Sunday, 6 September 2015

Summer Ready Skin


 

Summer Ready Skin From Head To Toe

Spring is finally here and I am one happy girl. The winter layers, the cashmere knits, the leather leggings and long coats can start going into storage, and suddenly it's time to bare the legs and start to feel the sand between the toes. Love that.

Here's the low down on all the scrubs, serums and sprays that I use to get my skin summer ready. And the prep starts now.

START IPL TREATMENTS
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatments are totally brilliant and get of anything and everything, depending how far you want to go. Personally (TMI moment!) I go all the way! I have loved using IPL, and to alleviate the pain I take a couple of panadol. But honestly, the pain lasts for a couple of seconds and that's about it. It's safe, low maintenance and delivers long-lasting results. I think I've had 6 or 7 treatments in total, with 4 weeks in between each treatment. It's amazing!

SCRUB THAT BODY
Body scrubs are perfect for keeping skin buffed and break-out free. Buffing and exfoliating the skin can make a big difference to its appearance. Break-outs occur when there is a build up of dead skin cells just laying on the skin's surface, and it's really important to gently remove the cellular build up by exfoliating when you shower. Exfoliate often, but gently.


TRY DRY BODY BRUSHING
I can totally recommend dry body brushing. It's an amazing all-year-round method for smoothing the skin, controlling cellulite and ensuring a healthy inner body as well. I wrote another article about my love of body brushing and its benefits, and you can check it out here... Dry Skin Brushing

FIGHT DISCOLORATION
Clear & Brilliant, also known as Fraxel Light, is a great treatment that exfoliates the skin, gets rid of any scars or fine lines and deals with pigmentation. The downtime is minimal and all you have to do is moisturise the area and keep it hydrated throughout the healing process.

BY USING A SERUM
Use an antioxidant serum underneath your daytime sunscreen. A good vitamin C serum not only helps reduce redness and prevent discoloration from the heat and the sun. The best way to manage sun spots is to use exfoliating products, such as facial scrubs that have round beads. It's essential not to use harsh natural grains like apricot kernels on your face, as they can be too irritating.


AND AN ACID
Regularly using mild alcohol-free exfoliating acids, such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid, also helps break pigmented cells apart and lessen their appearance. Glycolic acids help dissolve and and digest dry cells deeper within the skin. However, it's important not to overdo it with these exfoliants, especially during summer when melanin cells are more active. Too much exfoliation can actually trigger more melanin under the skin's surface, and applying too many exfoliating products increases sun sensitivity. Everything in moderation.


SOFTEN THE SKIN
Exfoliating the skin removes dry flaky skin to reveal softer, smoother and more even-toned complexion that needs lots of moisture and protection. When you get out of the shower, always apply a body lotion that provides hydration and nutrients.

 

AND CONTOUR THE BODY
For the ultimate summer body prep, I also love getting a series of hypoxi body contouring treatments that target areas of the body and break down those cheeky little fat cells that just don't budge. It's perfect for losing a few extra kilos, and it's amazing for tightening and re-engerising the body.


GET GLOWING
For instant perfection and a gorgeous glow I swear by Xen Tan. It instantly transforms the skin and gives the body a sexy, deep (yet natural) sun-kissed colour. And of course, SPF is the most important beauty product to use all summer long. Personally, I love a spray-on SPF that's great for the whole body and face.


SMOOTH THOSE CALLUSES
And of course, the feet need attention too. An excellent nourishing foot balm, which contains a stack of essential oils and anti-inflammatory properties. The feet need to feel smooth, nourished, and ready for summer. The easiest way to remove calluses is by using a clarisonic pedicure kit. It doesn't require a whole lot of effort, and it thoroughly removes the calluses. Or use a pumice stone, which should be done daily in the shower. And I protect the ankles from getting blisters, I apply a liquid gel band-aid. And finally, I loooooove soaking and cleansing my feet in a foot bath of epsom salts and hot water.


Get summer-ready with me peeps.
Love, Elle xo
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