Preparing your skin for summer

Booking holidays and buying a new swimsuit will mentally prepare you for summer, but your skin may need some help getting ready, too. Reveal glowing skin: Regular exfoliation can...

Booking holidays and buying a new swimsuit will mentally prepare you for summer, but your skin may need some help getting ready, too.

Reveal glowing skin: Regular exfoliation can be a part of a healthy skin regimen no matter the season; as long as your skin is not sensitive, exfoliation can help you achieve smooth, healthy-looking skin that makes you look more glowing and youthful. But it must be done with care. The goal is to lift off the outer layer of skin cells only.

Remove hair without irritation: If you’re removing unwanted hair be aware that once you rip off the wax strip that it’s important to care for the skin that’s newly exposed to the elements. Stay out of the sun or heat for at least 48 hours after any hair-removal process as follicles are vulnerable to irritation. If you don’t plan hair removal that far in advance, buffer your skin with an oil-free sunscreen, wait for it to dry (about 5 minutes), and dust on some talc-free baby powder.

Fight UV rays with food: All the work you put into making your skin look good won’t be worth it unless you guard it from the sun’s damaging rays. Surprisingly, you can protect yourself from the inside, too. In addition to using sunscreen, eat cooked tomatoes every day if you know you’re going to be in the sun. They are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fight the effects of UV rays such as redness, swelling, and blistering from sunburn. This of course doesn’t replace sunscreen, but the habit could give you much needed additional protection.

Treat your feet: If you’ve stuffed your feet inside boots all winter, they probably could use a little TLC for sandal weather. Jump-start your program with a pedicure, or if you’re short on time, you can try this DIY tip, which will help soften feet while you sleep. First, remove thicker skin with a foot file. Apply a rich emollient cream or ointment, and then cover the feet in plastic wrap and cotton socks. Leave on overnight. Repeat every day until you achieve smooth skin, then once a week thereafter.