Summer usually means one of two things: you’re either raring to hit the beach clad in the season’s hottest bikinis, or dreading the thought of baring your body. While we believe that every body is a summer body, it’s our skin that makes the ultimate statement. Besides, nothing says summer goddess better than healthy, glowing and sun-kissed skin! Still worried you’re not up for the challenge? Don’t sweat it (pun intended)! Expose those shoulders and wear those leg-baring frocks because we’ve rounded up our top tips to prep your skin and body for beach season!
If cellulite has never been a problem for you, consider thanking your stars (and your genes)! For the not-so-lucky ones, exercise remains the best way to get rid of those unwanted dimples. Another effective way to minimize cellulite? Deep, vigorous massage can boost blood circulation and break up fat clusters that cause our thighs, arms and buttocks to have that “cottage cheese” look.
Fact is, wrinkles are not exclusive to our faces. They can also be visible on our necks and décolletage and are often caused by sun exposure, aging, fluctuating weight and even side sleeping. Coupled with a good skin care routine, wrinkle-smoothing silicone pads can give faster results by increasing the production of collagen to smoothen out folds and creases and even lighten stretch marks and scars.
Spider or varicose veins can be a frustrating sight especially if you have fair skin. The best way to address them is with regular exercise, a healthy diet and applying products enriched with vitamin K, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. But if you need your legs to be camera-ready with only a moment’s notice, reach for blurring creams to reduce the appearance of blemishes and discoloration and even out skin tone.
Back (and body) acne is no different from those that sprout on your face, but it can be more stubborn, thanks to body skin being thicker and always in close contact with fabric. Keeping skin clean and pores unclogged is the best way to prevent it, but for existing problems, creams and cleansers with salicylic and glycolic acids, benzoyl peroxide and natural remedies like aloe vera, jojoba and tea tree oils are the most effective way to treat back acne.
Also known as gooseflesh or chicken skin, kerastosis pilaris is a common skin disorder that appears as clusters of small bumps on arms, thighs, buttocks and cheeks. Though it doesn’t cause any physical discomfort (and usually improves over time), its mere presence can lead most to rethink those arm-baring sundresses. Get rid of keratosis pilaris with gentle exfoliants and cleansers containing glycolic and lactic acids and lotions formulated with AHAs.
Painful, itchy and unsightly, callused feet can make bare feet and flip flops at the beach almost impossible. Even worse, it can cause serious health risks as bacteria can pass through the cracks and into the exposed skin. Keeping your feet moisturized and hydrated with a heavy lotion, as well as regular exfoliation with physical and chemical exfoliants, can greatly improve this condition or prevent it from worsening.
The cold winter months can be extremely drying for the skin, and come summer, the heat and sun exposure can only make it worse. Parched, flaky skin is not something you want to rock all-year-round, so reach for a heavy lotion that will give your body all the moisture it needs. Keep an eye out for shea butter, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts like sunflower, coconut and jojoba oils.
While each scar can tell a story, most people are not thrilled to have unwelcome marks on our skin. Targeted scar treatment creams containing kojic acid, licorice, hydroquinone and hydroquinone can brighten skin discoloration, while chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid are best for evening out skin tone and texture. For surgical scars and keloids, go for silicone-based treatment as this allows the skin to repair itself by creating a protective barrier around the scars.
While shaving and plucking are quick and easy, the desired effect is also fleeting. Laser treatment can provide a permanent solution, but if you want complete body hairlessness, it can prove to be too much of a splurge. Your best bet is a home hair removal device that can permanently reduce hair growth at a fraction of the price of lasering.
Stretch marks have become so common they’ve basically become an inescapable fact of life. To prevent their formation and stop them from worsening, enhance your skin’s elasticity with lotions and creams that feature botanical extracts, cocoa and shea butters and hyaluronic acid. For late stage stretch marks—the ones that are silvery white in color—laser and microdermabrasion would be the most effective ways to banish them. Targeted stretch mark treatment creams with high concentration of glycolic acid, vitamins C and E and retinol (if you’re not pregnant) also help by stimulating collagen production and skin renewal.