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Body beautiful – tips for brides

Wedding dresses are getting more and more revealing so bare as much as you dare with our body-enhancing tips

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Body beautiful

Brush strokes

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Don’t neglect your body just because your wedding is months away. Supple, glowing skin – all over – is easy. A few minutes a week added to your beauty regime will quickly pay dividends and ensure you slip confidently into that revealing dress.

The quickest and easiest way to great looking skin that’s glowing with health is regular exfoliation. Try dry-brushing your skin with a natural bristle brush every morning before you bathe or shower. This draws out waste products from your skin tissue and boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. Start at your feet and work upwards with long, firm strokes in the direction of your heart.

Don’t forget your back. It’s probably the most neglected part of your body and sexy shoulders are a must if you’re planning to wear a halter-neck or strapless dress. Elemis, Opal and The Body Shop all make good body brushes.

Scrub away

Once a week, use a body scrub to slough off dead skin cells and dry, flaky skin and give your circulation a good kick-start. Exfoliated skin also absorbs moisturiser and cellulite creams better.

Make sure you give your back a good scrub when you’re in the bath – or get someone else to do it – to exfoliate all those hard-to-reach places, and if your back is prone to spots, tie your hair up in a bun when you sleep so the oils from your hair don’t touch your shoulders.  L’Occitane, Molton Brown and L’Oreal all make good exfoliating body scrubs.

Clever cleavages

It’s easy to neglect your cleavage too, especially when it doesn’t see the light of day throughout the winter months. Hidden away under tight clothes, your chest area can be a breeding ground for spots. If you do get an untimely zit, dab it with tea tree oil and resist the temptation to squeeze.

A daily slathering of body lotion after your bath or shower will keep skin hydrated and do wonders for its tone and texture. Your body will feel much smoother and softer, plus well-conditioned skin will also tan better on honeymoon.

Heaven scent

No doubt you’ll be wearing your favourite perfume on your wedding day, so treat yourself to the body products from the same range so you can ‘layer’ your fragrance. This means using bath and body products and fragrance in combination to ensure your scent lasts all day long.

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Cleanse using fragranced bath or shower gel, moisturise with fragranced body lotion to seal in the scent and then spray with eau de parfum or eau de toilette. If you’re wearing pure perfume, make sure you apply it only to your pulse points. It’s more concentrated than eau de parfum or eau de toilette and won’t evaporate as quickly so you don’t need to use nearly so much.