The cool, dry air of winter and spring can be harsh, resulting in skin that looks neglected, frightening even the bravest of us back into our closet. Now that the summer air is here, it’s time to bare our shoulders and backs once again—and a little effort can go a long way in ditching dry, dull skin. Follow these DIY tips to revive and restore your skin for summer-ready radiance from head-to-toe:

Hydrate: Drink approximately eight glasses of water every day to hydrate your skin; this will also aid in ridding your body of toxins.

Exfoliate: Use a body scrub—like the homemade one below—to exfoliate and invigorate the skin.
-Combine one part sea salt with one part baby oil (or sunflower oil).
-To scent: add a few drops of essential oil (optional).
-Use a circular motion to gently rub homemade scrub onto body while bathing.

Moisturize: Use rich moisturizers or body oils twice a day; the best time being after bathing or before bed. Allow moisturizing products enough time to absorb into your skin before dressing, since they can stain your clothing. Try using plant, seed or nut based oils to soften dehydrated or rough skin. For example, olive oil and avocado oil may be in your pantry already. These prove to enrich dry skin naturally.

Glow: If you’re a fair-skinned girl, know this: a sun-kissed glow can be achieved without the risk of sun damage by using a self-tanner. There are countless options available on the market today, including powders, creams, lotions, gels and sprays. Here are a few hints about application:
-Exfoliating first prepares your skin for a tanning or bronzing product.
-Regardless of which product you select, apply evenly and carefully for the most natural look. Remember your hands and feet!
-Pay attention to areas that tend to be dry, such as knees, elbows, hands and feet. A hurried or uneven application will tend to result in a sloppy outcome.

Protect: To avoid unwanted sun damage, never leave home without first applying sun screen on exposed skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30.

So, who of us have flawless skin? None of us do! However, now that we have the tools for taking good care of our skin, we can put our best selves out there. Oh, and ladies, don’t forget to shave those legs!

 

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