Get beach-body confidence
(No Dieting Required) Beauty expert Rosie Green gets you ready to bare
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 Coee 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.
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 eect. 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.