Summer is a time for being outside. However, that means harsh conditions for your skin. But don’t get all stressed up about the unknown dangers of the sun rays − here are six ways to effectively prep your skin for the hot summer days.

The face

Prep your face for summer

This is a good place to start – unchecked exposure of your face to UV rays may result in sagging wrinkles and uneven complexions. The first thing you need to do is befriend SPF products. It’s important to determine the correct sunscreen for your skin because you want something that will last more than a short period.

SPF products include sunscreen creams, lotions, sticks, sprays, and powders. Whatever you choose, it’s important to get SPF of at least 30 or higher, reapplying it every two hours. You can also use antioxidant serums (applied to the face in the mornings) that fight against UV damage. Great for going to the beach!

Example: Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Powder Brush

The back

Prep your back for beach

All the fitness workouts to get your body trimmed, toned, and tight for summer weather can also cause bacne to appear. These blemishes are the result of friction from workouts and sports bras, but how do you manage them? The answer: salicylic acid wash! You can use this in the shower to keep the skin healthy.

Example: Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal 5-2 Acne Medicated Cleanser

The armpits

How to care for armpits

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The underarms can be a big source of worries − excessive sweating, discoloration, even textural changes. Those are the top concerns, but the right products should be able to both provide simple odor control and keep you healthy. Keep in mind that you need something soothing and moisturizing for your summer beauty preparations.

Example: Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

The knees

Prep your knees for beach

One thing we often forget about is the knees. Washing and moisturizing are common practice, but how many remember to exfoliate? Like the elbows, knees are prone to retain old skin cells, and your body usually sheds about 50 million of them a day. As a result, you may end up with coarse, dull, and thick skin. For your beach skin prep, start using a cream that contains alpha hydroxy acid.

Example: Lac-Hydrin Cream

Razor bumps

Hot to get rid of razor bumps

These things are annoying, especially in summer. Bumps occur when the skin surrounding the hair gets irritated and inflames. It’s cosmetically problematic and generally not pleasant. Luckily, there are ways to avoid razor bumps.

The first step is to use a shaving cream to ensure that the skin is lubricated. Secondly, shave with the grain. The third step − make sure your razor is single-bladed. If the issue remains, you may need to speak with a dermatologist to get a topical antibiotic or a hydrocortisone cream.

Example: Veet Hair Removal Cream

The feet

Prep your feet for beach

There are a few steps to keep your feet in good shape: scrubbing, soaking, and smearing. Scrubbing is fairly simple and some refer to it as ‘Home Depot dermatology’ because fine grit sandpaper is the best exfoliator for dry heels. Simply cut a small piece off and apply in circular motions. After a few days, you will notice the skin get softer.

Next step is soaking in a warm Epsom salt foot bath. It helps the dead skin cells float away, leaving smoothness!

The last step − smear peppermint foot cream to eliminate odor and hydrate at the same time.

Example: Theraplex FT Peppermint Exfoliating Emollient

For more ways to prep skin for summer, check out what French women have to say on the matter and continue reading about how to keep your skin smooth!