It’s never too early to start getting ready for summer. I, for one, do not like to be rushed and starting months in advance allows me to take my sweet time. There’s so much to be done. Your body has to be ready for a bathing suit, your skin needs to be glowing, and your hair needs to be ready to withstand massive amounts of humidity. You just never know when you’re going to run into your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend strolling down the beach, and that’s not a risk I’m going to take lightly. Here are few tips to getting summer ready, no matter how many months in advance you decide to start.
First, get bronzed. Everyone always feels better with a little tan, and thankfully in the 21st century, there are countless ways to get one. Before deciding which tanning method is best for you, exfoliate your skin in the shower to remove dead cells, and then moisturize daily. As for getting bronzed safely, you can try a spray tan from a salon or even a tanning moisturizing lotion to use at home. If you are so fortunate, you can also take a trip somewhere warm in the winter and get tan the old fashioned way. Just be sure to use plenty of SPF and don’t over do it. An SPF of at least 30 should be applied to the face everyday and used in conjunction with a moisturizer or other antioxidant cream. This will keep the skin soft, healthy, and protected from UV rays. A benefit to a fake tan though can be faux-muscle definition. If you want your muscles to appear more defined, run some self-tanner straight up from your belly button and diagonally along your obliques.
Next, get your diet in check. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin glowing and hydrated, especially as the temperature rises. Eating foods like melons and berries will provide your body with essential nutrients and vitamins, and they fill you up without making you bloated. Plus, they are extra refreshing in the warmer months. Be sure to watch your added-sugar and sodium intake as they can increase bloating.
Don’t forget to pay attention to the small details like your nails. Use a clear coat of protein nail strengthener to keep your nails strong. Nails are more likely to chip and crack from swimming in a pool or sitting on the beach with sand. Keep your nails painted, even if it’s just with a clear coat, to ensure they are getting enough protein. You can also take daily biotin supplements to keep your hair, skin and nails strong and healthy.
Lastly, get the wardrobe to match the season. Pick out a new bathing suit that makes you feel confident and pair it with a cover-up that will take you from a beach party to nighttime. The last step in getting summer ready is picking your favorite tropical cocktail, making an entire pitcher and sitting in the sand with a straw.