Get An Irresistible Summer Body In Only Five Minutes (With Help From Palmer’s)


As we start to metaphorically and literally strip off the layers of the previous season, it becomes ever more important to look after our skin and ensure it’s ready for the warmer weather. We all want to feel our best when it’s time to slip into something slinkier, but more often than not it’s not until we’re heading out the door that we realise our limbs have seen better days. Whether you’re a lover of short shorts, a fan of the strapless dress, or prefer to cover up in a flowing maxi or on-trend kaftan, there are lots of simple things you can do to ensure your legs and arms are in tip top condition when the weather holds out for long enough for them to be finally set free. One of the products I’m relying on this summer is the super lightweight, nourishing and deliciously scented Firming Butter from Palmer’s. Made from pure Cocoa Butter and enriched with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter, this non greasy lotion helps to tighten, firm and tone skin. Not only does it help to improve skin’s elasticity and texture (even more important as we age,) but the addition of Ginseng and Vitamin E helps to nourish and rejuvenate tired skin, while Co Enzyme Q10 (a powerful antioxidant) helps stimulate skin cells for a more toned and smoother appearance. The pump action bottle makes it mess free and great value for money, while the texture of the lotion melts into skin to leave a comforting sensation with no residue whatsoever. It’s the first step towards getting an irresistible summer body, but there are a few other things you can do to boost your skin and leave you feeling fab. Here are some of my top tips that can be implemented with only five minutes spare a day!

All good skincare routines start in the shower, so make sure you’re using a shower gel that doesn’t strip the skin of moisture. Look for formulas free from alcohol and avoid those rich in synthetic fragrance; if you can pick a product that’s free from sulphates it will also prevent your skin from being stripped of natural oils and leave it feeling refreshed. Small changes can make a big difference.

The combination of sweat and SPF can cause dead skin cells to become trapped under the surface, causing irritation, prickly heat and unsightly bumps. Regular exfoliation with a gentle scrub can help lift away dead skin cells and product build up, revealing the glowing skin beneath. I personally love the Palmer’s Cocoa Body Scrub (and not only because it smells like summer!)

Seal in moisture after your shower
by applying a lightweight moisturiser over towel-dried limbs – even better is applying a moisturiser with a touch of colour too. Palmer’s Natural Bronze Spray Lotion helps to provide a hit of hydration while a natural tan develops over the course of a few days. A golden glow will help you look great and feel great.

Want your legs to look as though they’ve just stepped out of a holiday advert? You need to spritz on a touch of dry oil to help catch the light and inject radiance. Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil can be added to the shins and decolletage as a final step, helping to look after skin while acting as a cosmetic touch too.

need a formula rich in beneficial ingredients and quick drying to leave skin feeling hydrated and supple the following morning. Looking out for firming,
toning or tightening formulas will also help your body to feel its
best, which is why Palmer’s Firming Butter is a dream. Applied before bed (or in the morning if you have more time,) it will get to work as you sleep so you don’t even need any more time in your day.

So with only five minutes extra a day, you could prep your pasty bits for summer and step out the door looking fabulous. What are you waiting for?

The Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter is available from Boots stores nationwide and online, priced £5.14 for a 315ml bottle.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Palmer’s. All opinions and recommendations are my own.

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  1. Pam Scalfi
    July 8, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I love the idea behind firming lotions but sadly I always see very little results :/Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Hayley Carr
      July 11, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      It's important to remember they won't give you really deep results – it's more about improving the texture of the skin so it looks and feels a little firmer, if that makes sense!

  2. Yvonne Ashon
    July 8, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Cocoa butter is the best. My

  3. BeckyCook1711
    July 9, 2016 / 8:44 am

    Their products are fantastic. They also do a great lip balms with SPF in which is perfect for the warm weather!

    • Hayley Carr
      July 11, 2016 / 3:18 pm

      Yes they do! I love their lip balms.

    July 9, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Palmers used to be my go-to years ago, but I started to find the scent a bit sickly! Maybe it should try it again now its been a while!

    • Hayley Carr
      July 11, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      They have lots of different scents now too – including coconut which is AMAZE

  5. Anonymous
    July 10, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    I know that this article is all about feeling confident within yourself, but I find the use of the phrase ' Irresistible summer body ' in the heading infuriating. The word irresistible makes it about a third party – you're encouraging readers to have bodies that make others interested. We see language like this everywhere, women are subversively trained from childhood to ensure they attract men, but as you are someone who often speaks out against such marketing I was disappointed to see that phrasing here. I know you love to argue with anyone who dares criticise your posts, but if you go down that route please let me know who it was that you wanted to find the summer body mentioned 'irresistable'.

    • Hayley Carr
      July 11, 2016 / 9:04 am

      First up: I find "I know you love to argue with anyone who dares criticise your posts…" infuriating. Why am I not allowed to defend my own viewpoint, opinion or work on my own site without criticism? I've never stifled debate or discussion, but I don't tolerate plain abuse. Secondly, I take your point on board (and it's genuinely something I hadn't thought about) but it's a headline – nothing more, nothing less. I have a second to grab attention and draw people in; irresistible doesn't have to be about a 3rd party, but a description of the way you feel. Why can't you admire yourself? Why does it always have to be about someone else?

  6. Sami Brown
    July 13, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I love Palmers! Their whole range smells amazing. Thanks for the tip on exfoliating. I've never been very good with it and never do it whilst on holiday which seems to be the reason why I suffer from prickly heat! I'll definitely but buying some of the Palmer's body scrub this weekend 🙂 Sami xx | Daisy Daydreams

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