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Top tips for a bikini body; Make sure you look sunsational.

Byline: DEIRDRE O'DONOVAN

COUNTING down with us to get the best bikini body for a sizzlingly sexy summer?

Last week we gave you diet tips to help you get a sexy summer shape.

But how do you get silky skin and that gorgeous glow that will make you irresistible all summer long?

DEIRDRE O'DONOVAN presents our five top tips for a heavenly beach body... and our Top 10 beauty buys for perfect summer skin.1. Water

EXPERTS recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water each day.

Not only will this keep your body hydrated, but will help flush toxins from the body and because your skin is hydrated, it helps ward off wrinkles.

Also, keeping a bottle of chilled water at your desk stops you bingeing on sugary and fatty snacks.

By drinking plenty of water you decrease the fat deposits building up, which leads to every girl's enemy - cellulite.

And drinking liquids before eating, helps suppress appetite and maintain a high metabolic rate.

2. Exercise

NO-ONE'S suggesting you get down to the gym every night and spend hours on the treadmill.

Just 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week will make a massive difference to your body.

By exercising you burn fat cells, the primary component of cellulite.

Exercise tones and firms your body boosting circulation to your skin cells providing them with that healthy glow.

If you can't face the gym then just start with simple brisk walks with friends and build your fitness.

When you exercise take deep breaths inhaling enough oxygen and exhaling enough carbon dioxide reducing levels of toxicity.

3. Exfoliating

EXFOLIATING means to remove dried skin cells from the surface of the skin.

Body brushing is one great way to do this because it also relieves stress because it induces relaxation, stimulates blood circulation and releases the body of toxins as it exfoliates and tones your skin.

Using a natural bristle brush start from the soles of your feet working upward towards your heart in circular motions, brush your calves, knees, thighs, abdomen etc.

After you brush your skin relax in a warm bath or shower.

But avoid body brushing if you have eczema, psoriasis, broken or infected skin and varicose veins.

4. Hair removal

FOR MOST of us the only time the razor came out over winter was just in time for the Christmas party or for a hot date.

But as the days get longer, the skirts get shorter and it's time to get the perfect pins for summer.

Waxing is painful but the results are longer lasting than regular shaving.

Also, you don't have that stubble regrowth with waxing.

But if the thought of waxing is too much then make sure you use plenty of soap when shaving to avoid those nasty nicks and cuts.

5. Moisturising

FROM winter's low humidity to summer's harsh sun rays, your skin needs thoughtful care to guard against moisture loss year-round.

Not only can outside air dry out your skin, but indoor air can damage it as well.

Dry air robs moisture from your skin, causing fine lines, roughness, chapping, scaliness - even irritation.

For supersoft skin, after a warm bath or shower - it should never be hot - pat yourself dry. Don't rub.

While skin is still warmer and slightly damp, apply a good body moisturiser that absorbs quickly and counteracts dryness.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 9, 2004
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