Summer’s 5 biggest body crazes you need to know about now

Summer’s 5 biggest body crazes you need to know about now


From freezing your fat to brainy workouts and releasing your chakras, these are the next level body hacks along with the behind the scenes making of the Marie Claire July shoot.

This summer is all about super intelligent bodies – these are the latest tips and treatments you need to try…

How to boost your body care

Body products have, until now, been geared towards pampering, not performance. But with the arrival of high-tech ingredients usually saved for our complexions, this category has evolved and now rivals the brightening, plumping and moisturising effects of our face serums as well as tackling issues such as cellulite.

Cerave Moisturising Cream, £14.50, contains hyaluronic acid, a moisture-boosting molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and delivers hydration for the whole body without the greasy residue of a rich body cream. Like facial exfoliators, body scrubs now come in less abrasive formulas – Ren’s Smart Renewal Body Serum, £35, uses fruit AHAs to tone and buff dry skin and works brilliantly on keratosis pilaris (those rough bumps on the tops of your arms).

If age spots and uneven tone are a concern, choose a lotion that protects against hyperpigmentation like Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum, £41, or Skin Laundry’s Rejuvenating Anti-Ageing Neck and Chest sheet mask, £14, which brightens and hydrates one of our most vulnerable areas.

Meanwhile, products designed to diminish cellulite often contain caffeine for a temporary tightening effect. Yes, it’s pricey but Sisley’s Cellulinov Intensive Anti-Cellulite Body Care, £155, which also contains red algae, is one of the best formulas we’ve come across to firm up slack skin – both for instant gratification and in the long term with continued use.

And although your stretch marks won’t disappear altogether, retinoids and collagen stimulators can make a difference to their appearance. Try StriVectin Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles, £120, as it uses oligopeptides to pump collagen back into the damaged skin.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Everything you need to know about going with the flow

A fit body is about feeling strong physically, but also on an emotional, mental and energetic level. ‘Blockages in the flow of energy throughout your body (or chakras) can manifest as aches and pains, constipation and digestive issues caused by stress, anger and negative thinking,’ says David Peter, a traditional Chinese medicine specialist.

‘Thankfully, they can be cleared allowing energy, blood and fluid to flow again, restoring your body’s equilibrium.’ Peter recommends practising yoga and Qi Gong, as both focus on moving stagnant energy through and out of the body.

The needles used in acupuncture are also believed to help. ‘But the simplest, time-tested trick is to tap the centre of the chest,’ explains Peter. ‘This will dissipate energy helping to release emotional tension and elevate your mood.’

Bear in mind, too, that a diet free from processed foods is a great way to restore vitality. ‘Food has its own energy field, especially organic produce, which is grown as close as possible to the way nature intended. Microwaved food and those doused in pesticides, on the other hand, have literally no energy field,’ explains Peter.

Finally, spending time in nature is a great way to restore and harmonise your energy. ‘Trees and plants all have strong, healing vibrations that can help fine-tune your body’s own energy pathways,’ he says.

Photographer: Jason Hetherington

Clever ways to boost your brain

A fan of smartphone brain teasers? Then you will love the latest bio-body hack to hit the UK, The FitLight Trainer system.

Wireless lights are used as targets, which you activate or deactivate, depending on your training routine – the end goal being to improve hand–eye co-ordination, strength, speed and stamina. ‘It works on your reaction time, training your brain and body to work in sync,’ explains celebrity trainer Dalton Wong, founder of 22 Training.

‘Reaction Training wakes up and stimulates the brain first and then gets the nervous system and muscles jacked up and ready to go. It’s like a caffeine shot to your body, and it’s fun. Plus you make that mind and muscle connection – you think about your breath and your movement, both of which are key to an efficient workout.’

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Why you should be deep-freezing your fat

This year’s biggest body enhancer is Whole Body Cryotherapy – a body-shocking treatment that promises skin vitality, stress relief, a metabolism boost and better sleep.

What’s the catch?

For three minutes you stand in a chamber of frigid liquid nitrogen at -140 degrees celsius. Trust us, it is worth it. As your body is tricked into thinking it is going to freeze to death, your ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in – all of which means your circulation is boosted and you metabolism speeds up while the body fights to keep warm (how does burning 800 calories in the eight hours post-treatment sound as an incentive?). ‘

‘Once you’re back at room temperature, the extra-oxygenated blood circulates back through the body to relieve pain, eliminate toxins, boost cell renewal and trigger an anti-inflammatory response,’ says Dr Yannis Alexandrides, plastic surgeon and founder of 111 Harley Street and 111CRYO.

‘Increasing the flow of blood and oxygen around the body also assists in the elimination of excess lactic acid and aids with muscular recovery after a workout.’

At £95 a session, it comes with a hefty price tag but this cure-all treatment (at minimum effort) is a groundbreaker.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

The best ways to maximise your immunity

As soon as the sun makes an appearance, so does our gym kit. But low levels of vitamin D, combined with a lack of fresh air and movement over the past few months, means your body is likely to be at its weakest point of the year so you need to rebuild your system first.

Start off with a good dose of vitamin C – 65 to 90 mg is the daily recommended amount for an adult. One of the most noticeable effects of vitamin C deficiency is that skin becomes dry and lacks tone but a supplement such as Altrient C, £35.99, has the ability to regenerate collagen. As well as ramping up its suppleness and elasticity, collagen makes up the walls of those blood vessels, which carry oxygen, water and other nutrients to the skin.

Other superfoods for this time of year include artichokes and beetroot to detoxify the liver; plus mushrooms for their fibre and thyroid-balancing selenium.

Finally, stress causes minerals to become depleted at a rapid rate. Magnesium levels, in particular, suffer – consequently so does your sleep. As magnesium can be absorbed directly through the skin, try bathing in Dead Sea Spa Magik Bath Salts, £4.29, before bed.

Conversely, instead of chugging on energy drinks to feel more awake, add a pinch of salt to your drinking water.

This floods your system with natural electrolytes and allows your body to work at peak performance. Win-win.

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How to remove fake tan: it’s an artform

How to remove fake tan: it’s an artform


Because who wants streaky, patchy post-fake tan skin? Exactly.

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We’ve all had to remove fake tan before. Whether it be a fake tan disaster – obvious, tell-tale lines on your wrists, ankles that look so orange you’d be mistaken for an Oompa Loompa or fingers that are so multi-tonal you consider wearing gloves to work (in July) – or when you need to get rid of a patchy four-day-old tan. The art of fake tan removal is something that everyone should know.

Even if you’ve invested in the best fake tan out there, and you’ve swotted up on all the fake tan tips we could possibly give you, chances are you’re not going to get it right 100% of the time. But don’t worry you are not alone.

Luckily there are ways to remove a terracotta disaster and give yourself a more naturally sun-kissed glow. We spoke to Jules Von Hep, fake tan guru and founder of Isle of Paradise, who gave us all the tips and tricks of how to remove fake tan.

How to remove fake tan

‘Don’t panic scrub. You’ll end up taking the tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect,’ Jules warns.

Instead, try using a light body polish (choose from the best body scrubs) mixed with a tiny amount of bath or massage oil and repeat this a couple of times for an even all-over fade. Alternatively, make a trip down to your local swimming pool if you don’t mind being a bit stripey in public (yes, really).

‘Go swimming,’ Jules recommends. ‘The chlorine will break down the tan. In the showers afterwards, take a pair of exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’

Buy Now: Boots Exfoliating Gloves, £3

If it’s all gone to pot and you need to get rid of your tan straight away, then look no further than Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser. This super product, which launched last year and sold out in three hours, is the first of its kind to market. It can be used on old tans or freshly applied bronze. Simply pump onto skin, smooth over the area you want to diffuse, leave for five minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth. It’s that easy.

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Buy Now: Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser, £14.99 Boots

How to remove fake tan streaks

If your self-tanning session has turned into a streaky mess, don’t panic. The easiest way to wave goodbye to mismatched colours on your limbs is to run a bath and fill it up with a bath oil. (There’s a reason you’re told not to use oil-based products after getting a spray tan; because oil breaks down DHA.) This will soften the tan and using a remover mitt in circular motions will ensure that any stubborn patches are evenly removed.

How to remove fake tan from hands and feet

Orange, patchy hands and blotchy feet are often the biggest giveaway that you’ve been hitting bottle, but luckily there’s a kitchen cupboard staple could be the answer to your prayers.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to some water and mix to create a paste. Then rub this it over your hands or feet, leaving it on for a few minutes and ensuring you haven’t missed any particularly bad creases before washing it off.

How to remove fake tan patches before applying more

If you’r ea regular, self-confessed tanning addict who can’t go a day without a bit of colour, then it’s actually so important that you are removing your old tan before applying your new one. Jules, being the clever chap that he is, created Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self-Tan Eraser, which works best on three-day old tan. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate skin. Mist your entire body, until skin is saturated, wait five minutes, then jump in the shower and buff it off with a sponge or a flannel.

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Buy Now: Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self-Tan Eraser, £17.95 Boots

How to remove fake tan quickly

Vaguely remember hearing something about lemons and brushing it off as an old wives tale? Turns out there’s something in it. ‘The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper,’ Jules advises.

It’s also worth investing in ModelCo’s Exfoliate Double Sided Body Wipes – they’re an essential item in the at-home tanning kit. First you use the granulated exfoliating side, which breaks down the tan, then the smooth side for the final bit of removal.

Buy Now: ModelCo Exfoliate Double Sided Body Wipes, £6 Boots

How to remove fake tan from clothes

Getting fake tan stains on your favourite, goes-with-everything, white shirt or smartest White Company bedsheets can be an absolute nightmare. You need to try and remove the stain while it is still wet.

Reversing the fabric and running it under cold water will help to loosen the product, but try not to rub it as you could end up smearing it and making it far worse. Instead, mix warm water and some detergent and sponge onto the affected area, repeating until the stain has disappeared.

So there we have it. We have just solved all future fake tan disasters from happening.

Well perhaps not all. There’ll always be one…

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How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps

How to get your legs summer ready in 7 simple steps


Because they are essential to any summer look

OK, so it’s now warm enough for us to forgo tights and opt for shorter hemlines if we so desire, but there’s a big issue that comes with this new freedom. Legs that have seen better days. You see it isn’t just bears and small rodents that go into hibernation over the winter months, so to do regular tans and strict hair-removal regimes. What’s needed is an easy step-by-step of how to get legs summer-ready. Luckily, that’s exactly what we’ve created here for you.

With the help of leg-expert Kate Shapland, creator of Legology – the beauty brand created as a high performance solution to cellulite and heavy legs – we’ve come up with the simple way to ensure that you won’t get caught out on sunny days this summer.

Step 1: Body Scrub

Sanctuary Spa Salt Scrub, £13 Boots

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‘Skin which has been covered for months doesn’t look its best,’ Shapland explains. ‘Legs are usually a bit dry and dull, and even if you’ve religiously exfoliated and moisturised throughout winter, the expanse of bare skin from ankle to knee can demand an extra dollop of confidence to pull off.’ And so the first step is to buff away any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, it will help boost circulation and get rid of any dullness. Dullness comes because dead skin can’t reflect light, do you want to get rid asap. ‘You need a power buffer – something super-crunchy that will send a rush of nutrient-rich blood to the skin’s surface to give it tone and colour, and plants plenty of suppleness back in there.’ You can beat Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub, but we also love Espa’s Invigorating Salt Scrub, £38. If you don’t think either of these are for you, you could choose the best body scrub for your skin type.

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Step 2: Dry Body Brush

Mio The Body Brush, £14.5o Cult Beauty

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This is one of those things that we, as beauty editors, repeatedly tell people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But this is also one of those things, that in all honesty not many people can be arsed to do. However, we are going to preach about it again in the hope that this time you will take note and segue it into your routine. In a recent BBC documentary, The Truth About…Looking Good, it was revealed that the best way to treat and get rid of cellulite is dry body brushing. Brushing from the ankles upwards in the direction of the heart in quick, swift motions boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage. Trapped fluid emphasizes cellulite and makes legs feel heavy, but by brushing twice a day you decrease fluid retention and toxins are drained away. This Mio Body Brush has additional nodules, which help to massage on a deeper level.

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Step 3: Moisturiser

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, £18.50 John Lewis

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If you want supple and smooth legs, you have to moisturise and you have to do it on the reg. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave legs in a better condition that super duper hydrated skin. Shapland recommends steering clear of oils, because not only do they sit on top of skin and don’t sink in as well as a moisturiser, but they’re also unflattering. ‘It’s the shine – the only acceptable area for sheen on your legs is a line down the shins because it helps make this area look longer and narrower.  All over shine gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss volumises a lip.’ Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It’s been around for years and it just does the job so well. It also sinks in quickly, so you don’t have to wait around for long before putting your clothes on.

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Step 4: Hair Removal

Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, £7.99 Boots

 

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The thing about hair removal is a person typically falls into one of a few camps – laser, epilating, waxing or shaving. Laser can be pricey, epilating could be compared to a Medieval torture technique and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, pain-free and more importantly, purse-friendly. You really can’t go wrong with a Venus razor. They’ve been reliable since we were teenagers and they just keep getting better – this razor has two moisture bars either side of the three blades meaning that whilst you get a closer shave, your skin is treated to a nourishing boost of shea butter. Sometimes the most simple options are the best.

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Step 5: Cellulite Treatment

Remodelage treatment, from £180 at Grace Belgravia

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‘Cellulite is not a life sentence,’ says Martine de Richeville, creator of the body treatment Remodelage, which helps to detox, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a relaxing-you-might-fall-asleep-during massage. It’s not. It’s a deep-tissue technique that incorporates the specially created 8 shaped motion and it pinches. Like a lot. But don’t be put off, because the therapist needs to get down into the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. By doing this, it allows for better circulation to the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissue. Not only does it tone the silhouette (which is excellent if you suffer from saddlebags at the top of your thighs), but it rather cleverly helps to filter the metabolic waste and flushes out toxins, so your digestion improves too. Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs, ‘If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less puffy & feel lighter; so book a course of sessions.’

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Step 6: Gym Class

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Nothing will prep your legs for summer better than exercise. We know, snooze. But Shapland suggests we embrace exercise: ‘Get up and cross the office to speak to someone instead of
emailing them, take the stairs at a run, do a handstand – anything that promotes circulation and maintains flow.’ Whilst a HIIT session or a spin class is a brilliant full body workout, there are now more and more classes that are specifically aimed at toning. From your classic Legs, Bums and Tums class to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet positions with repetitive movements from Pilates, you’ll find something similar in most gyms. Virgin Active just launched a new Barre class that’s said to strengthen, lengthen, tone and tighten. If that isn’t incentive, we don’t know what is. GymBox has a hilarious class called Thunder, which don’t worry, does the opposite to giving you thunder thighs. It’s a class that uses the old 90s Thigh Masters (remember them?!) to work on toning quads and glutes. There’s plenty out there, so there’s really no excuse.

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Step 7: Tan

Legology Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, £38 Space NK

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‘One of the biggest mistakes women make with their legs through the summer is with self-tan, because inevitably it’s too dark,’ explains Shapland. ‘Too many of us make this mistake at the start of the summer when we’re desperate to improve the look of skin too quickly.’ Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still unsure? ‘You’re aiming for the kind of sun kissed shade skin develops after a long hot weekend, when skin has just ‘turned’, not full on tropical tan.’ For those with pale skin, something like the Legology’s Sheer Lingerie For Legs will work perfectly. Think of it as like the best cc cream – it makes your legs look better, rather than completely changing their colour. If you can’t give up the darker shade, then we recommend leg make-up products like Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse and Vita Liberata tktktktktkt

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So there you have it. Your complete guide to getting your legs ready for the summer.

What are you waiting for? Begin with step 1.

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