It’s On: Start Your Summer Beauty Prep Now

Sure, summer doesn't officially start for another month, but that doesn't mean you can't start prepping your beauty routine for a little fun in the sun right now. Starting today, amp up your normal beauty regimen with these four steps, and you'll be ready to go as soon as June 21 rolls around! 

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: exfoliation is one of the most crucial parts of your beauty routine. It cleans out pores, prevents nasty blemishes and helps reveal glowing skin. And as we approach those summer months of minimal makeup, exfoliation becomes even more important.

While many of us plan to swap our heavy foundations for light, sheer tinted moisturizers and BB creams in the coming months, we tend to analyze skin imperfections like dark spots and acne marks with increased scrutiny. Want to go makeup-free with confidence this summer? Start a regular exfoliation routine today. Scrubs not your thing? Go light with an exfoliating and brightening wipe like Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes

2. Start an epilation routine 

Let's face it ladies, none of us actually enjoy the process of hair removal. It's just one of those annoying aspects of beauty that we all have to deal with, and it never becomes more important than during the hot months of skin-baring sundresses and short shorts. If you're sick of the daily shaving routine, why not try something a little more long-lasting this summer?

Epilation devices, like Braun's Silk-epil 7 Wet & Dry epilator, can slow the growth of hair over time and save you a whole lot of time in the shower this summer. Yes, this hair removal technique can be a little uncomfortable as you commence your routine, but if you get started now, you should see a nice difference by the time summer starts.

3. Visit your stylist

Not every gal can afford a monthly trip to a high-end salon, so if you're going to splurge at least once this year, make sure you go all out right before the summer season starts! Why? Well, during the summer months when the heat rises and the humidity invades our lives, it's best to go with the flow and not upset your natural hair type. After all, if you've got curly locks but consistently straighten them, they're not going to want to cooperate on a 90 degree day.

Visiting a talented and reputable stylist for a cut that suits your natural hair texture can make a world of difference on the state of your strands this season. Once you learn the proper products that will bring out your naturally beautiful hair and learn to work with, rather than fight, your hair, we're sure you'll get plenty of compliments this summer!

4. Give your tootsies some TLC

Even if you're not a huge nail polish fan, most of us like to paint our piggies with bold pinks and bright blues during the summer months to complement those sexy sandals. No one likes to look at a funky foot, so do yourself a favor and start getting your feet in shape… like, now.

No need to visit the spa, though, you can treat your toes at home. Start by exfoliating all the funk away with a foot brush or a scrub. Next, lather those feet up in some serious moisturizer and sleep with socks on. Then, clip those ever-growing nails and apply a cuticle cream or oil. Do this at least once a week and your feet will be stunning by summer!

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