We have enjoyed some glorious weather over the last few weeks but now where has the sun gone? Hopefully you have your holiday planned and will find this month’s tips to help you get ready for the beach helpful.
Anyway, don’t worry about it. You can look great, feel comfortable and have confidence on the beach or by the pool no matter what your age or size. Here’s how…
Sunscreen Is your skin’s best friend. For the ultimate protection look for three things on the label: broad spectrum (which blocks both UVA and UVB rays), water resistant and SPF 30 or higher. Don’t skimp. You need to apply enough to fill a shot glass for one application, reapplying every two hours and more often when you are swimming.
Don’t forget lips need protecting too, so give them a little love with an SPF 30 lip balm. Finally, remember to replace any sunscreen that you have had hanging around for more than a year. Get some new stuff!
Fake it til you make it. Stay safe and use a self-tanner for that sun-kissed looked. South London Spray Tans offer a mobile spray tanning service – so the tan comes to you in the comfort of your own home. Just remember it doesn’t protect your skin from the sun so you still need sunscreen.
Prep your Skin
If your skin looks bright, vibrant and smooth you’ll be more confident about getting it out. Exfoliation is key. For sun worshippers, it helps create an even tan. For shade lovers, it provides a naturally healthy glow.
Consider treating yourself to a full body scrub before the holiday. If you’ve never had one before, it sounds a bit scary. But it’s a really pleasurable experience – and not as expensive as you think.
The other secret is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!. It is worth spending a few extra minutes each day moisturising top to toe and you don’t need to After all, soft smooth skin is going to be a major part of your look.
Swimwear to Suit
If you have already attended one of my Colour Classes, buy swimwear in your double star colours. This will make shopping easier as you will have an immediate head start. If not, don’t worry there is still time to book a class before the sun comes out.
Necklines and Patterns – During my Personal Style Class, I will help you find the best necklines to flatter your face shape and the scale and type of patterns that work for your body shape and personality.
Used wisely, patterns can draw the eye to where we want and enhance our overall look. If you have done your style class and want some specific advice from me on swimwear or anything else, I’d be happy to help.
Swimwear with Style
Curvy Bottom Half – A halter-neck, waisted one-piece will flatter your natural shape and concentrate attention on the waist. A high-waisted bikini or tankini, without bows or frills, will beautifully emphasise your natural curves and a lower cut leg will flatter the hip area.
Straight Up and Down – The aim is to create curves. An all in one, with a side cut-out or pattern is ideal.
A higher cut leg also adds curve. And if you’re on the shorter side, it creates the illusion of height.
Small Hips, Larger Shoulders or Bust – The idea is to add interest at the hip. Go for anything with ties or detailing at the hip. Bikinis can be particularly good for this. A halter-neck will accentuate the collar and neckline, drawing attention away from a bigger bust or shoulders.
No matter what your age, don’t be afraid of the bikini. If you’re confident, just go for it. But if in doubt, a tankini is a great option. Bear in mind that most of us aren’t the same size top and bottom. When buying a bikini or tankini, pick a brand that lets you mix and match.
It’s worth spending a little more time in the changing room trying out ideas. Once you’re comfortable, you’ll be confident.
Let your imagination roam free with accessories. Cover-ups and sarongs, sun hats, sunglasses, beach bags and sandals, a beach towel in your best colours… and, of course, your double star lipstick. They all provide fabulous opportunities to express your style and personality.
If you would some advice or help shopping for your holiday either on a one to one basis or online please get in touch.
Have a great holiday!