Tips and tricks that can transform your body in as little as 24hr hours
Holiday imminent? We all know how daunting the idea of flaunting our beach body can be after months of hibernation. But don’t fret – we’ve got the quick diet and beauty fixes that will help you feel fabulous on the sand…
If you’ve got a couple of months or even weeks before your vacation, then you’ve got time to hit the gym and change your diet to achieve your desired beach body. But for some of us, time is a luxury we don’t have – whether that’s because you’ve booked a last-minute getaway or because you’ve been too busy to work out. But that’s no reason not to look and feel you best on holiday!
From the foods to avoid before you travel and the beauty products you need to stock up on to the clever way to fake more a more toned and sculpted body, these are the beach body tips that will help you look gorgeous in no time.
Our number one tip? Drink your weight in water – literally.
Yes, it’s true! Believe it or not the fastest way to a clear complexion and flatter tummy isn’t through expensive creams and gruelling workouts, but a good old fashioned glass of water.
That’s because if you don’t drink enough, then your body will detect that you are dehydrated and retain fluid as a consequence. It’s this that can cause temporary weight gain and that dreaded bloating. To avoid this, experts recommend drinking one large glass of water a day for each stone you weigh. Sipped throughout the day, good old H2O will flush out your body’s toxins, rejuvenate your skin cells and leave you feeling leaner. Easy!
Discover more beach body slimming tips that will leave you looking and feeling fabulous on the sand and beyond…
Table salt and processed foods contain high levels of sodium which can
cause dehydration, fluid retention and uncomfortable bloating. If you
find yourself in this position don't panic, instead reach for potassium
rich foods i.e bananas, carrots, spinach and raisins. Potassium is one
of the fastest ways to balance sodium levels in your body and it will
also boost your five a day. Bonus!
However not all salt is bad
news. Made up of magnesium and sulphate, Epsom salts is a favourite
among A-listers for its de-puffing properties. Historically known to
relieve aches and pains, once absorbed into the skin it draws out toxins
and excess fluid. A dilution of two mugs of per bath is all thats
standing between you and a flatter tummy.
If you can't hit the gym in time for your holiday, Nivea fitness consultant Sarah Maxwell recommends trying these quick fix exercises from the comfort of your desk.
To tone your thighs try 'sitting straight with your abdominals pulled in and shoulders down, then place a cushion or similar object between your thighs and squeeze? Repeat 10 to 15 times at first, adding more as you get stronger'. Along with reducing the appearance of cellulite this exercise will gradually slim the overall appearance of your legs.
If you want to your banish bingo wings give tricep extensions a go: Raise your elbows behind you, keeping the arm bent at 90 degrees. Then straighten your arms out, raising them behind you as far as feels comfortable. Return to the 90 degrees starting position and repeat 10 to 15 times. Holding weights or a bottle of water will make it slightly harder and accelerate results.
Nip + Fab Circulation Fix Body Scrub, £9.95 is a great way to remove dead skin cells, fire up your circulation and blitz the dreaded orange peel. Start scrubbing at the ankles to increase the blood flow and enable the invigorating ingredients to be rapidly absorbed.
Another easy and inexpensive way to wake up your lymphatic system is body brushing. A quick sweep of The Body Shop Round Body Brush, £8 over stubborn areas morning and night will help break down the fibrous tissues that hold fat in place.
Soft supple skin is the first step towards a more streamline you. For a quick moisture hit that won't act as a barrier against fake tan, drench your skin in Nivea In-Shower Body Conditioner, £3.55 .
Whipped up with nourishing almond oil, this fast-absorbing moisturiser goes on in the shower before rinsing off to reveal instantly silky feeling skin.
Give wobbly areas an extra boost by massaging in Dr. Ceuticals Beach Perfect Body Firmer, £19.99. Packed with essential minerals, anti-aging amino acids and energising caffeine, it stimulates your lymphatic system to attack the fatty deposits which cause cellulite.
Once you have exfoliated and moisturised the next step is fake tan. Nothing can take phantom inches off you quite like a bottle of the brown stuff. As-well as masking uneven skintone, it creates that sunkissed soft-focus glow that the pale among us would otherwise not be able to achieve.
With most self-tan's taking between 3 and 24 hours to develop and days of preparation, the new St.Tropez Self-Tan Express Bronze Mousse, £33 with its impressive 1 hour developing time is a beauty game changer. Perfect for last minute plans, it takes you from frumpy to fabulous in a measly 60 minutes.
An A-lister favourite, this make-up trickery will give you sculpted definition in five minutes flat.
Once your tan has developed and you've washed it off, reach for Xen Tan Luminous Gold Gel, £20.95. With a mitt, apply a penny sized amount across your décolletage and down the centre of your stomach, legs, and arms. The luminous shimmer particles, packed into this argon oil-infused gel reflect light, which will visually lengthening your limbs for a more taught appearance. It may feel strange at first but after a few go?s you?ll have it mastered. 'With a little practice, even an inexperienced tanner can get to grips with body contouring', says Natalie Roche, Managing Director for Xen-Tan UK.