24/05/2012 14:57 | By Rebecca Bryant, editor, MSN Shopping

Super-soft summer skin cheats

Summer is officially on and with a weekend of scorching weather on the agenda, now is the time to dare to bare. If you've been hiding under the layers and have the rougher-than-sandpaper skin to prove it, read on to find out what the experts advised when we asked them.

E45 Touchably Smooth (© Image © Ciao)

Keep your skin glowing
If your skin is prone to sensitivity or simply needs a boost, small changes in your regime can make all the difference. Consultant Dr Tabi Leslie suggests that: "When you have a bath or shower, ensure the water is luke warm and not hot, because hot water can strip skin of its natural oils and cause it to dry out, further irritating it."

A simple and easy solution to preventing dryness is to apply Johnson's Baby Oil directly to wet skin (not dry) and then pat your skin dry. In days you'll notice the difference and be one step closer to babysoft skin.

Sensitive skin sufferers would benefit from using moisturisers developed for their skin type such as E45. This well-known brand is renowned for its ability to help lock in moisture and is available in a number of different products. The basic moisturising lotion is fragrance-free and comes highly recommended by users on the price comparison site Ciao. Alternatively, E45 Intense Recovery Lotion contains all the nourishing ingredients you need to lock in moisture and help restore dryness in two weeks. Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion has been described by one user on ciao.co.uk as a "natural delight for dry skin," because "it certainly keeps me comfortable for hours and hours. And by using it regularly, the condition of my skin has improved dramatically." And if you're looking for all-day hydration, E45 Touchably Smooth Lotion has been clinically proven to keep your skin super-soft throughout the day.

Finally, Dr Tabi Leslie says: "Stick to a skincare regime that is uncomplicated - don't overload it with products."
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Clean up
The hot weather and sunshine may be good for your vitamin D intake but if you suffer from spots or the occasional breakout pay particular attention to your face in the sunshine. Sweating and sunshine can play havoc with your skin as you produce more sebum, which clogs the pores and leads to nasty pimples. It goes without saying that regularly cleaning your face and avoiding squeezing or touching pimples no matter how tempting it may be can help. Dr Sue Mayou, consultant dermatologist, says: "Never go to bed with make-up on because this can clog the pores up. Leave a packet of face wipes like Clearasil Vitamins & Extracts Facial Wipes or Yes To Tomato facial pads in your bathroom and use these to remove your make-up every night".
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Other top tips for clearer, smoother skin from Mayou include looking for products containing salicylic acid to help keep pores clear and to take your time when cleansing your skin. She says: "Spend a minute massaging it (cleanser) in gently using a circulation motion. This will boost the circulation and brighten your complexion." Also avoid scrubbing you skin too hard as this can cause irritation and exfoliate regularly to "get rid of dead skin cells - this will also brighten your complexion."
Facial cleansers on Ciao

Invest in a gentle cleanser because: "The problem with some cleansers on the market is that they are quite harsh so even if you have got oily skin, it can cause an irritation. Over-drying the skin leads to that taught feeling that we're all familiar with if we've washed the skin with soap and water, this is because we have compromised the skin's barrier function."

Clearasil Vitamins & Extracts Perfectawash (© Image © Clearasil)

Opt for something gentle and effective such as Clearasil Vitamins & Extracts Perfectawash - this delivers the perfect dose of cleanser and contains either the nourishing extracts of cranberry and raspberry or soothing plant extracts combined with vitamin E to keep your skin clear without over-drying. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit scrub comes recommended by users on Ciao. One user says: "it doesn't dehydrate the skin and leaves your face feeling great."
Read how to get rid of spots

Perfect your pins
It's finally time to ditch the thick opaque tights (hoorah) and dare to bare but before you put on your favourite skirt and sandals combo, check out these quick fixes from Braun & Venus beauty therapist Nichola Joss. If you want smooth and silky pins, the first thing to do is to remove any unwanted hair.

Joss, who has worked with the world's most famous actresses, says: "Prepping is key to giving the ultimate hair removal experience. Make sure you exfoliate and clean the skin, and always moisturise afterwards as this will keep the skin soft and looking radiant." There are many solutions now available, including home IPL kits that take the pain out of hair removal, but shaving is perhaps the quickest and most versatile. Nichola says: "I love the Venus Spa Breeze razor for a multitude of reasons; the built-in gel bars mean you don't need a separate shaving gel or foam or oil, so it's really portable and economical. I use them all the time and always carry one in my kit bag."

Veet Easywax Electrical Roll-on Kit (© Image © Ciao)

If you have more time or want smoother skin for longer, Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit delivers salon results that last up to four weeks. Before you begin, take a tip from Arezoo Kaviani, who is one of the UK's leading and respected beauty therapists and hair removal experts with a huge celebrity fan base, and "rub an ice cube over the area you plan to wax, dry your skin thoroughly and then begin waxing. This will quickly cool your skin making the hair easier to remove in one go."

Also, avoid the temptation to exercise straight after you've completed hair removal. Waxing is so effective because it requires hot wax to remove hair at the root but this does leave your pores are open post-technique and more susceptible to infection or irritation, so follow Arezoo's recommendation and give your skin time to recover.

Exfoliate with body scrubs
Keep your skin in tip-top condition by exfoliating once or twice a week. Arezoo suggests using: "using a body brush or salt scrub to remove dead skin and give your circulation a boost." Soap & Glory Flake Away or Dead Sea Salt Magic Brushing. And if you get the odd in-growing hair, Arezoo recommends "rubbing lemon juice on to the affected area - the fruit acids help to exfoliate the skin which should relieve the problem."

Veet Hair Minimiser body moisturiser (© Image © Ciao)

To minimise hair growth, try Veet Hair Minimiser body moisturiser - according to one user review on Ciao this: "is a fantastic product as hair does appear to be slower growing back and it's also a great moisturiser."

Fake it
For a quick-fix, reach for the fake tan. Nichola Joss says: "I always have some wash-off tan in my bag, as it instantly gives luminous glowing colour without the commitment of self-tan and because it sets when dry, there is no risk of it coming off. It's so quick and easy to use, make sure you always apply with a mitt and lightly massage into the skin." For a light golden glow, try Ambre Solaire No Streak Glow Spray or Bourjois' Délice de Soleil Bronzing Spray, which dries instantly.

Benefit "Take a picture, it lasts longer" (© Image © Ciao)

Finally, to make the most of your limbs Nichola suggests: "using an illuminating product which will help lengthen the legs, highlighting all the key areas of the shins to give you more contours." Benefit "take a Picture...it lasts longer..." silky glimmering body balm leaves your legs shimmering and soft in an instant.
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