Summer is officially on the horizon, which means it is time to show some skin and dare to bare. While you prepare to trade in your snuggly sweaters for sleeveless shirts, don’t overlook preparing your skin for Summer, especially the delicate areas.
Dr. Debra Luftman, Beverly Hills dermatologist and co-author of The Beauty Prescription, shares her top tips to help get your skin Summer-ready:
Underarms: The underarm is a very unique, complex, and delicate area. Underarm irritation tends to surface more in the Summer due to increased shaving and perspiration. Use a product like Dove Visibly Smooth deodorant, which includes a unique Pro-Epil™ Complex with natural extracts and Dove 1/4 Translucent Moisturizers™ to minimize the visual appearance of underarm hair over time. It not only helps to deliver soft, smooth underarm skin, but also provides the 24-hour odor and wetness protection you’ve come to expect from Dove deodorant.
Dove Ultimate Visibly Smooth deodorant is featured in two new scents: Wild Rose, which consists of floral notes with a feminine and elegant flair, and Nature Fresh, which contains green floral and fruity scents for freshness seekers. Women who seek prescription-strength wetness protection can try Dove Visibly Smooth Clinical Protection in Wild Rose. Visit your local drugstore or mass retail outlets to purchase this new product.
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Neck: Most women spend time and money on a great skincare routine for their face, but somehow forget the skin area below: the neck. This skin is some of the thinnest on the body and has little natural moisture, so signs of aging tend to appear if not protected. Apply a moisturizer with SPF daily to the front and sides of your neck to avoid sun spots and uneven pigmentation.
Feet: Goodbye Winter boots, hello sandals! Sandals, while comfortable and fashionable, leave feet exposed to the elements and can cause harsh blisters. Most people forget to put sunscreen on the tops of their feet, which leads to painful and potentially serious burns. Prevent sun damage by applying SPF to your feet every time you leave the house. To help prevent painful and unsightly blisters, I suggest applying petroleum jelly to the areas of your feet where blisters are prone. It will help prevent the friction that occurs between sandal straps and skin.
All Over: In order to maintain an all-over Summer glow, incorporate natural vitamins into your daily diet. Fruit like oranges, watermelon, and peaches contain vitamins A and C, which help keep skin supple through the production of collagen. Fatty acids are also essential to help lubricate skin from the inside out; try eating almonds or avocado for an added boost.