The art of the body ritual

 

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The art of the body ritual

Cleanse, tone, moisturise; the ultimate skin care mantra, has been instilled into us over the years by beauty editors and experts alike and is one which we now commonly use in our morning and evening face care routines. But what about rituals for our body?

I believe in a holistic approach to looking after our bodies, which unifies mind and body to keep both healthy and functioning at their optimum capacity. Our brains and bodies are intrinsically linked through a complex network of neural pathways; so we need to treat both in order to effectively accelerate the skin’s processes of repair and regeneration and to see the desired benefits. And creating a ritual for your body’s specific need can do precisely that.

Research from Mintel shows that beauty products for the body are one of the fastest growing categories in new product development, with a slew of launches for every conceivable part of our bodies, each promising ever greater benefits in order to achieve the ‘perfect’ body. Never before has there been such an obsession with the way our bodies perform and look, but it does offer us real potential to look after ourselves through self-care and nurturing of the body.

Spring is tantalisingly just around the corner, and it is at this time of year that our thoughts turn to relinquishing our heavy winter wardrobes in favour of a welcoming edit of lighter spring pieces. These often show off more of our bodies, but with this comes the fear of exposing skin that has been covered up all winter, so just as you would make time to look after your face, so should you invest in maintenance time for your body.

Below is my personal favourite, a body ritual that helps relax and soothe the mind, whilst conditioning, sculpting and firming up skin that may have been left dry, flaky and slackened from the winter months.

Boost your circulation

The key to any effective body ritual is to prepare the skin from the outset. Body brushing is a simple but powerful way to reduce the appearance of cellulite, drain the lymphatic system and firm and nourish the skin. Our iconic Skin Brush features natural bristles to gently exfoliate and soften the skin in preparation for cleansing. Watch our vlog on the most effective body brushing technique here.

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Ease and soothe mind and body

Relax aching muscles and melt away your troubles by bathing in our Arnica Soothing Muscle Soak. Infused with a deeply nurturing blend of sea salt, arnica, eucalyptus and ginger, this beautifully scented soak will soothe all your aches and pains.

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Invigorate and rejuvenate

Wake up your body with our Detox Cellulite Body Oil, containing a detoxifying and depuffing blend of juniper, rosemary, grapefruit and fennel essential oils, which help the body eliminate toxins, improve micro circulation and oxygenation. Organic oils of jojoba, marigold, St Johns Wort, carrot and rosehip help to soften and firm.

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Define and sculpt

Our super absorbent Resculpting Body Gel, melts into the skin to help smooth and lift, reducing the size of fat cells and improve circulation. Containing a cocktail of fat busting ingredients, it is shown to decrease thigh and waist size by 1-2 inches within three weeks’ of use. Key to this wonder gel’s powerful formula is green coffee; the caffeine activates an enzyme, which stimulates the hydrolysis of fats into fatty acids and glycerol. Their elimination reduces the size of fat cells that give the skin the uneven and dimpled effect we associate as cellulite. In addition, chilli extract helps to increase the flow of blood by heating the skin. This increases the effects of the green coffee and results in better circulation, allowing the body to eliminate the byproducts of hydrolysis more quickly. The ultimate way to firm and tone.

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I’d also recommend our Green Coffee Body Sculpting treatment to boost the efficacy of your ritual and help to maintain the results for longer.

This dual massage treatment uses unique techniques to help to reduce bloating and encourage microcirculation around the thighs, waist, tummy and bottom, resulting in a flatter tummy, smoother, firmer skin and reduced puffiness. Our hero combination of green coffee and heat stimulating chilli are the perfect partners to target problem areas.

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