Putting a spring in my step – and the rest of my body


The Mumster has a girls’ weekend to look forward to, so it’s time to shed her winter body and spring into action

If my face is a temple then my body is most definitely a shed – it gets a clear-out once a year. Frankly, though, if I didn’t have to bother then I probably wouldn’t; but a girls’ weekend away and the thought of sandals motivated me to do a bit of housekeeping…

Best foot forward

They’re hardly the most exciting of subjects, but feet do take a pounding and sandals seem to particularly harsh on them – well, mine at least.

Salon pedicures are lovely but they are time consuming and can be costly so I thought I would try a cheaper alternative that I can do at home.

Footer Exfoliating Socks Total Callus Remover promise to leave you with baby soft feet by removing the hardened upper layer of skin. It’s simple – I sat and watched TV for an hour with my feet encased in plastic socks containing a liquid that, it said, would make my skin start to lift off in a week’s time.

It’s a revoltingly fascinating process. You’re not supposed to help the peeling process, but if you can then you’re a better woman than me.

Unfortunately, the process took slightly longer than I thought so I was still shedding skin when I went away. The hostel’s rough carpet helped removed the last bits – which was great for me but my friends? Not so much.

Nevertheless, I will definitely be using these again.

Legs & Co

Blimey, what a palaver, but if your legs are starting to resemble a dried-up river bed then Diprobase Emollient Cream is great, if a little thick and sticky.

I found it best applied at night as it felt odd under jeans and I woke with beautifully soft legs by the end of the week.

Having got my legs in a better state, I then went on to maintaining with Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion. This is lovely; it has a pleasing subtle smell and is light in texture but highly effective. It’s fantastic if you have eczema and is prescribed by dermatologists. Aveeno also do a Daily Moisturising After Shower Mist, which is also great.

The short and curlies

Hair doesn’t grow quickly enough on my head – I’m growing it and it’s taking forever! – but it sprouts up on my legs with unnecessary speed.

To tackle it, I use a Phillips HP6423 Satinelle Epilator (half price at Boots right now). Now an epilator isn’t for everyone, but I don’t find it particularly painful and luckily I’m quite bendy as this one is corded (the flex is quite long) and you need a certain amount of manoeuvring yourself into odd shapes to do the back of your legs.

The Satinelle is a step up from the basic epilator I had before and comes with a shaver attachment should you fancy heading further north or doing your armpits.

Bronze goddess

I’m undecided on whether to bother with fake tan this year, but I’ll probably end up succumbing. It’s the smell that I find really off-putting. It would be so much easier to put it on at night and then wake up golden, but the smell keeps me awake.

I had a salon fake tan a few years ago and it was unbelievable – just not in a good way. I looked like I had been tangoed with an ombre effect getting progressively darker as you reached my feet. It was the only holiday I’ve been on where I got paler as the days went on.

I tried St Moriz Professional Self Tan Mousse, which gives a lovely glow but is like gravy browning. I felt like I should be drawing a line up the back of my legs. The mousse went all over the bathroom floor too.

As fake tans go, I prefer L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Body Mist. It sprays a fine mist and you can use it upside down for legs and backs.

My preferred option, however, is for a gradual tan and for that, I like L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Body Lotion. It lets you build up your colour to a natural glow and is ideal – unless you’re David Dickinson, of course.

What do you use to spruce up for spring? Leave your recommendations in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.

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