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June 18, 2013

The Cheater's Guide to Getting Beach Ready

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SMOOTH CELLULITE
There’s no such thing as a cellulite cure, but if you’re diligent about daily application, a new generation of products can help smooth lumpy skin. Check out Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control, which contains botanicals shown to stimulate collagen produc- tion in fatty areas so cells stay in their place and don’t become dimples. It can reduce the appearance of cellulite when applied daily using the com- pany’s “self-massage body contouring method.” (Learn how to do it at youtube.com/clarins.) While the benefits accumulate, get instant gratification with Bliss FatGirlSlim Lean Machine, an at-home device that vacuum-massages cellulite into temporary submission.

BEAT THE BLOAT
"Excessive sodium can create 'false fat,' making you look bloated and up to 9 pounds heavier than your actual weight," says nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Foods Kimberly Snyder. If multiple margarita happy hours have left you feeling like one big tortilla chip, try Snyder’s secret weapon: unsweetened cranberry concentrate. "It acts as a diuretic to flush out excess sodium," she says. Mix 1 to 2 table- spoons in 16 ounces of water, and sip—if it tastes too tart, mix in some stevia. Avoid false fat altogether by nixing salty processed foods, and pass over sugary, bloat-inducing tropical cocktails for a simple vodka and soda water or a glass of wine. Another easy trick is to add raw apple cider vinegar to your diet. "A tablespoon a day can help prevent bloating; just use in place of regular vinegar in salad dressing," says Snyder. 

FIGHT THE FUZZ
So you never got around to using that Groupon for laser hair removal and there’s just no time for a wax. Hit up Veet Spray On Cream Hair Remover, which dissolves hair close to the root in three minutes. If you’re more of a razor girl, get the job done with the new Gillette Venus & Olay Sugarberry Razor; its moisture bar releases a light lather, so there's no need for shaving cream. After hair removal, treat areas prone to ingrowns, like your bikini line, with Bikini Zone Medicated After Shave Spray. 


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