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Getting your skin ready for summer

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10 Steps to summer-ready skin

Before you break out the summer wardrobe and swimwear this season, make sure you follow these 10 easy steps to prepare your skin for summer. You will have a healthy glow in no time and will definitely be ready to wear your short shorts with confidence.

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Drink plenty of water

Making sure to drink lots of water is always important. It boosts your energy, health and appearance. The absolute best, natural detoxifier, water flushes impurities out of your system while moisturizing skin from the inside out. Have an extra glass or two during warmer weather in order to stay hydrated and look flawless.

Eat more fruits and vegetables

Vitamins A, C and E all act as antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, so they will keep your skin looking full, bright and tight. Have a leafy, green salad with citrus at lunch for a delicious, skin-nourishing boost.

Get a massage

It has never been a better time to focus on relaxation. Not only will a massage improve your mental health, but it also tightens your skin and helps to hide any pesky, confidence-shaking dimples.

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Exfoliate

Exfoliation is crucial to achieving healthy, summer skin. Not only will it give you a nice glow, but it also promotes healthy cell regeneration. Choose a refreshing sugar scrub or try using a body brush.

Switch up your soap

Make sure the soap you are using isn't sucking the moisture out of your skin. Try using a natural soap made with natural oils such as avocado oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Though it may feel like you do not need to worry about maintaining skin moisture when the temperature rises, it's super important to maintaining a healthy glow.

Smooth out your skin

Nothing says summertime more than soft, smooth, touchable legs. Upgrade your razor for a close shave that may not need daily maintenance, or for even less daily maintenance, give an at-home wax or hair removal cream a try.

Break out the sunless tanner

Get a little preemptive summer glow with a sunless tanner. Treat yourself to an air brush tan at the spa or try using a self-tanner at home. Easy and relatively inexpensive, a subtle bronze from a bottle is definitely a confidence booster when it comes to breaking out the bikini for the first time each year.

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Slather on the sunscreen

Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen every day and apply often. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 (at least) and that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

Be prepared for after sun care

If you accidentally miss a spot with your sunscreen or get too much sun exposure, then it helps to take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, to help reduce your body's painful reaction to the sun. Take anti-inflammatories for the first 24 hours after sun exposure. Also, have a cooling lotion or aloe readily available to help keep the affected area moisturized, speed healing and offer a little relief.

Exercise

Make sure to exercise regularly to get your body and your skin ready for summer. Exercise increases circulation, which will add to your summertime glow. Also, a good sweat is a great detoxifier and will work impurities out of your system.

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