[By Vicky Ong]
Summer is just round the corner and it’s time to get down to business if you want to breeze through it. I’m not aiming to grace the ‘Pirelli’ or ‘Sports Illustrated’ calendar, neither am I trying to proposition myself as the next ‘Victoria’s Secret’ cover- girl. Like many others, I just want to be confident enough to put on and look decent in a bathing suit. Even if it seems like no one is looking, at the back of our minds, we imagine that everyone is staring, especially when we step out in those itsy bitsy bits that leaves little to the imagination. I know I’m not going to enjoy a single bit of my summery Malibu cocktail if I’m not 100% summer ready. So girlfriend, before it’s too late, it’s time to stop procrastinating. Now is the time to draw up that prep list to get you through the hotter months of bare arms and tight tushies!
A Glowing Face
Summer is all about lightening your beauty routine— ditching your liquid foundation and cream blusher for a simple dusting of bronzer and letting your locks succumb to their natural waves. To rock the nude look of summer and go au naturel sans make-up, steps has to be taken to achieve a clear complexion that glows. After all, it does take effort to look effortless!
Dead skin builds up over the colder winter months so it’s time to exfoliate away the grub and dullness before your summer holidays. For a gentle DIY home scrub, try a mixture of anti- aging green tea and nourishing honey mixed with crystallized sugar to a gritty consistency before use. For something that is less troublesome, I love the wickedly delicious smelling Sloane Inc Pineapple Enzyme scrub which can be purchased conveniently online from www.sloaneshop.com. Containing Bromelain enzymes extracted from pineapple with Jojoba oil suspended in micro-spherical beads, this effective, non- abrasive retexturizing scrub dissolves away surface oil and moisturizes the skin at the same time. If it’s heavy duty exfoliation that you are after, the Hydropeel available at The Sloane Spa @Marina Bay Sands is an excellent treatment of choice. Unlike most spas where conventional microdermabrasion is performed as a mechanical form of exfoliation, the Hydropeel utilizes a 2-phase stream that creates a jet composed of gas (oxygen) and micro- droplets of fluid (saline) accelerated to high velocities. This unique oxygen + saline delivery system impacts the skin and causes precise yet gentle cosmetic peeling, working exceptionally well for thorough, deep pore cleansing. Together with the oxygen, vital nutrients are delivered transdermally with the saline to leave the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with an unbeatable post therapy glow.
Tank Top Arms
There’s no hiding from shawls and chunky knits as the temperature soars and tank tops become the fashion du jour of summer. Are you self- conscious about those flabby arms? The good news is almost every other woman next to you, including those staring back from the pages of the magazine and the celluloid screen, is.
Los Angeles personal trainer Justin Cruz who counts many Hollywood A-listers as his clientele recommends leveraged push-ups, a no-gym-required toner that works your arms and chest effectively. Position yourself by placing your hands slightly more than chest-width apart on an elevated surface like a bench or staircase. Lower your aligned body toward the stairs, then push yourself back up. Aim for three sets of 10 reps three times a week, and move down one step (which will up the difficulty level) each week.
To show off the definition of your toned muscles, you first have to strip off the layer of fat covering them. Nothing beats the combination of a sensible diet and cardiovascular exercises such as jogging, skipping and swimming to get you shredded. However, if you are hard pressed for time or just couldn’t seem to get rid of those last bits of blubber no matter how hard you try, Coolsculpting might be the missing link that you are looking for. Also known as cryolipolysis, this procedure in a nutshell is ‘fat-freezing’. With a narrower suction cup suitable for tackling smaller pockets of unwanted fat such as batwing arms and flabby thighs, this device is applied precisely to such target areas before it starts reducing the temperature to attain the right temperature to selectively freeze the fat cells here. Extensive studies done and presented show a 22% of fat reduction with this FDA approved technology which translates into centimeters lost in arm circumference, bidding a real farewell to those bye- bye arms.
Younger Looking Decolletage
There’s plenty of swimwear available nowadays that are cleverly designed to give breasts affected by age and gravity a much needed push to boost them to their former glory. Sadly, this does not apply to the aging décolletage. In fact, all the ‘pushing’ and ‘squeezing’ will tend to enhance the fine lines and wrinkling of the thin skin around this area that’s ravaged by time and sun damage. It is therefore important to dab your serums, sunscreen and moisturizers not just on your face but further down south to the neck and upper chest as well. For total rejuvenation to achieve a younger looking décolletage, nothing beat fractional lasers such as Fraxel Restore which treat wrinkles and age spots effectively with little downtime. “Fraxel Restore is a novel fractional approach to laser skin treatment and represents a new breakthrough as it offers patients the positive results of ablative resurfacing with the low-impact benefits of non-ablative therapies,” explains Dr. Toby Hui, medical consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “It gives dramatic results if done consistently at monthly interval with visible improvement in color, tone and texture after 4 to 6 sessions.”
Bathing Suit Butt
To keep your figure slim and svelte and your booty tight and perky, beware of diet busters at potlucks or parties. “Stay away from assembled dishes like casseroles and dips which are usually laden with calories although they look seemingly innocent!” advised New York based exercise guru and health nutritionist, Carole Zimmerman. “Instead, opt for grilled lean meats, steamed veggies, or mixed greens salads with low-fat dressing on the side.”
To shape up your rear, squats are an easy and effective way. Stand with your back toward a chair, feet shoulder-width apart. Sit back until your butt just grazes the chair but don’t actually sit on it and watch that your knees aren’t going beyond your toes. Steadily return to the standing position and repeat. Do three sets of 15 to 20 reps three times a week to really tighten up those gluteal muscles to get you a sexy behind!
The single most upsetting beauty bane to the perfect bathing suit butt is the presence of unsightly cellulite which can affect both big and slim girls alike. To target unsightly cellulite effectively, consider the FDA approved treatment, Cellulite by Thermage. This treatment utilizes radiofrequency waves aimed at restoring the elasticity of fibrous septae and thus strengthens the overlying skin to improve the “orange-peel” appearance associated with cellulite. In addition, the increased perfusion rate associated with Thermage improves health and metabolism thus promoting further repair of tissues of the areas treated.
Gorgeous Looking Legs
Besides being toned and shapely, a great pair of legs got to be smooth and glowing. Shaving and waxing are quick ways to get rid of the fuzz but often run the risk of ingrown hair giving rise to unsightly reddish marks and bumps. The best way of getting rid of unsightly body hair to avoid ingrown and with long lasting results of permanent hair reduction is by treated the affected areas with IPL ( Intense Pulsed Light) or Laser therapy. Laser and IPL hair removal are the most advanced, most effective, and safest treatments for treating both lighter and darker skinned individuals. The number of sessions you require for best results will depend on the density, thickness and color of your hair. Most patients would need an average of 4 to 6 treatments, at approximately 4 to 8 weeks’ intervals to get those enviable silky smooth, airbrushed- looking legs.
For a just-back-from-St. Topez look without subjecting yourself to the harmful UV irradiation from tanning beds, self tan like a movie star! Exfoliate first with a scrub follow by a luxurious moisturizer an hour before reaching for the self-tanner. Any less and you risk mixing leftover lotion with the tanner, which can cause blotchiness. If you’re after sheen, not tanning, try a low-level glimmer lotion like Jergens Soft Shimmer Skin Radiance Moisturizer or Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Gloss Lotion. They will give you a subtle, pearl-like quality that evens out your skin tone without adding color, giving your pins a fresh, dewy glow like how your skin should look on its best summer days.