Summer is in full swing and these pampering treatments will help reverse body bothers so you can shed your cold-weather layers with confidence.
Crepey chest? Smooth it with a coconut oil salve.
Coconut oil’s antioxidants repair damaged skin, while its fatty acids plump and “fill in” wrinkles. Using with vitamin A– rich rosehip seed oil boosts collagen production so lines look less noticeable.
Try it: Combine 1⁄2 Tbs. of coconut oil and 2 drops of rosehip seed oil, rub on the chest; let absorb.
Cellulite? Diminish it with a ‘sweet and spicy’ scrub.
A scrub made of cinnamon (it increases circulation to expel trapped fluids and toxins), brown sugar (it exfoliates) and olive oil (it hydrates) smooths out dimples—stat.
Try it: Mix 1⁄2 cup of brown sugar, 1⁄4 cup of olive oil and 2 tsp. of cinnamon. Rub on cellulite and let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse.
Spider veins? Fade them with a vitamin K cream.
The nutrient deeply penetrates skin, strengthening blood-vessel walls and increasing circulation to minimize the blood pooling and leaking that leads to weblike vein clusters. What’s more, a cream that also contains soybean oil (an anti-inflammatory) and parsley extract (a skin lightener) reduces the appearance of veins even faster.
One to try: Reviva Labs Vitamin K Créme, (Buy on Amazon, $38.18)
Upper-arm jiggles? Firm them with a seaweed wrap.
The iodine in seaweed stimulates fat-burning enzymes to target the stubborn fat that builds up in the upper arms. And adding in almond oil (its vitamin E stimulates elastin production) helps firm skin to speed results.
Try it: Mix 1⁄4 cup of seaweed powder (like Starwest Botanicals Organic Seaweed Powder, Buy on Amazon, $9.67), 2 tsp. of almond oil and 1⁄2 cup of water. Rub on arms and loosely wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit for 20 minutes; remove plastic wrap and rinse.
Rough skin? Soften it with a lactic acid lotion.
Rather than just moisturize dry skin, a cream that contains lactic acid also gently whisks away the layer of dry, dead cells to boost the skin-smoothing benefits. Plus, the acid draws moisture into skin, naturally increasing hydration.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.