Try a Conditioning Treatment
Matt Fugate, a senior stylist at NYC's Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon, says that the first step to summer-ready hair is to pamper your strands with a deep, in-salon conditioning treatment. This will prevent color-fading and breakage from sun and chlorine damage.
We like the new Paul Mitchell KeraTriplex Treatment.
Start Hydrating Hair Heavily
Hair can only absorb so much water, so always pack a leave-in conditioner to protect strands from the elements. Spritzing liberally before hitting the beach or pool will save strands from damage later.
We like Sally Hershberger Hyper hydration Super Keratin spray, $13; soap.com.
Preemptively Fight the Frizz
Want to be a wash-and-go girl this summer? Fugate suggests getting an in-salon keratin smoothing treatment now to keep frizz at bay as the summer hits. Giving your hair a little bit of time to grow out post-treatment will ensure that it keeps just enough of its natural texture and wave to look effortless and perfectly beachy later.
Scrub Before You Wax
Cynthia Chua, founder of New Yorks Strip Ministry of Waxing, says you must exfoliate at home before getting waxed to remove dead cells. This helps prevent pain and irritation by exposing the freshest skin to the surface. Use your favorite scrub for an intenseand all-overexfoliation session.
...Or Deep Condition at Home
Cant make it to the salon for some tress T.L.C.? No worries. Try a replenishing hair masque packed with ingredients like proteins and hi-tech polymers to smooth split ends and add shine.
Ride the Wave—Kind Of
Before beach season, Fugate says to start switching out products that can dry out your hair (if you have brittle strands, hairsprays with alcohol should be the first to go), and opting for enriching mineral or beach sprays instead. Look for products that also have UV protectors to protect your strands and your scalp.
Study Up on Waxing Studios
Chua warns that you need to be extremely careful when selecting your waxing salon. Double-dipping" and other unsanitary practices can cause bacteria to grow in communal wax pots, leading to skin infections in sensitive areas later...
Numb Your Senses
Ditch the Salt
"Excess salt causes the body to retain water," Chua explains "This can lead to puffiness, under-eye bags, and swollen features." In addition to drinking more water, increase your consumption of foods rich in Vitamins E and C now to help de-bloat by summer.
Stock Up on Smudge-Proof Makeup
Invest in stay-put eyeliner, mascara, foundation, and lipstick to look your best during the beachy months. Embrace spring's technicolor eye makeup trend, and make waterproof liquid eyeliners in an array of funky shades your first seasonal purchase.
Turn Up Your Tint
In lieu of heavy foundation, try a tinted moisturizer to keep your skin dewy and evenly-toned, without the feel of heavier makeup products. For your best faux glow, find a moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 20, and test possible shades along your jawline to find your best match.
Strike a Neutral Pose
Try a Punchy Pout
Bright pink or coral lipsticks are surprisingly flattering on a range of skin tones and can even help you look tanner than you actually are. Start with a medium shade and layer bright or neutral lip glosses to find the wattage that best suits you.
Pimples are a major bummer, and they seem to only get worse as the mercury rises because of inflamed skin, sweat, and grim. If you commonly deal with blemishes, try a foundation with acne-ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide, to cover, treat, and prevent breakouts in one go.
Find an All-in-One Palette
Stock up on purse-friendly kits that you can tote anywhere you go this summer. Multi-purpose sets, like the Lorac TANtalEYES Palette contains four shimmering eye shadows (some can double as face highlighters) and a body-bronzing gel you can apply in a cinch for easy sumer livin'.
Nourish Those Nails
Go for a Mega Manicure
If your polish always chips or you never have time to tend to your nails, treat yourself to a salon-only gel manicure. Alternate between regular polish and longer-lasting gel services (results can last up to three weeks!) to reduce possible damage to your nail enamel.
Buff Your Feet
There's no point to having pretty toes if your heels are cracked and calloused. But metal buffing tools can easily cut the skin's surface and lead to possible infection. Instead, invest in a good at-home crystal exfoliating tool to smooth out rough spots weekly.
Spray Tan Strategically
Dont show up at the beach with untoned, winter skin. Many salons now offer a slew of services to help you look better in a bikini without the gym time. Talk to you spray tan esthetician about tricks for creating the illusion of muscle tone before you start your next sun-free session.
Give Your Tush the Royal Treatment
Brazil Bronze Glow Bars (located across the country) offer a Cellulite Annihilator treatment that combines sunless tanner with cellulite-fighting ingredients like caffeine, glycolic acid, and copper peptides to help smooth the appearance of your skin as you get your faux glow.
Bronze Your Own Bod
You can save time—and money—by applying your own sunless tanner. The trick is to use a spray that allows you gradually build your tan, instead of aiming for an instead deep glow. Just remember to look for options that work on face and body, exfoliate thoroughly before applying anything to your skin, and avoid white clothing afterwards.
Score a Better-Smelling Tanner
Plump Up Lines While You Glow
Pamper Your Underarm
Take a cue from Kim Kardashian and make a statement with artificially-enhanced lashes. In-salon extensions or pigmentation treatments (like Lash Dip) can create instant results and last up to six week after application.
Troubleshoot Your Shaving Routine
Upgrade Your Cleanser
NYC dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, tell us that dry winter skin gives can ultimately lead to oilier, thicker skin as the season's change and exfoliation slows. So, select a face wash that works a little harder but is still gentle enough not to strip skin.
Find Your Skin's Best Balance
"The best thing you can do for your skin at the start of summer is not to over-dry it—and not over-moisturize it either, says Dr. Gross. If you use a heavy moisturizer, switch to a light, daily source SPF. If your skin's oiler, find an oil-free sunscreen stick.
Shine Like a Star
Want a red carpet-worthy glow? If you have severely dry skin, Dr. Gross suggests a trip to the derm for a mild peel or deep moisturizing masque. This will clear out dead skin cells, allowing moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the skin's surface and return it to its healthiest state.
Bid Back Bumps Farewell
The skin on your body needs T.L.C. during the colder months too. Dr. Anne Chapas, an NYC dermatological surgeon, advises that people with back-ne, (back acne) use washes packed with salicyclic acid to clear out pores all year round. Treatment sprays and lotions containing the bloemish-fighting ingredient are also available.
Stock Up on Sunscreen
And start applying it now. Dr. Chapas explains that even in during darker, colder months, most of the suns ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds. Water and sand also help reflect rays, so wear SPF daily for year-round protection.
Dress Up for Working Out
Ashley Pierson, a Pilates instructor at Equinox gym, says getting in shape for summer is a lot easier than you think. Pierson recommends signing up for a beginner yoga or Pilates class and buying comfortable, cute footwear that will help pamper your feet in between sessions.
Know the Facts Before You Feast
In addition to regular exercise, Pierson also swears by starting a healthy diet that incorporates good fats, like avocados and hemp protein, to help flatten your stomach. She also recommends a quick abdominal workout before hitting to the beach to tighten muscles.