The #1 accessory for a bikini is self-confidence, but we had a tough winter, and if you aren’t there yet, then you aren’t alone. If you are having trouble mustering up some courage to quit your cover-up, then follow our recommendations to enhance your self-empowerment and proudly flaunt your figure:
CLEANSE YOUR CANVAS: revitalize post-winter skin with nourishing products that hydrate and cleanse away impurities and yucky skin. By effectively prepping your skin, you can create a healthy foundation for sun protection and fortify skin’s defenses for youthful, radiance head to toe.
H2O Plus Sea Results Anti-Aging Body Micro-Polish ($28 at h2oplus.com)
Revitalize the skin for a summer-ready body while sweeping away dull impurities. Fast-acting, this polish will immediately brighten and smooth, resulting in younger looking skin. Velvet Seaweed Extract, a natural exfoliant, gently smoothes, refines, and brightens dull skin while micro-fine Coral Powder, derived from Bora Bora white sand, sweeps away dead skin cells for complete pre-tan exfoliation.
Proactiv+ Cleansing Body Bar ($40 at Proactiv.com)
This lather-rich cleansing bar fights body acne, giving you confidence to show more skin this summer. Deep-cleansing, exfoliating, and medicated, the ergonomic bar thoroughly washes away dirt, impurities, and excess oil. Salicylic acid helps unclog and keep pores clear while exfoliating beads remove dead skin that can clog pores and fuel breakouts.
SWIMSUIT SLIMMING SECRET: so your gym routine fell by the wayside and now your love handles are looking a little extra lumpy. Fret not – just seek out smoothing and tightening products for a fast fix.
Caudalie Contouring Concentrate ($35 at Caudalie.com)
This plant-based elixir treats stubborn areas such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks, diminishing the appearance of cellulite and smoothing curves. This preservative-free 100% plant-based dry body oil firms and smoothes the skin. It also gives the skin a slight sheen.
bliss fatgirlslim arm candy ($34 at Blissworld.com)
Who among us hasn’t suffered from a fear of going sleeveless? Well, consider yourself ‘armed’ and ready with our fabulous formula: it’s the only arm-perfecting cream, complete with a massaging applicator, proven to clinically reduce redness while providing a firmer, smoother and more toned appearance. Formulated with a complex of lactic acid, caffeine, white sapphire and moisture beads, it provides optimal results and beautiful, flaunt-worthy arms.
AHAVA Firming Body Cream ($39 at AHAVAUS.com)
Firm up for the beach with AHAVA’s Firming Body Cream that combines unique plant extracts and skin-healthy Dead Sea minerals to prevent, repair and strengthen mature body skin. This silk-textured formula helps reverse the process of aging with a unique combo of active ingredients (Vitamin E, Caffeine, Peptides) and plant extracts (Palm Date, Artichoke, Green Tea Extracts) to recover firmness and improve tonicity of the skin while refreshing and nourishing.
SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate ($75 at skinceuticals.com)
Formulated for body zones including the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, and upper arms, this cooling fluid re-inflates skin, resulting in a smooth, tight surface. Unlike immediate superficial tightening treatments, this product targets sagging loose skin from within for long-lasting lifting, firming and resilience.
Price: $75, Available at www.skinceuticals.com and physician offices nationwide
HAIR REMOVAL: Silky smooth legs look even sexier without razor burn and ingrown hairs. Make sure to look razor sharp by grooming away any doubt that you look and feel your best.
Shaveworks Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream ($22 at Anthony.com)
Get the perfect bikini-ready shave with this lusciously rich shave cream. With Capislow to minimize hair growth, Phytic/Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs (especially in the bikini area), and Mediacalm complex for superb moisturizing and calming benefits, this shaving cream does it all.
Price: $22, Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Anthony.com
FAUX GLOW: Need a little touch up on that 6-pack? The body looks better with a golden glow, but since we are anti-suntanning, we have some fun sunless tanners to transform your into a bronze bombshell.
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Mousse ($11 at lorealparisusa.com)
Achieve a beautiful, believably bronze glow with the first-to-mass self-tanner in mousse form. Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Mousse features a prestige-inspired formula that is easy to apply, dries quickly and leaves a natural streak-free bronze tint without sticky residue. The ultra-lightweight mousse contains subtle light-reflecting pearls that give skin an instant glow, and its scent is enhanced with a light, citrus fragrance.
Urban Decay NAKED Skin Body Beauty Balm ($32 at Urbandecay.com)
Like a beauty balm for your whole bod, this luxe, moisturizing formula instantly tightens skin (yes, TIGHTENS!) and blurs flaws. The result? Smoother, firmer, more perfected skin every time you use it – with a luminous, all-over NAKED glow. Lightweight and non-greasy, this sheer, illuminating formula works on every skin tone (from pale to deep-dark), giving skin a subtle sheen with light-diffusing spheres that make you look professionally retouched.