article_summer-ready-smooth-skin-steps.jpgIt's hot, isn't it? The last thing you'd want to do in this blessed heat is to cover up in constricting clothing, so bring on the tank tops, shorts, and mini dresses! Let's not forget those itsy bitsy bikinis—what else would you wear for a frolic in the sand? Of course, revealing clothing being what they are, you'd best make sure your skin is in its prime. Follow these five simple steps for summer-ready smooth skin.

1. SCRUB UP WITH A LUXURIOUS BODY POLISH
To really get the benefits of your lotion, you need to exfoliate. Doing so gets rid of all the dead skin cells that prevent optimum hydration, and gives your skin a healthy glow. After sudsing up with a creamy shower gel, slough off dry skin with a yummy-smelling granulated scrub. Remember to be gentle! That's your skin you're scrubbing, not a piece of wood.

2. FIND THE HAIR REMOVAL METHOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Some women won't let a razor anywhere near their body, others swear by it. Whether you're the kind of gal who prefers shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, or laser treatments, the bottom line is you need to get rid of all that unwanted fuzz. You definitely don't want an errant strand peeking from your bikini bottom (We shudder at the thought.)!

3. MOISTURIZE RELIGIOUSLY
Skin won't hydrate itself, you know! To get soft-to-the-touch skin that simply glows, moisturize regularly. Fresh from the shower and with skin still damp, apply body oil to lock in moisture. Wait for this layer to dry, then follow up with a light body lotion that won't feel sticky in the summer heat. Of course, we don't need to tell you to reach for one that protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Your skin will thank you for it!

4. GIVE FIRMING CREAMS A TRY
Cellulite getting you down? While no amount or level of treatment can cure cellulite, certain steps can be done to make it less noticeable. Firming creams and lotions that temporarily tighten the skin are one. These days, many brands—from trusty drugstore staples to high-end skin care labels—offer bottled elixirs that address your cellulite woes. Regardless of the price you pay, what's crucial here is that you apply habitually. Take the time each day to massage the cream into the area to see an improvement in your skin's texture and elasticity.

5. OD ON AGUA
The most basic trick in the book? Drinking lots of water. Getting your fill of the recommended eight ounces is a tried-and-tested tip that truly works. It not only leaves your skin firm and supple (thus reducing the appearance of cellulite), it also flushes out toxins and cleanses your skin. What's more, hydrated skin is less susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. Go on—reach for a glass of water now!

(Photo courtesy of Etam)

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