What You Need to Know About Shaving

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If you’ve been less than diligent about shaving recently, you’re not alone. Many women skip out on regular hair removal in winter and allow themselves to go longer between sessions with the razor or wax. That’s perfectly fine for the end of February; but with spring due to arrive in just a few weeks, it’s time to get back into a good shaving routine that will reveal your smooth and flawless skin to the world. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Make sure your razor is clean and rust-free. Shaving with a dirty or rusty blade can result in a rash, bumps, or even infection if you cut yourself and allow bacteria to enter the wound.
  • Exfoliate the area to be shaved before you start using your razor. This not only promotes a smoother shave but also helps eliminate the redness and irritation that can stem from exfoliating afterward.
  • Do not use regular soap as a lubricant since the bubbles and residue will prevent your razor blade from making clean contact with hair. Stick with shaving gel, conditioner, or baby oil instead.
  • To reduce the chances of nicks and razor burn, shave “against the grain” with long, smooth strokes while refraining from going over the same area too many times.
  • Rinse and dry your razor after every use and store it in a cabinet or drawer outside the shower to prevent rust and extend blade life.
  • To ensure you never shave with a dull razor, replace disposables after three uses and replace the head on a reusable razor after six uses.
  • Consider waxing as an alternative to shaving for longer lasting smoothness. Yes, this is a more painful process, but most women agree the superior results are well worth any temporary discomfort.
  • These same principles apply to grooming the bikini area.

Looking fabulous at the beach comes down to more than just wearing your sexiest Gottex bikini or Vitamin A one piece. It also depends on having silky smooth skin, so start following these shaving tips every time you prep for a day in the sun.

Our Favorite Beach Accessories

Going to the beach is typically an exercise in minimalism. All you really need to enjoy the sand and sun is your favorite one piece or bikini, a bottle of sunscreen, and a fluffy towel, right?

Not so fast. While you can certainly get by with just those things, your day would be a lot more fun and comfortable if you bring along these useful beach accessories:

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  • A cover up: Cover ups are great not only for commuting to and from the beach, but also for those times when you want to head into a beachside cafe or shop for some refreshments. We have cover ups in a variety of styles, including sarongs, hoodies, tunics, ponchos, and kimonos, so you can pick one to complement every swimsuit you own.
  • An oversized hat: Shading your head, face, and neck from the sun protects your skin and helps keep you cooler all day long. To accomplish this (and look tres chic in the process), check out our hand-woven panama hat by Vitamin A.
  • Sunglasses: Shielding your eyes from harmful UV rays is just as important as shielding your skin, so don’t leave home without a pair of AJ Morgan tortoise shell, Navajo, or Chevron sunglasses from South Beach Swimsuits.
  • A pair of flip flops: Walking barefoot on scorching hot sand is no treat, and neither is slicing your foot open on a sharp rock or stray shard of glass. Prevent both of those scenarios by slipping on a pair of rubber or suede flip flops for your outing.
  • A large tote bag: What’s the best way to transport all of these fabulous beach accessories? In a large tote, of course! And we have the perfect one in the Tribal Fire Weekender bag from PilyQ. It’s roomy enough for all your beach gear, and comes with two over-the-shoulder handles for easy carrying.

Make your next trip to the beach a great one by packing your tote with all the terrific accessories listed here. Visit SouthBeachSwimsuits.com now to start stocking up for summer!

Plan a Romantic Beach Getaway

A couple weeks ago we used this space to talk about some of the best beach destinations for a winter getaway. This time we’re going to assume you’ve already booked your tickets for Hawaii, Florida, or one of the other hot spots we mentioned and are ready to put the finishing touches on your itinerary before jetting off with your loved one. Now, in a nod to Cupid and Valentine’s Day, here are some tips on how to amp up the romance factor to make your trip unforgettable.

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  • Skip the crowded resorts and book accommodations at a cozy B&B instead. You’ll not only get more personalized service and plenty of one-on-one time, but also be able to stay at a unique property with a history and character all its own.
  • Plan activities geared towards couples, such as massages, wine tastings, or picnics on the beach. Make reservations ahead of time where applicable or enlist the help of the B&B staff to round up any supplies you might need.
  • Be sure to schedule a few new activities to experience together for the first time, too. For example, parasailing, scuba diving and surfing lessons, and wave runner rentals are available at many beaches, as are whale watching cruises, submarine adventures, and hot air balloon rides.
  • Go out to dinner at a fancy restaurant at least once during your getaway, and make a point of trying a new dish (a local food or delicacy would be best). This will expand your culinary horizons and add to your trip’s growing list of memorable experiences.
  • Stay out on the beach a little later than usual and watch the sunset together. Throw in a shared towel and a couple of umbrella drinks and you have the quintessential romantic moment of any beach getaway.
  • Allow for some downtime in your itinerary so you can truly relax with each other. Rushing from activity to activity every day of your trip can quickly become chaotic and stressful, so make sure to leave some room for sleeping in, taking an extra long hike, or exploring the kinds of places that don’t make it into guidebooks.

With pristine sand, turquoise waters, idyllic scenery, and perfect temperatures already in place, it doesn’t take much else to make a beach getaway romantic. But any or all of the above ideas will do the trick, so consider including them in your travel plans.

Sexy Swimsuits to Wear for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while a romantic evening on the beach might be out of the question because of winter weather in your city, that doesn’t mean sexy swimsuits are completely off the menu. Hot tubs, indoor pools at a hotel or resort, and weekend getaways to one of the warm destinations we highlighted in our previous blog post are a few ways to include your favorite bikini or one piece in the festivities.

And what if you don’t own any sultry swimwear just yet? Don’t panic. The style experts here at South Beach Swimsuits have put together this quick guide on what makes a swimsuit sexy, along with product recommendations to simplify your Valentine’s Day shopping. Take a look:

Vitamin A VermillionRed is the most suggestive color

Studies show that both men and women interpret the color red as a signal that the wearer is flirtatious and open to romantic fun. This not only holds true for dresses, heels, lipstick, and lingerie, but also extends to swimwear, so try the Vitamin A Vermillion Neutra Bandeau top paired with the Vermillion Adriana Hipster bottom or the LadyLux Red Triangle top and Red Moderate bottom to send a sexy message this Valentine’s Day.

bonita blackBlack has a similarly alluring effect

Ever wonder why the screen sirens of yesterday and the femme fatales of today are often portrayed in black? It’s because the color has long been associated with mystery, danger, dominance, and seduction. Add in its naturally slimming effects, and you have a sexy color for the ages. Check out the Solid Black Sunset Bia Tube halter and bottom from Vix or the Bonita Black one piece from L Space for examples of how to look beautiful in black.

lady lacePlay up your femininity with lace

Lace has been a lingerie staple since time immemorial—and for good reason. It’s slinky, it’s provocative, and it’s oh so feminine. Get his heart racing with the Beach Bunny Gunpowder and Lace black bikini or Lady Lace Triangle Halter top and Skimpy bottom, the Gottex Seduction one piece, or the L Space Out of Towner one piece from our collection.

As you can see, choosing sexy swimwear is relatively easy. If it’s red, black, or lacy, chances are you’re going to hit the jackpot, so start browsing the South Beach Swimsuits website for that perfect Valentine’s Day bikini or one piece!

The Best Winter Beach Getaways

tropical beach getawayNo matter what the weather’s like in your hometown right now, there’s a beautiful beach out there with immaculate sand, pristine water, and sunny skies for you to enjoy. So choose a destination that fits your budget and your time schedule, pack your bikini and sunscreen, and enjoy one of these winter getaways soon.

Hawaii

Pick an island, any island, and you’re practically assured of getting balmy daytime temperatures in the 70s, along with equally comfortable water temperatures that are ideal for surfing, swimming, or snorkeling. Throw in the always laid-back island atmosphere, tantalizing cuisine, and amazing natural scenery, and you’ve got one of the top winter vacation destinations in the country.

Florida

The Sunshine State is home to a variety of beaches that appeal to all age groups and interests. Families will love Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with its numerous attractions aimed at children and its proximity to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Singles and couples looking for fun on and off the water will want to check out Key West, Sanibel Island, and South Beach for a mix of romantic ambiance and nonstop nightlife.

Mexico

While visitors to Mexico can’t go wrong with the usual suspects like Cancun, Cabo, and Cozumel, those of you wishing to avoid crowds will be interested in smaller resort towns that are well off the beaten path. Huatulco and its nine gorgeous bays, Costalegre and its budget-friendly accommodations, and Isla Holbox and its exotic wildlife are just a few of that country’s hidden gems.

The Caribbean

If you prefer all-inclusive island resorts where relaxing on the beach with an umbrella drink in hand is the only activity on your itinerary, then pack your bags for the Caribbean. From Nassau in the Bahamas to Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Anguilla, the Caribbean is littered with endless options that will allow you to get your fill of sand and sun.

There’s no need to wait for summer to put your favorite bikini, one piece, or tankini to good use. Book a winter getaway to a top beach destination now and you’ll be working on your tan in no time!

Know Your Body Type for the Best Fit

body shapeOne of the keys to looking stunning at the beach is to wear a swimsuit that best fits your body type. To do this, you must first measure your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips to determine your general body shape. After that you can shop SouthBeachSwimsuits.com to find a selection of garments that offer the most attractive fit. Here’s how to start:

Taking measurements (with a soft tape measure)

  • Shoulders: Start at the edge of one shoulder and measure all the way around at the highest point. You might need someone to help you perform this measurement.
  • Bust: Measure your bust across the fullest part, making sure not to let the tape slacken as it goes around your back.
  • Waist: Begin slightly above your navel and wrap the tape around the smallest part of your waistline.
  • Hips: Start just below the hip bone and measure around the widest area of your butt.

With these measurements in hand, you can perform some quick calculations to determine your body type or simply “eyeball” your shape. The most common women’s body shapes are:

  • Rectangle: The shoulder, bust, and hip measurements do not vary by more than 5%, and the waist measurement is less than 25% smaller than the bust or shoulders. In other words, your waistline is not well defined and your body is balanced through the shoulders, bust, and hips.
  • Pear shape: The hip measurement is at least 5% larger than the shoulders or bust, leaving you with a clearly defined waist and noticeably wider hips.
  • Inverted triangle: The shoulder or bust measurement is at least 5% larger than the hips, which means your body is wide through the top and narrows through the waist and hips.
  • Classic hourglass: The hip and shoulder measurements do not vary by more than 5%, and the waistline is more than 25% smaller than the shoulders, bust, and hips. You have a very well defined waist, and your bust and hips are approximately the same size.

Once you know your body type, you can visit SouthBeachSwimsuits.com to begin looking for swimwear that flatters your shape. Here are a few recommendations:

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  • Swimwear for rectangles: One pieces or bikinis with straps set wide apart, ruffled tops, skirted bottoms, and waist embellishments all help to give shape to your body. Try the Black Ruffle One Piece from the new Badgley Mischka line, or the Shan Caviar High Neck Swimsuit
  • Swimwear for pear shapes: Patterned tops with wide set straps or padded cups that enhance the bust can help balance your look, so check out the La Blanca Island Goddess Sweetheart Mio Papaya One Piece or the Beach Bunny Belize Push Up Bikini.
  • Swimwear for inverted triangles: One piece suits with side cut outs or bikinis with ruffled tops and bottoms with side ties, such as the PilyQ Omni Selene One Piece or the Agua Bendita B Crochet Bikini.
  • Swimwear for classic hourglass shapes: Bikinis with bandeau tops and straight cut bottoms like the OndadeMar Mirage Bandeau Bikini, or one piece suits with straps around the waist, like the Vitamin A Neutra Maillot

Now that you’ve identified the kind of swimwear that fits your body type and have a few product examples to work with, you’ll be able to buy with confidence knowing you’ll look your best in any bikini, one piece, or tankini you choose!

Happy and Healthy Tips for Keeping Your Bikini Body Resolutions

dream itYou’ve decided to get in shape in time for swimsuit season. Towards that end, you’ve picked out several dream bikinis from South Beach Swimsuits and have plastered photos of them on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator for inspiration. You’ve made specific, attainable New Year’s resolutions regarding diet and exercise and have done your best to stick to them for the past week and a half.

But let’s be honest here: the novelty has worn off by now and your enthusiasm is beginning to flag. This is a perfectly normal response that nearly everyone goes through in the early stages of a lifestyle change. But instead of giving in and giving up, take a look at our happy and healthy tips for keeping your bikini body resolutions:

  • Change your routine: Using the same equipment and taking the same classes can get boring fast, so go ahead and try something different the next time you hit the gym. The same goes for what you eat. Healthy choices don’t have to be bland, so pick out some nutritious, low-calorie meal ideas from the Internet and whip them up in your spare time.
  • Push yourself, but don’t overdo it: While workouts do need to be challenging in order to be effective, bringing yourself to the brink of exhaustion in every gym session is a surefire recipe for burnout or injury. Exercising at a pace that feels “comfortably hard” will get the results you desire without all the risk.
  • Fuel your body with whole foods: If you’re feeling sluggish during your workouts, chances are you’re not eating enough or not fueling your body with whole foods. Be sure to consume enough calories for your activity level, and skip out on prepackaged food (such as cookies, cakes, bagels, and potato chips). Opt instead for whole foods that have gone through little to no processing, and drink plenty of water as well.
  • Reward yourself for reaching intermediate goals: Losing 25 or 50 pounds in a safe manner takes time. To stay motivated for the long haul, reward yourself for reaching intermediate goals such as losing the first 15 pounds or working up to running a mile without stopping.
  • Track your progress and give your program time to work: The best way to track weight loss or muscle building progress is to take measurements or photos. Once a month, measure your waistline, biceps, hips, thighs, and any other areas that you want to track so you can see your losses or gains right there on paper. And don’t get frustrated if you see very little progress—or even a slight regression—from time to time. Everyone hits that kind of wall; just keep working to bust right through it.

Whether you’ve been keeping your bikini body resolutions since the beginning of the year or are ready to start anew, these tips will help you stick with your program until you reach your ultimate goal. And once you do get that hot bikini body, be sure to treat yourself to some fabulous new swimwear from SouthBeachSwimsuits.com!