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Because they are essential for any summer look
Not only small rodents and bears hibernate in winter, but also regular tanning and a strict hair removal regimen. With UK temperatures soaring high at the moment, here’s a simple step-by-step guide to getting your feet ready for summer.
With the help of a foot expert Kate ShaplandFrom Legology, the cult beauty brand created as an effective solution to cellulite and heavy legs, we’ve come up with an easy way to make sure you’re not missing out on sunny days this summer.
Step 1: Exfoliate
“Skin covered for months doesn’t look its best,” explains Shapland. “The feet are usually a bit dry and dull. Even if you’ve been religiously exfoliating and moisturizing all winter, bare skin from ankle to knee can take an extra boost of confidence.
So the first step is to exfoliate any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, but it will also help improve circulation and relieve boredom. Skin becomes pale because dead skin cannot reflect light, so you want to get rid of it as soon as possible.
“You need a power buffer—something super crunchy to send nutrient-rich blood to the surface of the skin, giving it tone and color, and lots of firmness to the plants.”
We love too Espa Refreshing Salt Scrub (£38 | Lookfantastic). If you don’t think any of them are right for you, you can choose the best body scrub for your skin type from our list.
Step 2: Dry body brush
It’s one of those things that we beauty editors keep telling people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But it’s also one of those things that, frankly, not many people can bring themselves to do. But we’re going to preach about it again, hoping that this time you’ll take heed and incorporate it into your daily routine.
If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of cellulite, we truly believe that this is one of the best ways to treat and get rid of the dreaded orange peel.
Brushing from the ankles up in the direction of the heart in quick, quick motions stimulates blood circulation and lymph drainage. Trapped fluid accentuates cellulite and weighs down the legs, but cleansing twice a day reduces fluid retention and flushes out toxins.
Step 3: Moisturizer
If you want smooth and supple legs, you need to moisturize and do it regularly. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave your feet in better condition than super-duper hydrated skin.
Shapland recommends avoiding oils because not only do they sit on the skin and not absorb as well as moisturize, but they also don’t flatter. “It’s a shine – the only acceptable place to use shine on your legs is the line down the calf, as it helps the area look longer and narrower.” All gloss gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss gives volume to your lips.
Kielhs Creme de Corps, £28.50 | John Lewis
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It has been around for years and just does its job perfectly. It also absorbs quickly so you don’t have to wait long to get dressed.
Another body cream we’re totally obsessed with right now is a new one Ole Henriksen BeamCream Smoothing Body Moisturizer (£32 | Boots). Contains AHAs and fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin, and caffeine, a key ingredient in the best anti-cellulite creams.
Step 4: Hair removal
The thing about hair removal is that one usually falls into one of several camps, laser, epilation, waxing, or shaving. Laser can be expensive (although the best IPL hair removal devices are very wallet-friendly), epilation can be compared to medieval torture techniques, and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, painless and, most importantly, affordable.
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Step 5: Body Treatment
“Cellulite is not a life sentence,” he says Martina de RichevilleCreator of the Remodelage body treatment to help detoxify, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a relaxing massage that will make you fall asleep. It’s not. It is a deep tissue technique that involves a specially designed figure 8 movement and compresses it. How much.
Don’t be disheartened because the therapist has to go down to the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. This allows for better circulation in the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissues. Not only does it tone your silhouette (which is great if you’re suffering from satchels at the top of your thighs), but it’s also quite clever at helping to filter metabolic waste and flush out toxins, which also improves digestion.
Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs: “If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less plump and feel lighter; so book a class.’
Step 6: Exercise
Nothing prepares your feet for summer better than exercise. We know, take a nap. But Shapland suggests taking exercise: “Get up and walk across the office to talk to someone instead of emailing.” mail, run up stairs, do handstands, anything that gets the blood flowing and keeps it flowing.”
While a HIIT session or spin class is a great full-body workout, more and more classes are now popping up specifically for toning. You’ll find something similar in most gyms, from classic leg, bum and abs workouts to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet poses with repetitive Pilates movements. Why not choose one of the best sports activities from our health editor.
Step 7: Fake Tan
“One of the biggest mistakes women make during the summer is self-tanning because it’s inevitably too dark,” explains Shapland. “Too many of us make this mistake at the start of summer when we’re desperate to improve our skin’s appearance too quickly.”
Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still not sure? We’re more about blurring the imperfections on your legs. “You’re aiming for skin that has just ‘turned in’ after a long hot weekend, not a tropical tan.”
If you cannot give up a darker shade, then we recommend such a leg makeup product as Vita Liberata Body Blend (£20 | boots).
So there you have it. The complete guide to getting your feet ready for summer.
What are you waiting for? Start with step 1.