Sunkissed Prep for Summer

The season of pool parties, fruity cocktails, and skimpy dresses is fast approaching. I don't know about you, but I am going to be ready! Because you've been so good, I've decided to share my tried and true tricks for catching the first wave. After all, what could be better than flaunting that new summer dress with absolute confidence? Here are three simple rituals to keep for a more gorgeous summer.

1. Get a tan

Get ready for summer with MarinaSays.com #selftanner

Unless you live on a tropical island or something, this probably applies to you too. Being pale was once a virtue... well, these days it's a lot more like a reason for people to ask if you've gotten sick. Thank goodness there are so many clever ways to disguise that now!

After trying some rather catastrophic products (like spray on body bronzer oil - yikes!) and hearing horror stories from inside the spray tanning room, I took to my local drug store to find the best product for my dry and pale post-winter skin. After a series of trial and error processes I came to find this miracle product that I swear by for a few years now: Dermacol Self Tan Lotion. Unlike many other gradual self tanning lotions, Dermacol glides on the skin like butter, hydrating as it sinks in, leaving only the lightest hint of a scent. 

To achieve a natural looking gradual tan, exfoliate and shave your legs before applying. I like to do this right as I get out of the shower so that the product can sink properly into the skin. It only takes a few hours to show up, so make sure you wash your hands well after applying! Keep in mind this is a gradual tanning lotion. I suggest you apply this every other day in order to avoid losing the color altogether.

2. Let me see your halo

Get that sunkissed look before you hit the pool - tips by MarinaSays.com

Yes, I am talking about your hair. A few weeks ago I discovered this intriguing bottle of blonde in a bottle at my local DM drug store. Don't get me wrong, I'm not considering dying my hair blonde. Actually, after reapplying my honey ombre at home I was just hoping to add some more natural looking brilliance to my locks. After all, my hair hasn't been this long since I was nineteen! 

Again, this is a gradual hair highlighting product. I recommend this for women with hair naturally no darker than mine, as the bottle already shows the darkest color to be chestnut brown. Seeing the effects of the L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly will take a while, so if you're a skeptical person consider taking before and after photos after a week of use.

To get a pretty summertime sparkle on just a few thin streaks of hair, squeeze about a quarter size drop of jelly into the palms of your hands and apply to damp hair with a quick and light motion. Blow dry if it's a cloudy day or go spend some time in the sun if you've got clear skies. 

3. Clear the way for big blue skies

Start you summer with a fresh face! MarinaSays.com shows you how.

I am a firm believer in exfoliating the skin and using masks for intense hydration. Some of my favorite products are actually home made (if you want me to post my home made recipes, leave a note for me in the comments!), but this time I decided to be fancy and try one from the store. 

Freeman Facial Polishing Mask Charcoal & Black Sugar stuck out to me for it's key ingredient: activated charcoal. I've read about whitening your teeth with activated charcoal as well as helping with digestive problems in both humans and pets. My curiosity won me over. Less than 2 Euros later, this baby was mine. 

The charcoal and black sugar mask feels warm when applied to the face, lifting grime and dead skin as it sits. I left it on for 20 minutes, massaging the stuff off my face slowly with warm water and a cloth. The result? Amazingly smooth glowing skin! I highly recommend this facial exfoliating mask for anybody with dry to normal skin. 

Now it's your turn... how do you prepare for summer? Are you going to try any of these products for yourself? I want to know all about it.