With summer just around the corner, we're dreaming of long, lazy days on the beach and slipping into the pool for a refreshing dip. We've been thinking about how to make sure we look our best around the poolside, and with so little time to go, it's about time we enlisted some professional help to get ourselves summer ready and looking fit and fabulous.
The first thing to consider is the state of your skin. Winter can really take its toll on our skin, with heating drying it out and bitter winds leaving it sore and chapped. That is why as temperatures soar and the layers come off, we need to think a little bit about prepping our skin for the summer. Exfoliating scrubs away all the dead skin cells, and nourishing moisturizers can be used to quickly reverse the winter damage. Body masks and wraps are a good idea if you need a quick fix.
We all know that sun damage can be extremely ageing and dangerous, so it's better to fake it to avoid any long term skin problems. Fake tan has come on in leaps and bounds, and it's not just the biscuity-smelling orange liquid out of a bottle anymore. Streaks and stained hands needn't be an issue, as professional spray tans are becoming more and more reasonably priced so that everyone can enjoy a sunkissed, golden glow. This works especially well with this year's massive white trend, so you can don your pristine white sundress and feel confident that all eyes will be on you.
There has been a lot of focus on nails recently, and thankfully nail trends are catching up with the times. Your manicure choice is no longer limited to the classic French manicure and vampish red; you can now opt for a whole host of creative, fun designs which work perfectly for summer. Experiment with colours, patterns and jewels. Nail wraps are the latest big thing, as they are easy to apply and give you intricate, effortlessly chic nails. Don't forget your feet, and get yourself a manicure to sort out cracked heels, and opt for a zingy bright shade or a sultry metallic.
Summer hair shouldn't look primped and preened to within an inch of its life. Summer parties are a far cry from the glamorous winter affairs, so keep it loose and casually swept off your face. A messy bun is the perfect summer look, though big, beachy waves also look fantastic as the sun is setting. Some subtle golden highlights create a gorgeously summery look, or summer's hot hit, hair chalks, can be used to create temporary streaks of perfect pastels or stylish dip dye effects.