5 Sneaky Ways to Look Better at the Beach


If there’s one place where it’s hard to hide your less-than-perfect parts, it’s the beach. When the clothing is minimal, your flaws have nowhere to hide. Fortunately, there are some sneaky ways you can camouflage imperfections, without undergoing a total body overhaul. We spoke to the pros to get theirtips on how you can make your bod look its best at the beach.

Get Prepped
Don’t letcellulite or stretch marks get you down. According to Catherine Raubiet, the national training director for Lierac, there are some simple things you can do to camouflage them. First, exfoliate your body to get it ready for treatments and eliminate skin-dulling dead cells. Finish your shower with cold water to tone and energize skin. Apply acellulitecream likeLierac Morpho-Slim Anti-Cellulite Concentrate for a firming boost. Finish up with a moisturizer to make skin look healthy and radiant.

Find A Bathing Suit That FlattersYourBody
While bathing suits are usually quite skimpy, there are ways to make them work to your advantage. The trick is knowing what you want to flaunt and what needs to be covered up “Every woman’s body is different, so it’s important to make sure you find a bathing suit that’s right for your body type,” says swimsuit designer Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss.

  • To camouflage a tummy, find a suit with ruching that acts like a suction cup-it holds you in place and conceals your mid-section.
  • Tiny floral print or patterned suits will also help camouflage your middle, and look for halter top styles, as they draw the eyes upward, showing off your collar bone.
  • If you are a little more mindful of your backside, make sure your bottom is fully covered. Some hardware or decorations on the sides can also draw attention away from your bottom.

(Fake!) Tan Your Troubles Away
It’s true: Everything looks better bronzed. “Aself tanner will camouflage imperfections like cellulite and wrinkles, and give you a nice healthy glow,” says Raubiet. Apply your self tanner evenly across the face and body in long, swiping motions to ensure non-streaky coverage.

Fuel Your Bod
We know those funnel cakes are tempting, but stay away from greasy boardwalk food when you’re rocking a swimsuit. Salty, high-fatfoods are a one-way ticket to bloating and the last thing you need when you’re wearing minimal clothing. Instead, Raubiet suggests bringing along some healthy snacks like fruits, veggies and almonds–they’ll help you feel full and give you the energy you need to last from sun-up to sunset. Don’t forget to drink lots of water before, during and after the beach to keep your body hydrated andyourskin glowing.

Get In Line
It doesn’t matter how cute your bathing suit is–if your bikini line is out of control, that’s all people are going to notice. Bikini line maintenance is notoriously difficult since most regular razors aren’t designed to fit that tricky area. Gruss is a fan of theVenus Bikini Kit because it includes a specially shaped trimmer that’s perfect for getting those hard-to-reach hairs. Ward off any razor bumps with a cooling after-shave lotion and your down-there will be ready to bare!

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