9 ways to feel great in a bikini (without losing a single pound)
Having a 'beach body' is easy – you simply take your body to the beach. You don't need to juice, fast, or go on any other crazy pre-holiday diet!
However, loads of us struggle to maintain an 'I look awesome' attitude when we're basically in our undies – a privilege usually reserved for partners and doctors – in front of a much bigger audience, to the point where it can turn a dream holibobs into a body-confidence nightmare.
This is where these clever tips come in. From confidence-boosting beauty tips to optical illusions we can ALL learn to create, these tiny tweaks can make you feel much happier about being Lycra-clad in public.
1. TRY HEAPS OF STUFF ON
Your bikini doesn't have to be a trend-led string-side number. Before investing in your summer suit, test out a variety of different styles, sizes, cuts and materials. While you might not feel amazing in a halter neck, you could feel fab in the same print, just with some more supportive shoulder straps. Don't discount high-waisted bikinis either – if you're conscious of your tummy, they're a great halfway point between covering up completely and flashing a flirty patch of skin.
2. GET A TAN
No we don't mean go and bake yourself in the sun (unless you're slathered from head-to-toe in SPF, of course). A little bit of fake bake can go a long way to boosting your confidence in the (almost) buff. A subtle tan can make your limbs appear more toned and improve the appearance of cellulite, without masking your shape, and it only takes about 10 minutes in a spray booth, or 30 in your own bathroom – win win!
Alternatively, if you're not keen on the uber-bronzed look, but still want your skin to look tip-top, exfoliation is another easy way to make yourself look fresh and glowy in a matter of minutes. Use a gentle scrub and remember to moisturise afterwards – it'll get rid of any dry patches and leave your pores looking healthy and hydrated.