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June 18, 2013

The Cheater's Guide to Getting Beach Ready

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With fewer bumps and rough patches, skin reflects light evenly—and you look better. Try brown-sugar-based Caudalíe Divine Scrub (previous page) in the shower to slough away dead skin, followed by Caudalíe Divine Oil, $49, which gives legs a sexy sheen. If body breakouts are your foe, swap your loofah for the Earth Therapeutics Exfoliating Hydro Towel infused with medicinal charcoal (used for centuries to draw impurities out of skin). And those stubborn bumps on your upper arms, thighs, and butt? The "chicken skin" is likely keratosis pilaris, an overproduction of the protein keratin that builds up around hair follicles. Kunin recommends exfoliation and glycolic acid to smooth it out. We like the Glytone KP Kit, $64, for its one, two punch: an exfoliating body wash followed by a glycolic acid body lotion. 

Self-tanning is a beauty gift that just keeps giving. In addition to making visible veins, bruises, and cellulite less noticeable, going darker makes you look more toned—especially if you get crafty with at-home contouring that fakes muscle definition. After exfoliating, "do one layer of self-tanner all over, and then add another layer underneath your butt and down the sides of your thighs and stomach," suggests St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert Sophie Evans. Try Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer, followed by St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, $42, to contour.

You may not have Charlize Theron’s bone structure, but you could learn a thing or two from her regal stance, no doubt left over from a youth spent in the ballet studio. "Great posture always makes you look taller and thinner," says Mary Helen Bowers, founder of fitness method Ballet Beautiful. "Neck long, shoulders down, chest open, and abs pulled in and up to flatten your stomach—it makes an immediate visual impact." Exactly what you’re after. 

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