The last-minute beach body guide

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Here’s the scenario: It’s January. You’ve just booked your Summer holiday. You swear to yourself that you’ll start eating healthy and hitting the gym. “It’s months away yet. Plenty of time! One more takeaway won’t hurt…”

The next thing you know, it’s Summer. You’re still watching Netflix in your activewear. One more takeaway turned into twenty-five. Your holiday is next week and operation beach body is not looking good…

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But fear not. It’s never too late to make a start. Granted you aren’t going to get the same results as a long-term diet and fitness plan. But that’s no fun anyway, right? We’ve written this last minute beach body guide to help you make the most of what you’ve got.

"skrub" away your sins

Over time, dead cells and impurities build up on the surface of the skin, making it appear dull and lifeless. Not ideal when you’re about to spend a week half naked in the glaring sunlight.

As well as leaving your skin feeling as smooth as a dolphin, body scrub also makes the perfect pre-tan prep. Whether you’re opting for a faux glow beforehand, or just relying on some real life rays when you’re there (sensibly, please) you’ll be much more likely to achieve a longer lasting deeper colour.

Our Coconut and Coffee Body Polish has another trick up its sleeve... It can also help to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. It’s almost like a spin class in a packet; minus the sweat and misery.

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Apply the product all over your body (make sure your skin is damp), and give yourself a good scrub. If you’re aiming to mask some cellulite, make sure you give those areas plenty of attention. Leave it on for a couple of minutes to really let it work its magic, then rinse with warm water.  

For best results, we’d recommend exfoliating with skrub a few times before you go (ideally 4 times over a 2 week period, but if you’re short for time just do what you can). For year-round radiance, try using skrub on a weekly basis.

Tan and tone

We all tend to feel a little more fresh when we’ve got a tan, but did you know that it can also make you look slimmer? In fact, with some cleverly applied fake tan (aka tan contouring), you can even create the illusion of muscle tone by enhancing your natural shape.

Begin by using a light (it really does need to be light or the contouring won’t work) tanner all over your body to create a subtle base. For the contour, you’ll need a darker colour. You can use whichever tan works best for you, but we find that spray bottles tend to work best for this technique. You’ll also need a tanning mitt for buffing.

To contour your abs

Start by spraying a line down from your chest to just above the belly button. Then, spray two bracket like shapes along either side of your tummy, tracing your natural abdominal line. If the lines are too harsh it’s going to look unnatural, so use the mitt to buff and blend.  

To contour your bum

Firstly, bend your knees and lean forward slightly to flatten out the crease underneath your bum cheeks. To create the illusion of lift, spray a light curved line directly underneath each cheek. Finish by spraying a vertical half-circle on the outer edges of each cheek, and buff everything in. This will help disguise any trouble spots like cellulite and saddlebags.

To contour your legs

Spray a vertical semicircle down each inner thigh (the openings of each circle should face each other). Next, spray a straight line down each outer thigh to create a slimming effect.  Finish with a straight line down each shin bone. Use your mitt to buff everything in, focusing particularly on your shins to avoid looking streaky.

Are you a fake tan virgin? As brilliant as fake-tan can be, there isn’t much margin for error, and it’s not the easiest of stuff to remove in a hurry. To avoid the risk of spending your holiday looking like David Dickinson, we’d recommend giving yourself some time (about 2 weeks) for a practice run. If you’re in a hurry, then a professional spray tan might be your best bet.

Beat the bloat

Ok, so your diet so far has been a bit hit and miss, but it’s not too late! A few tweaks to your diet even just days before you jet off can help to reduce unwanted bloating.

Try to avoid carbs, processed sugar, salt, and of course alcohol, as these are all synonymous with a bloated belly. Yes, we know it’s hard, but it’s only for a few days, and we promise you’ll feel a million times better for it.