Bare essentials for a BUFF BODY WITH NO FUSS!
If our Irish summer continues to deal us an unpredictable hand — great weather for two days followed by another few that are grey and damp — we need to be ready for any sunny opportunities practically overnight if we want to make use of our warm-weather wardrobes. Be prepared!
Make sure your skin is ready to show the world: keep it buffed and beautiful all through summer by scrubbing up. At least once, but no more than three times weekly, incorporate body-brushing or an exfoliating body wash into your routine. It makes sense: smoother skin feels softer, looks healthier and takes self-tan evenly.
If you do intend to fake a tan through summer, here’s a reason to keep aware of tomorrow’s forecast. Waxing, shaving and exfoliating can all remove tan and are best performed beforehand. If you have sensitive skin, leave a couple of hours between hair removal/exfoliating and tanning to avoid redness and irritation.
If you know the next day is going to be fine, carry out any hair-removal methods early in the afternoon or evening and apply the tan later. For longer-lasting hair-free limbs, use at-home wax strips. Veet’s EasyGrip Wax Strips capture hair at as little as 1.5mm and are simple to use on legs, underarms, arms and bikini line. Mini strips are also available for the face — there are three varieties designed for sensitive, normal or dry skin so be sure to choose the right type for your skin (€7.99 per 20-strip pack).
The occasional pimple on the chest or back can be treated easily with a dot of spot cream or covered with a concealer with blemish-clearing abilities. Vichy’s Normaderm Hyaluspot (€10) is a super zit-zapper for both sexes. If you have regular breakouts, switch your regular body wash for one containing salicylic acid.
Last but not least, keep your feet sandal-ready. Banish hard skin by buffing and moisturising regularly. If your feet need extreme treatment, try Scholl’s Express Pedi (€49.99). Paint your toenails for that finishing touch. Toenails grow three times more slowly than fingernails so you only need to do this occasionally. Choose bright shades, keeping in mind the colours in your sandal collection. Overnight beauty for those sunny days to come — easy peasy!