This is how it goes every year for me, I leave the beach body prep to the last minute and then panic, realising that I’m not going to look like Gwyneth Paltrow in a bikini any time soon.
So, I thought it might be useful to share my last minute holiday prep, as if you’re anything like me you wouldn’t have done quite enough Spin classes to give you the type of beach body that you want!
About a month before I go away I start, what I call, my scrubbing and rubbing bootcamp. I slather my body from head to toe while in the shower with a good body scrub, and by good I mean one that actually has enough grit in it so that your skin slightly hurts when you use it. That’s what everyone wants a scrub to do, right?
My current go-to scrub is the new Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Scrub, £28.50, which contains natural exfoliators of rice, bamboo and bora bora sand to polish the skin and sweet almond oil and organic oat extract to nourish the skin.
It’s not at the cheaper end of the market but it works and is even rough enough to transform ugly feet into Instagram ready feet, which believe me isn’t the case with a majority of body scrubs.
Then, I admit it, I use a cellulite busting lotion and this year I’ve been using the new Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, £36. And again I think you do get what you pay for in this beauty area. I’ve been using this one for over four weeks now and my legs definitely look better than they did and the dreaded cellulite appears to be smoother.
Ok, I won’t quite look as hot as Gwynnie on the beach, but my skin does look smoother, more even toned and less bumpy – which is good enough for me.
Although, next year I’m going to have Tracy Anderson on speed dial – anyone got her number?