Body confidence is a personal thing. Although many of us are in isolation and not really seeing anyone, if we don’t feel good in ourselves, we’re not going to feel confident. There are little changes you can make in your daily/weekly routines that can help you to feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin. We talk through our tried and tested beauty treatments for body confidence.
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Epsom salt bath
Take a weekly, 20-minute Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts, found in most local chemist and health food stores, have a number of health benefits. They aid in reducing inflammation, easing muscle aches, draw out toxins, smooth and soften the skin, and aid in absorption of key nutrients from foods to name a few. Use one cup in your bath, sit back, relax and let them do all the work.
Dry body brushing
Most people own one, they just don’t know what to do with it and if you don’t own one, you should!
Before bathing or showering, work the brush in a circular motion from your feet upwards towards the heart. It removes dead skin cells, improves circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system and the process of toxin removal. It’s particularly effective on the thighs where it can help mobilise fat cells and break down cellulite. This teamed with improved circulation will give skin a more firm and smoother look and feel.
You can gently exfoliate the skin with a muslin cloth (face) or vegetable sponge (body) on a daily basis. This will help to deeply cleanse the skin, refine pores, aid in preventing ingrown hairs, give your skin an instant healthy glow and will ensure the products you follow up with will be used more effectively.
Exfoliating on dry skin, weekly
Decléor have created the 1000 grain body exfoliator, a fine grained exfoliator infused with a gloriously, tropical scent. It’s a clever product that starts as a gel but as it’s worked into your body turns into an oil that ensures the product goes further. Once in the shower, it transforms once more into a hydrating milk that easily washes off and will instantly leave your skin hydrated, glowing, soft and smooth.
An effective exfoliating routine will ensure the products you use after, be it a moisturiser or a targeted product (e.g. for cellulite or stretch marks), will ensure better absorption and therefore better results.
Massage helps to stimulate circulation, collagen production, shifts toxins and fat cells to reveal smoother, firmer skin. You don’t need to make a regular appointment with a masseuse and can do simple techniques at homes to get the same benefits.
After your daily shower, you should spend a couple of minutes working a moisturizer or serum into the skin. This simple technique alone, above all others will help revitalize your skin. Always start from the legs and work in an upwards, circular motion. Pay particular attention to areas of concern, such as the stomach, thighs, bum, hips and arms, making sure to work the product into the deeper levels of the skin.
If you struggle with orange peel skin (around breasts, arms, thighs) or cellulite, we recommend the Decleor Aromessence Svelt Body Refining Oil; this serum is wonderfully citrusy and glides smoothly onto the skin. The active ingredients help to energise the skin and visibly smooths the skin. You’ll also get a gorgeous glow that makes your limbs look slimmer and longer!
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