How to get your skin back into tip-top condition for summer. Tips from skin expert Christine Clais (a.k.a. the French Facialist).

How to get perfect skin in time for summer - PICTURE - Women's Health & Fitness

1. Dry brush your body.

Follow a five-minute dry body exfoliation ritual before your morning shower.

WHY:  This simple and quick routine will encourage exfoliation, making your skin feel softer and look glowing. It will also provide you with extra energy due to the increase in blood and lymphatic circulation that it creates.

HOW:  Using a soft bristle brush with a long handle so you can reach the skin on your back (you can find these at your local supermarket or pharmacy), brush your skin using long, sweeping strokes. Always start from the bottom of your feet upwards, then from the hands towards the shoulders, and then on the torso in an upward direction. Also include your back and make this a five-minute ritual before your morning shower.

PRO TIP:  Always brush towards the heart so as to increase the circulation back to the heart and encourage oxygenation of the tissues.