As the days start to get warmer and longer most of us can’t help but look forward to summer. Obviously, spring has just arrived but the budding flowers and the sliver of sun are a precursor for summers days. There’s no such thing as being too prepared either, right? This is the ultimate summer survival guide getting your ready for the sun in style. From the clothes you might need to buy, to the skincare you’ll need to use….
Summer can be a particularly difficult season to dress for. If you’re used to huddling up in layers for most of the year it can be a challenge. Some of us see a hint of sun and grab our flip flops and vest tops. Others of us find ourselves sweating it out in our heavy layered clothing. The key to dressing for summer is to consider transitional pieces. Clothes which will take you from spring to summer seamlessly.
Sheer shirts and lightweight blazers are great summer staples. Perfect for wearing together during spring, or a blazer is great with a vest in summer, or the sheer shirt can be worn alone. The good thing about these pieces is that they aren’t as summer specific as some clothes. Meaning you’ll get more wear out of them. Choose colors which reflect the time of year. Stay away from blacks and dark grays and embrace color instead.
Spring is probably the season where most of us start to ramp up our fitness regimes in preparation for summer. Summer is the season of bikinis, shorts, and vests. We’re showing more skin than usual and that can send some people into a panic. The most important thing to do is to exercise sensibly. There isn’t any point in going on a crash diet before summer. Not only will the results not last but you’ll be fatigued all the time.
If you’ve let fitness fall by the wayside, that’s okay. Try not to set summer as your goal. If you start now you will see results by then but it’s not enough time to get your dream body. Start by doing some cardio like running or walking. These are great all-over body workouts. There are plenty of at home workouts you can do too. Lunges, planks, and mountain climbers are all great. If you’re desperate for quick results look into Coolsculpting treatments. Treatments like this can zap fat in specific areas and break it down quicker than exercise. Just avoid any crazy yo-yo dieting around the summer months, it can be tempting but it’s never worth it.
Skincare is important all year round but summer brings with it particular challenges for our skin. The sun itself is the main culprit. It’s powerful UV rays are bad news for our skin. Over time overexposure to the sun can lead to some serious side effects. Sunspots, the brown discolored patches of skin, are just one of the side effects. The sun’s rays can also speed up the aging process leaving us with fine lines and saggy skin. Worst of all over-exposure can cause cancer. Stay protected in the sun this summer and use sunscreen. There are hypoallergenic formulas for those with sensitive skin, and lightweight formulas for those prone to acne. You could also use a moisturizer or foundation with SPF in it to compliment your sunscreen.