Ask The Swag Gal – April 13, 2011

by TSGal on Wed, April 13th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Today’s Ask The Swag Gal comes from a user looking to prepare for swimsuit season…

I find after months of hibernating through the winter, I tend to gain a few pounds :( I also find myself suffering from dry skin. Summer is fast approaching, I was wondering if you have have any tips for getting swimsuit ready.

I’m willing to bet that we have a whole bunch of Swaggernauts who are currently seeking the same tips.  Well, lucky for you guys, I found an awesome article on Glamour.com which highlights the Dos and Don’ts when preparing for beach season.

Dos

  • Choose bloat-free food and beverages – Try to limit your artificial sweetener intake, as these tend to cause bloating.  You should also try to stay away from foods and beverages with high sodium, which causes you to retain water.
  • Flatten your abs with the “windmill” -  ”Celebrity trainer Lacey Stone swears by a move called the windmill. Try it once and you’ll understand why. To do it, lie on your back with your arms out to the sides in a T shape. Lifting legs, bend knees 90 degrees so shins are parallel to the floor. Slowly lower legs to the right, return to center, then lower to the left, tapping the ground on each side. For optimal results, Stone recommends doing three sets of 20 reps three times a week.”
  • Exfoliate and moisturize – This is a good one, as I know you said you were a victim of dry skin.  Get rid of those dead skin cells and hydrate new ones.  This is especially vital during the summer, as layering on sunscreen, self-tanners and other products can leave oils on the skin.  ”Be sure to use different products for your face and your bod; when it comes to moisturizing, they each have totally different needs.”
  • Be careful when combining skin care products and sun time – Many of the most powerful skin care products contain “ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid that may cause irritation when exposed to sunlight. Be sure to give the product labels a good read, always layer on the sunscreen, and to be extra careful, take a cover-up with you when you hit the beach.”
  • Find the perfect swimsuit for your body type – “Two good rules of thumb: If you want to minimize hips, bring the focus upward with a brightly patterned bikini top. Trying to tame a tummy pooch? Skip tankinis, which will only draw attention to the area.”
  • Stay hydrated – Not only is water good for your skin, but it will also prevent dehydration from the hot sun.  ”Experts still recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day.”

Don’ts

  • Don’t use just one sunscreen – Different parts of your body have different levels of sensitivity.  So when you’re packing up your beach bag, make sure your grab sunscreen for your body, face, lips, and even your hair.  And don’t forget those sneaky spots like the bottom of your feet and behind your ears.
  • Don’t rely on your flip-flops all summer long – “While wearing flip-flops to the beach or the pool is recommended (they can prevent warts, athlete’s foot and more), the American Podiatric Medical Association warns against wearing them every day. The lack of support can cause tendon strain and plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in the heel that can make walking painful.”
  • Don’t forget to pack a hat – Hats help to keep your scalp from burning and your skin from wrinkling due to the hot sun.

I hope these tips lead you in the right direction when preparing for swimsuit season.  I will now open it up to our community for suggestions on your best tip for hitting the beach!

~TSGal

P.S. – If you have a question for me, send it to TheSwagGal@Swagbucks.com.  If you’re question is chosen, your answer will be featured in an Ask TSGal post and you’ll be hooked up with 150 Swag Bucks!

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