Time To Tone Up
Cheat Your Way To a Sleeker Silhouette crack
No gym passes or deprivation diets are required for a beauty-based detox and tone regime - just persistence and products to cheat your way to a sleeker silhouette.
“Detoxing the body is about reducing the amount of toxins in our bodies,” says Noella Gabriel, Elemis director of product & treatment development.
“The benefits include aiding sleep, increasing energy levels and improving skin complexion.”
Whether you choose to swallow supplements, body brush religiously or rely on ‘miracle’ creams, embrace the season of healthy living and go from bloated to beautiful.
If your idea of strenuous exercise is reaching for the remote control to switch off the workout DVD, don’t panic.
The lazy girl’s guide to toning up is all about taking short cuts so you don’t have to take the arduous scenic route to detoxing.
“Inch loss wraps are handy for a quick fix,” suggests beauty therapist Julie Coates (www.juliecoates.com).
“For longer term benefits try a colonic - it’s the most effective way to detox the system quickly. Cleansing the colon will flush out toxins and leave your skin glowing too, but always go to a recommended qualified practitioner.”
Kick back and feel the de-bloating benefits with a detoxing bath to help combat the build-up of toxins in the body.
Try: Universal Contour Wrap Home Kit, £39.95 (www.universalcontourwrap.com); Elemental Herbology Detox Botanical Bathing Infusion, £20 (www.spacenk.co.uk); Nip + Fab Tummy Fix, £18.95 (Boots); Bliss Slim and Bare It, £20 (www.blissworld.co.uk).
If you take so many vitamins you rattle when you walk, you may relish the idea of popping pills to detox.
Supplements prove popular because they don’t mean depriving yourself of your favourite foods, although for optimum results, steer clear of alcohol, sugar and caffeine, and glug plenty of water to flush out toxins.
“Life’s demands can make it hard for us to kick start our body, so detox supplements are great way to stimulate your lymph system and metabolism,” Gabriel explains.
Combine your course with daily body brushing to banish bulges, starting at the soles of your feet and working up the front and back of legs in an upward direction towards the heart.
“Body brushing can assist the skin in eliminating 1lb of toxins a day by stimulating circulation and lymphatic drainage which aids detoxification,” says Gabriel.
“It is extremely effective for encouraging cellulite deposits to disperse and for decongesting all the systems of the body.”
Try: Liz Earle Natural Bristle Body Brush, £7.40 (www.lizearle.com); Elemis Complete Body Enhancement Programme Capsules, £65 (www.timetospa.co.uk); The Organic Pharmacy Detox Kit, £143 (www.theorganicpharmacy.com); Rodial Crash Diet supplements, from £48 (Selfridges).
And finally, we have the well behaved. If you’re best friends with the cross trainer and stepper machines you may not need much help on the toning front, but you can always boost the potential for cutting out wobbles in your workout.
Anti-ageing expert Nicky Hambleton-Jones of www.LookandFeelYounger.tv says: “Feed your skin with essential oxygen to increase circulation while you workout.”
“Apply a product like Karin Herzog’s Dynamic Duo before exercise to reduce bloat, lift and re-contour the body.”
“This kit contains 4% oxygen to effectively blast away congested areas, banish cellulite and maintain firm and supple limbs.”
Alleviate post-workout aches and pains with some TLC and muscle-easing products.
Try: Karin Herzog Anti-Cellulite Dynamic Duo, £48 (0800 056 2428/www.karinherzog.co.uk); Temple Spa Go Figure Gel, £25 (www.templespa.com); Badger Balm Sore Muscle Rub, £4.25 (www.naturallyfabulous.co.uk); Molton Brown Bracing Silverbirch Thermal Muscle Soak, £18.50 (www.moltonbrown.co.uk).