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
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!
Tip #2: Protect
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
We love: Neutrogena
Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $12, drugstore.com
Tip #3: Beat
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.
Tip #4: Don’t sweat
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
Don’t let an
ill-fitting bra cramp your summer style. Bunching, gapping, loose straps, and
back rolls, oh no!
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
POSTED IN beauty, how to, tips, skin, summer, best products, saver, body, shaving 101, bras, sweat, skin problems, get rid of acne, bust breakouts, sensitive skin