Editor's Guide: Summer Prep

The summer season has arrived after months of cold weather. But what does that mean for your beauty regime? Our Beauty Editor Sanna Franklin knows how to prepare a winter body for summer. Learn her handy tips!

Sanna Franklin: I’m a big summer junkie. I love the sun, the sand, the heat. Through the years I have gone through a lot of seasonal changes - having lived in both Stockholm and New York. So, I have mastered the art of summer prepping. These are my best tips!

I always make sure to address any dryness or rough skin by exfoliating every two weeks. The most common areas for dryness are elbows and knees, but my legs always get dry too. I use a moisturizing body wash and treat troubled spots with a body scrub in the shower.

Summer often means breezy clothes - a fashion choice that’s accompanied with the often-dreaded task of regular shaving. Legs, armpits and bikini lines are the most common areas. To avoid cuts or bumps (never a good look!), never shave too forcefully or push down on your skin with a dull blade. Also, never skip shaving cream. It allows the razor to glide over your skin and makes it easier to see what areas you might have missed.

Already got razor burn? Don’t worry! Dab the area with cool water and stay away from products containing alcohol. These can further irritate the skin.

We all know the dangers of excessive sun exposure, but if you’re like me, and feel that no summer is complete without a tan, then fake your way to a sun kissed look by using Sun Zone. For the most even finish, always exfoliate the day before you fake tan. Then exfoliate again, four or five days into your holiday. This will prevent patchiness.

And remember – always take preventative measures by applying sunscreen and covering up when you’re in the sun (fake tan or not).

Staying hydrated in the heat is a must. Keep up your water intake and increase the amount of liquid you drink on especially warm days. A great tip is to keep bottles of frozen water in the freezer. This allows you to have cold water all day, as they slowly thaw with time. They’re also useful in a cooler to keep your food cold.

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