3 Tips for a Killer Summer Bod + $500 in Glow Pads Up for Grabs!

Last Tuesday I had a mini-panic attack. I couldn’t stop saying, “I can’t believe it’s MAY 1st.” I couldn’t stop saying it, because I couldn’t stop not believing it. May 1st means summer is right around the corner, and that means MDW is just a few weeks away. AND that means operation beach body is in full effect.
There are three key elements to achieving the best possible bikini-ready bod. Yes, it’s similar to GTL

  1. Cardio + Weight Training: For the first time in a long time, I can actually say, yup, I did and am doing the gym thing. If you didn’t start in January, don’t fret! It’s never too late to start a healthy regime of regular exercise. Shoot for at least 30 mins a day, and you can break it up into three 10 min intervals or two 15 min sessions if you’re pressed for time. Opt for free weights over weight machines, you’ll use more muscles stabilizing and balancing yourself as you go through your reps for a better total body work-out.
  2. Hydration + Ditch the Dough: Drink lots of water and cut out white, starchy foods and soda that will make you soft and bloated. I’ve nixed the soda and am gradually working on ditching the dough. After a few weeks, you’re body will feel better and thank you for it.
  3. Be a Bronzed Goddess: Last but not least to scoring the smoking hot body you oh so desire before Memorial Day Weekend is rockin’ a killer faux-tan. Everyone looks better tan (except this lady), muscles look more toned, arms and thighs appear smaller and skin imperfections are diminished. Tan is the best bikini enhancer and illusion, ever.

As you know, I’ve had a past love affair with fake-and-bake tanning and have curbed my addiction with the help of a slew of self-tanners. I hereby declare myself a faux-tanning expert. (However, Michelle’s smoke-and-mirrors tan plan is pretty solid too.) Over the years, I’ve learned (the hard way) how to avoid over-applying messy, smelly product on the elbows, knees, knuckles and ankles and how black is the mandatory dress code for the first day after an airbrush tan.
After countless streaky applications, too-orange palms and missed back of the knees, I found a product that actually made prepping for summer a pleasure rather than causing a mini panic attack: Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Glow Pads for face and body. They’re easy to apply and there’s no mess or fuss – easily the best tanning wipe I’ve used and definitely in my top five faux-tanning products overall.

As I mentioned in my previous tanaholics post, these mini-wipes are power-packed with good-for-your-skin extras like Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids that exfoliate, tighten pores and eliminate blackheads in the face pads and firming, bump-and-hair-fighting ingredients in the body pads.
According to Dr. Gross, “Every single ingredient is designed to make the color and the look of your self-tan be perfect… to be a beautiful, gorgeous radiant tan. Ingredients in there are also going to make your skin look younger and more firm and then there are ingredients in there that are going to make you’re your complexion look better, because it’s not enough just to be tan, you want to have younger, more beautiful looking skin, too.”

Now you can get in on the tan action and reap the benefits of Dr. Gross’s over-achieving self-tanner by entering to WIN ONE OF FOUR Glow Pad packages. Each includes a Glow Pads for Face 50-pack and a Glow Pad for Body 8-pack ($125 total value per prize package). All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter form below!

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A Tanaholic’s Alternative: Glow Pads by Dr. Dennis Gross

Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil

Fact: I’ve kicked a few bad habits in the past few years, namely nail biting, diet coke and most recently, tanning. Yes, the bad kind. After denying myself the ultraviolet rays of cellular destruction for the first few months after quitting cold turkey, I was miserable, swearing I was Vitamin D dependent and going through withdrawal. It was so depressing to see that my once glorious golden tan quickly faded to my natural, pasty-peach skin color.  The one thing that made my transition from leather-tan to natural glow a lot easier was self-tanner. I tried every single product on the market, like a smoker would use a nicotine patch, I slowly weaned myself, step-by-step, off of my drug of choice. Lotions, creams, spray booths, custom airbrush creations… I’ve tried ‘em all and am now a self-proclaimed self-tanning connoisseur.

So when I heard about Alpha Beta Glow Pads for Face and Body by award-winning dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, I was more than intrigued. Sure, I’ve tried other tan wipes before, but was never really impressed. This however, is not the case with Glow Pads. These mini-wipes are power-packed with good-for-your-skin extras like Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids that exfoliate, tighten pores and eliminate blackheads in the face pads and firming, bump-and-hair-fighting ingredients in the body pads. Dr. Gross, who has his own line of skincare products (allvegan, cruelty and paraben free), also has a state-of-the-art practice in NYC (participating in spring Spa Week for the first time and offering 3 fantastic clinical facials, check it out).

To show you just how well these little guys work, last night I had a Glow Pad fiesta! After the gym (excuse my sweaty hair) I washed my face and applied the wipe in swift, circular motions all over, including my neck and decollete. Then quickly washed my hands, and poof! That’s it. I went to bed and woke up looking like I’d been to the tropics. See below for the results…


Clean face.


Remove from package.


The Tebow


Just some mascara and brow filler (for my blonde lashes and brows), a spot of under eye concealer and blush and I was good to go this morning. No bronzer at all. My skin feels hydrated and smooth. Each pack comes with 8 wipes and each application lasts for about a week or so. That’s two months of a sexy tan bod without the sun damage. I think Glow Pads are my newest addiction…

Dennis Gross MD Dermatology
105 East 37th Street
New York, NY 10016

$50 Spa Week Treatments:

  • 60 Min Signature Alpha Beta® Medical Facial
  • 50 Min Alpha Beta® Peel with Vitamin D
  • 50 Min Alpha Beta® Peel with LED Light Therapy