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Skincare: Style tips for sleeveless living


 
Class is over and the sun is out, which means tanks, bikinis and halter tops are probably first up to bat in your current wardrobe lineup.  But along with sleeveless living comes some not so pretty situations. From underarm stubble to bra bulge to pit stains, we’ve got ya’ covered!

 

Tip #1: Exfoliate

Want to banish body acne, get a closer shave and help prevent sunburn? A loofah and some exfoliating body wash are your secret weapons!

 

To prevent or get rid of pesky pimples on your shoulders, back or chest, try an exfoliating body wash. If your breakouts are mild, look for a product with salicylic acid. If that doesn’t do the trick, look for a wash with benzoyl peroxide. 

 

Scrubbing away dead skin from your armpits will also help you shave closer to the skin and reduce ugly stubble.

 

Another perk? When you wash away dead skin, your SPF will absorb better into your top layer of skin, so you can stay outside longer!

 

We love: Sabon Lavender Apple Body Scrub, $30, sabonnyc.com
 

Tip #2: Protect your skin

Don’t leave your shoulders exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays! Shoulders are one of the most common skin cancer sites so SPF is a MUST.

 

Look for a sunscreen with broad UVA and UVB protection with SPF 30+ and remember to reapply it every few hours.

 

We love: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $12, drugstore.com
 

Tip #3: Beat underarm stubble

For the smoothest pits, shave daily. For your closest shave, hold your arm behind your head so the skin stretches out and you can trim every inch. Hair under there grows in every direction, so shave up, down, left and right.

 

We love: Gillette Venus & Olay Razor, $12, drugstore.com 

 

Tip #4: Don’t sweat it

Nothing ruins a fab outfit like pit stains! Look for an antiperspirant deodorant so you’ll smell great and be sweat-free. Make sure it’s gel or clear so you won’t be stuck with that chalky white stuff in your pits (yuck!).

 

You forgot to put on deodorant this morning? We’ve all been there! To avoid forgetting your deodorant, leave it in a place you won’t miss—like inside your shoes, or next to your contact lens case.

 

OR, if you’d rather not deal with it at all in the morning, apply a 24-hour deodorant before bed.

 

In a pinch, a dab of hand sanitizer under your arms will work to kill sweaty bacteria if you’ve forgotten your roll-on.

 

We love: Vichy 24hr Deodorant Care Stick for Sensitive Skin, $17, skincarerx.com 

 

Tip #5: Get the right support

Don’t let an ill-fitting bra cramp your summer style. Bunching, gapping, loose straps, and back rolls, oh no!

 

Most undergarment stores offer free bra measurements and will help you pick out your perfect bra so you can quit guessing your size. Make sure the straps are adjustable and that the underwire isn’t digging into you. A lightly lined bra will create smooth curves under your tank—no popping out!

 

We love: Aerie Ella Lightly Lined Bra, sizes 32AA through 38DD, $25 (on sale!), aerie.com
 

BY SIMONE SHAPIRO ON 7/7/2012 12:00:00 AM

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