They say bikini-ready bodies are made during the chilly season and that’s right. You can’t neglect yourself while it’s cold and you’re covered up and then expect to emerge looking like a beach-ready goddess.

So, if now’s a good time to start hitting the gym and watching what you eat, it’s also a good time to invest in products that promise to help you create a beautiful body.

Say no to cellulite

As women age, their collagen production slows down and estrogen levels decrease. The latter impacts your blood vessels, causing a decrease of blood vessel receptors in your thighs. This decrease in circulation allows less oxygen and nutrition to the area. On top of this, fat cells become larger and begin to protrude through the weakened collagen structure.

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To combat the collagen issue, look out for body products containing collagen-boosting vitamins A, C and E. As far as circulation boosting goes, consider investing in a Celluvac Cellulite Reduction cup (R340 for a large cup, Celluvac).
celluvac-starter-kit_1024x1024Above: This is the Celluvac Starter Kit (R550) containing the aforementioned large cup, a smaller one plus a small and medium-sized face/neck cup. Yep, any skin can benefit from increased circulation.

Inspired by an ancient Chinese cupping technique, it creates a vacuum effect it stimulates your circulation as well as your lymphatic system to aid with the elimination of toxins. Simply apply it to skin that’s either just been moisturised or oiled to aid with ‘slip’ and run it around the affected areas to prevent as well as reduce existing cellulite.

Celluvac says you’ll see results within as little as six weeks, after five minutes of use in the morning and evening.

Help out your hands

Don’t let your hands let the team down! If you’re using a hydrating hand cream every day that’s great, but you’ll get more bang for your buck if you switch to one that has anti-ageing ingredients in it too. New Filorga Hand Absolute Ultimate Rejuvenating Hand Cream (R400, selected Edgars stores and Red Square) is a potent little powerhouse of actives. filorFor one, it uses a mix of hyaluronic acid and shea- and cocoa butters to help deeply hydrate your hands for up to 72 hours. It also tackles any fine lines with two ‘plumpers’ – lipoamino acid and collagen – and improves the look of pigmentation thanks to a brightening sea lily extract. Last, but not least, it takes care of your nails too, with a pro-cytosine complex that stimulates strengthening keratin.

Let’s move on to arms and legs

Cold air absorbs moisture which is why our skin gets drier in winter. Using a good body lotion to rehydrate is always a good thing but it’s also important to exfoliate, as sloughing away dead surface skin cells will ensure any lotions and potions better penetrate your skin. So, why not save yourself time as well as a little space on your beauty shelf by using a product that’ll both exfoliate and hydrate your skin?

The bestselling Environ Body Derma-Lac Moisturise Lotion (R215, Sorbet salons) contains lactic acid, a milk-derived alpha hydroxy acid, to gentle exfoliate your skin while hydrating it at the same time. envThe idea that ‘ultra hydrating’ has to mean a thick, heavy butter is a myth. This simple lotion is gentle enough to be used every day and will help hydrate while revealing a brighter, more even-toned looking body. It’s also a wondrous solution to preventing ingrown hairs!

Don’t forget about your feet

Using a good foot cream that contains a high percentage of skin-softening urea is a great way to take care of your feet but sometimes you need to pull out the big guns and that’s where Milky Foot Intense Exfoliating Foot Pad (R329,95, Dis-Chem) comes in.originalEssentially two plastic booties filled with a mild yet potent exfoliating acid, a single Milky Foot treatment can serve up a pair of silky soft ‘baby feet’ without you so much as having to look at a pumice stone. Simply slip into the boots and keep them on for 45 to 60 minutes. Then, within one to two weeks your skin will begin to peel (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt a bit) to help you shed away dryness, callouses and hardened skin with minimal effort.

With the right products, a younger, better looking body from top to toe can be yours for the taking.