It struck me this week, that it is spring, although the weather in Edmonton, AB,Canada doesn't seem spring- like.
This means in no time it will be summer, which means shorter sleeves, higher hemlines and (gasp!) swimsuits.
By the time summer arrives, I'm usually caught with ghostly-pale skin, dry elbows, knees and ankles, and a general lack of muscle tone all over.
This year, though, I'm hoping to plan ahead to ensure I'm ready to bare (my legs and arms).
Swap harsh soaps for a skin-softening body wash that is free of chemicals and preferably organic.
They are hidden away all winter under thermal underwear and thick socks, so it's easy to neglect the dry spots on your knees, elbows, ankles and feet.
Start exfoliating with an oil-based salt scrub daily before showering. After showering, massage in rich, thick body butter.
DIY: Make a thick paste from a handful of sea salt, almond oil and the juice of half a small lemon. Massage into dry skin. Rinse away and slather on coconut oil.
Oils are similar to the sebum in our skin, so oils are more easily absorbed than lotions.
DIY: To 30 ml of almond oil, add four drops each of juniper berry and rosemary essential oils, and three drops each of cypress and patchouli oils.
It's hydrating and firming.
Combine muscle-strengthening and stretching with cardiovascular training.
Try: Pilates, yoga and strength work to sculpt and lengthen muscles. Start by taking a short brisk walk everyday.
A correctly fitted bra creates feminine curves. 85% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra. The right, or wrong, bra can entirely change the look and feel of the rest of an outfit. Of course, the right bra promotes comfort and a great look.
Try: Most Department stores offer a complimentary bra-fitting service in their lingerie departments, with no need to book appointments. Call your favorite lingerie store to find out about getting sized.
Have you let your waxing slide over winter? Start a regular routine now.
Waxing, shaving, laser hair removal – stay consistent with your routine
A subtle tan enhances muscle and skin tone. Use a natural formula that imparts a subtle color.
Hope you like these tips and are summer ready in no time!
~ Beauty under 10~
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