The problem with trying to look great in a bikini every summer? We usually wait until the last minute to get into shape for that dreaded bare-it-all season. At that point, losing those extra twenty pounds might be a little unrealistic, at best. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to punish yourself with a summer of over-sized T’s and gym shorts at the beach. Instead, try these quick, inexpensive, and non-surgical tips on how to look better in a bikini in one week or less.
Better Bikini Body Tip #1: Get glowing. Not only does a tan give off the illusion of a sleeker physique, it also works magic on common skin imperfections. Stretch marks, spider veins, acne, and scars slowly seem to disappear as the skin takes on a darker hue. Of course, go the healthy route and get your tan from a bottle, or that flawless complexion will start to wither much sooner than you’d like.
Better Bikini Body Tip #2: Slather anti-aging moisturizer over your entire body twice a day. Sure, you apply every anti-aging concoction you can find on your face every day, but what about your arms, legs and stomach? Regardless of whether or not you’re concerned about wrinkles, an anti-aging moisturizer will tighten and firm wherever applied over the course of several days. For even better results, consider using a firming body wash in the shower, as well. This trick works well for women of all ages, wrinkle worries or not.
Better Bikini Body Tip #3: Remove a little excess baggage with lots of water and a low sodium diet. One of the most effective one-week weight loss strategies is to add water to your diet while removing a bit of sodium. Within two to three days, you’ll have pulled excess fluids away from trouble spots (namely the stomach) while also increasing your energy, improving your sleep, minimizing dark under-eye circles, and improving your complexion. Not a bad deal.
Better Bikini Body Tip #4: Begin practicing yoga or other stretching exercises. Lengthen, tone, and strengthen your extremities without expending a tremendous deal of effort or time. Even practicing yoga at the beginner’s level can provide body toning benefits within just a few days. When it comes to baring those legs on the beach, toning and lengthening exercises are quick and effective life savers.
Better Bikini Body Tip #5: Start running…now. While you can get the same health and fitness benefits over time just by walking, running can be used to provide much faster results. If you only have a week before that bikini becomes a reality for you, try adding a few minutes of running to your current exercise routine every day.
Better Bikini Body Tip #6: Tone the shoulders and upper arms with traditional push-ups. Push-ups work to strengthen and tone the upper body in lightning speed, making them the perfect last minute go-to for your bikini wearing needs. In just one week, you should start to see a stronger back and shoulders and a more defined neck and arms. An added benefit is that the extra upper body tightening may make the bust area appear more defined, as well.
Better Bikini Body Tip #7: Find your inner child and pull out the hula hoop. Whittle away that waistline for rapid results with an old fashioned favorite. A hula hoop, used several minutes a day, is a fantastic way to force stomach muscles to work that you didn’t know you had. Be sure to start slowly and build your way up to several minutes in order to avoid muscle strain and injury.
Better Bikini Body Tip #8: On the big day, swipe a bit of highlighter and bronzer over the shins, along the collarbone, and down the chest for a subtle slimming effect. Using a bronzer that glistens just enough to deflect a bit of light hides skin flaws, and using it on the areas mentioned above creates a sleeker and slimmer silhouette.
While you may not be able to lose those last fifteen pounds before swimsuit season arrives, that doesn’t mean you can’t make tremendous improvements that will enhance your bikini-wearing experience as a whole. Use all of the above tips together or simply select a few that work best for you, and you’ll be one step closer to becoming bare-it-all brave in just one week or less.