Summer is quickly approaching, and with summer comes the opportunity to soak up the sun and enjoy the beach, lake, or pool. Of course, to get the most of your summer trip, you need to prepare for the summer sun. Below are a few tips to having a blast this summer – and look great while doing it! Effective Hair Removal You can’t go to the beach or pool without removing that unwanted hair around your bikini line! Thankfully, there is a new and painless method of hair removal that provides better results than waxing – sugaring. It leaves skin smooth, without irritation, and also improves skin tone and texture! If you are like most women, then you may be wondering when you should get sugaring hair removal treatment before your time in the sun. We recommended you get sugaring done two days prior to your vacation. Don’t Forget the Sunscreen! SPF Is a Must Are you ready to get that bronze look this summer, but aren’t sure the best way to go about it without getting burned? Just keep the SPF in sunscreen and your skin tone in mind. For fair skin that has not yet been exposed to the sun this summer, it is recommended that you start with a higher SPF of 30 or 40. The goal is to get tan without burning your skin (no one wants to look like a lobster). Furthermore, if you burn easily then you may want to try to avoid the sun between10 am and 2 pm. This time of day is when the rays are the strongest and you are the most likely to get burned. For those of you with complexions that tan easily, you can typically start out with a lower SPF of 15. This will keep your skin protected while giving you that “sun-kissed look.” At the end of the day, it is highly recommended that you wear sunscreen with an SPF regardless of your skin tone. You can still get a beautiful tan and decrease your risks of skin cancer and unwanted wrinkles with a little SPF protection. After Sun Skin Care Not only should you wear SPF when planning for extended sun exposure, but you should also take proper care of your skin after fun in the sun. The key to caring for your skin after sun exposure hydrating and moisturizing. Make sure to drink lots of water and eat hydrating fruits (like watermelon) to restore hydration. This increased water intake will not only help your skin, but will also keep you from getting dehydrated. Furthermore, moisturizing your skin is crucial after being out in the sun. There are many after sun products such as mists, cooling sprays, and lotions to keep your skin from getting dry. (Oh, and don’t forget aloe vera in case you do get burned.) After all, what good is a tan if your skin doesn’t look its best! Before your next vacation make sure you get sunscreen with SPF as well as after skin care products to not only rehydrate your skin, but also improve your overall look. If you are looking for sugaring hair removal in the Birmingham area, then book an appointment today with L.A. Bikini – home of The New Smooth.