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For most of us the difference between feeling as confident in our swimwear as we do in our sun dresses, is down to just a few inches here and there. So for the fast track to dropping a few pounds we went to the pros that specialise in whipping A-listers into shape.
I personally follow what I call the ‘Marbs on carbs’ advice given to me by nutritionist Ian Marber, who advises cutting out carbs after 2pm (or after 12pm to shift a few more pounds) for two weeks - it’s my fail-safe pre-beach diet.
Celebrity trainer David Kirsch warns against post-gym ‘edible rewards’ as often you’ve burnt off fewer calories than you think and so ‘eat’ them all back on afterwards. Also remember that healthy food is not calorie-free and portion control is not just for cheesecake. ‘The ideal helping is palm-sized protein, tennis ball-sized carbs and a handful of salad or leafy greens.’ And finally he encourages clients to ‘write down daily accomplishments like choosing a boiled egg over a bagel, or the stairs over the lift.’ For more simple but inspiring diet and exercise ideas click here to read 5 Ways to Lose 5lbs .
Talking of holiday, another area of excess weight is in our packing but for tips on the best beauty products to take away – whether adventure trekking or relaxing on a beach – click here to read Your Summer Holiday Essentials .
1 Comb through damp hair and then rough dry it, ideally with head upside down for extra root lift.
2 Finger-comb through hair and spritz L’Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Beach Fizz Salt Spray through lengths.
3 Curl random sections round a hot wand or tongs – leaving the last two inches of ends uncurled for a modern look.
I am so excited that we now have the Braun Silk-épil epilator at feelunique. It’s transformed my life, freeing me up from regular salon waxing appointments as it easily (and virtually painlessly) whisks out leg and underarm hair in seconds – although only the brave would perhaps venture to the bikini line... And it even works in the bath. I can’t live without mine!
As a self-confessed self-tan addict I have worked out my own ‘tan plan’ which keeps my (fake) colour going and glowing all summer long. Taken as a rolling routine over three days try this;
DAY 1 Scrub using textured mitts AND a good grainy scrub leaving skin soft, dry and lotion-free before applying self-tan.
DAY 2 Moisturise with a light lotion because while DHA, the tanning agent, is drying anything rich or oily lifts off the tan, leaving it patchy.
DAY 3 Use a gentle salt scrub (see Buy THIS below) in the shower to keep skin supple and healthy as any dry skin build up can make a tan go patchy.For more great ideas on how to get the best self-tan click to read 27 Top Tanning Tips .
Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow my new favourite for leaving skin soft and glowing – it’s great for keeping a self-tan ‘fresh’.
Keep L’Occitane Angelica Face Mist in the fridge for regular skin (and mood) cooling sprays – it smells gorgeous.
John Frieda’s Brilliant Go Blonder Lightening Spray gives hair that summer-at-the-beach lift and helps tide over dark roots.
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