10 Ways to Get Summer-Body Ready
10 Ways to Get Summer-Body Ready
"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.
Chew Some Juicy Fruit
"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.
Root Out Unwanted Hair For Good
Ready to toss your razor? Unlike IPL and electrolysis, the in-salon Depilar System ($20–$150 per treatment; depilarsystem.com for salons) 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.
Order an App
A recent study in the journal Obesity found that dieters who track their progress using mobile apps drop more pounds than those who keep paper logs. "Being aware of exactly what you eat is one of the quickest ways to change your body," says Bowden. The Weight Watchers mobile app (free with membership; itunes.com) also lets you download recipes, including faves from spokeswoman Jennifer Hudson. Not a member? Try one of the many other free apps, like Lose It!
Develop Good Paste
Skip pricey microdermabrasion treatments that promise smooth skin and whip up your own remedy: Mix 3 parts baking soda (Arm & Hammer Pure baking soda, $1; at grocery stores) 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."
Bolster Your Block
Summer skin needs more than a slathering of SPF to keep it protected. "To prevent free-radical damage, it's critical to apply an antioxidant face cream under your sunscreen," says San Francisco dermatologist Seth Matarasso, who also recommends using an antioxidant-rich body lotion, like Fix Malibu Immaculate Complexion anti-oxidant cream ($125, fixmalibu.com). We also love Dial Nutriskin Replenishing lotion with aloe, $7; drugstore.com). One note of caution: Avoid products made with citric acid—they can make you even more sensitive to sunlight.
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 (Assets by Sara Blakely Power Suits, Nylon-spandex swimsuit, $50; at Target) 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.
Raise the Barre
As anyone who has seen Black Swan knows, ballet is a serious full-body workout. "It kicks your metabolism into overdrive," says Jill Dailey, whose intense Dailey Method combines ballet, pilates and yoga. "You can burn up to 600 calories a session." (Visit thedaileymethod.com for class and DVD info.)
Get Hard On Nails
A protein-packed strengthener prevents nails from splitting and cracking—and can make a manicure last days longer. "Every time you go for a swim or wash your hands, you strip fortifying oils from your nails," says L.A. nail expert Skyy Hadley. Look for a polish that contains biotin (which stimulates growth) and choose one of the season's hot pastels, like Sally Hansen's Nailgrowth Miracle Color in Pretty Petunia ($6; drugstore.com).
Chill Out, Trim Down
Muffin tops apparently hate the cold. A new medical procedure, Coolsculpting by Zeltiq ($700–$1,200), uses a gel patch to freeze fat cells below the skin. The cells then break down and are removed by the body's normal metabolic process. "No needles, no anesthesia, no downtime," says dermatologist Jeanine Downie of Montclair, N.J., about the treatment, which is FDA approved. (Go to coolsculpting.com for more info.)