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7 Ways To Get Ready For Summer

We recently had a glimpse of what summer might be like, and it was glorious. If that burst of sunshine and warmth made you think about starting to get yourself ready for the real summer, you’re not alone. So here are some great tips on getting your mind, body, and soul ready for the greatest season of them all.

Sun Cream

Sun cream, suntan lotion, sunblock, no matter what you want to call it, it’s important to have it to hand for when the sun decides to shine. If you haven’t got it sitting, ready and waiting, in the bathroom cabinet then you might find that you have to cover up on a boiling hot day, if you are able to go out at all. It’s not just you who might suffer either; children have much thinner skin than adults, so they also need to be wearing sun cream. Check what the policy is at their school and whether teachers are able to apply more as the day wears on.

Remember, when it comes to the SPF factor the higher the number means you can be out in the sun for a longer period of time before any damage is done, so if you’re planning to be out for a while, use a higher SPF.

After Sun Cream

People are familiar with the fact that preventative measures should be taken in the sun to protect our skin. However, sometimes you can miss the boat, such as when you are driving, and the sun is out, as you can burn your arm easily. Sometimes it can be easy to misinterpret how sunny it is due to clouds. If you have burnt, you will want to use after sun cream to soothe the burn. Not only will this cream make you feel more comfortable, but you will also reduce the redness and swelling associated with a sunburn. Have this cream in the bathroom cabinet just in case, and no matter what happens you’ll always be prepared.

Argan Oil Shampoo 

The summer sun, the chlorine from a pool, seawater, humidity, heat, and even excessive sweating can all cause untold damage to our hair. These problems can attack right at the hair cuticle, and that can make it look dull and lacklustre no matter how often you wash it. Switch to an Argan oil shampoo instead. Argan oil replenishes the moisture that can so easily be lost during the summer for the reasons mentioned above leaving your hair looking nourished and healthy and making it less susceptible to damage the next time you’re out in the sun.

Exfoliate

If the chill of the winter months has taken its toll on your skin and you want it to be refreshed in time for the sun to shine on it, then you’ll need to exfoliate. The skin exfoliates on its own, but sometimes that’s not enough, and you may want to look for a natural aid to kick-start the process – not only will it make your skin smooth and soft, it will make you feel confident and happy to get outside in the sunshine and show at least some of it off.

Try not to use any abrasive pads or washcloths, scrubbing grains, or alcohol-based toners when you’re exfoliating because they can damage the skin and change its pH so that it doesn’t look quite as sun-blushed and glowing as you might want it to. 

Hair Removal

Assuming that you may choose to remove any unwanted body hair before you lie out on the beach or put on a pair of shorts, there are a few different ways to go about it. The least expensive way is through shaving, but there are dangers associated with removing hair in this way. In order to combat too many nicks and cuts, find a good quality razor with at least five blades. You should also use a specialised shaving foam or cream to make the blades glide smoothly, otherwise you could get a nasty nick (which, aside from hurting there and then, will really sting when you go in the sea). You’ll also need to moisturise when you’re done to soothe your skin.

Another option is waxing. Waxing costs more, of course, but it also lasts longer so you don’t have to worry about making sure there are no stray hairs for at least a few weeks after you’ve been waxed. It’s best to go to a professional to get this done; home waxing kits are available, but an expert can remove the hair with as little pain and discomfort as possible – when you do it yourself it can really hurt and you might even give up halfway.

Fake Tan

For many of us, bearing our legs and arms after the winter can be a trial, and if they are extremely pale that can sometimes be a confidence knock. If that’s the case for you, invest in some fake tan so that you don’t have to expose your skin to the sun’s rays without protection, but you also have a healthy, happy glow about you. If you’re not confident in applying the tanning lotion yourself, you can book in with a professional at a salon or spa and get it done there.

Clear The Clutter

With a new season approaching this is the perfect opportunity to clear away the clutter and old items that have been sitting in your wardrobe and makeup bag for an age. Get rid of anything that has gone past its expiration date such as face creams and make some space for new moisturisers that are ideal for the warmer weather.

Don’t forget to go through your wardrobe and take a look at the clothes you have ready for summer. Are they still going to fit? Do you still like them? Are they too worn and have seen better days? Do a proper inventory of everything you’re going to need, remove anything that’s no longer any good, and take yourself summer shopping so that you are completely prepared for any eventuality and any weather.

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