Summer’s coming! Get ready! Time to tidy up the garden, change your wardrobe, get a pedicure…And don’t forget to prepare your skin for the warm summer weather.

“Spring is the perfect time to prepare your skin for summer,” says Avani Nayak of Avani Day Spa. She notes that hair removal is one of the more popular spring treatments, which must be performed early on untanned skin. “Toning and fat elimination are also very popular when getting ready to show off summer skin,” she says. “Our clients love Venus Freeze treatments, which tighten and tone skin. Recommended areas include tummy skin, backs of thighs, backs of arms and the face.” The noninvasive treatments target problem areas with radio-frequency and magnetic pulses.

At Aurora Medical Spa, Stella Gore, assistant spa director, says clients achieve smoother skin with less noticeable cellulite via VelaShape, a noninvasive combination of radio frequency, infrared light energy, vacuum and mechanical massage. “With six treatments once a week, we usually start seeing improvement by the fourth one,” she says. “VelaShape must be accompanied by good diet and exercise for optimal results.”

Yet another technique clients at Avani Day Spa use to prepare to bare is CoolSculpting, which ‘freezes’ and eliminates fat in areas such as bellies, love handles, thighs and ‘bra bulge,’ according to Nayak.

When it comes to the face, Nayak recommends exfoliation of dry, dull winter skin. “This can be accomplished with microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, laser peels, etc., depending on downtime.” For example, microdermabrasion is a relatively gentle topical treatment in which dead surface cells are exfoliated mechanically, and no downtime is needed. Peels, depending on how deep they penetrate, may take days to recover from.

Topical skin care during the spring helps maintain the fresh appearance of exfoliation. “We suggest using antioxidants on the face to prepare for summer, such as SkinCeuticals Plhoretin CF or CE Ferulic,” Nayak says. “These provide advanced environmental protection from the sun's UVA and UVB rays, as well as diminish the appearance of age spots and also accelerate cell turnover.”

Sun protection is crucial to proper skin care throughout the year. Gore recommends products that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, “the most important ingredients for the best protection,” she says.

Arming yourself with a good sunscreen, exfoliating winter’s dull skin, and talking with an expert about the best treatments to deal with specific areas of concern will lead you to a summer looking fresh from head to toe.

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