It seems that every time I want to talk about summer, the temperature takes a nose dive. I mean, come on already! I just spent 7 days in the Orlando sunshine… I expected the warmth and humidity to follow me!
Alas, we’re likely still in for a few weeks of spring weather (which is still a nice upgrade from winter weather), and then… bring on the heat!
Traditionally, we’re bombarded by summer beauty ideals: weight loss to get a “bikini body”, a deeply bronzed tan, perfectly tousled beachy-hair. And if you live in California and currently star in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, perhaps that would be something to aspire to. For the rest of us? Here are five simple steps to a beautiful you.
1. Begin with a healthy smile. Is there a better reason to smile than summertime? I think not! Show off those pearly whites by selecting an electric toothbrush that offers the ultimate clean. My very best recommendation is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean – with the highest level of performance from a Sonicare power toothbrush to date, DimondClean is clinically proven to remove up to four times more plaque than a manual toothbrush in four weeks.
Hear that, ladies? In just one month, your teeth can be FOUR TIMES cleaner. That’s something to smile about!
Another reason I love the DiamondClean: it improves gum health in two weeks and is proven to whiten teeth in as little as one week. I’ve been a loyal customer of Sonicare toothbrushes for over 6 years now… I can definitely attest to the quality and results. However, if you need just one more reason to make an investment into a healthier mouth, here it is –
It is available in white, black and PINK. Pink!!! The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean features a slim, ergonomic handle with a stylish finish, and five cleaning modes to target specific areas, such as Gum Care and the unique Polish and White modes.
So, maybe you won’t have a “bikini body” by purchasing this toothbrush, but you will have a beautiful smile and the knowledge that you’re putting oral health first.
2. Get a celebrity smile. Okay, your teeth are clean and healthy, but are they at their whitest? Nothing sets off a tan like an electric white smile! (Okay, maybe not nearly Ross on Friends, but closer to Ryan Gosling in Hey Girl memes.) Check out Philips Zoom DayWhite and NiteWhite. It’s the only professional take-home whitening system with revolutionary technology ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) that provides better comfort and results.
3. Reveal baby soft skin. I know what’s hiding under those layers of winter-tough skin; smooth, supple and soft skin just begging to be touched. But you’ll never have the chance to show it off unless you exfoliate!
The Philips PureRadiance brings a new face care technology that will take your daily cleansing routine to the next level without extra effort. It’s a gentle way of leaving your skin clean, soft and radiant.
It’s actually pretty simple. As the brush rotates and vibrates, the vertical pulsating movement gently breaks up surface impurities including dirt, dead skin cells and make-up residues. The rotating movement sweeps the impurities away, leaving the skin more deeply cleansed. The coordinated movements of the bristles give you a thorough and comfortable cleansing experience, revealing healthy new skin that’s always in season.
And, since summer is all about bare-faced beauty, why not start with your best foundation (instead of relying on the most expensive foundation?).
4. Get grooming. It’s not rocket science; we wear less clothing in summer. And although I am a very liberal, forward-thinking woman, I still believe certain lady bits and parts need to be trimmed, if you’re inclined to show off that particular area of skin.
However, since I am married mother of two, let’s just say that my Brazilian encounters are long over; now, I opt for an easier (and less painful) approach.
You too can say goodbye to those painful and expensive waxing trips to the salon! The Philips Bikini Genie offers ease, convenience and affordability for those looking to bikini trim at home. The small shape and compact design is also ideal for when you are on-the-go, making it a great option for beach vacations.
BONUS: It’s under twenty bucks.
So, just how short does it trim? Try 0.5mm. Which means you can painlessly get a trim *this close* to your skin without redness, irritation, or the dreaded ingrown hairs. And personally, I believe a “bikini ready” body is simply owning a body, and owning a bikini. Of course, smooth corners and crevices never hurt, either.
5. Take some time for YOU. Because good health is directly related to managing stress, finding time to do the things you love, and setting aside moments for rest and relaxation.
And when you take a minute for yourself, enjoy a coffee beverage with Saeco Minuto, which delivers the real first bean-to-cup experience with maximum convenience, top-notch performances and large capacities in extra compact dimensions.
Translation: espresso on the patio with an open book and a plate of cookies.
The Saeco quick heat boiler technology ensures your machine is always ready, so you won’t have to wait between brewing each espresso, but can prepare coffee after coffee. Since both my husband and I work from home, enjoying an afternoon espresso is our “thing”, and I look forward to continuing our tradition throughout the hazy, lazy summer afternoons.
There you have it folks! Five simple steps to a beautiful summer. Now, we just need the weather to catch up with us! Come on sunshine!