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Beauty fit club
6:00am Saturday 18th January 2014 in Lifestyle
Give your face and body a home workout. Lisa Haynes reveals the beauty product equivalents of pumping iron
Go on, admit it, you're already suffering from intense treadmill fatigue and talk of new fitness craze Tabata has gone right over your head.
If you feel like a spare part in the gym, sprint back to the sanctuary of your bathroom. The beauty world has some seriously heavyweight products to keep your face and body fit for 2014 - no gym membership or sweat required.
And if you're still bravely clinging on to the cross-trainer? Indulge in these products before or after your workout as a changing room treat.
Whip slack skin and lazy complexions back into shape with these beauty boosters.
There are plenty of toning and weight exercises designed for your body, but don't let your face miss out on the action. Invest in a firming potion for some facial fitness. Unlike the 'real' gym, when it comes to the face, encouraging plumpness is key to diminishing fine lines.
Give your complexion a bootcamp-style workout with Bliss' Firm, Baby Firm. The dual-action serum gets to work firming up the delicate eye zone and improving elasticity in the chin area, £55 (www.blissworld.co.uk).
To encourage some youthful bounce, try Clinique's Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream. A skin personal trainer in a pot, it visibly tightens, lifts and firms the face and neck, £52 (0870 034 2566/www.clinique.co.uk).
Facial gyms haven't been invented yet so engage in the next best thing - massage. You don't need a sports physio to relax your muscles. Self-massage in the mirror allows oxygenated blood to flow freely, releasing toxins and alleviating festive puffiness.
Celebrity facialist Sarah Chapman makes uplifting massages easier with her Facialift device. The massager features eight heads and 48 nodules to lift and sculpt the face and aid lymphatic drainage, £25 (www.sarahchapman.net).
Massage as you cleanse with Magnitone's Pulsar Daily Skin Cleansing & Toning System For Face And Body. The 15,000 rotational oscillations per minute not only removes deep impurities but noticeably firms and tightens skin as it polishes, £129.99 (Boots).
Don't get complacent just because your skin is camouflaged by countless winter layers. Keep up your body skincare routine with high intensity toners, and you'll be one step ahead the next time you have to strip down in front of an audience.
Stay dedicated to a 30-second massage routine for 30 days straight with Mio's Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper. Dubbed 'rehab for abs', it vows to increase natural fat burning for smoother, firmer, tauter skin around the waist and tummy, £35 (www.mioskincare.co.uk).
If you don't fancy the scary chest press contraption at the gym, try This Works' Perfect Cleavage Firming Lotion. Boost your pecs minus the push-up bra, with this nourishing lotion that plumps and enhances your decolletage, £38 (www.thisworks.com).
Arms are the holy grail of a fit body, thanks to Mrs Obama's toned triceps. Combine some arm lifts - with dumbbells or baked bean cans (or failing that, shopping bags) - with a firming formula designed to combat bingo wings.
Fear sleeveless tops no more, when armed with Soap & Glory's The Firminator Targeted Arm Firming & Toning Formula. It not only tones but exfoliates, to blur away the imperfections we've been hiding away in woolly jumpers, £12 (Boots).
Wave goodbye to sagging skin for 2014 using Pupa's Inner Arm Shaping Cream. To maximise results, apply to the inner arms in an energetic massage motion from the elbow to the shoulder, twice a day for eight weeks to maximise tightening, £42 (www.escentual.com).
Tried & tested
:: New Year, new hair colour? Stephanie Cockroft goes for half measures with a home dip-dye kit
I'm a self-confessed hair dye addict. Blonde, red, even blue - you name it, I've tried it. So when I get the chance to use L'Oreal Paris Preference Wild Ombres, to give myself copper tips - minus the hefty salon price tag - I can't resist. The range is designed to give your hair a two-tone effect, meaning you can dip-dye as much or as little of your locks as you want with a brush-on action. After mixing the colour and cream, I chose to apply the dye from below the earlobes. Then, I simply used the brush to swipe along to the ends of my hair. It's easy to see where it's been applied and, even with thick, long hair, there's enough to ensure every strand's covered. There's no drip, no mess, and there's even a nourishing conditioner to use afterwards. But once I wash off the dye, I have to admit, I'm pretty shocked - the copper's extremely bright - not for wallflowers! But I love bright and bold, so I'm happy. Those expecting a more natural colour could be disappointed. You also won't get the graduating 'fade' effect as shown on the box. To achieve that, you need to apply to ends for ten minutes first, and then progress upwards, so that the dye's on some parts for longer. Overall though, it's a great product which couldn't be easier to use, and should appeal to anyone wanting to create a trendy, unique look for less than a tenner, without the worry of roots creeping through.
:: L'Oreal Paris Preference Wild Ombres in Copper, £6.99 (Boots/Superdrug nationwide)
Buy it now
Extend that lazy holiday feeling with Jo Malone's Just Like Sunday home candle collection. Stoke the fire and kick back with the fragrance of Sweet Almond & Macaroon, Green Tomato Leaf, Lavender & Lovage or Incense & Embers, £39 each (www.jomalone.co.uk).
:: Metrosexual mania
Make some room in your bathroom cabinet. The average male's grooming regime costs three times as much as their gym membership. The average 30-something man admits to spending over £100 per month on pricey potions and spa trips, according to a recent survey by Debenhams. Guys are willing to splurge up to £50 on a moisturiser and up to £40 on wrinkle-busting eye creams. Clinique's Age Defence For Eyes, Elemis Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, Clarins Moisture Balm and YSL's Touche Eclat were rated as the most wanted beauty products on 'the man shelf'.
:: Recessionista alert
Supercharge your skincare regime with Champneys Facial Cleansing System. The star gift is better than half price at £19.99 (was £49.99) for one week only until January 16, while stocks last (www.boots.com).
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