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Here’s a scary thought. There are only three weekends until bikini-bearing season is officially upon us. That means you have a tick over two weeks to get yourself beach body-ready.
Deep breaths. We have a plan that includes simple steps to a flatter stomach; top tips for glossy, healthy locks and essential treatments for smooth, sparkling skin and stronger nails. Your pre-summer grooming guide starts now.
Exfoliation is still one of the most effective ways to boost a sparkling complexion, but there’s a smarter way to scrub.
“Enzymes are traditionally used to soften and clear skin conditions whilst deeply exfoliating to prepare skin for warmer weather,” says Dr Spiller skincare expert Sue Dann.
Unlike harsh chemical or grainy exfoliators, enzyme masques or peels are powered by natural plant-based ingredients or fruit extracts that gently dissolve dead skin cells on the surface without harming healthy cells beneath.
“Enzymes do the work for you,” says Sue.
“They brighten skin without stripping the natural dermal barrier.”
Sue recommends you try a professional in-salon peel treatment to fast-track the exfoliation process, or incorporate an enzyme-based mask into your weekly pre-summer skincare regimen.
“Finally, feed and protect glowing skin with antioxidants such as vitamin C and E to fight free radicals,” says Sue.
And don’t forget to protect skin daily with a broad spectrum sunscreen.
Here’s some good news – you can beat bikini bloat with a few smart nutritional swaps.
“Avoid foods rich in sodium such as chips, sausages and other salty condiments and sauces which can cause fluid retention, leading to bloating and puffiness,” says dietitian Kara Landay.
“Go easy on the alcohol, stay hydrated and consume wholefoods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and grilled fish to maintain good gut health and reduce bloating.
A gentle daily yoga sequence can help keep your digestion system in check, too.
“The upward-facing dog pose stretches the chest and spine, and stimulates the abdominal organs to improves digestion,” says Divine Flow Yoga’s Eliza Huolohan “This pose also firms the buttocks and thighs, which is perfect for bikini season.”
Try giving your tummy a gentle circular massage with a hydrating body oil each evening to assist the de-bloating process.
“This stimulates the spleen and helps to guide digestion and regulate the internal organs,” says Huolohan.
Before you book in for your mani and pedi start giving nails extra nourishment by massaging cuticles with a daily conditioning oil, such as CND’s Rescu RX strengthening treatment.
“It’s keratin formula feels like an oil, but acts like a shield whilst conditioning and repairing the deepest nail cells,” says manicurist Jocelyn Petroni.
Prepare feet for your strappy sandals by applying nourishing treatment cream daily. “Use anywhere where the skin is thicker and drier than normal,” says Jocelyn.
Apply [to dry heels] at night after your bath or shower and pop on a pair of socks while you sleep.”
Colour wise, it’s time to up the ante with summer-fresh high-shine lacquers on fingers and toes.
“I love bright, red-pink shades and pigment-rich blush pinks which compliment [most] skin tones,” says Jocelyn.
Her final tip to make a DIY manicure last the distance? “Always ‘cap’ the edge of your nail plate with polish, which leads to a longer-lasting [chip-free] finish”.
In the mood to lighten strands this season? Consider this new hair colouring technique (because dip-dyed locks are so 2015).
“Colour melting is a step up from Balayage and involves introducing another colour, blending from the roots towards the lighter ends, reducing any harsh lines,” says Marc Armstrong from RAW Hair salon.
If you’re a blonde, look to refresh your look with cool, beige highlights, says Marc.
“Brunettes should try a variation of hues such as rich chocolate and golden brown,” he says.
And red heads, you can dare to be bold.
“Go for burgundy-rich purple tones,” says Marc.
“This trend is going to be big in 2017.”
Keep in mind that coloured locks require extra TLC during the warmer months, so regular salon treatments and nourishing masques are crucial.
Marc recommends Opalex as a top pre-summer treat for coloured strands (Kim Kardashian is a fan).
“It’s a three-part treatment that rebuilds disulphide bonds in the hair, making it stronger and healthier and limits damage during or after colouring,” he says.
Opalex treatment, from $50 (in-salon and at-home options available)
By Mel Cornford for style.nine.com.au