Summer officially arrived a few weeks ago, which means plenty of outdoor, show-off-some-skin moments are ahead. It also means that it’s important to make sure your skin is prepped, smooth, and ready to take center stage. If you’re still slacking on your skincare routine, now is the time to turn it around–keep these tips in mind and your skin will be summer ready in no time.

Wear Protection

We hear it often, but sometimes don’t remember that sunscreen is essential during summer. Your face and body need to be protected against harmful UVB and UVA rays (the latter is more closely linked to skin cancer). What tends to be a deterrent from wearing protection is that many don’t understand the rules of SPF AND don’t want to have that shiny sunscreen look. Luckily, the former is easy to fix thanks to facial moisturizers now more regularly having at least 30 SPF in them. Now you can protect your skin, get a hint of tint and let your skin naturally glow. Apply Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum 30 SPF or Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in the morning before your makeup and you’ll be set for brunch. 

Hair Removal

Hair removal of all kinds becomes a priority when the weather warms up. We want smooth legs and we want to sport dresses and tank tops without worrying about unwanted hair. The same goes for our faces. You can go sans makeup more often during the summer if you take care of your skin and exfoliate regularly. Using DERMAFLASHnot only removes sun exposed dead skin cells but also sweeps away peach fuzz, meaning your sun protection can work better and you will look radiant on the beach and off. 

Dry skin

So, you forgot to moisturize your body… the majority of the winter and spring seasons? That’s okay. It is never to late to build a healthy skincare routine and start treating your skin the way it deserves to be treated. Start by removing dead skin cells with a simple purchased or DIY scrub. Try a sugar scrub to buff off debris and moisturize at the same time with the help of coconut oil. Then lightly towel off and apply a thick cream like shea butter or a lush body oil to treat your skin and lock in more moisture. Repeat a few times a week and you’ll have glowing, summer-ready skin in no time.

Breakouts

If you’re prone to breakouts on your back and chest, and are hoping for clear skin by the time you put on your swimsuit), use a body wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to kill off any bacteria and lift debris from pores that might have been trapped while exercising. You can also apply an alpha hydroxy peel three nights a week in order to soothe any redness caused by the acne.

Razor Burn

Razor burn is a drag year round, but during summer months when you’re more often in a bathing suit, those bumps and redness are even more annoying. Get ready for your first pool day by shaving in the direction your hair grows, not the opposite. This will reduce red bumps and irritation because when you shave in the direction your hair grows, the follicles are much less likely to get irritated. It’s also important to remember to avoid shaving right before applying sunscreen and/or swimming. The chemicals in sunscreen and the chlorine from a pool can agitate the hair follicles even further, making it nearly impossible to fight an unsightly bikini line.