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Prep your skin for the Summer

Prep your skin ready for the summer

Summer is just around the corner and it feels as though we’ve had the longest Winter in history, but don’t worry Summer is on it’s way – we promise.

If you’ve been hiding under cosy knitwear, winter coats and thick tights for what seems like forever, it’s time to start prepping your skin ready for when the Summer season and weather arrives.

You don’t have to spend lots of time getting your skin ready for the Summer, you just need to add in a little more self care and who’s going to say no to that?!

Here are our top three tips for getting your skin ready before you take off for some sun, sea, sand and sangria: 

1. Give Winter skin the brush-off

If body brushing is a beauty ritual you don’t indulge in all year round, now is the time to get on board. “Using a body brush daily stimulates the circulation and lymphatic drainage to aid detoxification and can help us eliminate up to 1lb of toxins a day” explains Noella Gabriel, Co-Founder of ELEMIS Therapies.

Using a dry brush on your skin works wonders on sluggish winter skin, giving your body a refreshing boost. Every day toxins and excess fluid can increase within the skin’s surface so we recommend concentrating on areas which are prone to cellulite to stimulate circulation. Cellulite can appear improved, dead skin cells will go revealing brighter, fresher skin.


While it may sound indulgent, this skin-renewing hack couldn’t be easier. “Body brushing is an easy add-on to your bath or shower routine in the morning and evening” explains Noella. “When using the brush, stroke in light upward motions following the blood flow towards the heart. Brush from the soles of the feet up the body, paying particular attention to areas prone to cellulite and dryness.”

With that in mind, the ELEMIS Body Detox Skin Brush is set to be your new secret beauty weapon. Made with sturdy natural cactus bristles, this professional brush is strong enough to slough away dead skin cells and jump-start circulation, yet flexible enough to be used all over the body.

2. Accelerate that glow

Now you’ve exfoliated your skin, it’s time to get that Summer glow. We absolutely love the ELEMIS Tan Accelerator here at City Retreat and it is up there as one of our go-to Summer essentials.

“ELEMIS Tan Accelerator is the ideal holiday partner – it’ll enhance the skin’s natural tanning ability” says Noella. Shea Butter is combined with a host of indulgent oils – think Macadamia Nut and Jojoba – to deeply condition and hydrate the skin, ensuring your tan develops evenly and lasts long after your getaway.

We recommend you start using this amazing product a few weeks before going on holiday to ensure you leave your skin in optimum condition. Don’t forget to also use the correct sun protection and avoid the sun at peak times. More information on sun protection can be found here. 

3. Lastly, tone and tighten.

The third and final product in this quick-fix routine is the new ELEMIS Targeted Toning Body Moisturiser.

Inspired by the fact that cellulite has been a beauty concern for over 90% of women at some point in their lives. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite when combined with an ELEMIS massage technique at City Retreat, this skin-nourishing powerhouse is packed with Plankton Extract, red algae Jania Rubens and magnesium chloride-rich Nigari salts that work in synergy to support your body’s natural detoxification process.

The decadently rich cream melts into a silky oil on contact with the skin – the perfect texture for massaging into dry, flaky patches. Soothed and nourished, skin looks visibly firmer and smoother with areas of cellulite appearing diminished.

By just introducing these three simple steps into your beauty routine, you are going to see a visible difference over time. Let us know how you get on.