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BEAUTY SPOT: Give Miss Piggy the chop with a detox.

Byline: WITH CRAIG ALEXANDER WILSON

It's at this time of year when the beauty salons, gyms and - if you're lucky enough - personal trainers rub their hands in anticipation.

They are waiting for clients to run through their doors, clutching a picture of Elle the Body McPherson, in the hope that somehow they can be magically transformed into a completely different person.

For some reason we feel the urge to detox, shed pounds and fit into that little black dress. If only it were that easy. I've even tried sticking a picture of Miss Piggy to my fridge door hoping it will stop me rifling through it in the middle of the night.

But all is not lost. If you fancy a better body, my detox face and body products will help you on your way. FACE FACTS A brighter complexion will not only make you look better but feel better too. Get rid of deep down dirt with Origins You're Getting Warmer Purifying Clay Mask.

The clay warms on contact with the skin and dislodges dirt and unclogs pores. Special seaweed gets to work to dig deep while lime and cinnamon awaken your senses. Massage on to clean, moistened skin for 10 minutes, then rinse. Priced pounds 15 from House of Fraser and John Lewis stores.

STICK IN THE MUD For centuries Mud has been used to clean and detoxify the body. Boots Spa Organic Body Mud is a rich blend of detoxifying and nourishing minerals and amino acids to draw out impurities, tone and tighten skin. It has active soothing agents to relieve aches and pains and can be used on the face and body.

Apply to the chosen area for 10-15 minutes, then wash off in the bath or shower. Keep in your fridge before application for a cooling sensation that will relieve tired muscles. Great when you've done a hard stint at the gym. Best Buy at pounds 4.99 from Boots stores.

SEAWEED SOAKS For a while now I've used The Organic Pharmacy's Detox Bath and Shower Gel. I like the fact that depending on my mood, be it a long hot soak or quick shower, I know this products works. A gentle aloe and sweet almond wash with essential oils of teatree, peppermint and rosemary make this a natural choice. The clean smell of eucalyptus revives your senses. Priced pounds 17 for 200mls from www. TheOrganic Pharmacy.com or call 0207 351 2232.

SpaceNK Bath Soak Seaweed Detox is a highly- concentrated non-foaming seaweed bath soak with calcium, zinc and five per cent sea-water to reinforce the detoxifying and toning action. Add five capsules to a hot tub of water for maximum effects. Step out of the bath and pat skin dry without rinsing further. Wrap up in a robe and relax. Best Soak at pounds 18 from Space NK. TIGHTEN AND TONE Clinique's Water Therapy Firming Body Smoother is a multi-action lotion that will give your skin a serious drink and, over time, visibly improve texture and tone.

Camomile, white birch and wheatgerm make skin glow and appear smoother. It dries in quickly allowing you to put on your Jane Fonda get-up and hit the Bums and Tums class. Priced pounds 21 from Clinique Counters.

For those areas you've not seen - never mind reached - in 20 years, try The Sanctuary's Detox Dry Oil Spray.This will refresh and stimulate, as organic olive oil helps tone while marine extracts detoxify. Priced pounds 5.95 from Boots. TOP TIP: With body oils, apply to damp skin and let dry naturally to help seal in moisture.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 2, 2005
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