10 Best – for keeping those legs summer lovely


Sculpted Silhouette
Contains caffeine to increases blood circulation this great product helps rectify cellulite and fatty deposits by stimulating fat metabolism. It also re-models and shapes body contours, firms and tones the skin and stimulates lymph flow and reduces fluid retention
The super intensive anti-cellulite treatment blend contains caffeine-rich Guarana with Butcher’s Broom and Lemon Extract to stimulate the circulation and noticeably reduce cellulite. With added Horsetail and Ginseng to help tighten and tone the body contours. Use as an intensive course every morning and evening for at least 6 weeks. £34 Buy at www.spafindskincare.com
Dead Sea Magik
Naturally exfoliating salt scrub with pure Dead Sea salts, Coconut Oil and vitamin E – makes the skin on your legs and body wonderfully lustrous and smooth. Costs £12  for 500g. Buy from www.spaforspa.com
Bio Elixir Body Shaper
A new formula,  BioElixia™ BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème is a revolutionary new anti-cellulite product from Australia containing unique Tricellite Active™ ingredients and a concentrated blend of antioxidants and moisturisers to assist in reducing the appearance of the bumps, dimples and bulges associated with cellulite in 28 days.
New BioElixia™ BodyShaper Cellulite Contour Crème is scientifically proven:A reduced appearance of the bumps, and ‘orange peel’ dimples associated with cellulite by an average of 38% in 28 days.An average of 57% reduction in the appearance of cellulite after 56 days.A significant increase in skin hydration and elasticity.87% of women in our study saw an visbile improvement to skin’s firmness and smoothness after 28 days. Costs £39 for 150ml.  Buy at Boots.

Ultimo Self-Tan Lotion
Contains a range of DHA’s that provide a deep rich colour intensity as it imparts greater uniformity of colour to help eliminate streaking and is completely odour free. Contains a blend of moisturizing rainforest extracts including buriti and pracaxi seeds and wild strawberry leaf extracts to minimize premature ageing and for re sculpting and re shaping – wild indigo flower that helps improve the appearance of skin for smoother contours. Comes in a range of shades including California Gold and Brazilian Bronze £25.50 We tried Marbella Gold – gold and glamorous tan Costs £28.50 for 200ml aerosol.  In stores and online at www.ultimobeauty.co.uk

Hempz Touch of Summer
Touch of Summer Daily Moisturiser. Gradually creates a golden glow just by moisturizing.  Enriched with pure natural hemp seed oil and subtle color enhancers. Hempz Touch of Summer in medium £16.99 for 235ml bottle
Add a Touch of Summer for that perfect golden glow all year long, just by moisturising. Designed specifically for fair or medium skin tones, this Daily Moisturiser enriched with Pure Organic Hemp Seed Oil, gradually delivers the perfect amount of subtle self-tanners to even out skin tone while gradually deepening skin’s natural colour for the glow of summer. You will begin to see gradual colour development within several days and maximum colour after one week. Continue use to maintain glow. 235ml Buy at Ergoline Plus on 020 8498 7283

Leg Work Silky Leg Lotion
Silky dark tanning lotion for legs with cocoa butter and macademia oil.  150ml aerosol Legwork by Devoted Creations £18.99 for 150ml bottle
This is a product specifically designed for the legs. It is a silicone blend, formulated with skin-firming and anti-ageing benefits, as well as a hair re growth inhibitor. Shea butter and macadamia oils will hydrate the skin leaving it silky soft to the touch. A pleasant alluring nights fragrance tops this fabulous product off. Buy at Ergoline Plus on 020 8498 7283

Kerstin Florian Sunless Tan
A moisturizing formula containing sweet almond oil and shea butter that oozes quality ingredients and gives a really natural looking tan and smells heavenly.  The colour intensifies over a three hour period. Costs £35.75 for 130ml.   Buy at www.kerstinflorian.co.uk

Pupa Shaping
A best-selling range of treatments from Italy containing CYM2 Complex which strengthens the skin to give a much tighter effect. Costs £42 for 150ml. Call + 44(0)20 8398 9744 for stockists. Also buy at www.urbanretreat.co.uk


A high-tech treatment which uses three different fat-busting technologies – infra-red light, bi-polar radio frequency and vacuum/mechanical massage to blast fat cells and promote inch-loss. Costs from £100 per treatment. For more information and clinics. More information at www.velashape.com 

Motif Hair Removal
Motif is the choice of the GB Synchronised Swimming team, pictured. Motif laser hair removal is a pain-free laser hair removal system which uses a combination of laser and Radio Frequency to treat all skin types and colours, resulting in unwanted hair removal in little as 4 treatments!
Motif’s Deep Dermal Penetration means longer lasting results and all hair types and colours including fine facial hair, can be treated! It also uses a fast acting, Contact Cooling Devise making the treatment all but pain free!  For Motif clinics nationwide go to www.motif-me.com Motif is Priced from: £95 for bikini line and £150 for half leg.
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Top tips for beautiful summer feet


Now that warmer weather is upon us, hopefully most of us will be keen to take more exercise.

But before you dig out those festering trainers from the bottom of the wardrobe, The UK’s Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists highlights the importance of wearing the right sports shoe and of taking care of your feet as part of your fitness plan, warning that you could risk doing more harm than good if you don’t.

Lorraine Jones, podiatrist from The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, said: “Exercise is essential for good health, but sport can put a lot of pressure on your knees, hips, back and neck, so getting the right shoe for the right sport can help minimise injury and keep you comfortably on track to reach your set goal.

When we run, our body weight is multiplied three times or more, with your feet and lower limbs bearing the brunt of this stress each and every time they hit the ground. An average sized-man can process approximately 112 tons of weight through each limb for every mile run.

Sports lovers and those getting fit for the first time need to give their footwear and the health of their feet the same consideration as any other part of their body when preparing for the off.”

So whether walking, dancing or pounding the pavements is the choice of exercise for 2010, The Society of Chiropodist and Podiatrists offers the following advice to help keep feet fighting fit.

Follow the 1cm rule – when shopping for the perfect sports shoes ensure you can wiggle your toes a little – leave 1cm of room from the top of your longest toe at the end of your shoe. Try on both shoes and walk around the shop to make sure they don’t pinch or rub.

Warm up and stretch – before starting any form of exercise, stretch and warm up your entire body and then stretch and warm down at the end of every session…

Get the right socks

Always wear socks to reduce the risk of fungal infection and blisters. The best running socks are ones that are made from synthetic materials which are designed to wick sweat away from the skin, (such as CoolMaxÒ) as they don’t absorb moisture like 100% cotton socks, and keep the feet drier.
Choose the correct shoes for the sport.

If running is the choice for 2010, buy a running shoe which has adequate cushioning in the midsole and a flared heel for stability. However, if it’s a racquet sport such as squash or tennis, buy shoes designed for racquet sports that give better stability when moving and stopping suddenly around the court -a running shoe wouldn’t be suitable due to lack of lateral support.

How to avoid blisters

· How to avoid blisters – Blisters are painful, fluid filled lesions caused by friction from ill-fitting shoes, excessive moisture, or wrinkled socks against the skin. To prevent them, keep your feet dry, always wear socks as a cushion between your feet and your shoes and always wear properly fitting shoes. If a blister does occur, never pop it.

· Seek expert advice if necessary – if you have ongoing foot pain that doesn’t go away, get it checked out.

Tips for buying the right trainers from The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

§ Buy shoes designed for the activity you want to do. Running shoes are very flexible, allowing the foot to bend and flex through each step, they have increased shock absorption for when the heel strikes the ground and are designed for forward motion. Sports such as tennis, basketball and aerobics involve sideways stepping, and require shoes that provide greater sideways support.

§ A common mistake is to buy trainers that are too small. Shoe manufacturers produce trainers designed for people with low arches and high arches. It’s vital that sales staff recognise this and provide the right shoe for the type of foot. Buy trainers from a specialist sports shoe shop where the staff are trained in fitting.

§ The most important thing is that your sports shoes are appropriate for your body and your workout. Choose a reputable manufacturer, not a high street shop with own brand trainers.

§ If you’re training every day, ideally have two pairs of trainers and alternate them to allow them to dry out over 24 hours.

§ For more information on choosing a sports shoe, or to find your local registered podiatrist, visit The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrist’s website www.feetforlife.org


Women rush to rejuvenate wrinklie knees, says Cynosure


London: The media obsession with the wrinkly knees of celebrities, such as Elle Macpherson and Demi Moore, has fuelled a huge increase in the latest specialist procedure to rejuvenate them.

Cynosure Smartlipo MPX™ , the name for a procedure in which doctors “disolve” fat and flab using a laser, reports a 100% increase in treatments and enquiries

The increase in demand has occured in both North America and the UK for laser knee sculpting.

Dr Stephen Mulholland, one of the world’s leading plastic surgeons with practices in Toronto and Los Angeles comments, ‘Treatments are up 100% with the number of enquires also increasing.’

Dr Ayham Ayoubi, the first person in the UK to perform this procedure using the Smartlipo MPX™ system has seen a corresponding increase in enquiries about the use of Smartlipo for knees, noting that the increase in enquiries is up 100% since the beginning of the year. He has completed more than 40 laser knee sculpting procedures on clients since the launch of Smartlipo MPX™ in September 2008.

Karen Tipping, Marketing Manager for Cynosure says of the rise in enquiries, “Anecdotal evidence from clinics attributes the rise in enquiries to the increase in newspaper and magazine articles that reference celebrities and their unsightly knobbly knees.”

The popularity of the treatment itself and successfully completed procedures has been attributed to the swift and virtually pain free option that laser lipolysis offers. Downtime is shorter with Smartlipo and most people return to work within a few days. There is less bruising and is minimally invasive, making only a small incision in the skin.

Fast, efficient, with permanent results, Laser Knee Sculpting works by introducing pulsed laser energy through a cannula to liquefy fat, which is then removed from the body. The laser energy also coagulates the tissue, thereby sculpting body contours and tightening the skin. The procedure generally causes less bleeding, swelling and bruising than traditional liposuction, resulting in fewer complications and faster recovery.

Taking around 1 hour for the total process (both knees), the treatment takes place under a local anesthetic which results in minimal downtime for the client. On average, around 100-150 ml of fat is removed from each knee. Many clients are advised to wear a support garment for up to 10 days after the procedure to ensure maximum results. Clients can return to work within a few days, the gym after about a week and swimming – about 10 days. It costs around £1,700

For more info contact Cynosure at T: + 44 (0)1628 522252 or visit www.cynosureuk.com

Before and After pictures below:


Married women have hairier legs


London: Hairy legs are a top priority for British women – except if they are married, according to a new survey.

Four out of five of those surveyed admitted that having hairy legs made them feel uncomfortable, unfeminine and unsexy; while 43% revealed that their relationship status affected how much care and attention they showed their pins. And for all those singletons out there, a quarter of you wouldn’t consider bringing anyone home if you didn’t have gorgeously smooth skin.

But it seems hair removal isn’t a priority once you’re married, with 21% of you admitting that you’re not concerned with having smooth pins after you’ve tied the knot.

Hair removal experts Nair surveyed almost 1,300 people across the UK in a bid to find out about the nation’s attitude to hair removal[1].

The survey also revealed that almost half of 16-24 year olds would like some star treatment with a beauty therapist on speed dial. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of us we can’t afford this extravagance.

So Nair has come to the rescue with the Nair Leg Technicians Consultation, a free online service giving you all the information you need to get your legs in tip-top shape. This simple-to-use free online questionnaire supplies you with professional advice tailored to meet your needs, recommending the ideal product for you. And if your query can’t be answered on the site, you can email an expert Leg Technician and they’ll get back to you within seven working days. This free service is available at www.naircare.co.uk It’s a great way to handle any hairy nightmares!

Expert beauty therapist and Nair’s Chief Leg Technician Heidi Edwards says:
“To get sexy, smooth legs this summer get yourself into a routine of moisturising and exfoliating. A spot of exercise helps too! And to remove leg hair, use a wax or a cream-based product that is designed to care for your skin. Nair has a great range of hair removal products, featuring both waxes and creams, to comfortably remove the hair, while moisturising and protecting.”

Whatever your needs, Nair has a hair removal product to suit you and your lifestyle. This summer, Nair has launched four great new products:

Soothing Wax Kit (rrp £5.99 for 32 strips) for waxing without the “ouch:

Shower Power (rrp £5.69, Boots only) great for morning-time speedy hair removal

Tahitian Gardenia Easy Wax Microwave (rrp £7.99) brilliant for long lasting results

Pretty Peach Cream (rrp £4.49) perfect for your first foray into home hair removal:

All Nair products are specially formulated by the experts and are dermatologically tested to ensure that they respect your skin.

NB: with all hair removal products, make sure you do a patch test 24 hours before use and follow the instructions, and with any microwave heated product make sure you follow the on-pack instructions correctly.


[1] Total Survey Sample Base: 1282. Survey conducted by Opinion Matters: 23.06.2008 – 27.06.2008

Get fuzz free summer legs – win the latest stubble-buster


Stubble isn’t designer when it comes to your legs. JML’s Liso Pure means you can now enjoy soft smooth skin in your own bathroom in under five minutes.

Liso Pure uses a dermatolgically approved formula which means long lasting results. Just spray it on your legs, leave for four minutes and then rinse it off and pat dry with a towel. Its great for those with a low threshold for pain – you’ll never get nasty nicks or razor rash again!

This dispensing bottle offers great value, with its pump design enabling you to control how much cream you apply, avoiding waste and mess. Most importantly it makes your limbs look luscious.

It’s a relief to those who find the cycle of shaving and waxing painful and messy – it makes hair removal hassle free.

For fuzz-free pins get JML’s Liso Pure. On sale in the UK at £9.99 from Boots nationwide, online at www.JMLdirect.com, JML Direct TV (Sky Channel 631) and telephone number 0871 2222 631.

JML is giving away ten samples of Liso Pure. If you would like to win one, please email us at readeroffer@elixirnews.comwith your name and address, putting Hair in the email header. Your name will be put into a draw. Please note that this offer closes on May 31, no cash equivalent is being offered and the Editor’s decision is final.

To read more about Liso Pure go to www.jmldirecto.com

Cindy Crawford confesses to being human

Supermodel Cindy Crawford has confessed that she keeps her looks in pristine condition with the help of aesthetic treatments such as Botox and collagen.

In a magazine interview the 40-year-old mother of two said she has getting cosmetic help for the past 11 years.

“I’m not going to lie to myself: past a certain age, creams work on the texture of your skin but, in order to restore elasticity, all I can really count on is vitamin injections, Botox and collagen,'”she tells this week’s Gala magazine.

“I have a very simple, healthy life, which works miracles. I drink a lot of water, watch what I eat and exercise. ‘But I owe the quality of my skin to my cosmetic surgeon.”

Miss Crawford who has her own skincare range called Meaningful Beauty. Products includes facial mask, skin softening cleaners, moisturisers and neck rejuvenating creams.

She says of her products: ‘I believe Meaningful Beauty is the best skin care available, and soon you will be able to discover the difference yourself. ‘Improve the tone and texture of your skin. Reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.

Reveal skin that is smoother, softer and more radiant. They’re products that treat your skin in a meaningful way now for more beautiful, younger-looking skin tomorrow.’