Body guards: 3 steps to sum­mer skin

Elle (Canada) - - Body -

Go be­yond mois­tur­izer

If your sum­mer-wardrobe goals are body­suits and bathing suits, skin needs to be Bey­oncé-level flaw­less. Lo­tion with sal­i­cylic acid will help you shed the scaly mess that built up over win­ter. Cer­aVe Re­new­ing SA Lo­tion ($16, at drug­stores and mass-mar­ket re­tail­ers)

Al­ways ex­fo­li­ate

Avoid in­growns by us­ing a scrub three times a week—in­clud­ing the day of your wax. It will make the ex­pe­ri­ence less painful, says Miles, be­cause “it re­moves dead skin and loosens the hairs so that the wax only picks up the hair.” Waxon Loofah Scrub in Cit­rus Twist ($11, waxon.ca)

Time your shave

Ra­zor burn hurts more than Zayn leav­ing One Di­rec­tion. Switch up your ra­zor the mo­ment you feel it tug­ging on skin, and shave at least three hours be­fore ap­ply­ing sun­screen and hit­ting the beach. Try the Schick Hy­dro Silk TrimStyle Ra­zor ($14, at drug­stores and mass-mar­ket re­tail­ers).

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