The ULTIMATE guide to Hot Girl Summer prep

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It’s only April, but Hot Girl Summer 2022 is right around the corner. 

Before you invest in a pair of fierce sunglasses, splurge on the season’s sexiest swimsuit (crochet!) or slip into a pair of open-toe sandals, it’s important to prepare both mentally and physically for the months ahead. 

This includes developing a healthy mindset, getting your body in shape and prepping your skin.  Read on for life-changing tips from experts in fitness, laser hair removal and tanning. 

It's only April, but Hot Girl Summer 2022 is right around the corner. Before you invest in a pair of fierce sunglasses, splurge on the season's sexiest swimsuit (crochet!) or slip into a pair of open-toe sandals, it's important to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the months ahead

It’s only April, but Hot Girl Summer 2022 is right around the corner. Before you invest in a pair of fierce sunglasses, splurge on the season’s sexiest swimsuit (crochet!) or slip into a pair of open-toe sandals, it’s important to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the months ahead

Sunny skies and warm temperatures do more than make our day-to-day lives more pleasant. They also provide some very significant benefits to our health and wellbeing. In addition to being an instant mood-booster, natural sunlight gives the body its much-needed dose of Vitamin D

Sunny skies and warm temperatures do more than make our day-to-day lives more pleasant. They also provide some very significant benefits to our health and wellbeing. In addition to being an instant mood-booster, natural sunlight gives the body its much-needed dose of Vitamin D

TURN INWARD: 

Sunny skies and warm temperatures do more than make our day-to-day lives more pleasant. They also provide some very significant benefits to our health and wellbeing. 

In addition to being an instant mood-booster, natural sunlight gives the body its much-needed dose of Vitamin D. 

‘During the summer it is always fun to do outdoor activities with friends,’ said yoga instructor and co-founder of The Oleon House, Menna Olvera.

‘Last year Carlos (Leon) and I went paddle boarding for the first time.

'During the summer it is always fun to do outdoor activities with friends,' said yoga instructor and co-founder of The Oleon House , Menna Olvera

‘During the summer it is always fun to do outdoor activities with friends,’ said yoga instructor and co-founder of The Oleon House , Menna Olvera

‘If you are camping or in the wilderness with trees, try doing a “Forest Bathing”. 

‘This concept came from Japan in the 1980’s as an exercise called shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”) – basically a way of reconnecting with nature and yourself.’

Forest bathing is not simply a walk in the woods, it is the conscious approach of being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. 

'If you are camping or in the wilderness with trees, try doing a “Forest Bathing”.'This concept came from Japan in the 1980’s as an exercise called shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”) – basically a way of reconnecting with nature and yourself'

‘If you are camping or in the wilderness with trees, try doing a “Forest Bathing”. ‘This concept came from Japan in the 1980’s as an exercise called shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”) – basically a way of reconnecting with nature and yourself’

‘While you are out and about, observe your feet, the placement of them on the ground, notice the pace of your walk, feel the arms move, notice your shoulders, and feel the head rest upon the neck,’ explained Menna.

‘Try to match your inhale to a step and your exhale to a step. See if you can walk 10 steps with this mindfulness and then notice how you are after.’

‘If you are more of beach person, do a beach bath, the benefits are that the natural environment lowers your stress and anxiety.’ 

'If you are more of beach person, do a beach bath, the benefits are that the natural environment lowers your stress and anxiety'

‘If you are more of beach person, do a beach bath, the benefits are that the natural environment lowers your stress and anxiety’

Research has shown that mindfulness meditation can actually change the brain. 

‘Meditation is about becoming familiar with oneself.  It helps to regulate your response system, it regulates the heart, and soothes the mind.’ 

Menna recommends the cooling breath to calm meditation.  

‘Sit in a comfortable position, use a wall if you need support on your back. Round your lips like you are going to whistle then slowly inhale and exhale release the lips (3x).

‘Observe the movement of the belly as you inhale and exhale and follow the breath for 7 rounds. Sit for 3-5 minutes.’ 

'My partner Menna and I just launched a new C + M Flow to Grow 6-week program that can be a good springboard to get you on the right path,' said Carlos Leon, co-founder of The Oleon House

‘My partner Menna and I just launched a new C + M Flow to Grow 6-week program that can be a good springboard to get you on the right path,’ said Carlos Leon, co-founder of The Oleon House

WORK YOUR BODY: 

Exercise and a proper diet are essential to build muscle and look and feel more fit. 

‘To see results in the future, you have to start today,’ said Carlos Leon, celebrity trainer and co-founder of The Oleon House.

‘My partner Menna and I just launched a new C + M Flow to Grow 6-week program that can be a good springboard to get you on the right path. 

‘The program integrates fitness and yoga/wellness to support self-care for the body, mind and spirit. 

‘It’s a 360 approach that includes small group classes, private sessions, functional health coaching, and nutrition coaching.’

If you are just starting, Carlos suggests training 5 days a week, devoting time each day for cardio. Otherwise, 3-5 days a week of some form of movement.

'Your diet should include more greens and seasonal vegetables, along with low glycemic fruits (i.e. cherries, oranges, apples, peaches). That’s been the key to my health journey.'

‘Your diet should include more greens and seasonal vegetables, along with low glycemic fruits (i.e. cherries, oranges, apples, peaches). That’s been the key to my health journey.’

When summer rolls around, most people ditch their hot beverages in favor of refreshing chilled options like iced coffee and smoothies.

‘These are called liquid sugar and contain tons of sugar,’ said Carlos.

‘Caffeination can cause dehydration – which isn’t good for your body especially during warm summer months.’

While smoothies may seem like a healthy option, according to Carlos, it depends on the ingredients.  

‘I suggest using water as your base and staying away from things like peanut butter and flavored dairy/non-dairy products, as they can turn into sugar.

‘Your diet should include more greens and seasonal vegetables, along with low glycemic fruits (i.e. cherries, oranges, apples, peaches). That’s been the key to my health journey.’

While smoothies may seem like a healthy option, according to Carlos, it depends on the ingredients.'I suggest using water as your base and staying away from things like peanut butter and flavored dairy/non-dairy products, as they can turn into sugar

While smoothies may seem like a healthy option, according to Carlos, it depends on the ingredients. ‘I suggest using water as your base and staying away from things like peanut butter and flavored dairy/non-dairy products, as they can turn into sugar

BIKINI PREP:

To pull off one of the barely-there suits favored by every it-girl, you’re going to need to primp and prep.

Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of Erase Spa in New York, Lisa Guidi, reveals everything you need to know about laser hair removal and why NOW is the best time to get it done.

When booking a laser appointment, it’s important to note that skin must be completely free of tan (both natural and faux) on the day of treatment.

If the skin has increased melanin it’s difficult for the laser to distinguish between hair and skin.

To pull off one of the barely-there suits favored by every it-girl, you're going to need to primp and prep. Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of Erase Spa in New York, Lisa Guidi, reveals everything you need to know about laser hair removal and why NOW is the best time to get it done

To pull off one of the barely-there suits favored by every it-girl, you’re going to need to primp and prep. Celebrity Esthetician and Owner of Erase Spa in New York, Lisa Guidi, reveals everything you need to know about laser hair removal and why NOW is the best time to get it done

‘Clients should not have sun exposure, spray tans, or have used a tanning bed two weeks before each session,’ said Lisa.

‘For the longest-lasting results, we typically recommend an average of 6-8 sessions every 6 weeks, but keep in mind everyone’s hair type is different and can always vary,’ she added.

Six weeks is required between each session to allow for each follicle to be targeted in the right stage of its growth cycle.

If you’re committed to having a stubble-free life (the dream!) by summer, now is the time to start a laser treatment.

'For the longest-lasting results, we typically recommend an average of 6-8 sessions every 6 weeks, but keep in mind everyone’s hair type is different and can always vary,' said Lisa

‘For the longest-lasting results, we typically recommend an average of 6-8 sessions every 6 weeks, but keep in mind everyone’s hair type is different and can always vary,’ said Lisa

‘While laser hair removal works for all skin types, it does not work for all hair types. Hair should be dark and course for best results.

‘It will not work for white or blonde hair, and some shades of red,’ the expert revealed.

‘The pigment in the hair colors attracts the light energy produced by the machine. If there is no pigment, the treatment will not work.’

Most people are typically concerned about the process being painful.

‘While everyone has different skin sensitivities and hair type, it is possible to have slight discomfort, but for the most part, it is not a painful process,’ she said.

Not much preparation is needed other than shaving the areas being treated the night before or day of.

‘You should not use medications such as antibiotics, acne creams, or retinoids two weeks before or after a treatment, ‘ warns Lisa.

'While laser hair removal works for all skin types, it does not work for all hair types. Hair should be dark and course for best results.'It will not work for white or blonde hair, and some shades of red,' the expert revealed

‘While laser hair removal works for all skin types, it does not work for all hair types. Hair should be dark and course for best results. ‘It will not work for white or blonde hair, and some shades of red,’ the expert revealed

With the high-leg cut bathing suit being more popular than ever, it comes as no surprise that the Brazilian is the most common laser treatment this time of year.

If you have any concerns and to ensure that you are a good candidate, Lisa recommends speaking with a trained technician before making an appointment.

While waxing, sugaring and shaving can be painful and time-consuming, they only have short term results, but ‘over time laser hair removal will give you lasting results that make it worth the investment,’ said Lisa.

While waxing, sugaring and shaving can be painful and time-consuming, they only have short term results, but'over time laser hair removal will give you lasting results that make it worth the investment,' said Lisa

While waxing, sugaring and shaving can be painful and time-consuming, they only have short term results, but ‘over time laser hair removal will give you lasting results that make it worth the investment,’ said Lisa

FAUX GLOW:

Self-tanner is the easiest and healthiest option for getting a sun-kissed glow. 

To achieve a celeb-worthy tan, St. Tropez ambassador Sophie Evans reveals all her best tips and tricks to applying self-tanner at home without streaks or blotches.

Before applying: shave/laser and exfoliate your skin the night before. Using an exfoliating product will help remove dead skin cells. 

For salon-quality results, the order of application is important. Sophie suggests starting with the legs.

Before applying the tan, moisturize the whole of the knee, the whole of the foot and the back of the foot. She recommends St. Tropez’s Tan Enhancing Moisturiser.

Using St. Tropez’s Extra Dark Mouse, ‘take 2 pumps to the mitt and apply to the leg from the lower knee to the ankle.’

Sophie suggests skimming over the knee, and then fading up the foot, around the sides of the foot and between the toes.

With a cleansing wipe, wipe the toe nails and the back of the heel.

Hands and feet are the trickiest areas to self tan, as they are so much drier than the rest of the body and absorb the tanning solution more.

To prevent product buildup and unwanted discoloration, the expert recommends using moisturizer to dilute it.

‘You’re painting a tan on your body,’ explains Sophie. ‘Moisturizer is like water that you’re using for blending and shading.

‘Moisturize the crease of the heel and any dry bits, callouses, baby toes etc… ‘

Follow with the other leg and foot, then the thighs and buttocks.

‘Don’t worry if it’s uneven, it will dry streaky but that doesn’t matter.’

BACK APPLICATION

No more contortionists moves to try and tan hard to reach places.

To self tan your back, Sophie recommends topping a back scratcher or back brush with your tanning mitt.

‘Take two pumps of the tanner and start with the lower back, work your way up but avoid the neck.’

Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse

Dual Sided Luxe Applicator Mitt

Left:  Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse, $45; ulta.com.  Right: Dual Sided Luxe Applicator Mitt, $7.50; sttropeztan.com 

FACE APPLICATION

Before tanning the face, Sophie favors applying products you can’t live without, i.e. eye serum and moisturizer.

‘Apply a light layer of moisturizer to the face, avoiding products with a lot of oil because they will prevent the tan from developing.

‘For the face, neck and back of the neck, take two pumps of the tanner, and half the amount of St. Tropez moisturizer and blend it together in your bare hands. This is to dilute the tan.

‘Apply it to your face the way you would any moisturizer. Start on cheeks, go up to forehead, under the eyes, over the eyes, all the way around lips then blend down the neck.’

Wash hands immediately after.

‘Take 2 or 3 additional pumps to the mitt and do the stomach, breast area and shoulders’

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Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse

Left:    Right: Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse, $18; sttropeztan.com 

ARMS, HANDS AND WRISTS

Moisturize the hands, back of the wrists and elbows.

‘Take 2 pumps for the top of the arm and shoulder, stop at the wrist. Take another 2 pumps for inner arm, make sure you go under the underarm.

‘You’ll need a towel to take the moisturizer off the hands so they are clean.

‘Without adding more product to the mitt, spread the hand wide and fade the product down, making sure you do the sides and in between every finger. Once it’s blended, take the cleansing wipe and wipe nails, cuticles and palm. Do the same thing to the other hand.’

Wrists are prone to color grabbing. To prevent patchy discoloration, rub St. Tropez moisturizer over palms and then fade it up the crease of the wrist.

‘Go in between the knuckles with the moisturizer, making sure it’s all blended.

‘Hands can be washed in 1 or 1.5 hours.’

Wait until the following morning to shower. The expert proposes bringing the mitt into the shower with you.

‘Put shower gel on the mitt and rub your entire body. Sometimes with an extra dark tan the tan sits on skin, this will make it flawless and clean the mitt at same time.’

 

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