5 Summer preparation essentials

5 Summer preparation essentialsThe summer is approaching fast so now is the time to get all your summer prep done in time for your holidays and the first hot days – don’t play catch up once the summer hits! Here are 5 top tips to help you get ready for summer 2014!

Get your hair in tip top condition

Ensuring you have glossy locks not only makes you look good but you will, more importantly, feel great. You can create healthy-looking locks with various hair products depending on the current condition of your hair, budget and preference. For example, some hair can react to the summer’s heat by going frizzy. This can easily be prevented by choosing a rich conditioning shampoo and then using a smoothing serum when your hair is damp after conditioning.

If your grey hairs are coming through then choosing the right hair dye to cover the grey is important. It is advised that you should choose a hair colour close to your natural hair colour so your hair will look as natural and subtle as possible. The majority of hair dyes will enhance your natural hair colour and give your hair a glossy shine but you need to research which ones will actually last without damaging your hair. A great natural alternative is the Daniel Field natural hair colour range which contains no ammonia, peroxide, alcohol or PPDs.

Give your body confidence a boost

Whether you want to tone up or not, being active in the sunshine will help to boost your confidence. Having body confidence before stepping out in your bikini or swim suit is vital for you to feel good about yourself – nothing makes a person feel and look stunning than body confidence.

There are some very simple ways to get more body confidence, from incorporating walks into your day, stepping up your workout regime (or starting one), doing those outside errands when you have a break, become more productive (what’s holding you back?) and wearing clothes that suit your figure and personality. These all help you to release more and more endorphins so make this summer the best one ever.

Get your skin glowing

Healthy glowing skin helps to contribute to your new found body confidence. You can prep your skin by using moisturisers and exfoliating your skin 3 times a week with a good body scrub. If you want to keep costs down, then you can give making your own body sugar scrubs a go – the best ones involve coconut oil which not only smells amazing, it also has a natural SPF factor of 10. Therefore, you can use coconut oil for your skin moisturiser and as your sunscreen.

Don’t forget your hardworking feet – they need some TLC too. Not to mention they will be on show when you start wearing your favourite sandals again. So prepare your feet by exfoliating them and giving your toenails a shape and paint. Also sunscreen your feet, it can get quite painful to wear shoes if you have burnt the top of your feet and not a good look.

Protect your skin from the sun

Sun protection for your skin is essential. It is advised that on top of wearing sunscreen you should also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Heavily sun tanned skin can age a person and make skin dry and leathery-looking, so make sure you keep your skin hydrated with moisturisers and aloe vera gels.

You can also protect your skin from the inside by drinking plenty of water and from these food groups:

  • Fish rich in omega-3 such have anti-inflammatory properties and can protect cells from free radical damage from the sun.
  • Tomatoes are rich in an effective antioxidant called lycopene which could protect your skin from sunburn. Therefore, increasing your tomato intake in your diet could protect you from being burnt.
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower are packed full of antioxidants to fight UV free radicals.
  • Dark chocolate! Believe it or not dark chocolate has been found to have some properties that protect the skin from sunburn.
  • Green Tea contains polyphenols which can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area and can help to prevent non-melanoma skin cancer.

The perfect beach accessories

Every girl needs a fabulous beach bag to carry her essentials in for a day at the beach, by the pool or out and about picnicking with friends and loved ones. This oilcloth beach bag is particularly pretty with essential pockets to keep your wet bikini from the rest of the bag and a handy key clip to stop you from needing to riffle through your belongings to find them.

There is also a fab new beach towel on the market called a FOUTA beach towel. It is a multiple use beach towel that can also be used as a blanket, sarong and wrap to put around your shoulders when the temperature cools off in the evening. You can get your hands on one of these with The Old Bag Company as well as the beach bag.

To finish off your summer wardrobe, you should have a great pair of sandals that look great on the beach and can be worn into the evening for a casual summery look.


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