Six summer beauty tips (made you look)

As moms and teen girls are bombarded with tips for how to look ready for summer, one mom shares the only beauty tips you will ever need. Hint: No self-tanner, waxing, crunches, or even lip gloss required.

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Pictured are surfers Ilene Hancey with 6-day-old Trevor, Nancy Steele, Sheila Cullen, enjoying the surf and sand outside of Ventura, Calif., July 2002.

Fashion magazines love telling women that our bodies aren’t fit to be seen in public, unless we buy and use the beauty products they’re hawking. And in the summer months, when rising temperatures lead us to shed more clothing, their scrutiny intensifies, picking women’s bodies apart from head to toe. Well, forget them! I’ve penned the only list of beauty tips you need to enjoy the summer.


 1. How to get a bikini body: Put a bikini on your body.Your body is great!

 2. How to get your skin ready for summer: Use sunblock. Your skin is great!

 3. How to make your lashes pool-proof: Avoid mascara. Your lashes are great!

 4. How to find your happy hair color: Be happy with your hair color. It’s great!

 5. How to get summer-ready legs: Is it summer? Look down at your legs. They’re ready for use!

 6. How to choose a summer wardrobe: Pick out some clothing you like. You’re ready for summer!

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