Get a leg up on bikini season, starting now.
Here’s how to prepare...
Sugaring - It’s been a long winter, people. We know. But now that the days are warming up, you can’t get away with skipping a shave (as often). If you’re tired of shaving as much as I am, book an appointment with your local sugar-er. This hair removal technique is better for sensitive skin because the mixture is natural, but it’s also a winner overall because it can be applied to as little as 1/16th of an inch of hair, so your sessions can be as little as 8 days apart. Continually removing hair while it’s still quite new increases your odds that you’ll remove it permanently.
Laser hair removal - If yanking out your hair by the roots isn’t your idea of a good time, maybe laser hair removal is your bag. During treatments, a low-energy laser is applied to skin and absorbed by the pigment of active-growth hair follicles beneath the skin’s surface. Until recently, these lasers worked best on pale skin and dark hair, but advances in laser technology have opened up this option to those of us with darker skin. It’s key to work with a trusted professional to ensure that the correct laser is used for your skin type. This is more expensive than sugaring, but after a few sessions, the hair is permanently disabled, which can save money in the long run. Your surgeon will likely recommend a follow up every 4-8 weeks for two more cycles of hair growth. That’s why it’s time to book your appointments asap, so that you’re ready to rock for the first beach trip of the season.
Eyelash Enhancements - My favored beauty routing in summer is great moisturizer with SPF, facial highlighter and mascara. But I can totally simplify this process by getting started with eyelash enhancing products now. What are they? Serums that help your lashes grow thicker and longer. You’ve heard of Latisse, which is the only prescription brand, but there are many others. Since there is relatively little regulation on these types of products, Smart Beauty Guide suggests buying them from your plastic surgeon’s office so that you can rest assured that the quality is what you hope it would be for any product you’re applying to your eyes. Let’s not mess around here, folks! The serums take about 2 months to show results, so now is the right time to get started to be ready for summer.
Body Scrub - Trust me, you have old, dry skin- on your face, legs, butt, arms, and probably everywhere else. Time to slough that sh*t off! Not only will a good polish remove dead skin and let a fresher version radiate, if you’re planning on a spray tan to take your whiteness quotient down a notch before you hit the sand, you’ll want to have removed the dead skin first for a more even “tan” absorption. A few body polishes we like: Bliss, or Thesis Beauty for a natural organic version.
Even if you aren’t prepping for a spray tan, a body scrub is totes necessary after the dryness of winter. Take the old layers off and double down on your hydration with a super rich (and non-toxic, por favor) body moisturizer. I’m loving Nubian Heritage’s African Black Lotion and all the lotions and creams by Parry Botanicals.
Chemical peels - Taking dead skin removal to the next level. Light to medium peels can reverse sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to your face and/or chest, is allowed to absorb into your skin and is then neutralized with water. The chemicals activate peeling that exfoliates dead skin and improves sun damage and clogged pores. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun for a few weeks, so as the sunny days increase, be mindful of that exposing sensitive fresh skin to harmful UV rays could encourage new sun damage (the opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish). These cloudy days of spring might be the last good time to book your peel.
Sclerotherapy - After removing leg hair, and tanning dem legs, you wouldn’t want little (or not so little) spider veins taking away from your gams as you strut yourself this summer. Sclerotherapy is the relatively easy treatment for spider veins. A solution is injected into the vein, causing the vein to shrink, turn white and gradually disappear. While you can resume activities immediately, there may be bruising or the need to wear compression stockings to keep the veins closed or prevent bruising. Best to book your treatment before it’s officially short/ skirt season, so you can heal briefly with long pants and be ready to show off your legs on the first warm day.
Coolscultping - I mean, it’s just the most magical procedure. A nonsurgical way to remove fat. A very (VERY) cold wand is applied to areas of bulge, freezing fat cells which are ultimately eliminated from the body. Coolsculpting is a non-invasive alternative to lipo. The treatment is recommended for those who are already at a healthy weight and are seeking to remove the last layer to improve the body’s overall contour. There’s relatively little downtime, so you’ll be beach-ready asap. Book this procedure before you start bikini shopping, because the results embolden you to bare more than you’ve ever done before.
(I realize we talk about Coolsculpting a lot. You might think we're getting paid to talk about them. We're not. I've never even had Coolsculpting...we're just so mesmerized by it.)
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