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You have a few more weeks to go to work on your summer body. We speak to beauty therapist and owner of Camilla Molefe for tips on how to eat well and look gorgeous.

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Bust Area

Decollete is a French word describing the upper chest area, including neck, cleavage and the shoulders. This bust area is the one of the first places women show their age, and this because the skin does not have as many reparative oil glands and has less elasticity. Women often overlook this area when it comes to skin care, not realising it forms part of their faces.

Back

Our back holds the body together. Because it’s prone to stress, it can be affected by breakouts like acne and rash. Just like the face, the back has numerous sebaceous glands that release sebum, an oily substance. Breakouts are formed when sebum mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria, which then clogs the hair follicles. Start cleansing your back by using a pH-balanced soap or gel. Then exfoliate the whole body with a scrub at least twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells. Finally, seal in moisture with a rich cream or hydrating butter.

Stomach

Like the rest of your body the stomach is made up of six different muscles of the anterior abdominal wall, and these are the Rectus Abdominis (better known as the Six Pack), Oblique muscles (2 external & 2 interior muscles) on each side and lastly the Transverse Abdominis muscles. Exercising (sit-ups and planks), the correct diet and drinking plenty water.

Thighs & Buttocks

Cellulite and stretch marks are major concerns for women. For some it may be hereditary. Others pick it up during pregnancy or weight gain. For toned legs and a perky butt, do squats, calf raises and lunges every morning. Drink lots of water to flush out toxins. Exfoliation is also important to increase circulation in problem areas, increase the absorption of tissue oil and firm up the skin.

Legs & Feet

Your legs and feet deserve special treatment. Since they work so hard walking fast or rushing you to meetings, they may swell. To alleviate this at the end of the day, sit on a recliner chair with your legs up. This reduces pressure on the back of your knees. Exfoliate feet regularly and nourish them with moisturising cream. I also recommend a spa treatment that includes soaking, exfoliation, cuticle works, foot massage and paraffin dip.

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