14 Beauty Editor Tricks to Get Your Butt, Back, Legs, and More Ready for Summer
Step 1: Clean. This area is hard to reach (and therefore clean), making it prone to zits as hair follicles get clogged with sweat and oil, says Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist in NYC. Twice a week, use an antimicrobial cleansing brush, like Michael Todd Soniclear Elite ($149; amazon.com), which attaches to the Soniclear Extension ($12; amazon.com).
Step 2: Stay clear. To heal existing pimples and prevent new ones, Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC suggests using salicylic acid. Try Paula’s Choice Clear Acne Body Spray ($25; amazon.com).
Step 3: Get glowing. Bronze your back sans buddy by using a tanning mist with a 360 degree nozzle, like St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mist ($40; dermstore.com). Hold it six inches away, then spray in sweeping motions for even coverage.
How to boost your booty
Step 1: Buff it good. Use Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bod Buff Smoothing Scrub ’N’ Mask ($25; dermstore.com) in the shower for smoother skin. Crushed quartz sloughs off dead skin while Amazonian clay helps draw out impurities.
Step 2: Geek out. The NuBODY ($399; dermstore.com) is the first FDA-cleared at-home microcurrent device to tone skin. While nothing makes cellulite disappear, Dr. Engelman agrees that daily massage aids in a smoother appearance.
Smooth your chest
Step 1: Banish breakouts. Buh-bye #boobne. After a workout or a sweaty day, swipe on a Cane + Austin Acne Retexture Pad ($70; sephora.com). Salicylic and glycolic acids “break up dead skin cells to unclog pores,” says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, a dermatologist in NYC.
Step 2: Hydrate. Protect and repair your delicate, sun-damage-prone décolletage with an SPF moisturizer, like RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream ($21; amazon.com).
Step 3: Soothe lines. Chest wrinkles? There’s a fix for that. SiO Skinpad ($50; amazon.com) utilizes medical-grade silicone to iron out crepiness while you snooze. Simply stick the patch on clean skin and remove in the morning. Bonus: They’re reusable.
Step 4: Add shimmer. The icing on the cake: a dab of bronze highlighter on your collarbones, which will catch the light. Tan-Luxe The Gloss ($50; net-a-porter.com) is a mess-free stick that contains coconut oil.
Get bronzed legs
Step 1: Brush up. Pre-shower, get blood flowing with Daily Concepts Your Detox Massaging Brush ($18; ulta.com). Kim Kelder, lead aesthetician at Miraval Arizona says to work your way up from the feet toward the heart, moving in fast strokes to boost circulation.
Step 3: Use a patch. Finally, an answer to saggy knees: Beauty Bioscience Knockout Knees ($50 for 8 pairs; beautybio.com). Infused with hyaluronic acid and collagenboosting plant actives, the patches help knees appear (temporarily) plumper after wearing them.
Step 4: Stay golden. The water-to-oil formula of James Read Coconut Dry Oil Tan ($31; dermstore.com) dries quickly and leaves you with a believable tan. Apply all over legs, concentrating down the middle for a shiny finish. Expect a faux glow in a few hours.