Most of us don’t get to spend a lot of time lying on hot sand listening to lapping waves as our job like supermodel Adriana Lima, but when the time rolls around to get away, sit back & relax and soak up the sun, we want to feel confident in ourselves. It’s not about being a certain shape or restricting our natural curves, it’s about being the best version of ourselves. Here are over a dozen tips to channeling your inner sun goddess.
#1 Organise an Achievable Workout Routine
Apps, yoga, Pilates, aerobics, any classes that take your fancy – there really is no excuse not to find a form of exercise that suits you! Yoga and Pilates are excellent for building core strength and training the muscles. They serve as a great basis for building up and expanding into other forms too.
#2 Take Supplements
There’s going to be something you lack in your diet or your body naturally, no matter how good your diet is, so try to balance it as best as possible to ensure you’re getting the ideal boost. Remember, this doesn’t mean muscle growth via unnatural additives or protein shakes, it means choosing vitamins, iron, greens, probiotics and omega 3s.
#3 Your New Hot Drink is Herbal Tea
This is definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black but cut out as much caffeine as possible, switching from coffee to herbal teas. Camomile and mint tea are a few of the best!
#4 An Oasis of Water!
Even more importantly, drink a tonne of water! It’s important to clean the system out, keep skin clear, banish cellulite and give you that natural glow that comes from within. You really should be drinking two litres a day.
#5 In Shower Moisturization
Recently many popular brands have released in-shower moisturisers that not only clean your body with its shower gel but also moisturize the skin with its creamy features too! These are such great products that slathering on lotion afterwards will now be optional. Though for days leading closer to the holiday though, we recommend doing both!
#6 Dry Circulation Brush
One of the best ways to ensure your circulation is working well and therefore giving your limbs a glow as well as new skin cells is to use a dry circulation brush every second or third day. Though for most skin types, doing this daily would be a bit too harsh. This also stimulates cells to stay taught, preventing and aiding cellulite.
#7 Slather, slather, slather!
To give yourself a beautiful sheen on the beach, use a body oil after showering to give that catwalk glimmer, especially on the legs and collarbone.
#8 Get the Glow
Both super pale and dark skin look beautiful with a touch of a golden glow, so using a golden tint or shimmer will give you that sun kissed summer look, which looks particularly stunning for a dinner date by the sea or a night out in your summer dress.
#9 SPF Now, Not Just Then!
In the lead up to your holiday in the sun, we forget about the protection we then cling to once the plane has landed in sunnier climates. This shouldn’t be the case, as regardless if it’s warm or super sunny, our skin needs protection from UV rays all year round. Add SPF into your daily routine now! Don’t forget the neck and decolletage.
#10 Skincare Saviours
One of the most liberating things about being on a sun holiday is that we feel we can get away with zero makeup while still looking fresh and glowy. For this reason, getting a big spot right before our break is particularly frustrating, as it steals that fresh faced confidence. Ensure you follow a skincare regime of double cleansing, toning and moisturizing day and night before jetting off.
#11 Cellulite Creams-Skin Tightening
If you’re particularly prone to cellulite, the topical lotions designed to treat this are far more effective now than just a few short years ago. Mio Shrink to Fit Cellulite Smoother (€42.45) has been acclaimed by many, while Ziaja Slim (from €4.99) products are a great cheaper alternative.
#12 Pimp Those Feet!
Given we wear shoes for many hours on a daily basis, we can become shy about our feet’s appearance. Treating your tootsies to some T.L.C. before heading away will benefit the longevity of any mani-pani. Use an exfoliating stone regularly and always remember to moisturise your feet, every day if you can. Cuticle oils are great before applying that pop of colour too.
#13 Bikini and Beachwear
Buying bikinis and beachwear as soon as you can is better than waiting until the last moment, especially since you know exactly when you’re going away. The reason is twofold. Firstly, it will keep you motivated to be in shape for the holiday and give you enough time to do something about it if needs be. Secondly, it means you can ensure the bikini suits your body shape, rather than hastily buying one in your nearest H&M.
#14 Minis for Carry On
Being beach body ready doesn’t just mean being toned and taut to perfection. Your body is from top to toe after all. Models like Adriana Lima fly out all the time and they stock up on mini beauty products, and so should you for the upcoming holiday. Ensure you have everything you need to feel your most confident without weighing down the case. Confidence is key to glowing like the supermodels after all!
#15 Haircare Helpers
Likewise, being beach body ready also means having hair to match! Remember to pack an SPF for your hair, and an oil to keep it in check despite soaking in the sea and lying in the sun! The Payot Elixir Dry Oil For Body, Face and Hair (€37.95) is a great version all-in-one, so you can cut down on how much you pack!
#16 Glowing Clear Face
While there are a multitude of products that work on different regions of the body, using a body on your face is a big skincare no-no. The body tends to be less sensitive than the face and using tan on the face can lead to breakouts. Luckily the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (€24) has a gradual light golden tan boost for the face!
#17 Cut Down on Salt and Alcohol
In the weeks leading up the holiday, try to cut down on as much salt and alcohol as possible. These two are leading culprits that cause bloating, undereye bags, sallowness and dull, spotty skin.
#18 Probiotics Fights Bloating Right Away!
Replace that excessive salt and alcohol with probiotics! These little wonders boost the digestive tract, which makes up 80% of our immune system. They help decrease bloating and improve skin ailments, digestion, weight loss and more. Supplements such as the Bioglan Biotic Balance Capsules (€22.99) are an easy way to ensure you’re getting enough, and foods like natural yoghurt have them in plentiful supply.