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HOW TO GET
YOUR BEST
SUMMER BODY

Sure, exercise is important, but achieving a better body by taking care of your skin is just so much more fun than pilates.
 

Written by LENA RAFF

Photography by ANNA PALMA

Creative Direction by VICEN AKINA

Makeup by LAURE DANSOU

Hair by HOLLY MILLS

Styling by COCO CASSIBBA

Nails by HOLLY FALCONE


While we at VIOLET GREY advocate for body care all year long, summertime certainly brings an added focus to our largest (and most visible) organ––our skin. With significantly more sun exposure and dehydrating air conditioning (not to mention the conspicuous absence of clothing to cover some neglected areas), achieving smooth, glowing, taught, hydrated skin can feel daunting and next-to impossible. The excellent news is this: if you are at all familiar with best practices when it comes to facial care, the same “ground rules” apply to the body.

First, keep skin clean with a gentle cleanser like MUTHA’s The Nudist Exfoliating Body Bar (which happens to also double as a solution to the next “rule”). Next, exfoliate. This is usually the most overlooked, extremely critical (and easy!) step, but seriously, do it. By removing dead skin cells, you get rid of dullness-promoting flakes, speed up cell turnover (which helps skin look younger and firmer), reduce the look of fine lines, and pave the way for serums and moisturizers to work better by penetrating more deeply. Next, create soft, supple, bouncy skin by keeping it hydrated and nourished with a body cream like cult-favorite U BEAUTY’s The SUPER Body Hydrator. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, protect yourself from dark spots, wrinkles, sagging, dryness, and also you know, cancer, with a reef-safe, all-mineral SPF like the runaway hits from Isdin. These are the basics, and, as you can (hopefully) see, not terribly complicated or scary. To really simplify it, these are the steps to take when you are trying to keep skin clean, balanced, hydrated, and protected. 

That being said, we’ve also got a few lifting, sculpting, and de-puffing tools for all of you aficionados who are ready to commit to your true best summer body, so without further ado, read on to learn about everything our Industry Experts recommend to support a body you can feel comfortable and confident in during the scorching summer. 


BEST SUMMER BODY



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This throwback body bar uses biodegradable wood pulp to buff away dead skin while jojoba oil, capuaçu seed butter, and niacinamide keep it clean, strong, and hydrated.

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To instantly quench thirst, choose this cutting-edge moisturizer from U BEAUTY. With five sizes of hyaluronic acid, nourishing plant oils, antioxidants, collagen and elastin-promoting peptides, plus a to-die-for texture, you’ll have dewy, supple skin you will feel oh-so-good-in.

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This ergonomically designed, always-cold (but you can still store it in the fridge), sturdy mechanism reduces water retention, encourages circulation, eases sore muscles, and firms and lifts the skin, so go ahead and have that second salt-rimmed margarita.

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This multitasker reduces unwanted texture and gently exfoliates with glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids while also hydrating and soothing irritation (ahem, razor bumps) with anti-inflammatory CBD. Consider your skin concerns covered.

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This famous device uses microcurrent waves to stimulate collagen and elastin production (which creates firmer, bouncier skin) in large, dense areas of the body like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, and arms while also energizing the muscles, giving you a lifted, sculpted appearance.

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For a sun-kissed glow without any telltale streaks or orangey hues, add a few drops of this all-natural, clean, vegan self-tanner to your favorite body moisturizer and let the proprietary technology work with your skin tone to create an even, natural-looking tan, sans sun damage.

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Whether you don’t have the time (or, frankly, the desire) to shave, or you want to reduce in-growns, turn to this cream that softens stubble without clogging the follicles or irritating skin. Pro tip: it also makes for a great daily moisturizer and gentle after-shave treatment.

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Easily remove the pore-clogging, oil-trapping dead skin cells that lead to body breakouts with Dr. Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment. This cult-favorite formula uses squalene, hyaluronic acid, and bakuchiol to strengthen the moisture barrier, hydrate, and promote collagen, keeping skin clear, bright, and firm.

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Fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, dark spots, and sagging, are all caused and made worse by harmful UVA/UVB rays, so make sure to defend yourself while repairing past damage with these all-mineral sunscreens from Isdin. The dermatologist-beloved formulas use Nobel Prize-winning enzymatic technology to remedy existing damage, so you can improve the look of your skin while keeping it safe.