How to Brush and Buff Your Skin Smooth

Summer is the perfect time to bare a little more skin. Follow these simple steps to achieve silky smooth skin in no time at all .

silky_smooth_skinphoto: shutterstockMaintaining sleek, glowing skin at this time of year is key, whether you’re commuting sans stockings in the city or heading for a little lakeside R&R. Start by introducing dry brushing to your regular routine – it’s been hailed by celebs and skincare experts for boosting circulation and even smoothing cellulite. Use long strokes and a stiff brush to brush your skin from toe to head toward your heart, which works to flush out toxins.

The Body Shop Cactus Body Brush, $18
The Body Shop Cactus Body Brush, $18

Once in the shower, polish up with a high-quality scrub that contains essential oils and natural grains to help nourish from the inside out.

Decléor 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator, $49
Decléor 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator, $49 at Hudson’s Bay counters

To moisturize, mist damp skin with a body oil that is fortified with hard-working nutrients that you can also use on your hair and face, such as vitamin E, ginger root extract and avocado and olive oils. Don’t be shy about spritzing again before leaving the house to give your limbs an extra dose of shine.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil, $36
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil, $36 at Shopper’s Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay and London Drugs

If you’re hankering for a little extra colour, there are two easy ways to glow: a moisturizer that imparts a subtle tan over a few days (sans streaks or ill-fitting colour), and drops you can mix into your favourite face and body creams so it’s easy to control how much colour you really want. (Try Laboratoire Dr. Renaud Liquid Sunshine All-Year Customized Self-Tanner, $40.)

Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion, $37
Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion, $37 at department stores and pharmacies

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