Men and women alike stress about looking good in the summer, the time of year when clothes tend to be shorter and tighter and the weather is warm enough to go outside without fear of frostbite. With modern beauty standards being so confusing, summer can be a stressful time. Everyone should love their bodies, but some people want to make a few changes to look their best, and that is just fine. Here are a few suggestions to get your summer body ready while still loving yourself and being gentle on your skin and soul.
Many women – and men – are embarrassed by their body hair. While it grows naturally, it can become unkempt and ruin the lines or look of an otherwise bomb outfit. When this is the case, you might turn to hair removal. There are several ways to remove unwanted hair, including shaving, sugaring, and waxing.
Shaving is one of the oldest methods of hair removal and involves using a blade to remove unwanted hair. Sugaring is an ancient method of hair removal that involves heating sugar into a warm, flexible ball of material that isn’t liquid or solid. It is patted over the desired area and peeled back in a swift motion like waxing. Sugaring can be expensive but offers a smooth, sleek, and almost pain-free experience.
Waxing is still considered the most effective way to remove hair. It involves covering the desired spot with a melted, warm, sticky wax and then peeling it away in one swift motion using a piece of fabric. This can be done at home or at a salon.
When people say they want a summer body, they usually mean they want the healthiest, toned version possible. While dieting can eliminate unwanted fat, exercise is the real way to promote health and muscle growth. To get your summer body ready, it’s important to start a consistent exercise regimen as soon as possible – but you don’t have to start at 100% right away.
The biggest cause of exercise burnout is people who try to do too much at once and want immediate results. The best thing to do is do a little exercise every other day and then increase the amount over time. For example, walk one mile on the first day and one and a half miles on the second.
For toning, there are some great exercises to shape and strengthen muscles, including weight lifting. For basic at home aerobic and strengthening exercises, consider doing push-ups, sit-ups, squats, lunges, and even yoga! YouTube videos are a great place to start if you’re lost about form and too scared or shy to go to a public gym.
Finally, a good summer body has healthy skin. Always wear sunblock and a facial moisturizer that has SPF protection to avoid burns, sun spots, and wrinkles. An all over body moisturizer is also good to prevent drying out in the sun, which can weaken the skin and make it wrinkle and sag quickly.
These simple actions can be incorporated into a home routine and help get your body ready for summer and the sun, swimsuits, hiking, shorts, and other fun activities and clothing items. Just remember to stay healthy, focus on being confident, and rocking your body.