Try these simple tips to prepare to bare your skin and be bathing suit ready.
Summer is upon us and if you’re anything like me when it’s hot out, the fewer clothes I have on the better. But to take our bodies from frozen tundra weather to bathing suit ready can be a lot of work. I know for me, I definitely don’t shave every day during the winter. I mean come on! That extra hair helps keep me warm when I’m skiing in 15 degree weather.
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There are a few ways I like to get my body ready to be seen in fewer clothes than usual and be bathing suit ready. It just takes a little time, a few fabulous products and some effort on your part to look your best when it’s time to slip into your suit.
Drink more water
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Water is great at detoxing your body. Not only does it detox, it makes your skin more supple and helps get rid of bloat, making you look slimmer. In the weeks leading up to your bathing suit debut, up your water intake. Try drinking half your body weight in ounces every day. I try to drink a gallon a day because I’m very active and sweat more during the summer.
Get your sweat on
Start exercising. Even if you are just getting started, doing any work can help. Focus on your booty, belly and legs. Your quads are some of the largest muscles in your body, so work those to burn more calories (lunges, squats, squat jumps, step ups).
Exfoliating is step number one when it comes to getting your skin prepared for summer. It helps smooth the surface of your skin, prevents breakouts and helps minimize pores. Exfoliating your body also helps moisturizer penetrate the skin better and your self-tanner go on more evenly. You should only exfoliate a few times a week; less if you have sensitive skin. I like to use my homemade sugar scrub (2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons sugar, 5 drops lavender essential oil).
We all want sun-kissed skin, but we know that laying out in the sun (or a tanning bed) is the worst thing we can do. Using self-tanner gives you that glow, without the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. A little color on your body also makes you look slimmer. I’m super pale and have tried many sunless tanners in my time, but I love St. Tropez self-tanner more than any other I’ve found.
Cut back on starchy carbs
Foods like pasta and bread have a lot of sodium that can contribute to water retention, thus making you look more bloated. Cutting these foods out will help keep the bloat down.
Drink less alcohol
We all like to enjoy a refreshing adult beverage this time of year, but alcohol is a killer for your body. It increases water retention, leading to puffiness and bloat. It also hinders muscle repair, so if you’re working out, trying to get in shape for that bathing suit, you’re doing more damage to your muscles because they are unable to repair themselves properly.
It just takes a little time and effort to get your skin and body ready for bathing suit season.
What are your favorite ways to get ready to show some skin?