5 Things to Do Before You Hit The Beach This Summer
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5 Things to Do Before You Hit The Beach This Summer

After a long winter, you could use a daily dose of vitamin D, but first thing’s first. Spend the rest of spring getting beach body-worthy from top to bottom…because there is still a little time before you’ll have to shimmy into that sexy swimsuit!

Make Over Your Diet

5 Things to Do Before You Hit The Beach This Summer
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You know the saying: There’s no time like the present to slim down for summer! If you want to lose a few pounds before your bikini-baring days, try some of these foods for weight loss from the experts at Shape:


Have a major sweet tooth? Try adding fresh mulberries to salad or dried berries to trail mix. They are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. After all, who said you need a carb-packed bagel to make you feel full?


Make summer a little sweeter without packing on pounds with fresh pineapple. It makes a great addition to smoothies or salsa. Or grill up a slice and throw it on a lean turkey burger for a real treat.

Purple Carrots

Anyone can eat an orange carrot, but only the lucky few know that purple carrots are even better for you. They have all of the phytochemicals that orange ones have but they also contain antioxidants. They’re the perfect crunchy snack — and they’re pretty! Find ‘em at one of your local farmer’s markets.

Start a New Workout

There’s a reason why people use programs like P90X as an adjective — as in, because of my P90X abs, I may never wear a shirt again. If it sounds a little too intense, check out Beachbody to find the right workout for you. Trust us, with programs like Hip Hop Abs and Brazil Butt Lift, there’s something for everyone.

Protect Your Hair

5 Things to Do Before You Hit The Beach This Summer
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UV rays, chlorine, and saltwater can really do some damage to your hair, but there are products available that battle the summer elements so your ‘do won’t pay for all that fun in the sun. Here are some of our favorites:


Sun and surf can really damage hair, so protect it with Redken Color Extend Sun After-Sun Mask. It’s like a tall drink of water for your follicles that you can start using even before you hit the beach.

UV Protection

Just like your skin, your hair feels the negative effects of the sun, so using Fekkai Cooling Shine Mist: UV protector on your locks everyday is just plain smart.

Quick Hair Removal

Before hitting the beach, removing hair from your, um, unmentionable area, is an absolute must! If you’re into DIY follicle fighting, the me smooth device can help you get a clean bikini line without breaking the bank. It also saves you from putting yourself in embarrassing positions in front of your waxer, so that’s a bonus.

Take Care of Your Skin

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If you’re not already SPF’ing your skin everyday, start now. The sun doesn’t just give bad burns, but it can also age us quicker than our own children. Try these no-fail skin-protecting products:

For Your face

Prepare to be totally obsessed with Dr. Few’s TFI Sundust in SPF 30. It’s a mineral sunscreen in a face brush that you pump to fill with the protective powder so you don’t look all shiny and greasy even when you actually are.

For Your Hands

Want to avoid old-looking Skeletor hands? Pay special attention to your hands — like your face, they’re exposed to the sun every day. Slather on ZO Skin Health Oraser Hand Repair SPF20.

For Your Body

When you unleash your inner sun goddess, you’re going to need a sunscreen that’s pretty water resistant and doesn’t need to be reapplied too often. Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 Sunscreen rocks because you don’t have to get your hands all lotion-y and oily when you put it on.

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05.17.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jo Aaron
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