Elsa McAlonan's Beauty Upgrades: How to achieve glossy legs

Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to achieve glossy skin when baring legs

  • Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of the best products for glossy, polished legs
  • She also reveals the repairing deep conditioner used by Angelina Jolie
  • British beauty expert also rounds up fast self-tanners to use at each age

WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: GLOSSY LEGS

British beauty expert Elsa McAlonan, reveals a selection of the best products for glossy, polished legs (file image)

For bare legs, a light sheen of oil gives a glossy, polished look; and this year, the best products contain ingredients to boost circulation, too. 

Legology Cellu-Lite Salon Secret For Legs is infused with detoxifying juniper. 

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Margaret Dabbs London Fabulous Legs Refining Glow Leg Spray has cypress oil to reduce fluid retention

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Guava & Gold Paradise Found Shimmering Body Oil is a blend of macadamia, sweet almond, avocado and coconut oils.

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RACE YOU THERE!

We’ve come to expect Aldi to come up with products that appear to look uncannily like bestsellers. The latest line from Lacura is a colourful range of limited-edition skincare that appears to have similarities to the cult Glow Recipe. The Pineapple Face Serum (£4.99) is a refreshing blend of pineapple extract, vitamin C and turmeric extract that balances and brightens skin, and costs a fraction of the Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum (£46, cultbeauty.co.uk). The Lacura range is at aldi.co.uk and in stores from May 9. 

ANGELINA’S £2 HAIR HERO

Angelina Jolie (pictured) uses Hask Argan Oil from Morocco Repairing Deep Conditioner

Angelina Jolie’s hairstylist, Audrey Futterman, has revealed that the actress/director is a fan of affordable haircare brand Hask. The stylist applied a sachet of Hask Argan Oil from Morocco Repairing Deep Conditioner (£2, Boots) to the actress’s hair every day for a month.

The super-strengthening, hydrating treatment is great at restoring dry, damaged, chemically treated or generally over-processed hair.

THIS WORKS

Although the skin on our hands is hardy, it can be the first to show the signs of ageing. Sanctuary Spa’s new Ultra Rich Hand Cream is both protective and restorative, with vitamin C to brighten skin, hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and blemish-blurring niacinamide (vitamin B3).

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SHOULD YOU SWAP FACE CREAM IN SUMMER? 

Yes, says natural skincare expert Jennifer Hirsch, known as The Beauty Botanist, who advises switching to a lighter product.

‘We spend more time outside as the weather warms, and our skin is able to hang on to more of its own moisture in humid conditions. Products that are lightweight in texture will provide the hydration you need without overwhelming your skin.’ 

Vitaskin Vitamin C Anti-Pollution Glow Day Cream is a hydrating anti-pollution day cream with kiwi seed oil, sea buckthorn oil and sweet orange oil. 

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3 OF THE BEST: FAST SELF-TANNER

ST MORIZ Professional 1 Hour Fast Tan Mist takes seconds to apply, with the 360-degree spray even working upside down for hard-to-reach areas.

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JAMES READ Glow20 Tan Mousse has a drying time of just 60 seconds, making it fuss-free. Leaves a natural-looking colour which can be as subtle or dark as you choose. Light on the skin and moisturising.

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COCOA BROWN 1 Hour Tan is a non-sticky mousse which gives a natural shade (with a choice of medium, dark or extra dark) in an hour.

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SHAMELESS INDULGENCE 

Dreaming of your next beach holiday? Aren’t we all! Versace’s Dylan Turquoise Eau de Toilette is described by Donatella Versace as a fragrance that reminds us of summer days and will transport you to your favourite beach.

The blue frosted bottle is inspired by the aquamarine hue of the Mediterranean Sea, and the fragrance has been created by perfumer Sophie Labbé to deliver an uplifting, tropical scent that includes top notes of lemon, mandarin and pink pepper, with heart notes of blackcurrant buds, guava juice and jasmine petals enhanced with the essence of freesia.

All of which makes for an upbeat, summery smell — even if you’re not going anywhere.

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