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Now that shorts-and-swimsuit season is upon us, you might be wishing your legs looked just a little more toned. So how to tighten then up on the quick? Do like Gwyneth and enlist Dr. Francesco Canonaco, whose patented “Leg School” at Capri Palace Hotel and Spa fights varicose veins and cellulite with a combination of mud masks, cold compresses, Kneipp pool therapy and lymphatic massage. “Cellulite comes from the degeneration of fat cells due to hormonal imbalances or poor circulation,” Canonaco says. “So we work to combat sluggish blood circulation and reduce cellulite and swelling.”
Partaking in the program would obviously be ideal — especially since the hotel has a Michelin-starred restaurant, its own staff of sandal-makers and a sexy beach club near Capri’s famous Blue Grotto — but for those who can’t make it to Italy this year, Canonaco was kind enough to provide four leg-boosting tips.
Photos from Harpers Bazaar.
Take a cold shower.
It might sound prepubescent, but the cold-shower remedy is actually a wake-up for sluggish veins. “Cold water improves circulation—it invigorates the legs,” says Canonaco, who advises turning down the temperature three times a week.
Use a gel, not a lotion.
After exfoliating with an apricot-seed scrub like Darphin’s Perfecting Body Scrub, Canonaco recommends using a gel moisturizer, which absorbs quickly and deeply into skin. You can order Capri Palace’s Leg Gel—which has extracts of horse chestnut and Centella Asiatica to firm and tighten skin—or try Sai Sei’s Mineral Revive Body Veil.
“Tight clothes inhibit circulation and can also affect posture,” Canonaco says. “Your whole body works better if it’s not constrained.”
Less salt, more veggies.
“Salt causes water retention, which can make legs swell,” says the doctor. “I recommend a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with meals cooked briefly—grilled or steamed.”