Photo by Caitlin Abrams
GET YOUR GLOW ON
A spray tan is the fastest way to fake pretty much anything, including contoured abs and the confidence to break out your bikini. The Glow Lounge’s are particularly natural-looking, long-lasting, and now offered on both sides of the river. 4532 France Ave. S., Edina; 1032 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 612-599-2911; theglowlounge.com
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
Your first pedicure out of Sorels should be a really good one. Follow the countless disciples of Tracy Nguyen and book a T-Luxe Deluxe Pedicure ($55) at her newish T-Luxe Nails salon, which includes an organic sea salt scrub, mud mask, warm oil and hot stone massage, paraffin dip, and polish. 5810 W. 36th St., St. Louis Park, 952-582-1767, tluxenailsandspa.com
PREP FOR SUCCESS
Before you book a spray tan appointment or slather it on yourself, prep skin with my new Vitamin C Body Polish for One Love Organics ($48). I’ve been dreaming of a creamy sugar scrub that doesn’t have that awful oil-on-top situation. This is it, and it smells like pineapples and looks pretty in the shower. You’re welcome.
GO BARE OR GO HOME
Hair removal franchises are cropping up like five o'clock shadows, but Waxing the City has found an, erm, sweet spot with the male populations, who are manscaping now more than ever—from back to chest to boyzillians (aka male brazillian). Four Twin Cities locations, waxingthecity.com
PROTECT YO' SELF
Step up your sunscreen game with Beautycounter's non-chemical and non-tacky sunblock ($26). The natural brand has taken the beauty scene by storm with its chic packaging and direct-sales model (read: modern-day Avon). Visit beautycounter.com to find a local consultant.
Swap out your full-coverage foundation for bareMinerals' new multi-tasking Complexion Rescue ($29). The oil-free tinted gel cream manages to hydrate, protect with SPF 30, and leave skin flawless while feeling like next to nothing on the skin. Visit bareminerals.com for local retailers.