Sunday 21 January 2018

firm friends

It was all so different a few months ago. Back then, you happily assumed that if you were very good, you wouldn't feel the fear this time. You'd follow a weekly exercise regime, eat healthily and enjoy just one cheat day a week. That way, you could saunter down to the pool, breezily remove your kaftan and indulge with a well-deserved cocktail.

Needless to say, it didn't quite work out as planned. There's no need to panic though, because wherever there isn't a will, there's a product designed to ease your way.

First up is the fabulous Sit Tight by Soap & Glory (€18.99, available in Boots and Harvey Nichols in the Dundrum Town Centre). This caffeine-packed gel actually wants you to sit down. That way, it gets the pressure it needs in order for it to get to work on draining and depuffing.

Alternatively, if you're mainly concerned about cellulite, then try Clarins High Definition Body Lift (€45.20). This clever product works on streamlining the silhouette by stimulating the release of excess fats as well as slowing down the expansion of fatty tissue. The latter is the main cause of the dreaded orange peel.

To pack an extra-powerful punch, try applying your anti-cellulite cream at night rather than in the morning. This is because when your body is active, it can actually inhibit rather than stimulate a dimple-zapping hero.

Biotherm Intensive Celluli Laser Night (€42) may sound strange, but if it transforms dimpled and mottled thighs into hot pants-wearing pins, we'll call it anything!

If you're particularly focussed on your midriff, you'll appreciate L'Occitane Amande Delicious Tummy (€38.95).

But if you'd rather take a more all-over approach, check out Mama Mio's Skin Tight (€42, available from Arnotts). It's the product formerly known as Tummy Toner and don't worry -- you don't need to be a yummy mummy to benefit.

It works wonders on your décolletage, backs of arms, tops of legs and droopy knees.

And make sure to pack a bottle of MAC's To the Beach Bronze Body Oil (€23). It contains tiny flecks of colour which are just perfect for adding a sexy, yet subtle, bronzed shimmer to skin.

Irish Independent

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