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Smoother, bronzer, sleeker! Get your beach body sussed with summer's hot new products.
Published June 2009
New body products at the ready! With an arsenal of can-do beauty buys at your disposal this summer, your beach body reveal is easier than ever. Scrub, bronze and smooth your way to confidence with our pick of the best new beach body buys.
Smooth skin is infinitely more appealing on a beach than rough, scaly limbs. It also looks brighter and creates a better base for your fake tan. Twice weekly in-shower body scrub action in the run up to your holiday will reveal fresher, smoother skin come your beach baring moment. Unless you have sensitive skin, turbo charge your body scrub by using it on dry skin, applying in circular motions working from the feet up, before you shower.
Best for natural fans: Boots fair trade Extracts Almond Body Scrub contains walnut shells to help smooth rough skin.
Best exotic-inspired scrub: The Sanctuary Mela Black Pepper & Ginger Scrub is inspired by Ayurvedic teachings, with crushed coconut shells, ginger root and black pepper oil.
The luxury scrub: Darphin Nourishing Smoothing Body Scrub (available at the U.R.Beautiful store, Kingston) is packed with red berries and essential oils to nourish and hydrate as it smoothes.
Don't risk ruining your beach confidence with body fuzz if there's the slightest chance it will leave you feeling self conscious. This summer, operate a zero tolerance approach to rogue hairs and get your hair removal plan sussed before your holiday. From razors to waxes, there are plenty of new hair removal options. Just remember not to leave it to the last minute; exposing freshly shaved/waxed/epilated skin to a day of sun on the beach is a recipe for soreness and sensitivity.
Best permanent hair reduction: Boots Smooth Skin System uses Intense Pulsed Light to safely and permanently reduce hair.
Best new wax strips: Parissa Assorted Wax Strips (available instore) offer 3 different sized strips, ensuring your bikini line, face and underarm hair removal is covered.
Best for razor users: Gillette Venus Embrace features five flexible blades for a close, comfortable shave.
Hiding a multitude of sins, today's new fake tans not only provide their most realistic results yet, but work hard to give you extra beauty benefits - think firming ingredients and special anti-ageing actions. Catering for all stages of tanning - from nervous novice to Pro Faker, there really is product for every beach body.
Best for nervous tanners: Piz Buin Self Tanning Lotion Colour Dial allows you to build up your colour confidence; choose from the colour chart on the bottle and turn the dial to dispense.
Best for instant gleam: Estee Lauder Golden Perfection Tinted Self-Tanning Gelee for Body glides on to leave skin with an instant pearlescent veil of shimmery bronze while the natural-looking tan develops within the hour.
Best anti-ageing face tanner: Lancome Flash Bronzer Anti-age contains ingredients to help boost collagen production whilst leaving you golden and glowing.
Now you're smooth and bronzed, you're already cheating the appearance of a sleeker body. Next, work on shaping up your skin and elongating your body by improving your posture. Our best buy? A pair of Fitflops. They help encourage better posture and tone up calves and glutes. Who needs the gym? Your final allies: products that help your body appear firmer and tighter.
Best for everyday firming: Jergens Naturals Skin Firming Body Moisturiser leaves skin hydrated and contains antioxidant pomegranate to protect against elasticity-damaging free radicals.
Best for stylish stealth-firming: Fitflop Electra Gold.
Best lifting silhouette sleekener: Clarins High Definition Body Lift is packed with eight plant extracts and caffeine to help lift and firm, whilst massaging the lotion stimulates the body's blood circulation and lymphatic system.
Best classic updated: Christian Dior Svelte Reversal contains viniferine to help firm and smooth cellulite-prone areas.
Result: bring on the beach reveal!
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