Some basic summer grooming issues need to be addressed before cannonballing into the pool. Yes, we’re looking at you, Chewbacca. As you know, wearing less clothing leaves you more exposed. And bright sunshine, aka the harsh light of day, can be quite revealing when it comes to seasonal grooming situations. Follow these fresh-out-hibernation tips before unleashing that summer bod on the public beach.
No, you don’t have to shave your legs. It’s perfectly acceptable to sport some body hair. However, if your chest fur is too long, you should take a trimmer and thin out your manly mane. That goes for bushy pit hair and anything hanging out of your swim trunks as well. But, when it comes to back hair, it needs to go. Designed like a back scratcher with a double-cartridge, Bakblade Back Shaver 2.0 allows you to get to those hard to reach spots and shave your hairy sweater on your own. Or you can seek professional help. Make an appointment to get your back waxed. Either way, a clean hairless back looks better, feels better and will keep you cool all summer.
Pro Tip: Afraid of waxing? Take a long hot shower or soak in the tub to soften the hair and open your pores. Pop a pain reliever before you go, and the whole process will be less painful.
De-claw yourself. It’s flip-flop weather, and nobody wants to see your talons stretching over the tops of your mandals. Treat yo self to a relaxing pedicure and get your toes in tip-top shape. Or DIY at home. Start with a good soak. Adding Epson salt to your hot water will relieve tired feet, deodorize and kill bacteria. Give your dogs a good foot scrub. Clip and file your toenails.
Pro Tip: Ingrown toenails are nasty, and they hurt. Give your toenails some love about every 6-8 weeks. Use a bigger clipper designed specifically for feet and make a straight cut across the nail as cutting them on a curve can cause the sides to grow into the skin.
Exfoliate with a gritty scrub and lift off dead skin cells. Your skin will look less ashy, and your sunscreen will absorb better. Anthony Sea Kelp Body Scrub utilizes Blue Sea Kelp extract and Sea Salt to get rid of dirt and grime. Pay special attention to the barnacles on your feet and elbows.
Pro Tip: Give dry brushing a try. Take a natural brush with a long wooden handle, start at your feet and work your way up using circular motions. Dry brushing boosts circulation and supports the lymphatic system. It’s an energizing way to loosen dead surface skin as your scrub finishes the job.
Sweating your ass off isn’t a look. Like dreaded pit stains, summer swamp ass is NOT hot. Keep your cool by wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing. And combat heat and humidity with a little powder down below. Keep your boys fresh and friction free with Grooming Lounge Super Powder. It’s light and absorbent and will help with itching and chaffing as well.
Pro Tip: Powder works to take beach sand off your body as well. Dust your feet and body with a little powder and brush with a dry towel. See ya, sand!
Sunscreen doesn’t have to be greasy. Try using Jack Black Oil-Free Sun Guard Very Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 45. Perfect for sweaty athletes and sun tanning slackers alike, this vitamin-enriched formula with will protect your skin from the harmful UVA/UVB rays for up to 80 minutes. Go ahead, take the plunge, this sunscreen won’t run in your eyes.
Pro Tip: Avoid using spray-on sunscreens that blow in the wind. To ensure full coverage, put your first layer of sunscreen on at home. Be sure to slather it on all the places you usually miss. Get the top of your ears, your neck and the tops of your feet.