Beauty essentials before your beach vacation
3 weeks before your scheduled trip, start skin-buffering with an exfoliating body wash. Use a bath mitt, glove or loofah with your body exfoliator. Sugar or salt scrubs are another way to slough off dry, dead skin. Exfoliate two to three times a week, massaging the skin with a gentle circular motion. If you notice redness or irritation, use a gentler touch and scale back the buffing. To keep the skin soft after you have exfoliated, make sure you moisturize. Pat your skin dry and immediately apply your body moisturizer. For the best results use body moisturizers that contain shea butter or jojoba.
Build your tan – Two Weeks before!
We all know that it is vital to protect our skin from excess sun exposure. There are so many great faux tans on the market now so we have no excuses. For the best foolproof results, it is best to use a gradual self-tanner that slowly builds colour over multiple applications. Self-tanners have come along and are now easier to use with more natural colour. You do still need to exfoliate and apply moisturiser to streak prone areas like your elbows, or ankles before applying self-tanner as the colour will sink into dry skin, which results in dark uneven streaks. After applying the moisturiser use small amounts of the self-tanner with broad, even, circular strokes starting at your feet and finishing with your arms and top of your hands. The apply a small amount over your face.
Most gradual self-tanners require several applications over the course of a few days or even weeks. Once you’ve achieved your desired shade, maintain the glow with light applications every few days, according to package directions.
One week before vacation: Hair removal
Hair removal is vital before you leave for vacation.
Waxing will keep you hair-free for the longest amount of time – roughly three to five weeks – and guarantee smooth results. You should exfoliate the night before your scheduled wax appointment as this reduces the chance of bumps and skin irritation.
If you are going to a salon for your waxing the therapist should apply a cooling aloe vera gel that will soothe skin. You can also buy this if you are home-waxing. To prevent ingrown hairs, exfoliate every few days.
Shaving your legs the right way and at the proper time can prevent the feeling of your legs burning at the beach and save you from unsightly razor burn.
The first trick is to shave properly. Take your time and don’t rush through shaving. Start by exfoliating and always soak in warm water for 5 minutes or so before shaving to soften the hair and moisturize your skin. Shave upwards, against the direction of hair growth, and avoid shaving over any bumps or irritated areas. Use a good shaving cream or gel and a fresh, sharp razor made for women. Be sure to moisturize when you are finished and exfoliate daily to avoid ingrown hairs.
Do not shave on the morning of your beach trip. It’s best to give your skin at least 24 hours to rest and heal between shaving and hitting the beach. Otherwise, the small nicks and abrasions that shaving leave behind will be irritated by the salt water, causing stinging and burning. This irritation can also cause the ugly red bumps known as razor burn and underarm and bikini areas are even more prone to this than legs.
Manicures and Pedicures 3 days before..
Pedicures and manicures are a must before a beach vacation. Not only do they look pretty in your sandals, but a good exfoliate will clear your dead skin and a massage is great for relaxation.
If you don’t have time to visit a nail salon you can do a great pedicure at home follow these easy steps:
- Soak feet and exfoliate to soften dead skin and cuticles
- Use a foot file to smooth any dead skin
- Push back cuticles and nip them if you need too.
- Cut and shape nails to your desired length.
- Before painting the nail, use polish remover on the nails to remove any oils from the above products used. This will make the nail polish last longer.
- Begin painting the nails. Always start with a base coat, 2 coats of polish and then a top coat. This will allow the pain to last longer.
Follow the same routine to clean up your fingernails. Choose colours that compliment each other and consider a more natural colour on the fingernails, as the colour chips more. Or try a gel polish as this lasts longer.
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