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10 ways to 
look better
in a swimsuit
(if you’re lazy)

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. 

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A real-life pretty filter that’s a cross between body makeup and a self-tanner. It’s also water-resistant, so frolic in the waves with abandon. 

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Self-destructive types slather on baby oil before going out in the sun. Their enlightened counterpoints use Supergoop! Sunscreen oil to get the same glowy effect, but with broad-spectrum UV protection. 

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Like an espresso for your thighs. Caffeine and hyaluronic acid firm up skin for a tighter, smoother look. 

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Because it’s infused with mother of pearl minerals that make you glow like a teenage mermaid. 

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The closest we’ll get to endorsing physical activity: use your thumbs to massage Legology into the contours of your legs to stimulate lymphatic drainage. 

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There are few objective truths in beauty—but a universal preference for smooth, hydrated skin (over dead, flaky skin) is probably one of them. 

This sugar scrub also acts as a humectant for post-shower hydration. 

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Sandals are like bikinis for your feet. You’ll feel better if you use this acid peel to remove all of the accumulated winter grossness.

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So simple, so good. Spray on any red or irritated spots (like your whole face after too much rosé). 

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Stretchmarks are just a part of life. But if yours bug you, slather on this uber-rich oil blend to minimize their appearance. 

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Misdirection is magic! If you toss around perfectly undone beach waves, no one will even care what’s happening below your neck.