By Justine Santaniello
It seems that no matter where I’ve visited in the country these past few months – and I’ve been all over the map, from Kansas City to Philly to San Diego (whew!) – Spring was pretty much passed over by summer.
I’m not complaining. This winter was brutal…but these insta-hot temps did put me into a bit of a panic because– GAH! – bikini season is pretty much here.
How about we fool everyone into thinking we’ve been prepping all winter long? Check out my JustHaves to help you sculpt, protect and play your way to a beach beautiful summer!
Sculpt Away The Flab
Talk about a fast-forward button. Check this out – it’s called the CoolSculpting procedure (http://www.coolsculpting.com). The unique technology uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells in the tummy, love handles and thighs without surgery or downtime. The procedure is FDA-cleared, safe and effective. I’ve been told the results can be seen in as little as three weeks and are lasting and undeniable. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog on my Dermatologist consultation and a future one on my own procedure.
Protection Has Never Been Easier
Obviously, sunscreen is mandatory, but it can also be a pain to apply and reapply – but check this out. Vichy’s Capital Soleil SPF 50 Lightweight Foaming Lotion ($28.50, vichyusa.com) is lightweight, non-greasy and quickly absorbs into skin to provide multi-layer protection from UVA/UVB rays and free radical damage. Not only is this a must to prevent wrinkles and sunspots, it could ultimately save your life.
Protect and Play Up Your Tresses
Give your color-treated hair the ultimate defense from things like the sun’s UV rays and chlorine with root to tip long-lasting color protection. My pick – Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Color Repair ($19.98-$20.98, visit paulmitchell.com for locations) because it has the reparative power of color-locking quinoa fused with scientifically proven, nature inspired ingredients.
Oh, and don’t forget the beachy waves! Paul Mitchell also makes this Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray (18.98, visit paulmitchell.com for locations) to create tousled, beachy styles anywhere and adds lush volume with touchable movement. There’s something about the awapuhi extract that balances moisture for a healthy-looking finish, it’s like magic.
One of the easiest and most fun places to add a bit of summer fun is on your fingers and toes! With so many summer shades – 35 custom mixed – Nonie Creme’s Colour Prevails Nail Lacquer costs just $8 at any Walgreens, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content all season long.
Insider Tip: For a super long-lasting mani or pedi, here’s the company’s suggested procedure: Apply a layer of Mannequin Hands CC Creme Base Coat over clean nails. Next, apply two coats of nail lacquer, leaving time in between coats to dry. Finish with a coat of Lacquer Locker Topcoat or, for a Matte finish, apply instead a coat of Matte Finish Topcoat over nail color.
What are your beach beauty JustHaves?!