Get beach body confident (no dieting required)
(No Dieting Required)
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. >>