The Ultimate Beauty Guide to Feeling Like Your Sexiest Self in a Swimsuit
One of the best things about Summer (besides finally retiring your Winter clothes) is throwing on your swimsuit and getting in the water. Whether you're soaking up the sun on a tropical beach vacation or lounging by a pool right in your backyard, you definitely want to look and feel your best. After all, you've probably spent hours finding the cutest bathing suit! We've rounded up the best tips and products to get your body and skin swimsuit ready — and none of them involve going to the gym. Keep reading to see how to look and feel amazing in your bathing suit.
If you’ve been dealing with flaky, dry Winter skin, the best thing to do is to exfoliate. Exfoliating buffs away dull, dead skin and reveals the smoother and brighter skin underneath. It also helps even out the skin for a flawless application of self-tanner and ensures a smoother, closer shave. A moisturizing salt or sugar scrub like & Other Stories Perle de Coco body scrub ($15) is easy to use in the shower so your skin will be silky and smell like Summer.
You’ve probably been hearing about dry brushing non-stop and now’s the time to finally try it if you haven’t already. Grab this dry brush ($6) and go over your skin in long strokes, starting at your feet and working your way up, avoiding sensitive areas. This practice is said to increase circulation, reduce stress, and exfoliate the skin which will leave you glowing all over.
Firm Your Skin
Cellulite and stretch marks are natural and expected, and you can totally skip doing anything about them at all. If that’s not your thing, there’s always a quick fix. Soap & Glory's Sit Tight 4-D ($24) firming serum works to firm your skin while you do nothing at all. Rub the massage roller over any stubborn areas and the unique blend of essential oils like sweet almond and eucalyptus work together to firm and smooth skin.
Protect Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen should be the first step in any beauty routine. You probably apply an SPF moisturizer to your face daily (and if you don’t, you should) and the rest of your body should be no exception. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before sun exposure and reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re spending time in the water. This Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil from Supergoop! ($34) makes the process so easy; the oil doesn’t leave a white cast and it contains coconut oil, so your skin will be hydrated and protected. The last thing you want is to end your day with a sunburn.
Get Rid of Body Acne
Acne can be a huge pain (sometimes literally). Luckily, there are products to take care of body acne and you can use them right in your shower. You can target affected areas with a body wash or soap containing salicylic acid to help clear up the skin. You can also take a more natural route and grab this Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar by Herbivore ($12). It contains activated charcoal (the trendy ingredient known for its deep-cleansing properties), tea tree oil, and white clay, which together basically make an acne-fighting cocktail. Be sure to moisturize and hydrate after any acne treatment to prevent drying your skin out.
Remove Unwanted Hair and Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs
Once you've exfoliated, you're already prepped for the smoothest shave ever. Be sure to lather up with a thick, moisturizing shaving cream like this one from Eos ($4) and a new razor to avoid irritating skin. Even if you do everything right when shaving or waxing, you might still get an ingrown hair or razor bumps. To avoid or treat these common skin irritations, use salicylic and glycolic acid pads like these Bikini Bump Blaster pads from Completely Bare ($10) a few days post-shave to smooth and soothe troubled skin.
Now that you've taken care of the basics, you've got time for the extras. If you've got twenty minutes to spare, try this moisturizing Sephora Collection foot mask ($4) which promises to refresh, relax and smooth dry feet. If you're a pro with self tanner, give body contouring a try. You can also highlight by applying a shimmery body oil like this one from Gourmand ($26). Last but not least — be confident, have fun, and remember to reapply your sunblock!