The mornings are brighter, the nights are balmier … summer is finally on its way!
The mornings are brighter and the nights are balmier which can only mean one thing … summer is finally on its way! You may now be thinking about prepping your body for the skirts-and-sandals season. Here is my summer body guide to help you get ready for feeling sassy this summer!
Love Your Legs
Did you know your skin is your largest organ and is responsible for one-quarter of the body’s detoxification? Regular body brushing is a cheap and highly effective way of achieving those dreamy summer pins! Body brushing not only helps to enhances and speeds up the detoxification process, it also has fantastic benefits on your skin too.
Benefits of Body Brushing
- Eliminates cellulite
- Boosts circulation
- Exfoliates and removes dead skin cells
- Reduces clogged pores
- Promotes an even tan
- Increases absorption of body lotions and cellulite creams
How Does Body Brushing Eliminate Cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by a combination of fat and connective tissues. Body brushing can help eliminate toxins and break down the connective tissue whilst also bringing nutrients and oxygen to the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to help smooth out cellulite and nourish the skin.
Body Brushing Tips
- The best time to body brush your skin is first thing in the morning. This will give you a great energy boost and help shift any stagnant fluids by increasing circulation.
- Spend 3 minutes each day body brushing before you jump in the shower to see the skin and health benefits of body brushing.
- Always use light, brisk, sweeping motions towards your heart for best results when it comes to lymphatic flow and increased circulation.
- Start at your feet and brush up your legs, then from your fingertips to your shoulders and in a circular clockwise motion on your stomach. Spend 1 minute each on your legs, arms and stomach.
- Be careful not to over brush or brush too hard, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you are too rough with your skin it will become red and irritated.
- Wash your body brush every couple of weeks with a natural shampoo and allow it to fully dry before using it again.
Treat Your Toes
When we think of a summer body guide, our feet aren’t usually the first body part that comes to mind. But at this time of the year our toes are constantly on display and often exposed to sun, dust, hot sand, and concrete, leaving them rough and dry.
Giving your toes a little treat now and then will make all the difference to the way you strut those sandals this summer. I’ve put together some simple tips to help you to give your feet a little more love.
Exfoliate Weekly for Tip-top Toes
This step is crucial for getting your feet looking their best this summer – rough patches on your toes and ankles can make your feet look old and worn. Use an oil-based sugar scrub and give your feet a good massage once a week. This will slough off any dead skin cells and keep your feet looking young, smooth and soft.
- After soaking in a bath, spend 5 minutes massaging a sugar scrub into your feet, focussing on heels, ankles and toes.
- Rinse off the scrub with warm water.
- Pat you feet dry with a clean towel.
Make a Pumice Scrub Part of Your Daily Routine
Take 2 minutes during your shower to give your feet a light scrub with a pumice stone. Including this simple step in your shower routine will help you maintain beautifully soft feet all summer long with very minimal effort.
The heels and balls of our feet are often prone to dry, rough patches, especially after a long winter of being shoved in ill-fitting boots, thick socks, and generally being neglected. If you suffer from extremely dry feet then I recommend giving your feet a good scrub before bed, then applying a thick layer of body butter and popping your feet in a pair of old socks to let the oils work their magic overnight. Your feet will be baby soft come breakfast time!
Don’t Skip the SPF
It may sound silly but applying some SPF to your feet will prevent them from looking old before their time. SPF not only protects your skin, but it will also protect and nourish your cuticles and the skin around your nails which will result in healthier looking toes.
Quit the Salt
As we get older, too much refined salt can cause some of us to retain water which can make our feet swollen and puffy. Cut down on the refined salt this summer and you won’t have any issues wearing those strappy sandals you’ve had your eye on!
What are your top tips for keeping your legs feet perfectly pampered this summer? What would you add to our summer body guide? Let us know in the comments below!