Get beach body con­fi­dent (no di­et­ing re­quired)

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Woman & Home - - Contents - Beauty Direc­tor Rosie Green gets you ready to bare

tried-and-tested tips

Strip­ping down to your swim­suit can leave even the most body pos­i­tive of us feel­ing over­ex­posed and un­der-con­fi­dent. While the plea­sures of the beach are boun­ti­ful (sun, sand, sea and, if you’re lucky, chilled rosé), the trade-off is anx­i­ety about blotches, bumps and blue-tinged 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 celebri­ties 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

It may not be news, but the first thing is to in­vest in a body brush. “We keep say­ing it be­cause it makes a real dif­fer­ence,” laughs make-up artist Caro­line barnes, 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 any fake tan from look­ing patchy.” Global make-up artist and brand cre­ator Ruby Ham­mer, 56, is equally pas­sion­ate. “It also helps boost lymph drainage, mak­ing limbs look leaner and lumpy skin look smoother.” try EspA skin Brush, £20.

In the shower, Caro­line switches her usual gel body cleanser, “which can be dry­ing,” for a shower oil. she loves Rit­u­als The Rit­ual Of Ayurveda shower Oil, £8.50. “It’s re­ally lovely and smells of rose. l’oc­c­i­tane does a good one too – L’Oc­c­i­tane shea shower Oil, £19.” If you want a re­ally thor­ough ex­fo­li­a­tion, try a gritty scrub. Caro­line sug­gests putting it on dry skin first and re­ally mas­sag­ing it in well be­fore show­er­ing off. she likes sanc­tu­ary spa salt scrub, £13; Clin­ique sparkle skin Body Ex­fo­lia­tor, £23; and Carita pre­par­ing Con­tour scrub, £60. Ruby also sug­gests scrub­bing on al­ter­nate days while you are on hol­i­day. this might seem counter-in­tu­itive, but she says it’s the key to a glossy, luxe tan rather than a dry and dusty one.

Af­ter your shower

both Ruby and Caro­line sug­gest us­ing a body lo­tion with ex­fo­li­at­ing acids. “an acid-based body lo­tion helps keep skin soft and smooth,” says Caro­line. “I love Ame­lio­rate Trans­form­ing Body Lo­tion, £22.50. It min­imises blem­ishes and helps with Ker­ato­sis pi­laris (the bumps on the back of your arms).” If cel­lulite is your bête noire, Ruby swears by ap­ply­ing a toning lo­tion prod­uct like Clar­ins Body Fit Anti-Cel­lulite Con­tour­ing Ex­pert, £39. “ap­ply it three days in a row, com­bined with body brush­ing, and your skin will look bet­ter,” she prom­ises. >>

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