Beauty Advice

What can you do to firm your body?

9 tips to boost firmness

For all those seeking a toned body and firm skin, here are 9 firming tips to sculpt your figure and tone your skin.

1. Add exercise to your daily routine

The first thing to do if you’re wondering how to firm your body is to take up some exercise. It’s difficult to achieve a toned figure without making a few efforts. To make sure your good habits last the distance, start gently. Take the stairs instead of the lift, get off the bus one stop early, add a one-hour stroll to your weekly schedule and you will start to see improvements in your body’s firmness.

2. Pay attention to your diet

You don’t need to deprive yourself of little pleasures, it’s simply a question of making sure you eat a balanced diet. Avoiding excess fat is important, as is ensuring sufficient intake of protein. Swap foods with high sugar content for foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins (for example, vitamin C is needed to produce collagen fibre) to help prevent premature aging of the skin.

3.Apply scrubs

Firming your body also means taking care of your skin! A weekly scrub will remove dead skin cells and cleanse your skin deep down. Your skin will feel soft again and ready to reap all the benefits of your moisturizer.

4. Choose a firming care product for your skin

Applying a product such as the Rêve de Thé Toning Firming Cream every day will help boost your skin’s elasticity and firmness. It combines extracts of green tea and rye for a combined firming, toning and moisturizing action. Its “ice cube effect” texture will also inject energy into your mornings!

5. Massage your skin

Smoothing, kneading and palpating-rolling are amazing techniques for firming the skin. To boost your skin’s tone, massage your body for 5 minutes when applying your Rêve de Thé Toning Firming Cream. Start by brushing your fingertips lightly over your skin, starting from your feet and working up to your neck, to stimulate lymphatic drainage and promote the elimination of toxins. Then make a few strong sweeping movements all over your body, still working upwards. Then pinch the skin on your buttocks between the thumb and index finger of one hand and the middle finger of the other and slide the fold of skin towards the side of your body and then up and down (palpate-roll). Repeat on your stomach. For your buttocks, make fists with both hands and then apply firm pressure in smoothing movements from the top of your thighs to your lower back. Finish your self-massage session by gently beating your clenched fists over your legs, buttocks, stomach and arms.

6. Drink!

To firm your body, you need to look after your skin AND its muscles! And while they love protein, they need a lot of water too. Water actually represents 70 to 80% of their total mass. It is therefore recommended to drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water per day, and to increase this quantity according to physical activity and outside heat. For even greater effectiveness, choose water that is rich in potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium.

7. Stay zen

Repeated stress triggers the production of excess cortisol, which over time encourages storage of fat. Good quality sleep, daily spontaneous laughter, breathing exercises or meditation and regular relaxing spa treatments will all help to release accumulated tension.

8. Take care in the sun

Sunshine is essential to synthesise vitamin D, but it is also our skin’s best enemy. As well as dehydrating and even burning our skin, above all, it accelerates the degradation of collagen, a structural protein that plays a vital role in skin firmness. It is therefore essential to apply protection whenever you go out in the sun, to protect your skin from its harmful effects and help prevent slackening.

9. Try cold showers

If you are wondering how to get fast firming results, try a cold shower. The principle is simple, but it does take a bit of courage. After a lovely warm shower, apply a jet of cold water over your body, working up over your legs, arms and stomach. This tip stimulates blood circulation and instantly tones the skin. There’s nothing like it for an invigorating boost to start the day!



Writer and expert