Diet and exercise are overrated. Here’s a cheat sheet for looking better at the beach with literally the minimum effort involved.
Photography By GUY AROCH
This is not a story about getting a “bikini body” in time for summer. That would be boring, retrograde and weird. Instead, this is a story about a few fast, easy things you can do to look better and feel more self-possessed—and less encumbered with body angst—in your swimsuit. Think of it this way: when you’re having guests over, you don’t redecorate your whole home in an effort to impress them. But you might, like, pick up your dirty laundry and vacuum the rug. Consider this the corporeal equivalent of a little tidying up—minimum effort for maximal impact.
And exactly what does that entail in this context? An oil-based sunscreen for gleaming limbs; a cream that revs up lymphatic drainage; a smarter self-tanner; and more. None of the items in this list require adhering to a rigorous treatment protocol or a disciplined regimen. They work just as well when approached with a laissez-faire—or just downright lazy—attitude. Slap them on before, during, or after beach days to (1) look a little firmer/trimmer/more toned and (2) give yourself a booster shot of swag. And then don’t give it a second thought. It’s summer: you have better things to do, and lots of bikinis to wear.