The sun beautifully peering through the clouds can only mean one thing; The race is on to get ‘beach body’ ready for the summer, and I my friends, am no exception. However, with me, it’s more beach body ready….for 2018!!
All joking aside, I decided in the new year (a cliché I know) that I needed to slim down for my health and my pride. I have allowed myself to get alarmingly overweight by comfort eating, non-existence of portion control and not one drop of exercise. Now I can rattle off excuses to you, but what’s the point? These excuses have caused me to be very unhealthy and I have paved a path for serious long and short-term damage to by body. So at the ripe old age of 26, I’m finally pulling on my running shoes.
By not taking care of myself I have to pull off an extreme weight loss as safely and sensibly as possible. So I’ve joined Weight Watchers and the gym and I’ve lost 2st6lbs/34lbs/15.5kg so far and I’ve got a long way left to go. I am a little apprehensive about my continuing weight loss due to excess skin that might remain.
I’m working out best I can with resistance band training to tone up but wondered if there was a product out there to aid the toning and appearance of my skin. So I hot footed it down to Boots and found these two products from Soap & Glory.
The Firminator: Special Bikini Body Firming Formula
This is a multi action firming lotion which helps to visibly firm, tone and reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. It contains anti-oxidants to smooth and rejuvenate the skin and Elasticboost a trade marked ingredient which firms the problem area. It has a lovely peppermint smell and when rubbed in it makes your skin feel all tingly and moisturised. This cream contains citrus oils which help with toning.
Rub about a coin sized amount into the area you are looking to treat, which in my case is my knees and thighs, and rub quite vigorously in an upward circular motion until all of the product has been massaged in. Give it about 5 minutes and you’ll notice the area go cold and really tingly, it’s not an uncomfortable feeling but it is noticeable. It really feels as if the cream is working, but I guess time will tell.
Recommended to use twice a day for extra effect, so this is what I’ll do for 4 weeks. I have measured the top part of my legs so I can track firming and toning results. Price is £12.00.
Starting Measurement – 23.5 Inches (gasp!!)
Targeted Arm Firming & Toning Formula
This cream is designed to tone and exfoliate your arms to leave them looking smooth and bump free. It uses the latest ingredients to blur unsightly marks and cellulite. The cream contains the same Elasticboost technology which is present in the Bikini Body cream which improves the elasticity and texture of the skin. There are fruit oils of lemon and orange in this cream for hydration and Kukui nut oil to repair and combat dryness. Cellulite is made worse by your skin not being moisturised enough, this cream has great ingredients to help to improve the appearance of this.
Again you only need a small amount of this cream to do the trick. The difference with the arm toning cream is that it contains micro beads for exfoliation to remove dead skin cells for a smoother appearance. These disintegrate into the skin during massage. Rub into the skin in circular sweeping motions until worked in. The scent is typical Soap & Glory, a scrummy fruity fragrance.
The sensation with this cream is different to the Bikini Body one, this again is not an uncomfortable feeling but this time it leaves your skin feeling quite heated and relaxed. This cream does come with a warning though. It contains AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) so if venturing outside make sure you slap on a higher sun lotion than normal to protect your skin from sun damage. Price again is £12.00.
Starting Measurements – 13.5 inches
I will continue to use these products for 4 weeks in the hope of some improvement. I will report back bi-weekly with an update and hopefully some inch losses. I will reiterate my earlier point that I am using this alongside diet and exercise so of course naturally these areas will slim down and hopefully the creams will make things tighter and smoother.