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Summer is here!  As it warms up, it feels so good to start discarding layers and baring more skin.  We hope to emerge from our winter layers and into shorts, skirts and strappy dresses looking healthy and radiant but that’s just not always the reality.

If you’re worried that your body isn’t quite ready to be revealed, then it’s time to start prepping to get refreshed and renewed.  Here are some simple tips to prepare your hair and skin with nourishment, hydration and protection so you’ll emerge looking and feeling amazing – naturally!

Firstly!  Start hydrating.  Sip regularly on filtered water or herbal tea…that’s a given.

Exfoliate your body

The very first step in preparing your skin for the summer is to exfoliate. Cold weather causes your skin to reduce its circulation and to contract. This means your skin cells will turn over less frequently. As a result you skin often looks dull and ashen by the time the summer comes around. If your skin surface is still loaded up with excess winter skin cells, lotions and moisturizers won’t be able to penetrate deeply where you need them most. Exfoliate your skin thoroughly to remove those dead cells so you’ll have a healthy all-over glow.

Banish Dryness

Winter weather can be unforgiving on your skin. Cold and dry outdoor air paired with dry and warm indoor air can play havoc with your face and hands, causing redness, dryness and chapping. If you have rosacea or eczema, this can be an even greater problem. However, you can combat this issue by using a hydrating natural body cream or oil to replenish the lost moisture. Infuse your dry winter skin effectively with some nourishing face creams that are safe for use on even sensitive skin.

After a shower smother yourself in organic coconut oil.  Coconut oil is an excellent natural skin conditioner containing medium-chain triglycerides which deeply penetrate, moisturise and act as a protective barrier against the aging effects of environmental and free radical damage. It absorbs quickly and helps skin retain moisture, promotes skin elasticity and keeps it looking young and supple and radiant.

Eradicate Acne

Unfortunately, acne isn’t just a problem during your teenage years. Many women suffer from acne even later in life due to their hormonal fluctuations. Unsightly and stubborn acne on the body and face can seriously put a crimp on your style during the summer months. However, there are ways to resolve the problem and to improve the condition of your skin. Try a chemical peel or a laser treatment to get rid of blemishes so you’re ready to reveal your smooth new skin for summer.

Get Rid Of Unwanted Hair

Nobody wants to step out onto the beach in their swimsuit only to realize that they haven’t got rid of all that embarrassing, unwanted body hair. Before the sun even thinks about coming out, make sure that you’re well prepared to pull on your swimmers at a moment’s notice by getting the hair-free, smooth skin you’ve dreamed of. Laser hair removal could be the answer for you, but if you’re looking for a swifter solution, an electric shaver could help you to beat the fuzz in hurry before you hit the beach.

Begin Your Tanning Regime

Although your skin may be pale and doughy after a winter hiding away indoors, there’s no need to betray that fact to the world. A bit of fake tan can work wonders and will make you look like you’ve been wintering in Noosa! Why not go for a natural-looking, skin-safe spray tan which will give you the perfect summer glow so you can sport your bikini in style? Or maybe you’d rather use a tanning moisturiser which will build up over several applications to create a realistic looking bronzed and healthy glow all over.

Nourish your Hair

Don’t forget your locks.  Freshen up your hair with good cut to remove any split or frizzy ends.  Make sure you give your hair a treatment mask as often as you can. Simple, natural coconut oil is ideal ….just comb it through and leave for a few hours or wrap it up overnight, then shampoo and condition and you will love your shiny happy hair.  Before heading to the beach or pool, pop a leave in conditioner or solar care product on your hair to give it some protection from the elements.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll be prepped and ready to step out and enjoy Summer!