We can confidently say that everyone’s skin care goals generally align around one thing—get better-looking skin. Whether you want to banish winter dullness or transform uneven skin texture, the quest to get beautiful skin is one we know all too well. And with summer almost here, you can bet we’ll be showing off more skin than usual. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods and products you can use to get smooth skin. And it’s pretty simple. Keep reading for our easy steps you can take, to get soft and smooth feeling skin.
How To Get Smooth Skin For The Summer
Summer’s here and that means we all need one thing: smooth, exfoliated skin that’s moisturized. Read on to learn what you can do to get dreamy summer skin.
Step #1: Exfoliate
Exfoliating in moderation can be beneficial during the summertime, especially since sweat can cause gunk and dead skin cell build-up, leading to rough skin texture. When you exfoliate, you remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, which will help it look more radiant and feel smooth. Try using exfoliating gloves paired with your favorite exfoliating body wash or shower gel for the best results. Follow up one to two times a week with a similar routine for your face, using a face scrub like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. Formulated with gentle micro-pearls, this cleanser works to gently exfoliate the skin, remove impurities, and improve your skin tone and texture. With consistent use, you’ll begin to notice visibly brighter, more radiant-looking skin. And over time, your skin tone will look more even and its texture will feel smoother. Every morning and evening, lather the cleanser into wet hands and gently massage it onto the skin in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Step #2: Remove Unwanted Hair
Once you’ve exfoliated your skin, use your hair removal method of choice to get rid of any unwanted hair. Exfoliating will be key to making the hair removal process seamless, as this will give you a clean and smooth base to work on, which can also prevent the likelihood of cuts. The same also goes for facial hair. You can choose from several safe methods, ranging from plucking with tweezers to dermaplaning, which effectively remove facial hair. Read our article, 8 Ways To Remove Unwanted Facial Hair, to learn about different hair removal techniques.
Want more great reads on hair removal for summertime. Check out our articles: Sugaring vs. Waxing: A Hair Removal Guide, 8 Shaving Mistakes You Could Be Making—and What to Do Instead, and Everything You Need to Know About Removing Hair Permanently for more tips and information about different hair removal methods.
Step #3: Replace Lost Moisture
Now that your skin is smooth and hairless, it’s time to reach for a moisturizer. This step is essential for replenishing your skin’s hydration levels and making up for the natural oils you removed from your skin while exfoliating. Reach for a moisturizing body oil or lotion to quickly get the job done. If you’re wondering which option might be a better pick, it’s completely up to you and your preference. Both body care products are great for moisturizing your skin. As you can imagine, with different formulas, each has its benefits. However, body oils are great for the summer because they aren’t as heavy compared to thick and creamy lotions and moisturizers. Plus, we tend to show more skin during warmer temperatures, and body oil can help give off a natural-looking glow on your arms and legs. For more guidance on choosing between the two, check out our article, Body Oil vs. Lotion: Which Is Better?
When it comes to facial moisturizers, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30. This day lotion is formulated with vitamin C, pro-retinol, hyaluronic acid, and SPF 30 to help soften and soothe the skin while offering a layer of sun protection. Pump a dime-sized amount of the lotion onto your fingertips, and gently massage in an upward motion into your face, neck, and chest area. Allow at least 15 minutes for the moisturizer to fully absorb into your skin before going outdoors.
Editor’s Tip: Right after hopping out of the shower, be sure to apply a body oil to help seal in moisture. Body oils formulated with plant-based skin care ingredients like jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, and avocado oil are great for locking in moisture because these natural ingredients are similar to the ones found in our skin.
Bonus Step: Use A Self-Tanning Lotion
What’s better than smooth skin for the summer? Smooth, tanned skin of course! And rather than laying out under the sun and risking UV ray damage, simply add a self-tanner to your smooth skin routine. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse to give your body a gradual and long-lasting sun-kissed glow with an even finish. Shake the bottle and then pump the mousse into your hands. Smooth the self-tanner evenly over clean skin, and make sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done. Allow four to eight hours for the color to fully develop before showering. Let your skin dry completely before putting on clothes.
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