If summer has suddenly crept up on you, there’s no need to worry, our beauty team has put together clever top tips to boost your body confidence and make you feel fabulous in no time.
Treat your feet
Feet are often neglected so, by the time sandal season rolls around, it shows in the form of hard skin and callouses. Pamper your feet with a daily dose of Freeman Barefoot Peppermint + Plum Foot Lotion. Painted toes are the ultimate indulgence – use Mavala Nail Color Cream in Pink City, for a cheerfully bright hue.
Slim in hours
Self-tanner is the beauty equivalent of wearing black – it’s instantly slimming. Try Caribbean Tan Gradual Self Tan Bronzing Mousse – it gradually develops over eight hours, leaving you with a natural-looking, beautifully bronzed glow.
Fight the fuzz
We all feel much better when we’re smooth. Mandy’s Original Wax Strips for Bikini & Underarm, pull hair from the root for silky smoothness that could last up to a few weeks. Take note: dry skin is far more sensitive to waxing so make sure that you moisturise 24 hours prior to hair removal. Or, if you have a low pain threshold, Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor, is a speedy solution.
Smooth out your arm bumps
Keep your arms in spaghetti-strap condition with regular exfoliation and a daily dose of Avène Akérat 10 Body Cream, It helps with the removal of dead cells, unclogs your follicles and softens skin to minimise those pesky little bumps on the back of your upper arms, known as keratosis pilaris.
Whittle your waist
Add a shot of caffeine to your daily regime – but hold the flat white! The caffeine in Elancyl Slim Design Flat Stomach helps to tighten and firm up sagging skin. Each morning, massage around your middle in a clockwise direction until the lotion has absorbed completely. Sadly, it won’t give you Jessica Alba’s abs, but it’ll certainly make you feel less bloated and more taut.
Soak away the bloat
Next time that you run a bath, add two cups of Epsom salts to warm water and soak for at least 20 minutes. The salts draw out toxins from the body to banish water retention and blitz bloating, so you’ll feel energised and more streamlined. We absolutely love Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Detoxify & Energize with Ginger & Clay.
Scrub away rough skin
If you don’t exfoliate your body regularly (aim for twice a week), then dead skin builds up on the surface, making it look dull. Anatomicals The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub, is satisfyingly scrubby, without being scratchy, and it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.
Get a glorious glow in seconds
Who needs a personal trainer when you’ve got a bit of body shimmer? Buff a bit of Dove DermaSpa Goodness3 Silky Body Oil, down the centre of your shins with a large bronzing brush and its metallic sheen will lengthen and stretch the appearance of your legs. It also makes you look stunning when applied to the collarbone and tops of the arms.