5 Fool-Proof Ways to Prep Skin for Summer

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Get Your Skin Ready For Summer Summer is almost here, and I find that although I'm still favoring the more 'spring-like' shades in my makeup bag, I am reaching for the self tanner to help erase the pasty winter pallor from my complexion.

And who can blame me? With makeup counters brimming with bright sunny shadows and juicy-colored glosses, and flirty sundresses and strappy sandals whispering my name as I walk down the street, far be it for me to resist the tantalizing promise of warmer days. But first things first - before I swap out my tights and turtlenecks for skimpier attire, I need to create a plan to get my skin ready to spring forward into summer. And here it is:


If your skin looks as dry and scaly as mine does after a winter spent hibernating under wool sweaters, use a body mitt or a grainy scrub, such as KP Duty Body Scrub, to get your skin back to a smoother state. Slough all over using gentle, circular motions twice a week to get rid of pore clogging dead skin cells. Continue to do this all summer long, it comes in especially handy when you need to rid your skin of sunscreen and oil. An added bonus to regular exfoliation is that it makes your skin more receptive to moisturizer and helps self-tanner absorb more evenly.


Adjust your regimen to suit sweltering temps and humidity. Just like your outfits get skimpier and fabrics more breathable, same goes for your skin. If you use a creamy cleanser, lighten up with a foaming face wash or even a glycolic gel, like Litmus Test glycolic acid facial cleansing gel, to remove dirt, sweat and leftover sunscreen. Same goes for moisturizer. Switch from cream to a lighter lotion and, if your skin tends to be on the oilier side, a moisture-binding serum, such as Wrinkle Revenge Ultimate Hyaluronic Serum, might just be all your complexion needs to stay hydrated in the summer.


Because there's nothing fun, or pretty, about razor burn: Change your blades often and keep skin well lathered while shaving. Plus, keep your showers short. Long, hot showers tend to be drying. Instead, switch to lukewarm water and finish with a cool rinse to close pores and leave skin looking and feeling smooth. Follow up with a shave-minimizing moisturizer and you'll not only increase the life of your shave, you might just end up with less hair to shave come summer. Try DERMAdoctor's Gorilla Warfare Hair Minimizing Antiperspirant to keep you sweat-free and smooth for summer!


Tank top season is coming fast. So if your back is blemish-prone, medicated cleansers containing high levels of salicylic acid, like Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated AHA/BHA Acne Cleanser, can help you avoid those annoying back and chest breakouts. And when it comes to body blemishes, prevention is the best medicine: change out of sweaty gym clothes and hit the showers right after a workout.


Keratosis Pilaris (aka KP) is even more of a buzz kill in the summer. To finally skip throwing a sweater over your shoulders when going strapless, treat the red, goose-bumpy skin on your upper arms with a no-holds-barred solution. KP Duty Dermatologist Formulated AHA Moisturizing Therapy for Dry Skin combines dermatologist strength buffered glycolic acid with urea, to smooth and hydrate even the driest, roughest skin, and KP Duty Body Scrub with Chemical + Physical Exfoliation blends the best of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a single, easy to use treatment for deeper, even more thorough results.

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