Summer-Ready Skin

Whether you greet the arrival of swimsuit season with dread or delight, we can all agree there are a number of things women must do to prepare for that first trip to the pool

You’ve been working on your fitness all year, so swimsuit shopping will be a breeze. But, after being under wraps all winter, your skin is likely in need of some tender loving care. Here are five appointments, products and tips that will get you glowing from head to toe before Memorial Day.


Get glowing

If you need to get bronzed in a hurry, splurge on a spray tan. But if you have some time before your bikini debut, try one of the many gradual tan lotions on the market. Our favorite product right now is St. Tropez’ new Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion, which delivers a rich color, intense moisture and no self-tan smell. $30 at Sephora locations.

SPA_Elemis-brushExfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

The fastest way to transform dull, rough skin is to give it a good scrub. Invest in a professional grade exfoliation treatment at the beginning of the summer when your skin is at its driest. At Oleander Aesthetics, the Seaweed Body Wrap ($100) starts off with a full-body dry exfoliation and is followed by the moisturizing application of a warm sea paste and essential oils. Continue exfoliating throughout the summer with the help of a body brush like this one from Elemis ($45 at Nordstrom). The circular motions on your arms, legs and rear soften the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.


Firm up

Why not get a little something extra with your daily moisturizer? Clarins’ Extra-Firming Body Lotion is made with an anti-wrinkle blend of Lemon Thyme, Centella and Bacoa extracts, which helps improve the skin’s natural elasticity while smoothing and toning trouble areas. $65 at Nordstrom or Dillard’s locations.


Banish blemishes

Get rid of skin imperfections before you bare it all by introducing an anti-acne body wash into your beauty routine. Peter Thomas Roth’s Blemish Buffing Beads face and body cleanser provides exfoliation, helps unclog pores and gets rid of oils that cause blackheads and whiteheads. $38 at Beauty Brands locations.

Take care of stray hairs  

If done right, waxing never hurts as much as you think it will. So get ready for those week-long trips to the beach by making an appointment for a bikini or Brazilian wax now. Aestheticians recommend getting waxed every three to six weeks but with regular maintenance, you can wait longer in between treatments. Worried about ingrown hairs? Regular exfoliation will help keep those at bay. Bikini waxes start at $50 at Hollyday Med Spa + Aesthetics and at $32 at Bijin Spa + Salon.