Beach bodies | pre-beach skin tips

Summer is almost upon us and party season is just around the corner. That means stripping down to your cosy and wearing your most revealing clothes. Or does it?

If you have a skin condition that is stopping you from exposing your flesh in public and making the most of the summer season, don’t fret. Fountain Cosmetics’ 9 Pre-beach Skin Tips will help you disguise a range of skin concerns and have you feeling confident and comfortable in even the skimpiest of bikinis.

1.      Dry Skin

The key to dry, flaky skin is exfoliation. By sloughing off dead skin with an exfoliating product, you not only prep your skin to allow moisturisers and lotions to hydrate your skin more deeply, you unclog pores that can cause blackheads and breakouts, and brighten dull skin. For your face try Fountain Cosmetics advanced triple-action Face Scrub. Containing lactic acid, malic acid, advanced enzymes and jojoba florabeads, our face scrub helps repair the surface of the skin leaving it smooth and nourished. For the rest of your body use our luxurious cream-based Body Scrub. Containing detoxifying moisturisers and energising essential oils, it gently removes dead skin cells while boosting circulation, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother.

2.      Breakouts

If you are prone to breakouts, revealing more skin means more places to worry about pimples. For immediate treatment of spots, use a product containing salicylic acid. Featuring anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it will help dissolve dead skin cells, refine pores and treat acne. However, to prevent new breakouts, a product containing glycolic acid is better fit for purpose. Glycolic acid dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells in pores, sloughs away dead skin cells, and increase the production of collagen and elastin. Our non-abrasive Skin Exfoliant uses a combination of glycolic and lactic acids that work together to remove dead skin cells and dry out spots.

3.      Unwanted Hair

After disrobing, you may encounter body hair that you’ve managed to ignore all winter and reach for the razor or self-waxing kit. To avoid razor burn after shaving, and ingrown hairs after waxing, use an after-shave product to soothe, protect and hydrate your skin. Although developed for men, Fountain Magnetic After Shave Balm protects the skin on all parts of your body from irritation and dryness. Containing an advanced super-moisture complex to produce optimal moisture levels, it reverses the effects of razor burn and sensitivity after waxing, leaving skin feeling smooth and soft.

4.      Dark Spots

If your skin has developed unattractive dark spots, then a product containing vitamin C can be extremely effective in fading them. Fountain Think C 15% serum is a waterless formula that delivers a natural source of the highly-stable antioxidant to your skin, resulting in cell renewal and increased production of collagen.

5.      Scars

If you have scars on your body, you’ve probably noticed that they burn faster than the rest of your skin after exposing them to the sun. The best way to protect pre-existing scars from UV radiation is with a good quality sunscreen containing a high SPF. In fact, plastic surgeons recommend not exposing scars less than 6 months old to the sun at all, as it may result in hyperpigmentation. Fountain Super Moisture SPF 50 is an incredibly light yet powerful sunscreen, featuring the highest possible SPF rating. The moisturizing sunscreen also helps repairing the skin and provide vital hydration.

6.      Stretch Marks

Whether you’ve had a baby or lost or gained a lot of weight quickly, you may have been left with stretch marks. Unlike scars, stretch marks don’t tan, regardless of how many hours you put into it. In fact, working on your tan will only make them more noticeable as they will remain light while the skin around them gets darker. If you want to conceal stretch marks, the best option is with a self-tanner. Fountain has several non-streaking, nourishing tanning lotions, ranging from a 3-4 day gradual self-tanning lotion ( Hot: Body Tan), to a 4-hour quick mousse tan ( Passion). For the face we have our self-tanning face cream Tender: Face Tan SPF15 which provides moderate UV protection and a smooth, even tan.

7.      Dull Skin

By applying a hydrating body oil over your sunscreen will make dull skin glow. Fountain Body Oil Mist provides instant hydration and nourishment leaving skin soft and radiant. It is also great for after sun repair.

8.      Chicken Skin

A common skin complaint is keratosis pilaris, the tiny bumps on the surface of the skin. This is caused when the pores around hair follicles become clogged. For smoother skin, you need to start to routinely exfoliate and moisturise the area concerned. Try using our gentle Body Scrub to unclog pores and boost circulation, followed by our nourishing  Body Moist. Rich in antioxidants, this body lotion protects the skin from harmful environmental aggressors and restores texture and radiance.

9.      Uneven Skin Tone

A good self-tanning lotion can hide just about any uneven skin tone. However, don’t scrimp on the prep. Start by using a good exfoliant, such as Fountain Body Scrub, then continue with a non-streaking self-tanning lotion, such as Fountain Hot: Body Tan, Passion: Mousse Tan.