Kate’s ear­ly­morn­ing moves

In her book Pretty Happy (Harper­collins; R479), Kate shares her en­er­gis­ing rou­tine.

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Easy stretch Stand as you breathe deeply. Stretch arms over head. Grab left wrist and lean to the right. Re­peat on op­po­site side.

Leg warm-up Start in a squat. Bend at waist, bring­ing torso to thighs. Re­turn to start. Do four reps. Lie down and stretch arms over head.

Leg stretch Sit on a mat and place a yoga strap around one foot, op­po­site foot flat on floor. Pull strap to gen­tly stretch straight­ened leg, keep­ing knee slightly bent. Let straight leg fall to one side, stretch­ing in­ner thigh, then let it fall to the side, stretch­ing the band. Switch legs; re­peat.

Roller Lie face up on a foam roller that is per­pen­dic­u­lar to your body. Roll up and down spine from shoul­ders to mid­dle of back.

Gen­tle spine twist Lie on your back, shoul­ders flat. Bring one knee across your body. Stretch arms out to each side. Switch sides; re­peat.

12 WEEKS

“If you don’t wax reg­u­larly, book at least three weeks be­fore your hol­i­day so all the hairs are at the same stage of growth,” says Lisa Pot­terDixon, head makeup artist at Ben­e­fit Cos­met­ics. Pre­fer a cool re­moval cream? TRY Mandy’s Sim­ply Smooth Hair Re­moval Cream (R79.95).

11 WEEKS

“If your hair is dam­aged, have a trim,” says celebrity hair­dresser James Galvin. Then use a treat­ment range that tar­gets dam­age for six weeks, so your hair is stronger come sun­nier days.

9 WEEKS

“It’s time to re­in­force the der­mis so it’s struc­turally able to re­sist ag­gres­sive UV rays, which can lead to wrin­kles,” says skin­care pro­fes­sional Is­abelle Benoit. TRY L’oréal Paris Skin Per­fec­tion Ad­vanced Cor­rect­ing Serum (R124.95).

8 WEEKS

“Body brush­ing re­moves dead skin cells, im­proves cir­cu­la­tion and tack­les in­grown hairs,” ad­vises wax ex­pert San­dra Lu­gay. TRY Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush (R560).

7 WEEKS

“A pro­fes­sional man­i­cure and pedi­cure at this stage sets you up for a sea­son of great nails,” ex­plains nail ex­pert Tr­ish Lo­max. “At home, fol­low up with weekly hand and foot scrubs and nightly mois­tur­is­ing, and ap­ply nail and cu­ti­cle oil twice daily.” TRY Avon Foot Works Clay Mask (R61.90).

5 WEEKS

“Ex­fo­li­ate dead cells with a com­bi­na­tion of AHAS (al­pha hy­droxy acids) and sal­i­cylic acid,” says Is­abelle. “Rather do this now than when the sun is stronger to pre­vent the risk of in­flam­ma­tion and dark spots” on your face. TRY Der­ma­log­ica Gen­tle Cream Ex­fo­liant (R890).

4 WEEKS

“With a month to go, avoid ex­cess time in the sun and sunbeds, as any UV ex­po­sure be­fore hav­ing a wax can lead to added skin sen­si­tiv­ity,” ex­plains San­dra.

3 WEEKS

“Do patch tests to see how many lay­ers of self-tan­ner best suits you,” sug­gests tan ex­pert James Read. “Take a pic­ture in nat­u­ral light to judge the fi­nal re­sult.” We adore Tan Or­ganic Self-tan (R599).

2 WEEKS

Give your skin some nour­ish­ment with a multi-pur­pose oil.

3 DAYS

“Have your brows tinted and waxed three days be­fore your trip, so that there’s no ir­ri­ta­tion when you’re in the sun,” ad­vises Lisa. Groom them with Ben­e­fit Brow Zings Shap­ing Kit (R445).

2 DAYS

“Book a wax 48 hours be­fore you leave,” says San­dra. “Wax takes to the hairs bet­ter when the skin isn’t mois­turised; so avoid any prod­ucts that may cause a bar­rier to the wax on the sched­uled day.”

24 HOURS

A lon­glast­ing gel mani and pedi is great, but re­mem­ber that nails grow faster in hot weather. You may need your nails filled after a week and a half in­stead of the usual two. New self-tan­ners make it eas­ier to get a glow: there’s no fra­grant smell and they ab­sorb faster. Ap­ply with a mitt after you’ve had your nails done, and wash it off as late as you can the fol­low­ing day to help it last longer.

HOL­I­DAY TIME!

Now you’re bikini ready for the pool or beach. And if you’re headed to a desti­na­tion that re­quires a flight or long dis­tance, “hours of travel can de­hy­drate your skin,” re­veals con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Jus­tine Hex­tall. “Treat it with a hy­drat­ing mask and ap­ply a sooth­ing mois­turiser.” TRY Bio­derma Hy­dra­bio Mois­tur­is­ing Mask (R249.95). For ex­tra fresh­ness, reg­u­larly spritz your skin with a hy­drat­ing mist.

He­lio­care Ad­vanced Gel SPF50 R453 Cover­derm Fil­teray Face SPF40 R419 Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF50

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