I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for the weekend and I’m ready for Summer to be here! Here are five fun ways to jump into the warm weather action courtesy of InStyle Magazine.
GO FAUX IT!
“A fake tan brings out muscle definition so you instantly look more toned,” says L.A. tanning specialist Jimmy Coco, who bronzes Kim Kardashian. To define abs with a dab of tanning lotion, trace a line from sternum to belly button and diagonally along the obliques.
Ready to toss your razor? Unlike IPL and electrolysis, the in-salon Depilar System is painless and works on all skin tones. “It’s an enzyme-based gel an aesthetician can apply after waxing to destroy empty hair follicles,” says N.Y.C skin care expert Elke Von Freudenberg. Hair is gone in four to eight treatments. Depilar System $20-$150 per treatment; www.depilarsystem.com for salons.
“Melons are the perfect hot-weather food,” says L.A. nutritionist Jonny Bowden. “They hydrate without bloating and fill you up without putting you in a food coma.” You might also want to limit artificial sweeteners, even in diet soda - they can cause temporary belly expansion, as do broccoli, cabbage and beans.
DIY GREAT SKIN
Skip pricey microdermabrasion treatments that promise smooth skin and whip up your own remedy: Mix 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water into a paste and apply in a circular motion before rinsing. “It’s all about texture,” says cosmetics chemist Ni’Kita Wilson of Englewood, N.J. “The grains act as an exfoliant, uncovering fresh skin underneath.” Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, $1; at grocery stores.
SUCK IT IN!
SPANX has finally hit the beach. Sara Blakely, the creator of the ubiquitous shapewear, has launched a new swimsuit line designed to make you look as sleek as possible. “The strategic ruching supports and flaunts your curves,” says N.Y.C. stylist Lisa Marie Fernandez. This one-piece looks equally chic on the street as it does on the beach (where it stays put in the strongest surf). “It doubles as the perfect bodysuit,” says Fernandez. For ultimate versatility, choose one in a solid neutral. Assets by Sara Blakely Power Suits nylon-spandex swimsuit, $50 at Target.
For more style inspiration, pick up a copy of InStyle’s June issue, on newsstands today!