the new beach body plan a.k.a find a beach, get your body on it ..!

When did a ‘beach body’ go from simply a body on a beach to the likes of Irina Shayk? The pressure and build-up lasts all year – as they say, ‘the best beach body begins in winter’ – so you can hone and preen until you’re ‘bikini-ready’.

Seriously? OK, yes it’s good to feel good about yourself, to feel strong and healthy, but Irina is Irina, and you are you – if you have a bikini and a body, you’re bikini-ready. What if a beach body plan was actually about feeling really good on the beach? Keeping your skin cool and calm under the rays? Feeling excited to leap out of your kaftan, cellulite, stretch marks and all? Let’s try THAT out this summer.

DON’T FEEL THE BURN

Sunburn can lead topremature ageing, irregular pigmentation, thread veins and thinning or fragile skin as well as pre-skin cancers and skin cancers. So, yes, we should probably avoid it then. “The rule is simply to use a minimum SPF 30 across all skin tones including black and darker skin,” says Aesthetician and Black Skin Directory Founder, Dija Ayodele, “very pale Caucasian skin (1-2) should use SPF 50 for increased protection. Reapply every two hours, more if you’re active or swimming.The rule of thumb is a teaspoon of sunscreen on the face and neck and 4-6 teaspoons for the rest of the body.”And don’t just slick it on when you hit the beach, either. “Apply it to cool, clean, dry skin in the shade (ideally indoors) 15- 30 minutes before you go into the sun, and wear a hat and sunglasses for address protection,” advises Aesthetic Practitioner at Health & Aesthetics, Dr Rekha Tailor, “Take regular shade breaks and avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.” We love NeoStrata Sheer Protection Physical Protection SPF50 PA++++ £34 (neostrata.co.uk).

“The rule is simply to use a minimum SPF 30 across all skin tones including black and darker skin,”

NO MORE COLDSORES

66% of us suffer from coldsores and the sun is a big trigger. Base Lip Solve (£7.50 www.skinfirstbeauty.co.uk) attacks the herpes virus in its dormant state, which means: fewer coldsores, faster healing, and according to a trial by the Herpes Virus Association, 73% of sufferers experience a less severe outbreak. It’s also got SPF30 built in – genius.

AVOID IN-GROWN HAIRS

The best way to treat andprevent in-grown hairs is with gentle exfoliation. A solution with Salicylic acid will gently exfoliate without friction, plus it has anti-inflammatory properties. We love Waxperts Wonder Pads £7.95 (cloud10beauty.com). Just don’t exfoliate the night before hitting the beach, as it may leave your skin more sensitive to the sun.

LIGHTER LEGS

In the summer there is a LOT going on to make your legs feel heavy, puffy and sore: dehydration, the heat, fluid retention, air travel… But Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs (£62/175ml)  gives you a weightless dose of energy, relieving aches and pains and getting you in the holiday mood with scent of Amalfi lemons.