5 steps to get your skin summer-ready from head to toe

Summer Fixes For Smooth Skin & A Healthy Glow - Sara Sampaio

It’s the season for smooth skin and a healthy glow

New Idea Beauty Editor WHO and New Idea / December 05 2017

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.

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.

The Body Shop Cactus Brush


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.

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.

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.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil

Looking to kit out your summer beauty routine? Here are nine beauty editor-approved products.

For more summer skin care advice from New Idea, check out newidea.com.au

What's your summer beauty prep routine? Share with us in the comment section.

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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.