream.

3.  Hydrate your Body with a Summer-Scented Lotion

Find a summery lotion that you won’t forget to put on. It’s time to pack away your thick winter body butters for more light summery lotions. You don’t have time to wait for your lotion to sink in, so look for something light and fast absorbing. Gels and sprays are perfect fast absorbers. I personally love to break out the coconut or mango scented lotion for summer. Nothing spells summer more than a light refreshing fruity lotion. Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.

I like the Kiss My Face Moisturizing Spray Lotion Tropical Coconut Oil Moisturizer because it’s lightweight and fast absorbing. Buy on

4.  Get a Safe Summer Glow

You have so many choices when it comes to adding a little summer tint to your skin, and the tanning bed shouldn’t be one of them. Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you’re not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can happily use them just on your face. If you alternate your facial moisturizer with one that builds a bit of color, you’ll have a healthy glow that will make it look as though you just spent the weekend on the beach. Most facial tanners build color gradually, and by alternating with your regular moisturizer you’re skin will maintain a natural looking glow.

Check out my favorite self tanners for your face and body:

5.  Don’t Forget Your Feet

Winter boots have long since been packed away; it’s sandal season ladies. Either go and get a pedicure (try a beauty school if cost is a factor) or give yourself an at-home pedicure. Scrub off the dead dry skin to reveal sandal ready feet.  Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower and scrub your feet a few times a week. You’ll notice a big difference in the softness of your feet.

I recommend trying the Bliss Foot Patrol foot scrub because it uses AHA acids to exfoliate which will leave your skin super smooth. Buy on

6.  Find a New Bold Summer Polish

Buy a bold new polish for your toes. Toe nails can be painted a much bolder color than you would usually put on your fingernails. Pick out something that screams summer. Polish tends to stay on your toes much longer than your hands because you don’t abuse your toe nails like you do your finger nails. Apply a clear base coat, two applications of color and a clear top coat to protect. Go barefoot or put on your flip-flops for at least a couple hours to make sure your polish won’t dent.

I like wearing NARS Shimmer Nail Polish in Orgasm because the color looks great with bronzed summer skin. Buy on

7.  Out With the Old – Buy a New Sunscreen

Throw away last year’s unused sunscreenfor a new bottle. Sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever, and seeing as most people don’t use as much as they should I bet you have a bottle or two stored away. Be safe and pick up a new one. And don’t forget the most important sunscreen advice: USE IT. You should be using a shot glass full for your body, and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.

My favorite sunscreen is Neutrogena’s SPF 70 CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion because it is super lightweight and not sticky at all. Buy on

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