Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2013 Swim Suit Guide Series

With the passing of Memorial Day, it is unofficially summer! Time for days lounging at the beach, picnics at the lake, festive outdoor concerts, backyard barbecues, and for some girls, the dreaded swimsuit season. If you're like me, you've been workout more in preparation as well as looking into bathing suits guides for your body. Here at Vintage Danielle, the Swimsuit Guide 2013 has begun!!

Over the next few days, I'll be posting about how to find the right swimsuit for your body, methods on moisturizing and exfoliating your skin, simple toning techniques that will show progress in two weeks or less, how to dress around a bathing suit for when you're out on the town, hottest trends of the season, and my favorite bathing suits of the season, all right here!


So let's get started right now with preparing your body and skin to look its best! Your skin is your best accessory with swimsuits. You're showing it off the most during summer and with a little preparation, you'll want to show yourself off baby!

THREE KEY elements to glowing beach ready skin are: exfoliation, moisturizing, and self tanning.

Exfoliation
Use a gentle everyday body scrub. I like St. Ives Apricot Gentle or Renew & Firm Scrub for my face, legs, arms, and stomach. Rub the scrub in a circular motion, spending a few extra seconds on rough spots like knees, elbows, and feet. An oil-based version will give you extra hydration. Doing this everyday will also help make shaving your legs much easier and smoother.

If you suffer from body acne like back acne, purchase a simple loofah on a stick and rub with a body acne wash with salicylic acid like Neutragena Body Clear Wash.

Moisturizing
After sloughing off the dead skin cells, you'll need to hydrate the new ones! After your morning shower and before going to bed at night, make it a point to moisturize your skin. Pick a moisturizer that is tailored to your skin care needs. Focus in on your knees, feet, and elbows. One trick I use to soften my feet and hands is this magical jelly.

If your feet took a beating during the colder months, get them flip flop ready by placing your feet in a large bowl of equal parts warm milk and water. The lactic acid naturally eats away at dead skin. After five minutes, buff away any calluses and rough spots with a pumice stone. Afterwards, treat your little piggies to a fun nail polish!
Self Tanning
One way to prepare your body for summer is to give it a little faux glow. I'm not a fan of tan beds or tanning in general. A little color is not worth risking your life with skin cancer. I like self tanning because it's harmless and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. To warm up your skin, try a gradual self-tanner moisturizer like Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer. It'll take five to seven days for your skin color to look is tannest; afterward, apply the lotion every other day to maintain your glow. 

Here are some tips on how to apply it correctly!

If you don't have 5-7 days, try a body bronzer! You'll achieve a tanned look right away and it'll last until you're next shower. Don't forget to use a gradual self-tanner moisturizer, specific to your skin tone, and matte bronzer (where the sun hits you) for your face.

Read here on how to hide bumps, bruises, spider veins, stretch marks, and more!!


How do you prepare for your swimsuit?


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7 comments:

Sandy a la Mode said...

i need to do more crunches before i can wear a swimsuit haha!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Madeline Jane said...

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Hannah said...

Great series, can't wait to read the rest. The St.Ives scrub is a great recommendation. Thanks for sharing!

Hannah from I am a lifestyle blog

Sam said...

Hi sweety, thanks for participating in my last post :) It was great to hear your input! This is such a good idea for a post series, I agree with your three top tips, although Ive never used or needed to try self-tanner before. I have to try the St. Ives Scrub.

Alba - Petit Sweet Couture said...

nice!

xoxo

Melissa Blake said...

Great guide!! :)

Fash Boulevard said...

Love this!

ps. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, love. :)

xo, Anna

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