Suddenly summer seems to be well on its way.

And it’s time to be thinking about what you’re going to wear in the warmer weather.

Shorts, summer dresses, short sleeved tops …

With that comes the prospect of baring your limbs … and after a winter encasing your legs in opaque tights and trousers you might feel there’s a bit of work to be done to get your legs looking summer ready.

After a few months of  being covered up, our skin can look a little pasty and less than glowing. (And by the way, it might also be time to be thinking of a pedicure too).

Which is where we can help

You’ll need to start off by prepping your skin so it’s ready to be on show.

You might want to start using a gradual tan moisturiser that builds up colour gently – so that your legs and arms have a subtle glow – we’re not talking orange here – but looking lightly sunkissed. For this to work, you have to have an even, well-moisturised base so that you avoid the dreaded streaky effect.

It’s all in the preparation.

Get ready by exfoliating your skin. Remove dull surface skin cells by using a skin scrub – our Dead Sea Body Scrub with Frankincense is perfect for this. When you’re showering, grab a handful and wake up your skin by working it onto the surface in a circular motion. (You’re going to love the smell by the way).  Wash it off and you’ll notice an immediate difference – your skin will be smoother and you’ll have got the circulation going.

After your shower whilst your skin is still warm, apply a moisturiser. Work it well into areas like your ankles, knees, feet, elbow and hands. (Again, our Natural Mineral Body Lotion is ideal for this.)

Let the body lotion soak in and if you’re then planning on using a fake tan or gradual build-up tan, then apply it evenly where you’ve moisturised. By moisturising first, you’ll get a much more natural-looking effect and will avoid areas of uneven light and dark tan which will look strange.

Follow this routine daily and in a few days you’ll have arms and legs you’ll be proud to show off on sunny days – forgetting about wearing tights and trousers.

What about your feet?

If you’re going to give yourself a pedicure at home, so your feet are ready to be on display, then start off by soaking them in a bowl of our Dead Sea Bath Salts or Aromatherapy Bath Salts. This will soften any hard skin so that you can remove it easily with a pumice stone or foot file – whatever is your preference.

You can then buff up your skin using our Dead Sea Body Scrub, getting rid of any remaining callouses. Rinse and then apply our Natural Mineral Body Lotion , rubbing well into your feet. Then you can get started on your pedicure, evening up your cuticles and deciding on what colour nail varnish you’re going to choose.

At the end of the day

If you’re planning on going out to soak up the sun, look after your skin by applying a cream with an SPF that suits you. Tan gradually, don’t expose winter skin to the sun without protection and for long periods.

You’ll find all our products in Boots and you can also buy all of the above online.

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