Common Beach Body Concerns

Summer is approaching! 
If you are like me, it is met with mixed emotions - you’re excited for the warmer weather, open toe shoes and weekends at the beach or pool but dread revealing the stubborn cellulite, pale skin, stretch marks, breakouts on the chest shoulders or back and leg and underarm hair.

Here are some insights and tips on the top beach body concerns.

My skin is so pale!

It’s been way too long since you have seen a glimmer of sunshine and realize how your skin matches the white of your office walls.
You want to avoid tanning beds and load up on sunscreen.
Choose a bronzing cream or spray tan instead of tanning beds.

If you are like me and need a bit of color every so often this DIY Sunless Tanner would work for you.
It uses household ingredients and is easy to use.
I wouldn't want to apply every day but for special occasions or when I want that extra bit of confidence I would use this tanner.

Stretch Marks

Every woman develops marks in some body parts, and this is considered as perfectly normal and natural due to weight loss after giving birth or after living for years with extra pounds.

While it is a natural occurrence, no woman would want to deal with these unattractive lines.

Staying well-hydrated is an excellent way to reduce the possibility of getting unsightly marks on your skin. Drinking plenty of water for proper hydration is another possible means of making these lines on your stomach or legs appear not as pronounced as when you have dry skin.

Skin creams can also improve the quality of your skin by making it appear more toned, less itchy and more flexible.

Sugar is known for its exfoliating effects. Its coarse texture can help get rid of dead skin and minimize the unsightly appearance of these lines on your thighs, stomach, and arms.

 - Take a tablespoon of sugar and place it in a bowl
 - add in a few drops of lemon juice with some Olive Oil and stir thoroughly
  - Rub it on the affected area for a few minutes
  - rinse the mixture off with warm water and pat dry

Make it a habit to scrub your skin with this mixture for a month or until you discover positive results on your skin.

Aloe Vera is also effective when it comes to minimizing the appearance of stretch marks.

  - Rub small Aloe Vera leafs on your skin for a few minutes
  - rinse the area off with lukewarm water

With its cooling and healing components, you can achieve positive results from using this herbal remedy regularly.


There is no easy way to remove cellulite…

But using a coffee scrub can help with the appearance of cellulite.
Coffee has a tightening and stimulating effect on skin and it is often used in anti-aging products.
The massage and exfoliation benefits skin by stimulating blood/lymph flow and the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect.

 Check out my DIY Vanilla Coffee Scrub recipe, it makes skin super soft, helps with cellulite and leaves skin with a sun-kissed glow (if you are light skinned).

I have acne on my shoulders and chest

One of the most common skin problems that people encounter right now is acne.
It does not matter whether people are in their teenage years or in their adult years, people can be affected with this condition.

Here are the best natural remedies to get rid of body acne:

Baking Soda
If you would like to exfoliate your skin, you can use baking soda on the skin.
Baking Soda can help make sure that the pores will be thoroughly cleaned.
It also has some anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the amount of acne.

- Mix in baking soda with a little bit of water
- Mix them together and place it on the affected area
- Leave the baking soda with water for about 10 minutes
- Rinse it off with warm water
- Use twice a week

Apple Cider Vinegar
When it comes to home remedies, apple cider vinegar is always one of those that are included.
Apple cider vinegar can balance the pH level of the skin, making it harder for the bacteria to penetrate the skin.

- Place a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball
- Rub the cotton ball with apple cider vinegar on the affected skin
- Leave it for about 30 minutes or leave it overnight
- Clean it with lukewarm water

Cinnamon and Honey
Cinnamon can be very effective because it has anti-microbial properties that can be effective in getting rid of the bacteria that causes acne.
Honey can also act as an antibiotic so when the two are mixed together, it is an awesome combo.

- Wash your chest area and make sure that it is clean and dry
- Mix honey and cinnamon together until it is a paste
- Place it on the affected area for about 15 minutes
- Rinse off completely and let it dry

Unwanted body hair

If you don’t want to shave your legs, underarms and bikini area every couple of days, here are some other options for unwanted hair.

Waxing is a popular option, which can last up to 3-6 weeks depending on how your hair grows.

Epilating (my favorite) is the quickest and long-lasting hair removal technique and you can do this at home.

**Although these are natural remedies, there are some instances when skin irritation may occur. Please follow instructions carefully and avoid overdoing the application to avoid further problems on your skin**