6 Simple Ways to Get Beach-Ready
3. Spruce Up Neglected Areas
Get those spots you kept under wraps all winter ready for their summer debut.
Treat your feet to a warm, soapy soak. Then exfoliate dry skin and soften rough calluses with a salt scrub and pumice stone. Follow this with a thick moisturizer specifically made for hands and feet. Get toenails ready by cutting them straight across and slightly rounded in the center, which will keep them strong and prevent ingrown toenails. The perfect accessory: a fresh coat of polish.
For smooth, stubble-free skin, you have plenty of options. At-home and salon remedies like shaving, depilatories, and waxing can be easy, safe, and inexpensive.
To prevent irritation, do it a day or two before hitting the beach. For long-term removal, Rohrer suggests electrolysis or laser treatment.
4. Wear the Right Stuff
Stock your beach tote with protective gear.
"Make sure you have a hat," Rohrer says. "Baseball caps are OK but not great; it's better to have a broad brim all the way around." Broad-brim hats help protect the ears, which are often forgotten and a common place for skin cancer.
Use a leave-in conditioner or UV-protective spray to coat and protect your strands. If your hair is thinning, remember sunscreen for your scalp.
Extra layers, like a long-sleeve shirt or cover-up, help shield skin from the sun's rays. Rohrer recommends sun-protective clothing, which protects skin and dries quickly.
5. Tone Up
'It's not too late to shape up for swimsuit season.
"You can absolutely improve your fitness and muscle tone within a month – if you get moving!" says Juliet Kaska, a celebrity trainer and owner of JK FitnessPilates Studio in Los Angeles. The key, she says, is to become active. Burn calories every chance you get by walking, running, or even dancing.
You can also boost metabolism and build lean muscle with strength training. For a power move, Kaska recommends walking lunges with oblique twists. Start with feet together, a medicine ball in front of your chest, and elbows out to the side. Step forward with your right foot, bending both knees into a lunge. Hold. Push the ball forward, then twist to your right, keeping hips still. Hold. Return to neutral, then pull the ball back to your chest. Step your left leg forward, returning you to the start position. Repeat on the left side. Do 15 times on each side.