Woman with summer skin in pool

Are you ready to show some skin? Summer is all about wearing less and baring more than you usually do, which means making sure you’re smooth from top to toe.

Summer skin countdown

If you haven’t started your poolside prep just yet, don’t fret. We’re here to help you get summer-ready in no time!

nail polishSchedule a pedicure

What better way to show off your new wedge sandals than by getting a pedicure first? After a long winter shoved into boots and stuck in socks, now is the perfect time to pamper your feet. A pedicure will ensure your tootsies are well taken care of – rough patches will be removed leaving feet smooth and ready for sandals, and of course toes get painted a summer-ready hue.

Exfoliate all over

There’s no better way to get your body ready for summer than to start scrubbing. Dry skin can accumulate leaving skin looking flaky and lackluster. Grab an exfoliating brush and your favorite cleanser or a body scrub and give your skin a fresh, smooth start. We suggest making it a weekly habit to exfoliate in the shower. You’ll feel better (exfoliating increases circulation) plus your skin will look smooth and radiant.

Banish body breakouts

If the skin on your back or chest is prone to breakouts, there are a few things you can do to help keep things clear. First things first – invest in a body wash made for busting blemishes. Look for a product that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which will unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria. You can also reach for a topical treatment to further minimize breakouts.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash Body wash: Try Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash ($7), which helps keep back, shoulders and chest blemish-free.

Murad Clarifying Body Spray

Treatment: Try Murad Clarifying Body Spray ($37), which works to heal existing blemishes and kill surface bacteria.

Moisturize

Once skin is smooth, it’s important to keep it that way. Well-hydrated skin is luminous and healthy-looking – and ready to be shown off in short shorts and summer skirts. It’s also important to remember that exposure to sun, chlorine and salt water can all dry skin out, so add daily moisturizing to both your pre and during summer routine.

Get a facial

Help skin transition to a new season by getting a facial. It might seem like an unnecessary indulgence, but letting a skin care professional assess your face means knowing exactly what it needs to look its best. You’ll get advice targeted to your skin’s issues (from cleansing tips to product recommendations), not to mention leave with a glowing complexion.

Practice sun smarts

Wearing sunscreen all day, every day is a must but it’s important to be even more careful about sun exposure in the summer. Too much sun can mean a nasty burn, but can also lead to premature aging, fine lines, discoloration in the skin and ultimately, skin cancer. Find a product you like in a texture that doesn’t feel greasy and apply often. You need about one ounce (or a shot glass-size amount) to cover your whole body.

Watch: How to give yourself a pedicure

Fancy feet are a must for sandals and peep-toe shoes. Pamper yourself with a pedicure that's easy and gets you back on your feet in no time.

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Comments on "Head-to-toe tips to get your skin summer-ready"

Emma June 05, 2012 | 2:49 PM

I love starting a new season with a facial! It is so great for your complexion and really works wonders! It sounds fabulous right now. A personal day sounds like it should be happening soon for a facial and pedicure! My winter feet are in desperate need.

Caitlin June 05, 2012 | 10:04 AM

I've been looking for an excuse to get a pedicure, and I think I will use this article. Great tips!

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