[By Cara Solis]
With Memorial Day well behind us, it’s a matter of weeks before we dive straight into the throes of summer, coming with it a string of pool party invites that’s equal part anticipation and nerve. Even if you’ve literally been putting in extra crunch time at the gym all the way from Boxing Day, it’s understandable why the annual official debut of your bikini bod remains unexplainably daunting. The unspoken golden rule of pool party is that one should always look as good, if not better than last summer! As someone in the PR industry who needs to be ready to stand tall and mingle to make valuable connections at the most coveted summer social gatherings at a moment’s notice, I’ve learned a few tricks to guarantee that I look and feel my best. If you do not want to miss out on the fun in the sun, it’s time to walk the talk with these 5 easy tips on how to work it till it rocks
Choose the right armor
Swimwear is mandatory for pool parties but the invites usually do not enforce a 2- piece bikini dress code. Picking the right bathing suit got to be one of life’s most vexing sartorial dilemmas that can be downright intimidating. Be aware of your body shape and choose a style that will flaunt your assets and hide your flaws. It is generally agreed upon by experts that the one-piece bathing suit with an en trend retro vibe is a classic style that flatters every body type. If you got more generous curves or simply not comfy with showing off too much skin in a teeny weeny bikini, opt for more modest variants in the form of tankinis and camkinis— water friendly tank tops and camisoles made of lycra/spandex and paired with a bikini bottom. If you can totally pull off the celebrity inspired pool look without coming across as a wannabe who’s trying too hard, by all means strap on your 5 inch Loubies to complete the glamour girl ensemble. If you think you might be doing it wrong, play it safe and go with fancy flats which can be cute and feminine, without the risk of looking like a hot mess.
Safeguard your skin
Any savvy lady shouldn’t need to be reminded about the importance of sun protection in summer. The beauty of a golden tan is at best fleeting while the repercussions of unprotected UV exposure stay with you forever. Before you head outdoors, apply liberally on all exposed areas a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. If you have fair skin and from past experience is prone to sunburn, opt for SPF 50 or more. To avoid leaving undesirable opaque white streaks on your sun-kissed peau, go for chemical sunscreens such as SW1 BEACH HAT UV-Protection Oil-Free Lotion which contains several ingredients that, when applied, are absorbed in the top layer of skin and hence do not leave a tinge of white as compared to physical sunscreens. BEACH HAT delivers full-spectrum physical sunscreen protection of SPF50 no less, with a super lightweight tinted light-reflective formula which imparts a luminous sheer coverage while forming a breathable shield to safeguard vulnerable complexions from photo-aging. Added natural botanicals and potent plant extracts help to smoothen, brighten and resist sun-related stress, keeping skin well-protected and stunning looking through and through during all-day use. Get creative with sunhats and shades too as they are de rigueur poolside accessories that give you added sun protection while making an undeniable fashion statement that can take you anywhere from coy to sexy.
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The Midas touch
If you aren’t naturally brown and is all pasty and dull from winter hibernation, getting a touch of color to be pool party ready doesn’t necessarily entail checking yourself into a tanning salon. There are many ways to get a healthy glow before you step into the sun but airbrush tanning is my favorite simply because it’s completely safe and gives natural looking results that can look fresh for an entire week! For extra bronzing to channel your inner ‘Sports Illustrated’ girl, go for Maui Babe Browning Lotion. This brown sugar based product leaves your skin feeling moisturized, and looking positively golden brown. Take note that it’s not meant to be a sunscreen so don’t skip your usual SPF and wear it on top of that.
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Tame the fuzz
You might have slacked in grooming all covered up in sweaters and leggings during the colder months, but there’s simply no excuse for any proper lady to assault the eyes of those around with stray hairs on exposed skin. If shaving and waxing and the whole host of problems that tag along is all too tedious to bear, enjoy year round smooth and even-toned skin with the Removal and Revival Program. This comprehensive, problem orientated approach to grooming combines permanent laser hair reduction therapy with a series of gentle yet restorative depigmentation lasers to not only ensure your skin is fuzz-free, but also brighter and smoother.By engaging revolutionary Quattro Toning technology which is universally safe to treat all skin types, including darker skin tone ladies, it isn’t hard to see why this can lead to a restored or new found confidence that’s ready to impress not just at any poolside soirees, but just about anywhere, anytime!
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Sculpt to perfection
Let’s face it— Pool parties are all about having the right curves in all the right places in our increasingly body conscious society. As evident from the recent red carpet influx of nude illusion and dresses made from the sheerest material possible, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is poised to become the latest trend to hit Hollywood. Embraced by A-listers the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner, ‘skin’ is the hot new fabric to be seen, with the perfect body owning it designed and sculpted to perfection not unlike meticulous couture tailoring. In addition to a sound diet and regular exercise regime, tackle your unwanted fat deposits for a bespoke silhouette with Cryolipolysis, aka fat freezing.
Coolshape cryolipolysis which employs advanced German Zimmer technology is certainly ahead of other similar modalities seen in the current market, with an in-built massaging mechanism that replaces or adds on to manual means for better lymphatic drainage of broken down fat cells. Coupled with the possibility of treating multiple areas concurrently, treatment time and recovery period is shortened, with visible results seen earlier. Dream Body Tone which uses a vibro-massage core to stimulate optimal lymphatic drainage of surrounding tissues is recommended to speed up the clearance of broken down fat cells, harnessing the power of sonic waves at the same time to help infuse potent skin strengthening vitamins, amino acids and peptides to help improve overall skin tone and elasticity of treated area(s). Tag on Exilis Body Magic to further enhance your body sculpting efforts, a novel, FDA-approved treatment that engages a unique combination of ultrasound waves and radiofrequency (RF) to systematically heat up skin to various depths, resulting in fat reduction and skin tightening, circumferential reduction, cellulite smoothening and textural gains. With the combined help of this fat-busting trio in the Supermodel Bodyfit Program, conceptualized by medical experts from the SW1 Clinic, you’re sure to reach your ideal body shape well ahead of those all-important summer dates you’ve marked in your social calendar.