SPONSORED FEATUREAs we start to metaphorically and literally strip off the layers of the previous season, it becomes ever more important to look after our skin and ensure it's ready for the warmer weather. We all want to feel our best when it's time to slip into something slinkier, but more often than not it's not until we're heading out the door that we realise our limbs have seen better days. Whether you're a lover of short shorts, a fan of the strapless dress, or prefer to cover up in a flowing maxi or on-trend kaftan, there are lots of simple things you can do to ensure your legs and arms are in tip top condition when the weather holds out for long enough for them to be finally set free. One of the products I'm relying on this summer is the super lightweight, nourishing and deliciously scented Firming Butter from Palmer's. Made from pure Cocoa Butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, this non greasy lotion helps to tighten, firm and tone skin. Not only does it help to improve skin’s elasticity and texture (even more important as we age,) but the addition of Ginseng and Vitamin E helps to nourish and rejuvenate tired skin, while Co Enzyme Q10 (a powerful antioxidant) helps stimulate skin cells for a more toned and smoother appearance. The pump action bottle makes it mess free and great value for money, while the texture of the lotion melts into skin to leave a comforting sensation with no residue whatsoever. It's the first step towards getting an irresistible summer body, but there are a few other things you can do to boost your skin and leave you feeling fab. Here are some of my top tips that can be implemented with only five minutes spare a day!
WASH AWAY THE DAY
All good skincare routines start in the shower, so make sure you're using a shower gel that doesn't strip the skin of moisture. Look for formulas free from alcohol and avoid those rich in synthetic fragrance; if you can pick a product that's free from sulphates it will also prevent your skin from being stripped of natural oils and leave it feeling refreshed. Small changes can make a big difference.
BUFF OFF THE BLUES
The combination of sweat and SPF can cause dead skin cells to become trapped under the surface, causing irritation, prickly heat and unsightly bumps. Regular exfoliation with a gentle scrub can help lift away dead skin cells and product build up, revealing the glowing skin beneath. I personally love the Palmer's Cocoa Body Scrub (and not only because it smells like summer!)
A TOUCH OF TAN
Seal in moisture after your shower by applying a lightweight moisturiser over towel-dried limbs - even better is applying a moisturiser with a touch of colour too. Palmer's Natural Bronze Spray Lotion helps to provide a hit of hydration while a natural tan develops over the course of a few days. A golden glow will help you look great and feel great.
SPRITZ & GO
Want your legs to look as though they've just stepped out of a holiday advert? You need to spritz on a touch of dry oil to help catch the light and inject radiance. Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil can be added to the shins and decolletage as a final step, helping to look after skin while acting as a cosmetic touch too.
You'll need a formula rich in beneficial ingredients and quick drying to leave skin feeling hydrated and supple the following morning. Looking out for firming, toning or tightening formulas will also help your body to feel its best, which is why Palmer's Firming Butter is a dream. Applied before bed (or in the morning if you have more time,) it will get to work as you sleep so you don't even need any more time in your day.
So with only five minutes extra a day, you could prep your pasty bits for summer and step out the door looking fabulous. What are you waiting for?
The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter is available from Boots stores nationwide and online, priced £5.14 for a 315ml bottle.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Palmer's. All opinions and recommendations are my own.
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