Beach season is here ladies, so we need to make sure we are bikini ready! Besides waxing our legs and hu ha, we want to make sure those areas are smooth and bump-free, because lets face it, dry skin and bumps aren’t the most eye appealing when flaunting our teeny tiny bikinis. Plus, a confident queen is a happy queen!
With the warmer beach seasons, we'll be reaching for those razors or hitting up our aestheticians office to keep our body hair maintained and groomed. But with the constant friction and stress on our skin, it can make our skin react - and in our books, that’s a no, no!
So how can we avoid these pesky irritations? Keep reading ladies, we will give you all the juicy details and tips to keep your skin bump-free and flawless for the summer season.
The Right Products
To keep our skin bump-free and smooth, especially down there, it will take the right products to keep those annoying bumps and flakes away. So that means the right exfoliant, moisturizer and treatments.
The best way to keep the bumps at bay is using a good ole exfoliator. Exfoliating is your number one step to keep your skin smooth - and with patience and consistency, you'll be well on your way. So make sure you are exfoliating 1-2 times a week. If you feel like your skin needs more, then go ahead ladies, but use this as your general rule of thumb because over exfoliating can do you more harm than good.
This body scrub is one of our COBIA top favourites! It is a smoothing and detoxifying body scrub that is formulated with Green Tea infusions and Marine Salt to purify the skin while reduce water retention.
If your main goal was to exfoliate, this body scrub gives you more than that. Not only does it exfoliate and detoxify, but it also helps to reduce pores, increase hydration and firm the skin! Yes ladies, this body scrub is your dermatologist genie in a bottle and we are gonna rub it the right way.
Another favourite of ours is 100% Pure’s Cocoa Coffee Scrub. This invigorating body scrub is sourced with the highest quality of organic and fair trade Ecuadorian Cocoa. It provides the skin with rich antioxidants while naturally reducing inflammation and redness – perfect for treating those razor/wax bumps!
It leaves your skin smooth and radiant after each use and we are absolutely living for it. A tip when using this body scrub: mix the product before applying to the skin as it tends to separate when not being used, so make sure to mix, mix, mix!
After exfoliating you want to lock in the moisture to avoid ashy dry skin, and let’s be honest, flaunting your bikini with dry skin just doesn’t mix. You want to accessorize that bikini with hydrated, glowing skin and that’s not possible unless you moisturize!
If you are a true fan of coconut, this body cream is an absolute dream. Now, we’ve tried many products – haircare and bodycare – that are coconut scented but none that really emanate the true scent of our beloved coco. This scent can either be a hit or miss and If you are a true coco head, then you know exactly what we mean.
100% Pure’s Coconut Body Cream absolutely killed it! The moment we laid this dreamy cream on our body, it literally transported us to the tropics. If you know how fresh coconut smells like, this body cream is just that. Not only does it smell fantastic, but the formula is everything that a body cream should be. It absorbs so well into the skin that it doesn’t leave a greasy or oily feeling after application. It instantly reduces dryness and flaking, leaving a youthful glow and has a beautiful scent. How does she do it? Thank the Kona Green Coffee and Vitamin C!
If you are looking for something that is more bang for your buck, The Potted Plant Body Lotion is your pocket friendly option with a great hydrating formula. This vegan and natural body lotion helps promote soft, supple skin while improving your overall hydration. It has a quick-absorbing formula that leaves no greasy, sticky feeling, so rest assured no grease marks will be left behind. Check out all of the scents to find one best suited to your summer adventures and personal scent preferences - they have a lot to choose from!
After any hair removal you want to calm your skin from all the irritation it has gone through. A god send product that we would highly recommend to all our ladies is the GiGi Post Wax Cooling Gel. Why does this product sound so familiar? Well, that’s because this product is used by the professionals but luckily for you, you can purchase yours at COBIA.
This cooling gel naturally nourishes, moisturizes and soothes the skin with Menthol, Cucumber Extract, Aloe Vera and Glycerin. It contains all the best ingredients to calm any irritations post hair removal while leaving a youthful, healthy glow!
If you are looking for a product to zero in on other body concerns like cellulite then Teaology’s NEW Happy Body All-In-One Balm is truly the one. This body treatment contains all the natural ingredients to help plump the skin, reduce localized adiposity (fat tissue) and cellulite.
It has a light texture, so it absorbs easily into the skin, and contains Black Tea and Drosera leaves which are proven to reduce fat cells - you can call this leaf a fat-eating plant. It also contains AHA’s to soften the skin while minimizing imperfections, and Menthol for a cooling and light relief. This body cream is your all-in-one fitness pal but without the work - but don't go cancelling your gym membership.
Let Your Hair Grow Out!
Before booking your next wax session, let your hair grow out! We know, its tempting to reach for your razor, especially if you are hitting the beach, but in order to get a proper wax all your hairs need to be in good length in order to remove every little one. This will also help prevent in-growns from happening, so if the temptation is there, just remember this.
Exfoliate Before Hand!
Before your hair removal make sure to exfoliate the area. This will help to unclog any pores or release any ingrown hairs to ensure that every bit of hair is removed during your wax/shave session. Just like your skincare, you want a clean and smooth canvas to work on before the magic happens.
A cold compress is great before and after hair removal. This will help to make the hair removal process just a bit more comfortable for yourself, and honestly, anything that can ease the pain is a yes for us.
Apply a cold compress before your hair removal to numb the area or after to soothe any irritations, redness and swelling. This process is optional and is all about comfortability.
Dry Scrubbing In Between
This is an absolute must! If you’ve never dry scrubbed before, this is your sign too. We know, it sounds a little bit rough but there are different brush types depending on your skin type and area of concerns.
Dry scrubbing in between your sessions will help reduce and prevent ingrown hairs which can be caused from friction, and if you ever had an ingrown hair, it’s the absolute worst. Use consistently 1-2 times per week to see the best results.
All these tips are perfect for any kind of hair removal – waxing, shaving, laser - you name it! Whichever way you remove your body hair, there will be trials and errors along the way but with the right products and consistency, you'll be bikini ready all summer!