On Sunday, it's officially the first day of Summer. As much as I'd like to say that I feel completely confident to put on my favourite dresses and step outside brimming with confidence, I don't. There are a bunch of body products that not only make me feel awesome, but a few of them protect my skin too which is my number one priority in the sun.
Protecting your skin against the sun is so important, even if you're just stepping outside for an hour or so. Having a lot of moles and tattoo's has made me militant with my suncream applications. As I'm a lover of chemical exfoliants on my face I always make sure that I wear some sort of protection on my face all year round. The formulations of SPF have come a long way, they're no longer sticky nightmares that transform you into a human velcro strip. I use 3 separate SPF's when I'm out in the sun all day to cater for my face, body and hair. Another essential is a lip balm containing SPF, burnt lips are possibly one of the worst things I've ever experienced.
Not an area that is my speciality. I'm sure all the fair skinned girls can relate to the fear of a faux tanner turning you a beautiful orange shade. Gradual tanners are something I'm a big fan of for being able to even out the skin tone and add a little bit of a glow. Some of them are terrible and the stench that comes with them is slightly stomach churning. The key to a good result when using a gradual tanner is to exfoliate and moisturise beforehand so that the colour doesn't cling to any dry patches. It's also best to use them a day after you shave so that the colour doesn't seep into any pores.
I've always been big on exfoliating my complexion, but I was far too lazy with my entire body. How wrong I was to think it wouldn't make a difference. By giving myself a good scrub 3-4 times a week, I've noticed that my skin is so much more radiant than before. I'm self-conscious of some patches of skin on my legs, but they've improved ten fold. Some exfoliators out there can be horribly abrasive and drying so I always try to go for something that contains an oil so it's nourishing. By using exfoliating gloves too you can get an even smoother finish.
There are two types of people in the world, the ones who moisturise religiously and then the people who never bother. I've gone from one extreme to another, I moisturise every morning and evening. I like to feel as silky smooth as I possibly can but of course I never want to feel greasy. If you've managed to catch a real tan or you've got one of the faux variety then to prolong your glow as long as possible you need to get in the habit. I like to use everything from regular lotions to oils to body butters, there all awesome and it's a total personal choice. Oils are particularly lovely in the summer months as they really make you glow.