Get beach-body con­fi­dence

(No Di­et­ing Re­quired) Beauty ex­pert Rosie Green gets you ready to bare

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Strip­ping down to your swim­suit can leave even the most body pos­i­tive of us feel­ing over­ex­posed and less than con­fi­dent. While the plea­sures of the beach are boun­ti­ful (sun, sand, sea and, if you’re lucky, chilled rosé), the trade-o is anx­i­ety about blotches and bumps on skin. But to give you ul­ti­mate beach-body con­fi­dence this year, we’ve gath­ered tried-and-tested prod­ucts, tips and tricks from A-list make-up artists Ruby Ham­mer and Caro­line Barnes. Both women, who’ve spent years prep­ping mod­els and celebs for beach shoots, give us the in­side track on look­ing good and feel­ing great à la plage. You’ll be dis­rob­ing faster than Or­lando Bloom can say pad­dle­board...

Smooth skin starts in the shower

In­vest in a body brush. “We keep say­ing it be­cause it makes a real di er­ence,” laughs Caro­line, 45. “Start do­ing it a few weeks be­fore your hol­i­day. It en­cour­ages cell turnover so your skin looks ra­di­ant, and it re­moves that win­ter layer of dead skin so your prod­ucts will ab­sorb more eas­ily. It also stops fake tan look­ing patchy.” Ruby, 56, is equally pas­sion­ate. “It also helps boost lymph drainage, mak­ing limbs look leaner and lumpy skin look smoother.” Try Clicks Bam­boo Body Mas­sager, R59,99.

In the shower, Caro­line switches her usual gel body cleanser, “which can be dry­ing”, for a shower oil. Try Cow­shed Moody Cow Bal­anc­ing Bath & Body Oil, R399 for 100ml, which is lovely and smells of rose. L’oc­c­i­tane Shea Body Shower Oil, R345 for 250ml, is good, too. For a truly thor­ough ex­fo­li­a­tion, try a gritty scrub. Caro­line sug­gests putting it on dry skin first and mas­sag­ing it in well be­fore show­er­ing it o . We like Elemis Frangi­pani Monoi Salt Glow, R955 for 490g; Moo­goo Espresso Ex­fo­liant Coee Scrub, R449 for 350g; and Caribbean Tan Cin­na­mon & Co­conut Skin Smooth­ing Ex­fo­lia, R49,99 for 200ml. Ruby also ad­vises scrub­bing on al­ter­nate days on hol­i­day for a luxe, glossy tan, rather than a dry, dusty one.

Af­ter your shower

Ruby and Caro­line sug­gest us­ing a body lo­tion with ex­fo­li­at­ing acids. “An acid-based scrub that ap­plies like a lo­tion will help keep skin soft and smooth,” says Caro­line. Pri­ori Ad­vanced AHA In­vig­o­rat­ing Face & Body Scrub, R1 140 for 200ml, re­duces spots and as­sists with ker­ato­sis pi­laris (the bumps on the back of your arms). If cel­lulite is your bête noire, Ruby swears by a ton­ing lo­tion like Clar­ins Body Fit An­ti­cel­lulite Con­tour­ing Ex­pert, R620 for 200ml. “Ap­ply it three days in a row, com­bined with body brush­ing, and your skin will look bet­ter.” >>

Smart sun creams

We all want to look sunkissed and au na­turel in the man­ner of Elle Macpherson, but the re­al­ity with high SPF sun­screens is of­ten white, shiny faces and spots. So you need a face-flat­ter­ing sun­screen. If your skin is prone to break­outs, Eucerin Oil Con­trol Sun Gel-cream SPF 50+, R250 for 50ml, is light, but it works. Or try

La Roche-posay An­the­lios Anti-shine In­vis­i­ble Fresh Mist SPF 50, R200 for 75ml. To even out skin tone, go for a tinted SPF.

Neostrata Sheer Phys­i­cal Pro­tec­tion SPF 50, R503 for 50ml, is good; or give skin a vel­vety fin­ish with a primer that pro­vides great pro­tec­tion and isn’t greasy, like Der­ma­log­ica Age Smart Sk­in­per­fect Primer SPF 30, R879 for 22ml.

Beach-friendly make-up

We know you don’t want a face full, but new for­mu­las are su­per sheer and al­low you to look pretty, rather than painted. “A dab of cream blush will add an at­trac­tive glow,” says Ruby. Try Sis­ley Phyto Blush Twist in Pe­tal, R775. And we like a tinted lip balm like La­bello Fruity Shine in Cherry, R24,99. Use an eyelash curler, too – the MAC Full Lash Curler, R495, is fab. An­other tip Ruby has is to use eye drops. “Peo­ple seem to un­der­es­ti­mate their beau­ty­boost­ing e‡ect. All that squint­ing and swim­ming can make eyes look tired. Drops make them ap­pear clear and healthy. I like Murine Mois­ture Eyes, R60,99 for 15ml.”

Flat­ter­ing body sun­screen is not an oxy­moron. “I like us­ing SPF in an oil-wa­ter for­mula,” says Ruby. “It stops skin look­ing pasty and in­stead makes it glow.” Use Vichy UV Pro­tect Skin De­fense Daily Care In­vis­i­ble Mist SPF 50, R225 for 75ml; or Clin­ique Virtu-oil Body Mist SPF 30, R405 for 144ml. To even out skin tone or min­imise the look of spi­der veins, try Ul­tra­sun Body Tinted High Body Sun Pro­tec­tion, from R483,69 for 150ml. Feet look­ing less that groomed? “Hy­drate them,” says Ruby. Use co­conut oil (like Credé Or­ganic Vir­gin Co­conut Oil, R77 for 400ml); or In­gram’s Mois­ture Plus Cream, R52,99 for 500g.

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