Whether you are in a new relationship or have been married for 50 years, your loved one will always notice when your skin is feeling different. This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise them by dedicating the next week to getting your skin into tip-top shape. It won’t just impress them, it will make you feel good too.
Sexy, smooth skin is vital if you are going to don some cute lingerie. Silk, satin and chiffon are designed to skim the body so make sure you take our steps below to ensure there will be no clinging fabric to ruin your fun.
To commence any skin beautifying regime you need to get rid of body hair. Of course, if women had their say we would turn body hair into an attractive quality so we would never have to shave again but unfortunately that is not possible (yet!). If you wax try to get it done 2 days before so that any redness has time to settle. If you shave or cream you can leave it up until the evening before because unlike waxing the cuticles aren’t left open and therefore the skin calms down much quicker.
Product Recommendation: Veet Suprem’Essence In-shower Hair Removal Cream
Australia $10.99 from supermarkets and pharmacies
USA $11.49 from Walgreens
UK £7.29 from Boots
Just like the rest of the body, grooming our bikini area is essential for smooth skin. With an electric trimmer you can choose to tidy up the edges or create for a playful design.
Product Recommendation: Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle
Australia $14.99 from Priceline, supermarkets and variety stores
UK £10.99 from Boots
Hair removal can be very drying for the skin and while some of the dead cells come off during the process, a lot more are loosened and need a hand to fall away. Exfoliate with a gentle scrub to reveal fresh skin lying beneath the dead surface.
Product Recommendation: Soap & Glory Pulp-Friction Foamy Fruity Body Scrub
Australia $19.95 from Kit Cosmetics and Mecca Cosmetica online
USA $20 at Sephora
UK £8 from Boots
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. You cannot achieve smooth skin without it. Hydration is the difference between smooth skin and rough skin. Internal hydration is very important but water can only go so far for hydrating your skin. When it comes to our largest organ (yes, skin is our largest organ!) you need to hydrate from inside and outside.
Product Recommendation: LUSH Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
Australia $29.95 from Lush Cosmetics
USA $34.95 from Lush Cosmetics
UK £15.95 from Lush Cosmetics
Oiliness is Goodness
We established that hydration is everything when it comes to smooth skin but I do have a little secret to share. If you want that silky, velvety feel the way to achieve it is with constant use of body oil. Each night I slather myself with oil and by morning my skin feels like a delicate, fluffy cloud. Apply the oil all over – from your jaw line right down to the tips of your toes.
Product Recommendation: Bio-Oil
Australia $14.95 from Priceline, Big W, Coles, Woolworths, Target, Kmart and pharmacies
UK £9 from Cult Beauty
Last but very not least, you need to prep your pucker. For at least 1 week prior (starting today!) you should pile on the lip balm at every possible opportunity. Choose a nourishing balm that is free from dyes and fragrances to avoid any risk of irritation. Apply a thick coat before bed so your lips have a few hours of uninterrupted hydration.
Product Recommendation: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm
Australia $19.95 from Adore Beauty and selected pharmacies
UK £10 from Look Fantastic
What do you do to get smooth skin? Let me know by commenting below!