15 Tips to Keep You Sexy

15 Tips to Keep You Sexy

Our A-list experts, who’ve worked with sexy sirens such as Gabrielle Union and Mariah Carey, dish on head-to-toe tricks that’ll make you look your best all summer long.

by Janell Hickman, May 14, 2013

15 Tips to Keep You Sexy

1.  Select Multitasking Protection
Using SPF year-round is an absolute must—even for us. “It’s so important for people to understand they are susceptible to sun exposure every day of their lives,” says Miami-based Flor Mayoral, M.D. Simplify your routine and protect beautiful brown skin by using an all-in-one product with built-in protection. Mayoral recommends a UV-protecting finishing cream that blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pores for a flawless finish. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream ($24.99; drugstores)

2.  Get Your Glow On
To find your perfect self-tanner shade, celebrity spray tanner Jimmy Coco, who works with the Victoria’s Secret Angels, advises testing shades on an inconspicuous area, such as your inner thigh. “Then wait four to six hours to see which one best suits your skin tone,” he says. Try bronzing spray to add some shimmer to your faux glow. St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Spray ($40; sephora.com); Victoria’s Secret Instant Bronzing Shimmer Dry Oil ($15; victoriassecret.com)

3. School Yourself on Sunscreen
Think you’ll be more protected using a higher SPF? “[If applied correctly], SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of the sun’s rays; an SPF 45 blocks 98 percent. After level 30, the difference is incremental,” says Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., also of Miami. Apply at least a shot glass-sized amount of protection as an alternative to regular lotion each day. COOLA Body SPF 30 Plumeria Moisturizing Sunscreen ($32 for 5 fl. oz.; coolasuncare.com)

4. Exfoliate
Pre-Tan “Always exfoliate a day before self-tanning to ensure your skin is fresh and even for application,” says St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Fiona Locke. Use an exfoliator that isn’t too abrasive; nicks may cause self-tanner to look darker post-application. FarmHouse Fresh Coconut Beach Shea Sugar Scrub ($34 for 12 oz.; farmhousefreshgoods.com)

5.  Abide by the Rules
Warmer weather means it’s time to flaunt that oh-so-touchable skin! Whether you decide to shave, wax, laser or sugar your hair away, make sure you follow our expert’s guidelines. Before shaving, allow hair to soften in the shower for two to three minutes. Use light, gentle strokes exerting as little pressure as possible. Good rules to follow when waxing : Ensure your hair is lying flat on your skin (about ¼-inch) and try to avoid using lotion pre-wax. “You’ll get better results if your skin is less oily,” says Shoba founder and CEO Shobha Tummala.

6. Enhance Your Natural Texture
“Instead of blow drying curly hair, scrunch locks gently with your fingers and allow your hair to air dry,” says L’Oréal Professional Master Session Artist Rodnei Ferby. Ladies with chemically relaxed hair can benefit from curly girl products as well. “Anyone who lets her hair dry naturally, whether it’s relaxed or not, will pick up a wave pattern,” adds Clairol Professional Celebrity Hairstylist Kiyah Wright. “A good gel or curl product will give it that natural look without heat.” Curl Care by Dr. Miracle’s Strong Hold Gel ($7.99 for 8 fl. oz.; curlcarebydrmiracles.com)

7.  Maintain Your Sleekness
If saying goodbye to your flat iron is completely out of the question, at least treat your hair to some extra TLC while styling. “A thermal spray is a really good protector for the hair,” says Wright, whom Gabrielle Union and Tyra Banks keep on speed dial. “Spray each section before flat ironing to help tame flyaways and extend the life of your style for up to a week.” Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-dry Lotion ($18; visit Redken.com for salons)

8. Find An Easy (and Heat-free) Style
Your curling iron deserves a vacay for a few months, too. Neal Farinah of Neal Farinah Salon in Brooklyn is a fan of no-fuss styles during warmer months. “I think a woman looks so sexy when [her hair] is not overworked. I especially love messy braids! They’re so unexpected and sexy,” shares the in-demand stylist who keeps Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige’s manes in check. Farinah recommends creating body with sponge rollers placed in any direction for 10 minutes on dry hair, then gently shaking out curls as an alternative to heat styling. Conair Multi-sized Foam Rollers ($10.99 for pack of 48; Walmart)

9. Hydrate Your Hair
“During the summer months, it’s best to monitor your hair’s exposure to the sun to prevent frizz and moisture loss,” says Ferby. The drying effects of salt water and chlorine can wreak havoc, so be sure to wash your tresses with a hydrating shampoo and conditioning treatment post-swim. Ferby also suggests coating your strands with a deep conditioner before taking a dip to keep strands from absorbing excess salt and chlorine. Clairol Professional Color Safe Repair Daily Shampoo ($9; beauty supply stores); Ojon Rare Blend Deep Conditioner ($34; sephora.com)

10. Try a Leave-in for Lush Locks
“I’m really a big fan of leave-in conditioners, especially for trips to the beach or swimming pool,” says L.A.-based Wright, who has worked with

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