THE LOWDOWN

The pur­suit of toned, glis­ten­ing pins come sum­mer­time re­quires just a lit­tle ex­tra leg­work, writes Remy Rip­pon.

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The pur­suit of toned, glis­ten­ing pins come sum­mer­time re­quires just a lit­tle ex­tra leg­work.

1. GET PREPPED

While the lat­est faux tans de­velop into a golden glow in as lit­tle as an hour, last­ing, flaw­less pins re­quire just a lit­tle ex­tra prep work. “You can start pre­par­ing your skin weeks be­fore ap­ply­ing self-tan by ex­fo­li­at­ing ev­ery two to three days and mois­tur­is­ing daily to en­sure your skin is in the best con­di­tion,” says St. Tropez tan­ning and skin fin­ish­ing ex­pert Jayne Cooper. Dou­ble down on dry zones like knees and heels by ap­ply­ing a gen­er­ous coat of mois­turiser right be­fore tan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to avoid un­sightly build-up.

2. WORK OUT LIKE A DANCER

Loathe lunges and squats? No prob­lem. While there’s no doubt­ing they add def­i­ni­tion and tone, to lengthen leg mus­cles as well it pays to in­tro­duce a va­ri­ety of ex­er­cises that work a hand­ful of ar­eas. “With lunges, you tend to cre­ate bulk, but with dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises in ad­di­tion, you work the smaller, sup­port­ive mus­cles that give the ap­pear­ance of lean mus­cles,” says Emma Sei­bold, founder of bal­let-in­spired stu­dio Barre Body.

3. STOP WOR­RY­ING ABOUT CEL­LULITE

“There is no sil­ver bul­let for re­duc­ing cel­lulite. Ge­net­ics, age, mus­cle mass and a range of other fac­tors play a role in the pres­ence of cel­lulite on our bod­ies, and in­creas­ing or re­duc­ing a spe­cific food or tak­ing a sup­ple­ment in the lead up to sum­mer is not go­ing to dras­ti­cally re­duce the vis­i­bil­ity of it,” says Jac­que­line All­well, a nutri­tion­ist and founder of The Brown Pa­per Bag. Avoid­ing pro­cessed sug­ars and in­creas­ing your in­take of anti-in­flam­ma­tory foods and healthy fats such as salmon and avo­cado may go some way to eas­ing wa­ter re­ten­tion, with All­well’s caveat: “Im­ple­ment these as­pects into your diet be­cause they make you feel great, not be­cause of the fo­cus on a few dim­ples.”

4. CON­TOUR BE­YOND YOUR FACE

Make-up artist Char­lotte Til­bury tends to the peren­ni­ally per­fect com­plex­ions and limbs of the world’s top mod­els, so when she says leg con­tour­ing is a thing, we lis­tened. Fo­cus body high­light­ing for­mu­las like her Su­per­model Body on the cen­tre of the legs to give the il­lu­sion of longer and leaner pins. “The pre­cious-metal high­lighter mix with sil­ver, gold and pearl pig­ments gives a uni­ver­sally flat­ter­ing, ra­di­ant glow for ev­ery skin tone and plays with light and shade to il­lu­mi­nate and sculpt legs,” Til­bury says.

5. BRUSH YOUR LEGS

If we were dish­ing out awards for the MVP of legs, it would in­evitably go to the dry body brush. The strong-bris­tle hand-held brush not only sloughs away dead skin, it’s an ef­fec­tive lym­phatic drainer and boosts cir­cu­la­tion. Set aside a few min­utes be­fore you step into a shower for a top-to-toe brush (swift and al­ways up­wards to­wards the heart). If you want to see real ben­e­fits, brush daily.

6. UP YOUR SKIN­CARE GAME

If you’re a skin­care afi­cionado when it comes to your face, af­ford the same at­ten­tion to the lower half of your body. Daily sun­screen ap­pli­ca­tion is a given. Ditto some brawnier treat­ments. “Legs can be a chal­leng­ing area to treat for un­even skin tone is­sues, like ker­ato­sis pi­laris,” says Sylvia Down, co- owner of the Skin Renu clinic in Syd­ney. “The best way to work with them is with Pico Gen­e­sis En­lighten III. This laser treat­ment is both quick and ef­fec­tive and en­ables you to spot-treat ar­eas of con­cern.”

“There is no sil­ver bul­let for cel­lulite … in­creas­ing or re­duc­ing a spe­cific food or tak­ing a sup­ple­ment is not go­ing to dras­ti­cally re­duce the vis­i­bil­ity of it”

Sis­ley White GingerCon­tour­ing Oil For Legs, $200. Fenty Beauty Di­a­mond Bomb All- Over Di­a­mond Veil, $56. Gil­lette Venus Plat­inum Ex­tra Smooth ra­zor, $20.

Chanel Gabrielle Chanel Mois­tur­iz­ing Body Lo­tion, $98.

Kora Or­gan­ics Grad­ual Self-Tan­ning Lo­tion, $60.

St. Tropez Self Tan Pu­rity Bronz­ing Wa­ter Mousse, $50.

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