By: Amy Lindsay
Created on 12th January 2010
If you're planning on some pampering this year, we've come up with your 2010 beauty diary to let you know when to kick-start your beauty regime to stay stunning for all seasons
January: Zap that Belly Fat
If you're looking for a quick-fix to shed some of those post-Christmas pounds, this is the perfect time to plan a non-invasive slimming treatment. Cosmetic plastic surgeon Angelica Kavouni recommends the new non-surgical LipoSonix system to get your body bikini-ready: "Great for muffin tops and small pot bellies, this high intensity ultrasound device is a great no-knife fat fixer," she says. "While you can have the treatment in your lunch hour, it does take around three months to see the full results, so get sculpting in January to enjoy smoother contours by spring."
February: Get Fuzz Free
If you don't want to be bothered by your bikini line or underarm hair on the beach this summer, IPL offers a more permanent solution to hair removal. "Laser hair removal is the best, most effective way to permanently remove unwanted hair," advises aesthetic nurse Hannah Flindle. "However, IPL usually takes around six monthly sessions to see results." So it's best to get cracking in the winter to ensure you're stubble-free for the beach.
March: Boost your Cleavage
If you're considering a breast augmentation, it's best to book your consultation now in order to be bikini-ready by summer. "We see an increasing number of women seeking breast enhancement surgery as the winter months come to a close," says cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Dirk Kremer. "It takes a minimum of six weeks for a breast augmentation or breast uplift to heal enough to go on holiday." As such, book in by March to be safe while looking sexy in the sunshine.
April: Slim those Saddlebags
If you're thinking of having surgical assistance to shed some excess fat for summer, now is a good time to have a liposuction procedure. While treatment may only involve a day in hospital, it can take up to six weeks to fully recover, so you need to factor in some downtime before you'll be beach-ready. Alternatively, Thermage is a non-invasive body tightening treatment that lifts bums, tones tums and slims thighs. Hannah Flindle of 111 Harley Street says, "Only one session of this intensive radiofrequency treatment is needed but results gradually improve over a six-month period, so best to book your appointment in the spring."
May: Tanning Treatments
Once you're slimmed and toned, now is also the optimum time to try out some tanning treatments. As the weather is warming up, you can wave goodbye to your pasty pallor and introduce a golden glow in time for baring some flesh this summer. Depending on your budget, experiment with at-home products or indulge in a professional spray tan. One word of warning: be careful not to overdo it - you want to look like a bronzed goddess, not a San Tropez addict.
June: Last-Minute Breast Boost
If you're less-than-blessed in the chest department, Dr Yannis Alexandrides recommends a non-invasive breast boost to subtly increase your cup size. "Small breasts can have an instant bikini fix with Macrolane," he says. "This is the latest safe breast enhancing treatment that lifts the breasts, adds cleavage and increases breasts up to one cup size. With very little downtime it can be performed just two to four weeks before your holiday."
July: Permanent Make-Up
As summer usually means a week or two spent getting sweaty on the beach and melting on public transport, the chances are your usual make-up products won't withstand the heat.
As such, the summer is
the perfect time for a semi-permanent make-up treatment. Semi-permanent
make-up, also known as micropigmentation, is a form of temporary
cosmetic tattooing used for long-lasting enhancement of the eyebrows,
eyelids, lips and cheeks.
If that all sounds a little too
permanent, opt for a simple eyebrow shape and eyelash tint to make your
peepers pop without the danger of incurring panda eyes.
August: Smile Makeover
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular summer procedures, especially among brides-to-be. Quick and easy to perform, teeth whitening can totally transform your smile and make you look years younger - perfect for those all-important portrait shots! Opt for professional teeth whitening to penetrate the enamel and bleach deep-set stains, or pick an over-the-counter at-home system to tackle surface stains for a more subtle result.
Teeth can emerge up to ten shades whiter after just one professional teeth whitening session, while DIY kits create a gradual result, so a combine the two to maximise results.
September: Contour Wrap
If you haven't had quite enough salad during the summer months, you may be feeling in need of a post-holiday and pre-Christmas detox. As such, a Universal Contour Wrap is the perfect solution.
This celebrity favourite that guarantees fantatic results is a simple spa treatment that works by wrapping you in 25 to 30 elasticated bandages that have been pre-soaked in a warm, mineral-rich clay solution.
Once wrapped, you simply relax for 45 minutes and let the bandages sculpt and tone your body while the minerals are absorbed into your skin and the clay draws out toxins to leave you feeling slim, radiant and bursting with energy.
October: Reveal Radiant Skin
After all that summer sun, now is a good time to shed those dead skin cells with a chemical peel. Whether a superficial peel to remove surface cells, or a deeper peel to tackle uneven pigmentation and wrinkles, a chemical peel will combat dull skin and leave you looking radiant.
"Chemical peels should definitely be performed in the winter months as they leave the skin vulnerable to sunlight damage," advises Angelica Kavouni. You will require up to ten days of downtime but after one treatment skin is left tighter and more even in tone.
November: Blast those Eye Bags
"Use this month to have your under eye bags removed so you can party with confidence," recommends Angelica Kavouni. "Non-surgical mesotherapy injections involve a tiny injectable treatment each week for four weeks to smooth eye bags, or you can opt for a surgical under eye blepharoplasty which will require a couple of weeks of downtime to let the swelling and bruising go down.'
Another non-invasive eye booster is Botox injections, which can tackle crows' feet in one simple injection to have you looking radiant for the Christmas party (and disguise the after-effects of too many late nights!).
The hair on your head also needs some love and attention in the colder months. After a summer of being frazzled and a winter sitting in heated offices, your barnet will be beyond the help of a simple blow-dry. Instead, indulge in a deep hair conditioning treatment for your hair to tame tired tresses and watch your limp, lifeless locks become shiny and bouncy. A perfect pick-me-up for the festive frivolities.