Sun’s out, buns out! Or wait, is it guns out? Either way, the point is that the sun is out (last weekend in New York City it was 100 degrees) and because of the intrusive heat, the crowds are hitting the beach. I don’t know about you, but as soon as the prospect of shorts and swimwear becomes prominent, I die a little inside thinking how, for another year in a row, I did not bite the bullet and get laser hair removal. Or worked out sooner. Or dry-brushed more consistently. The list is endless.
If you are with me on this, here is what to shop for to feel like your best self rocking the short shorts and bathing suits.
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This bum bum cream doesn’t have a cult-following for no reason. It is formulated with Guaraná — native to Brazil’s Amazon forest — which has almost five times more caffeine than coffee, so it helps tighten and improve circulation by dilating blood vessels beneath the skin. Additionally, its pistachio almond fragrance is irresistible, and it is perfectly hydrating and softening.
Your skincare routine can sometimes double as part of your body care, and this effective oil is one of those cases. Its formula with 1.5 percent salicylic acid will help clear acne bumps and buildup and debris that often lead to ingrown hairs, while hexylresorcinol and licorice brighten and support a more even-toned bikini area.
This oil is inspired by the same contouring methods used by massage therapists during leg-lightening and inch-loss treatments because it helps swollen, tired legs feel smooth and light. The coconut oil, sweet Brazilian orange oil, eucalyptus oil and more help, so you can also apply it to your stomach to debloat.
Get beach-ready with this trio developed by doctors for the smoothest, closest bikini area shave in three steps. The pre-shave intimate oil softens up the skin and hair, the shaving foam provides the gentle shave, and the after shave balm soothes and reduces red spots.
Say bye to those pesky red bumps in the bikini area. This luxe oil — it is a favorite of Emma Watson — is skincare for your sensitive area. It is specifically designed for pubic hair and skin, and works to prevent ingrown hairs and difficult shaves by softening hair and cleaning out the pores with tea tree, jojoba, clary sage and grapeseed oil.
The rest of your body needs some TLC too, especially if you will be spending time in the sun, which can not only contribute to sun damage, but also be dehydrating for the skin. This daily serum features copper peptides, which promote collagen production, and hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and repairs dry, scaly skin.
Dry brushing is like the juice cleanse of the beauty world. The bristles dislodge dead skin cells and help stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, which is good to detoxify and prevent uneven tone. The Organic Pharmacy recommends using it on dry skin with a few drops of oil to target the appearance of cellulite and dry skin. Work it into your morning routine to wake up the body, or before showering, followed with a really good moisturizing session.
This Violet Grey best-seller facilitates the body’s natural detoxification process by increasing circulation and getting rid of dead skin cells clinging to the surface of your skin with antioxidant-rich oils like neroli and grapefruit, Himalayan crystal salt and raw cane sugar. The result will be a more glowy and moisturized you that perhaps could also spray a little self-tanner on top.