1. Toned tummy
If you only do one exercise to whittle your waist, do the “criss cross.” Lying on your back with your hands behind your head, bring one knee toward your chest with your other leg reaching for the sky. Cross your opposite elbow toward your bent knee and slowly alternate, holding each movement for at least 30 seconds. For more exercises, watch FLARE’s fitness videos.
For extra skin-firming help, Vichy Laboratoires Lipo•Metric Lipo•Sculpting Cellulite Treatment, 200 mL, $49, claims to achieve results after 30 days, while Biotherm Celluli-Patch Night, $49/6 patches, penetrates your skin with continuous doses of caffeine while you sleep.
2. Swimsuit-issue bikini zone
When you need to get bare down there in a hurry, Gillette Venus Breeze, $13.30, is a two- in-one razor that doesn’t require soap or shaving cream because shave gel is built right in. Sally Hansen Spray-On Shower-Off Hair Remover, 170 g, $11, also leaves you hair-free quickly, no razor required.
Top, Miu Miu, Holt Renfrew. Short, American Apparel. Bracelets, Chanel and Holt Renfrew Private Brand.
Look hot (almost) naked
3. Tight BLT (Buns, legs, thighs)
Cellulite is a fact of life, yet plenty yearn for a fast fix. Enter the Accent. Using radio frequencies, this new doctor-operated gizmo claims to melt away fat and smooth the appearance of orange-peel skin. Four to eight sessions are required at approximately $400 a visit. Or try a low-fat diet, exercise and drink lots of water to flush away cellulite-causing toxins. Check out our fitness videos to get started. Less fat and more muscle results in smoother, firmer-looking skin. For a really quick fix, use Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, 221 mL, $10.
4. Come-hither hands
Professional microdermabrasion makes your face glow, diminishes fine lines and lightens dark spots. Now you can get similar results for your body from an at-home treatment. Target sun-exposed hands, which can give away your age quicker than your driver’s licence. MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Body Peel, $110/30 applications, includes pads that contain hydroxy acids and antioxidants to strengthen collagen and tone down a mottled appearance. To preserve soft hands, try Coppertone Spectra3, 177 mL, $16, with SPF 30.
Swimsuit, American Apparel. Bracelets, Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection and Kenneth Jay Lane, Holt Renfrew; belt, Fendi, Holt Renfrew.
5. Glistening hair
Yes, your hair can get sunburned, too. UVA and UVB rays scorch your hair’s cuticle, causing damage that fades expensive salon colour and dries out luscious locks. KMS SolPerfection Shampoo, 300 mL, $17, removes chlorine and saltwater from your day at the pool and the beach while protecting your hair from UV rays. Not the surfer type? Spritz Kérastase Soleil Hydra Refresh, 100 mL, $36, throughout the day for sexy summer waves from the comfort of your lawn chair.
6. Glowing complexion
It’s the Gisele factor – radiant skin – that keeps Brazilian models in high rotation. Until pale skin really catches on (Dita Von Teese is the poster child), stock up on Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Mousse Makeup, 50 mL, $40. It goes on translucent, adding a subtle, dewy tan. For more radiance, layer Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator, 30 mL, $29, to highlight your cheekbones and set off flares when you smile.
Dress, 6267, Holt Renfrew.
7. Fetish-inducing feet
What’s the point of designer shoes if peeling heels are getting negative attention? Dermaglow Footcare packs top skin-care ingredients into its Exfoliating Cracked Heel Repair, 50 mL, $25. Salicylic acid reduces swelling, vitamin E acts as a moisturizing antioxidant and vitamin A improves collagen and elasticity – a winning combo for gorgeous skin. To feel confident when the designer thongs slip off (the shoes, of course), sprinkle your feet daily with Feet by OPI Powder Protection, 100 g, $12. Natural cotton powder absorbs sweat while tea-tree oil and vitamin E keep odour at bay.
Shoes, Marc by Marc Jacobs, TNT Gallerie.