Improving Your Summer Look in 4 Steps

With summer here, one’s thoughts naturally turn toward summer vacation. When it comes time to set sail for summer adventure, there are some concerns that need to be addressed, however. Many people find themselves growing anxious as summer draws near and scrambling to work on their “beach bod” in order to make a splash by looking and feeling their best. Here are some tips to get your body beach ready in time for summer.

Make Your Diet Work for You

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Eating clean is obviously a great way to make a number of changes to your physique. At the forefront of the public consciousness is dieting for the purposes of losing weight, but in lieu of fad diets, simply eating properly can also help you build and tone muscle, as well. A weight loss diet is often geared at avoiding carbs, as carb rich foods can make losing weight more difficult. However, carbohydrates are the body’s primary energy source, meaning that a low carb diet is incompatible with an active lifestyle. The calories in, calories out method constitutes a bottom line of sorts when it comes to weight loss; as long as you’re burning more calories that you’re consuming, weight loss is all but guaranteed. Just make sure you are eating the right calories. 

A diet focused on gaining and toning muscles, however, requires additional carbs to fuel the required workouts. In addition, protein is necessary to repair damaged muscle, meaning that an increase is necessary when conducting strenuous exercises, especially those that hinge on damaging muscles in order to increase their mass. While meat and dairy are the prevailing sources of protein, Power Life High Impact Plant Protein works just as well for a vegetarian in need of increased protein.

Develop a Workout to Meet Your Needs

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In addition to preparing for a workout by altering your diet, finding the right workout for you and your specific needs is crucial for building your beach bod. The ideal workout varies from person to person, and it varies even more so depending on the individual’s goals. For instance, gaining muscle mass, also known as hypertrophy, requires damaging one’s muscles. This means that a bodybuilding workout requires intensive exercises focused on a specific muscle group, which is why bodybuilders tend to work out one body part per day before moving onto another muscle group each subsequent day throughout the week.

On the other hand, a diet focused on supporting weight loss  can seem trickier, but  is ultimately much easier. Instead of intensive workouts on one body part at a time, a weight loss diet will require a more balanced, holistic approach. Working out a wide variety of muscle groups on a daily basis will help you tone your muscles and lose weight. However, the weight loss diet must be tailored to provide ample energy for your workout. Alternatively, a low carb diet can work for weight loss, provided exercise is strictly managed. A gentle workout is ideal for those on a low carb diet, making long walks a good alternative.

Finding the Right Skin Care Routine

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In addition to honing your body, taking care of your skin is an important component of your appearance. Skin care is fraught with trials and tribulations for many, as it can be difficult to pin down exactly what your skin needs and therefore how certain products will affect your skin. It’s particularly tough when one considers that oily skin has a counterintuitive solution. Attempting to remove excess oil from the skin by washing it can sometimes strip the skin of oil, which the body then compensates for by producing more oil. Finding the right balance is essential, and the same is true for washing your hair. Both should be done in such a way as to avoid removing too much oil, because that will only make the problem worse.

While the skin care routines of many contain a wide array of products intended to help them cover their bases, this is also insidiously problematic. The interplay of many products can often do more harm than good, and the latest trend is paring your skin care regimen down to a few key products for better results. In any case, you’re going to have to experiment to find the best fit, because everyone’s skin is unique.

Seal the Deal by Dressing to Impress

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The standard issue swimwear is focused on utility and affordability, and that sometimes means sacrificing fashion. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can find swimwear with more classically appealing patterns and materials that can do wonders for your summer look. Making the right choice to compliment your physique is essential. Take an online quiz to figure out your body type and put in the time to find the right suit shape to make you feel gorgeous. 

 

Executing summer vacation like a boss entails a number of different things, but feeling comfortable in your skin is one that will in many ways influence the other bits. Empowering yourself is essential to letting loose and making the most of your summer. Using these tips, you’re well on your way to feeling stunning all summer long.

Finn Pierson

Finn is a lifestyle and wellness blogger. They have a passion for health, fitness, technology, and sustainable living practices. Through their writing, they seek to bring awareness and happiness to the world, one step at a time.

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