As summer arrives and your body emerges blinking into the sunshine, it can feel leave you feeling a little exposed after spending the past few months covered from head-to-toe. To boost your body confidence and help you feel more positive about stepping out, discover our four simple tips to help smooth and perfect your skin, feet and body, leaving you ready to get on with enjoying your summer.
Hack 1: Bespoke Self-Tan
Whether you’re jetting off abroad this summer or simply want to coat your limbs in a healthy, bronzed glow for a taste of sunshine in your home town, one of the biggest concerns when DIY-ing your tan is going too dark or ending up an unnatural shade of orange. The answer? The genius drops from Tan-Luxe that help you to create a buildable, bespoke level of colour so you only go as dark as you want.
Simply pipette from one to three drops of the Body Illuminating Tan Drops into your regular lotion or moisturiser daily for an all-over everyday glow and add extra drops as desired until you’ve mastered your perfect shade. For the most natural effect, make sure you prepare before application by thoroughly exfoliating skin, particularly on elbows and knees and use an oil-free moisturiser to help maintain your tan for longer.
Hack 2: Dry Body Brushing for Luminous Skin
There is no better confidence boost than feeling your limbs are smooth, soft and radiant looking. One of the best ways to encourage a lit-from-within glow is a ritual much-loved by celebrities, tanning experts and beauty editors alike – dry body brushing. With this one practise you can enjoy myriad benefits including: exfoliating dead skin cells, freeing ingrown hairs, helping healthy circulation and ridding your system of toxins through the lymphatic system. The cost to benefit ratio is high – a vigorous five minutes a day will do you a world of good and a quality brush won’t break the bank either, making it one of the most cost-efficient ways to invest in your body.
Sold? Try a quality brush like Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Brush and incorporate it into your regime just before your shower or bath. Using long strokes brush upwards over dry skin, working your way up from your feet towards your heart. Your limbs should feel slightly tingly and have a flush to them afterwards thanks to the boost in circulation.
Hack 3: Speed Pedi At-Home
Prepare to bare your feet after a long-winter in one effortless sitting using the revolutionary Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure. All it requires is putting your feet up for up to ninety minutes while they’re tucked into a pair of foot masque socks. To activate simply pour the essence containing a blend of four potent acids: glycolic, salicylic, lactic and citric, into the socks to deeply exfoliate dead skin and roughness, and then rinse once time is up. The results will take up to seven days to come into effect, so for best results allow up to one week before any events or your holiday to reveal your most gloriously baby-soft feet yet.
Hack 4: Overnight Body Treatment
You don’t have to go away for a spa weekend to treat your body to some more intensive TLC, in fact with regular treatment you can enjoy the same skin smoothing and firming results at-home. For those who suffer from very dry or flaky skin, Ren’s AHA Body Serum will help magic away patches of dead skin or roughness to reveal fresh and glowing skin beneath, just a body scrub at the spa. To help boost cell regeneration and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, Radical’s Express Enzyme Body Peel contains antioxidant astaxanthin and a blend of eleven fruit enzymes to reveal smoother, more supple skin.
For best results massage over dry skin in a circular motion then rinse thoroughly to help improve texture for brighter, healthier looking skin. To improve skin tone brand founder and facialist Sarah Chapman advocates using self-massage techniques to apply her Skinesis Overnight Body Treatment, a glorious blend that’s infused with multi-vitamins, argan, camelia and baobab oils to help rejuvenate and restore skin by morning.