With summer just around the corner it’s the perfect time to get your skin ready to glow and shimmer in the hot months ahead.
Winter can make us slack when it comes to skin care and dealing with unwanted body hair. Here are a few tips that will get you ready to flash some skin in cheeky shorts and summer dresses with confidence:
GET YOUR GLOW ON
Moisturise: Winter’s cold can leave your skin dry and dehydrated. Cracked and flaky skin needs intense moisturising. Your first step is to rid your skin of dead skin cells by exfoliating. The build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin makes your skin look rough and dry. Exfoliating gives your skin a more smooth and healthy appearance. After exfoliating, apply a generous amount of intense moisturising lotion or oil. Make this part of your daily routine to maintain smooth glowing skin.
Fake it: Skin that hasn’t seen the sun in months can look pale and pasty. Now that the sun is out and you’re eager to catch some rays, you find yourself in a Catch 22 situation. You need to expose your skin to get some colour, but you don’t want to because you’re so pale. A quick fix for this dilemma is a fake tan. Whether you opt to self-tan at home or go to a tanning salon for a spray-on tan (healthier than using a sunbed), this will at least make your skin appear sunkissed.
BEST FOOT FORWARD
Snugly hidden in thick socks and boots, your feet have most likely been neglected for months. With your feet now in desperate need of a pedicure, here’s a quick-fix home remedy:
- Soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes to soften the soles.
- Exfoliate your feet using a foot scrub. This helps to soften your heels and the soles of your feet.
- Use a pumice stone to rub stubborn areas.
- End your pedi by applying an intense moisturising cream or oil.
Hiding hairy legs? During winter we are always covered up, so unless you’re one of the few women who consistently keeps her legs silky smooth throughout winter, they’re probably rather furry. The same goes for your underarm and bikini areas. Depending on your preference and pain threshold, here are few hair removal methods.
Shaving: This is still one of the most popular, easy and pain-free methods but there are a few things you need to know when shaving. It’s best to shave in the morning. Always use a moisturising shaving foam. If you don’t having shaving foam, use hair conditioner. Do NOT use normal bar soap. Replace your razor blades after five uses. Shave downwards, in the direction of your hair grown, instead of up.
Waxing: If you want slower regrowth and have a high pain threshold, then waxing is a great option. Before waxing be aware of the following:
- The hairs shouldn’t be too long or too short (six millimetres is a good length).
- Avoid getting waxed during your period, when your body is more sensitive.
- Take a painkiller before your appointment, to take the edge off.
Ridding your bikini area of stray hairs is essential when wearing those tiny bikinis. Depending on how much hair you want removed, the different terms for waxing that area can be quite daunting. Here’s a quick guide:
- Regular bikini wax: This is your basic, starter bikini wax that removes only the hairs next to the bikini line.
- Full bikini wax: Takes the regular bikini wax past the bikini line and the hairs from the top, to create a neat inverted triangle.
- French bikini wax: All the hair is removed in the front, leaving just a small patch or strip of hair.
- Brazilian wax: Removes all hair, front to back, leaving just a patch of hair in the front in any shape you want.
- Hollywood wax: Don’t want any genital hair at all? Then this is the one for you. All hair is removed from front to the back. Not recommended for beginners.
Laser hair removal: If your beauty budget allows for it, laser hair removal is a more permanent solution (after a number of sessions). It’s a medical procedure that involves the use of a laser beam to pass through the skin to individual hair follicles, damaging hair follicles in order to slow down further hair growth.