It’s that time of year again…summertime! This is the time for tank tops, shorts, bathing suits and bikini’s, and flip flops. While there are many out there working on you beach bodies, there is something else that needs your attention…your skin. With more skin showing this time of year than any other, you want to make sure that you have the softest, smoothest skin than anyone else and I am not only going to tell you how to do this, but believe it or not, it is affordable. These tips are things that I do myself every day and people are always amazed with my skin and want to know how I make it look and feel smooth as silk. Just follow these three steps and you too will have soft smooth skin in less than a week.
Step 1: Drink as much water as possible.
During the summer months, the heat tends to dehydrate us and we must replenish what we have lost to stay well hydrated. However, what most do not realize is that staying well hydrated not only is good for your health, but it is also good for your skin. I personally have found that if I drink at least six, eight ounce glasses of water a day, my skin seems less “spotty” and rigid. I also suffer from dark circles around my eyes, and drinking water regularly has done a great job of reducing my dark circles. So, drink up!
Step 2: Shave with baby oil.
Shaving in itself exfoliates your skin by removing the dead skin from the surface of your skin, using baby oil makes it even better! I am 30 years old and have shaved with every type of shaving cream that has been out during my life time and some seem to help do the trick, but has never given me a closer, smoother shave than baby oil. The baby oil is not just good for your skin, but your razor too. If you shave every day, then you know that a razor blade does not last long, but using baby oil, your razor will last twice as long (if not longer) because it is constantly being lubricated. I, unfortunately, am one of those people that can shave before I go to bed and by morning have stubby legs, but since using baby oil, I can make it to the next day without prickly skin. I also have a hard time removing all the hair from under my arms, but as I said, it gives such a close shave that that is no longer an issue.
After you are done shaving and washing, take a little more baby oil and rub it all over. You will want to do this while you are still in the shower, because your pores are open and the oil is soaking into your skin. It is able to get a few layers down so that it can keep your skin moisturized. So, oil up!
Step 3: Lotion, Lotion, Lotion.
As I stated before, using baby oil just before you get out the shower allows for the under layers of skin to stay moisturized, but you cannot depend on baby oil alone to keep your skin soft. Once you step out of a warm shower into the cool bathroom, your pores will automatically close up, locking in that moisture, but then leaves your top layer of skin without moisture (although your skin will be smooth for a couple of hours) that will last. So now you must use lotion. I personally switch back and forth between two body lotions because one is excellent for combating dry skin and the other just smells nice. The first one I use is Lubriderm Advanced Therapy (about $9 for 24 ounce bottle at Walmart). It is so amazing that I use it year round because it truly keeps my skin from being dry, cracked, and itchy (even in the winter). The second body lotion that I use is Bodycology Blackberry Vanilla because I love the way it smells (about $4 for an 8 ounce bottle at Walmart). You can use whatever smelly lotion you like, but I highly suggest switching between the smelly lotion and Lubriderm Advanced Therapy to maintain soft, smooth skin.
Your body is not the only place on your body that needs to stay moisturized. Your face is also important and needs moisture. I personally use Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser (about $6 at Walmart) to exfoliate my skin and cleanses it as well. Next, I like to use Olay Complete Daily Moisturizer (about $9 at Walmart). It has a SPF 15 sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays and it also moisturizes your skin in a way that personally makes my face feel like it did before I hit puberty! It keeps your skin moisturized and I noticed that my skin look much brighter and healthier after only a week. Needless to say, I cannot live without my Olay! So, lotion up!
I have been following these steps myself for about three years now. It has made such a difference in my skin that I honestly cannot live without these products. I am not a rich person, as a matter of fact, I do not even think I am considered to be at the poverty line…like many of those who struggle financially, but that does not mean that we have to have horrible skin! For only about $33, you will have all that you need to have radiantly smooth skin. The best part is that all of these products will last you for at least a month or more! I personally cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars for multiple products, so I had to find a way to improve my skin within my budget. I hope these steps to softer, smoother skin helps you look and feel the way that they have made me feel! Again, just be sure to follow these steps every day. Trust me, you should see results in a week (two weeks at the most), and you will love your results! Good luck! One added tip, DON’T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN WHEN YOU GO OUT!