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Holiday fast approaching? Looking and feeling fab is easier than you think – just step this way…
Dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth reveals the best tricks to get you glowing
TIGHT, DRY SKIN ‘You may be showering too often! If you’re washing more due to the heat, keep the water temperature cool, and moisturise well afterwards.’
Try: E45 Intense Recovery Fast Acting 24H Spray Moisturiser, £5.99/599 points (200ml)
CELLULITE ‘Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix, but I always tell my clients to moisturise daily using creams and oils with a sheen – this will make skin glow and help distract the eye from any imperfections.’
Try: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil, £29/2,900 points (100ml)
BUMPY, ROUGH PATCHES ‘The backs of arms often suffer with keratosis pilaris (bumpy patches). Smooth them by buffing with a gentle exfoliator every other day.’
Try: Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Exfoliating Body Cleanser, £30/3,000 points (200ml)
Consider taking two teaspoons of Fountain The Hyaluronic Molecule, £27.99/2,799 points (240ml), every day for three weeks before you go away. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps to make skin plump, soft and supple, but our levels decline with age, so skin tends to get drier, saggier and more wrinkly (sob). It’s worth a try to up your body game!
‘Use a body brush on dry skin in slow, circular motions, working up from your ankles and towards your heart with each stroke.’ Nathalie Eleni, Braun beauty expert
Try: Botanics Long Handled Body Brush, £10/1,000 points
If you don’t want to commit to colour, try Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Instant Sunkissed Tint Body Lotion Boots Exclusive, £8/800 points (200ml), for an immediate glow that washes off with water.Add
With everyday use, Fake Bake Amplify Daily Gradual Tan, £18/1,800 points (236ml), will help to moisturise your skin while gradually building a beautiful golden colour, for a long-lasting result.Currently Unavailable
LOOK, NO HANDS! With its nifty sponge applicator, Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Allover Body Bronzer, £25/2,500 points (147ml), leaves a streak-free glow.Add
For mess-free application, try New St. Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion Boots Exclusive, £14.50/1,450 points (200ml). Wash first, then apply and wait for three minutes before rinsing off with warm water.Add
2 WEEKS TO GO
START GRADUALLY ‘Begin your tan preparation well in advance,’ advises Sandra Vaughan, Fake Bake’s global consultant, ‘and apply a gradual tan every day for a fortnight before your holiday, in place of your usual moisturiser.’ Consider He-Shi Body Sculpting Gradual Tan Boots Exclusive £22.50/2,250 points (150ml).
4 DAYS TO GO
DOUBLE BUFF ‘Apply an exfoliator to dry skin, then wash with an exfoliating mitt for a more thorough scrub,’ says Sandra. ‘Pat dry and apply moisturiser.’ Try Boots Exfoliating Gloves, £2.69/269 points (1 pair), and Sanctuary Spa 5 Day Moisture Creamy Body Oil Boots Exclusive £7/700 points (250ml).
3 DAYS TO GO
HAIR WE GO ‘Open pores equal stinging skin, so always wax or shave at least 24 hours before tanning to make sure they’re closed in time,’ advises Sandra.
2 DAYS TO GO
TAN TIME ‘Exfoliate in the shower before applying fake tan – oil-free skin makes for a more even colour,’ says Sandra. ‘But still use a dab of moisturiser on drier areas, such as the soles of feet, elbows and knees, before tanning, to help prevent them going orange.’
THE HIGHLIGHTS ‘Dot a shimmery bronzer on the muscle contours of your legs – the centre of thighs, down shins and around calf muscles – to make pins look longer,’ says Sandra. We like Ambre Solaire Wash Off Shimmer Instant Bronzer, £6.99/699 points (150ml). And don’t forget the suncream!
Parissa waxing expert Alley Laundry tells us how…
‘Wax the bikini area in small patches, as this will make it less painful, and soothe with aloe vera gel.’ Alley Laundry, Parissa waxing expert
Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator, £69.99/6,999 points, is ergonomically designed with a unique S-shaped handle for easy, one-stroke hair removal.Add
Avoid a five o’clock shadow by shaving daily with New Philips SatinShave Prestige Wet & Dry Electric Shaver, £70/7,000 points. It has a pearl-tipped trimmer that’s gentle on skin.Add
New Braun Silk-Expert IPL Hair Removal System Boots Exclusive £400/40,000 points, continuously measures the intensity of light, to zap hairs without overheating the skin.Add
Trim Prep hair to get a good grip with Tweezerman LTD Deluxe Nail Scissors, £12.50/1,250 points.
Unstick Dust the area with Yardley London English Lavender Perfumed Talc, £7.25/725 points (200g).
Wax Parissa Quick & Easy Wax Strips Face & Bikini, £8.79/879 points (16 strips), are ideal for beginners.
Soothe Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel, £6.50/650 points (453ml), will help to moisturise and calm the skin.
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When in the sun, wear sunscreen that’s at least SPF15 and four stars, spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, and cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.