Skincare: Style tips for sleeveless living
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!