We believe there are lots of ways to prepare for summer to feel our best, and many have nothing to do with fake tans or a new workout routine! You’re not looking for a new workout. But you still want a fresh summer glow for the season where we’re all expected to show a little more skin, right? RIGHT!
Exfoliate Your Face
Begin to exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week. Make sure to wear sunblock if you will be going outside in order to protect your skin at its most vulnerable state.
We strongly recommend Microdermabrasion Paste by Rodan and Fields. It will slough away skin and leave your face feeling smoother and softer than you ever thought possible. We also love Walnut Completion Scrub by Ole Henrikson, and Aloe Gentle Exfoliator by The Body Shop. Be sure to follow any of these with a moisturizer to replenish and nourish your skin and keep from over drying.
There’s nothing better than knowing you are ready to throw on a bikini without having to do a pit check or try to remember your last bikini wax. By starting early in the season, you can save yourself a lot of time and headache. If you’re anything like me, you may have missed a few appointments or just simply shaved during winter months. But waxing is a great way to always be prepared. Starting early, gets your hair follicles on a cycle. If you’re new to waxing or just want a less painful solution, ask if your local salon has Sensitive wax. It is 10 times less painful (OK maybe not 10 x's) than the normal wax and results in much less irritation. You can expect a wax to last between 3 and 6 weeks. I personally love underarm waxing since you’re likely to be in a sleeveless tank or dress every day ‘till fall.
If you’ve found yourself eating a box of cheez-its with a coke for dinner once or 10 times this winter, you’re not alone. We tend to eat less healthy and be more self indulgent when there’s no immediate chance of a beach on the horizon. But getting ready for summer doesn’t have to mean giving up things we love. It’s just about making small changes.
Drinking more water is a fast way to see a change in your alertness throughout the day, which means more energy for summer activities. Studies have shown keeping hydrating can result in diminished puffiness around the eyes, and I can personally attest to water helping with a brighter, more hydrated skin tone. Plus, it’s a super passive way to maintain a healthy weight and reduce the puffy face (and legs and feet) syndrome we’ve all suffered from. Seems counterintuitive but drinking more water actually helps reduce this bloat. I’m partial to Contigo brand bottles. I got one for Christmas one year and it changed my life.
Essential Fatty Acids like Omega 6’s have the greatest affect on shiny, healthy looking skin and hair. After a long season of harsh winter winds, our skin and hair tend to look a little pasty, dry and dull. Add Omega 6's to your diet by cooking with flax or sesame oil and eating more organic eggs and salmon.
Increase Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps the skin retain moisture helping to prevent premature wrinkles, pale skin and acne. It can be found in avocados, sweet potatoes, nuts and peanut butter.