OK, so it might be raining where you are, but summer will arrive eventually, and possibly unexpectedly. So start getting yourself ready for summer now and you can join in as soon as the clouds clear.
We’re not going to give you a lecture about how thin you should be, or which designer flip-flops you should wear. These are just some easy tips to help you feel confident, whether you’re on the beach or in your own back garden.
Top of the list is making sure your legs and under-arms are fuzz-free, yes it’s more effort than over the winter but you never know when you’ll have the opportunity to get your legs out! The results from waxing and sugaring will last longer than shaving or hair removal creams. Or go the whole hog and free yourself from hair on a permanent basis with laser hair removal. You would be looking at a cost of around £180-£200 per session, with 4-6 sessions required. Laser hair removal is also suitable for arms, chins and upper lips.
If you do want to tone up before baring a bit of flesh, make sure you set yourself a realistic goal and target specific areas of your body, especially if you are short on time. Arms and shoulders tend to be the first thing that people look at, so toning those should be a priority if you are going to be wearing a lot of swimwear and sleeveless tops. Choose a structured plan of resistance based exercises to build muscle and combine with body brushing to minimise cellulite.
When you’re dusting off your summer clothes, try everything on and be brutally honest with yourself. Chuck anything with suncream or sweat stains, or that has become too stretched out. The most important thing when it’s hot is comfort, but that shouldn’t mean letting go of style completely! A top with a tie waist might look cute on the hanger, but it will draw attention to your tummy so best to avoid if you’re feeling self-conscious. If you feel like you need a bit of support, look for clothes and swimwear with built in support panels, to avoid any extra layers trapping in the heat.