Summer is here and vacations are being had! Time to dust off those bathing suits or swimming trunks and expose a little skin! Before doing so, a little fine tuning may be necessary. If you’re like me and will be hitting the beach soon, but require a little preparation, check these tips.
What You Eat
Looking good in your swimsuit may not be that difficult if you try this diet trick; you can prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss—without dieting—just by eating more fiber, according to a recent study in The Journal of Nutrition [+]. Just a few additional nutritious items to add to your diet to keep you lean:
- Leafy Green Vegetables – primarily comprised of fiber, water, minerals, and many vitamins such as E, D, K,
- Whole Grains – Studies show those who eat atleast 3 servings (of oats for example) per day typically lose weight
- Protein – fish and other seafoods are great sources of lean protein which is necessary to prevent the loss of muscle tissue, which sometimes happens during weight loss.
To Wax or Shave
If the skin is exposed, silky, soft and smooth skin is a must-have. While there are a few different ways to remove unwanted hair, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each before deciding which hair removal method is right for you. Some hair removal methods are time and labor intensive but don’t require frequent treatments, while others are quick and easy but require you to keep up removing the hair almost daily. Shaving and waxing are two popular types of hair removal and there are benefits and disadvantages to each [+].
Like any other skin type, black skin requires protection from the sun. Always apply a sunscreen to keep your skin well protected from the harmful rays of the sun. According to Brownskin.net, “Sunscreens work by absorbing the harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays before they can affect the skin”. Using a sunblock provides a barrier of protection between your skin and the sun, forcing sun rays to bounce off the skin. Use a sunscreen with an SPF 15. If you suffer from a medical condition such as lupus or have discolorations and dark spots, look for a sunscreen with an SPF 30. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure, taking care to apply it generously on all exposed parts of the body [+].
Though you may be doing everything in preparation for your beach body, sometimes there are areas of your body that you still may not comfortable with. For example, the aftereffects of pregnancy can cause your tummy not to be in optimal shape or you may have had a few growing pains resulting in stretch marks on your hips and thigh, which is fairly common amongst women. Tankinis, skirted bottoms, tunics, and wraps are all viable options [+].