5 steps to get your skin summer-ready from head to toe
It’s the season for smooth skin and a healthy glow
With the warmer weather here, you’re guaranteed to have more skin on show. So it’s time to get to work on ensuring your skin looks its best from head to toe. These five simple steps are the perfect prep for glowing, happy skin.
Prepare to bare your legs
With your legs making more of an appearance in summer, you’ll want to banish unwanted hair, stat. If you chose not to laser through winter, get waxing or for a last-minute at-home option, try one of the new gentle razors that moisturise while shaving... pure genius! We like Gillette Venus ComfortGlide White Tea.
Scrub your skin smooth
Exfoliating is key to soft, nourished skin. It rids the body of dry, dead skin, but also allows new skin to absorb products and much-needed moisture quickly. Don’t over-exfoliate your face – once or twice a week is more than enough. For the rest of your body, try a dry brush exfoliation before showering – it’s a great way to get the circulation going and helps reduce cellulite, too. Try The Body Shop’s Cactus Brush. Follow with a body oil post-shower.
Create a base tan
Glowing skin is easy to achieve without having to jet off to Bali. DIY fake tanning is effortless, affordable and a safe option for a seamless golden glow. Opt for a moisturising formula, and if you’re applying it solo, spray options are easy for hard-to-reach areas, such as your back. We love James Read Tan Instant Bronzing Mist.
Keep skin hydrated
The key to healthy radiance (and a flawless tan application) is moisturised, nourished skin. Swap out hot showers and bathe in hydrating essential oils. For extra dry skin, opt for a thick moisturiser with shea butter or oils that deeply penetrate and hydrate skin – we recommend First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.
Get a radiant glow
It’s the season to show some (ok, maybe a lot of) skin. Try applying body oil or a moisturiser with added shimmer to reflect light and give the illusion of a glow. We can’t get enough of Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil.
Previously from an advertising background, Toni has been working in editorial and beauty at Pacific Magazines for the past five years, and is currently working across Who and New Idea, two of the top five best-selling weeklies in the country. Toni loves being able to make the beauty world seem accessible to the working woman, particularly for those who are time-restricted. As a working Mum, she’s constantly searching for easy beauty and skincare routines on a budget.