The body probably requires the most amount of work during the summer months, for example needing to exfoliate much more. This can be done up to three times a week to prevent ingrown hairs and keep tanned skin looking smooth and also prevent a self-tanned skin from going streaky.
For the prevention of ingrown hairs, skin infections on the feet and body from swimming pools and sun loungers, washing in Australian Bodycare Skin Wash is essential. If you’re camping or caravanning, the Australian Bodycare wet wipes will also be helpful. You can always apply their neat Tea Tree Oil to key areas of concern or dilute into a water spray bottle which is great to spray down if you are lying on sun loungers etc.
When applying your self-tan, no matter what brand you’re using, if you’re a novice or like a softer finish, try either the great progressive self-building tans – products such as Decleor Gradual Glow, James Read or Leighton Denny‘s Sunbelievable range as these tend to be body lotion formulas with low quantities of self-tan and they are multi-tasking.
If you like a hard hit of self-tan in the original and more potent formulas to get a richer and darker colour quicker, then something that is useful to everyone is a spray tan formula. Such as the James Read Clear Bronzing Spray for the hard to reach areas such as your back, if you’re on your own.
Exfoliation is key but if you are also sunbathing, switch your exfoliator to your morning shower, when your skin has not been exposed to the sun. This will also aid your SPF application as well as prevent your skin from thickening up in the sun.
If you do exfoliate in the evening, you may find it easier to mix your formula half and half with a body lotion or shower gel and use it more often. This gives a gentler feel to sun-exposed skin but gives the same result.
A perfect pedicure is essential during the summer months when wearing sandals. If you prefer a natural finish – for men and women; apply liberal applications of foot cream every night and make sure your nails are buffed and filed and if possible.
Use the Leighton Denny Hoof Stick to push your cuticles back every time you have a soak in the bath or have a hot shower. This makes the toenail shape more even and the total appearance more groomed.
If there are any rashes, smells or itching on the skin, then a direct application of a few drops of Tea Tree oil or switching to Australian Bodycare Foot Cream or their Body Lotion can help solve this.
If your nails are in bad condition, this can be solved by using OPI Matte Nail Envy as a nail strengthener.If you are happy with a gloss use the Original or Perfect Formula. If the nail itself is yellowing or crumbling in texture, then this denotes an infection in or under the nail in which case, liberal application of Tea Tree Oil daily or OPI Fungal Fix is another essential.
For those who haven’t been inspired to paint your toenails yet, let me motivate you by telling you that if you spend half an hour painting your toes, they do not get the wear or tear of fingers as they do not chip so easily and will generally last you one month- so, you do not have to paint them very often!
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