6 Sneaky Tricks to Get Your Body Bikini Ready
Swimsuit season is here, which means one thing: it's time to prepare to bare! But since not everyone can have Courteny Cox's trim, age-defying figure, Us asked Hollywood's top skin-care pros to share their secrets for faking a fit, flawless, beach-perfect physique.
Arms and Shoulders
"Use a scrub to slough away upper-arm bumps," says skin-care pro Liz Eale (clients include Emily Blunt). Before sunscreen, apply a tinted lotion and let dry. "The darker shade absorbs light so upper arms appear slimmer," says Victoria's Secret bronzing guru Meredith Baraf.
Try Red Carpet Kolour Luminous Body Glow, $39.95 at ofracosmetics.com.
Neck and Chest
"Camouflage freckles and vertical lines on the decolletage with self tanner and a sweep of shimmery bronzing powder," says Baraf. To smooth skin texture over time, "try a firming serum with omega-3 fatty acids," suggests Kate Walsh's skin-care guru Kate Somerville.
Try Tracie Martyn Resculpting Body Serum, $98 at traciemartyn.com.
To temporarily tone your tummy, "smooth on a cream containing caffeine, which spurs circulation and vitamin E, to improve elasticity," says Earle. Then use spray-on self tanner to sculpt the look of abs; spray a fine line down the center and a thicker line on each side. Brush bronzer over to blend.
Try Bliss A Tan for All Seasons Self-Tanning Mist, $36 at sephora.com.
Firm up cellulite-prone spots with a cream containing ingredients that stimulate circulation to reduce water retention, such as green tea and seaweed, says Kate Winslet's skincare pro Tracie Martyn. To better fill out dimples over time, try a treatment with retinol, which increases collagen production.
Try Rodial Crash Diet Gel, $90 at beauty.com.
Bruises and spider veins can cause skin to look blotchy. For the fastest fix, apply a bronzing dry oil spray (before applying sunscreen) to even out skin tone. Or try a cream containing vitamin K or arnica. "These ingredients strengthen capillaries to heal visible broken blood vessels over time," Martyn says.
Try Guerlain Terracotta Jambes de Gazelle, $59 at nordstrom.com.
Everyday friction causes feet to get rough. Sough your soles with a microdermabrasion scrub to soften calluses," says dermatologist Fredric Brandt (clients include Madonna). Next, massage in an ultrahydrating lotion. Once dry, finish by dusting a bronzer around ankles and along the tops of feet to blend leg color.
Try Sally Hansen Pumice Foot Polish, $6.99 at ulta.com.