The beach is a great place to read a book, listen to the waves and relax under the summer sun, but there’s just one problem – you can’t hide away under woolly jumpers and winter thermals. You’ll probably have to don some kind of beachwear, so how can you look best while you’re soaking up the rays? Here are a few useful tips to help you feel great during the warmer months.
Choose the right swimsuit
Whether you’re jetting off with the girls or planning a romantic escape, the right swimwear is a must. There are many different cuts, styles and designs out there so choose something to suit your body shape and wear it with attitude. If you have a small chest, for instance, you can probably get away with stringy tops and minimal support, but if you’re naturally buxom or have had a breast reduction to reduce your bust, an underwired halterneck might be more flattering.
Don’t forget to accessorise
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but cheap, cheerful accessories can work wonders come summer. They look great with costumes, tankinis and bikinis and help complement bright kaftans and colourful sarongs. Everything from big, bold earrings to chunky necklaces are ideal and oversized hats, sunglasses and large beach bags are a must-have this year. Flourescent colours are bang on trend, but if you fancy something a little more subtle black and white has also made a comeback.
Be aware of the sun
After a chilly winter and a cold start to spring, your skin might be a little white and pasty – but that doesn’t mean you should sunbathe for ten hours every day. Increased exposure to harmful rays can leave you burnt, sore and looking a bit like a salmon, so make sure your wear plenty of cream. If you suffer from hyperpigmentation problems or gave a sensitive complexion, cover up as much as possible and pop indoors (if possible) every couple of hours to make sure your shoulders, nose, thighs and other areas that are prone to burning are not changing colour too rapidly.
Take care of your skin
If your summer holiday is still a few months away, you’ve got plenty of time to prepare your skin for the big beach body reveal. Exfoliating on a weekly basis will help remove dead skin cells and unblock your pores so get hold of some quality moisturising cream and get scrubbing. If you want to look good on a budget, you can also make your own exfoliating scrub by mixing anything abrasive such a oats, baking soda, salt or sugar with olive oil, butter or a mashed up fruit. Moisturise to keep your complexion soft and you’ll be onto a winner.
There’s a beach babe inside every one of us, so push any negative thoughts about your body to the side and feel fabulous this year.