If you can’t wait to hit the beach and soak up a bit of summer sunshine but are inwardly cringing at the idea of baring your bits in a bikini, take heart in the fact you aren’t alone.
Many of us spend a lot of our time on the beach trying to suck in our bellies and cover our booties whilst glowering at some of the perfectly toned, trim and tanned specimens splashing in the waves without a care in the world.
We all know that a healthy diet and regular exercise are the promised paths to perfection but let’s face facts; it takes a huge amount of effort, time and organisation…not to mention discipline and willpower. And when you’ve had a long slog at work or the children are clamouring for their tea, it’s not easy to fit it all in and stick to the plan. Particularly when you have the local takeaway on speed dial…
We’ve therefore put together this alternative guide to help you look your best whilst embracing your inner siren and strutting your stuff on the sands.
Join your mates on the beach this summer
1) Relish your reflection
Before you begin your beach babe overhaul, take a moment to step back and look at yourself honestly in the mirror. If you are a petite pocket rocket, you need to learn to love your curves and accept that you will never be a towering supermodel. Likewise, if you are a leggy lovely, appreciate those perfect pins and don’t waste your time wishing you were small but perfectly formed.
It’s easy to be critical and grab handfuls of bootylicious body that you wish simply wasn’t there or desperately try to add extra inches to a sleek and slim physique. But that’s not going to help you hold your head up high and swing those sexy hips with pride.
Instead, find your best bits: maybe you have buns that could crack nuts, boobs that stop traffic or perhaps your whole body just screams sauciness. Forget about the bits you don’t like so much and focus on your foxiness!
2) Leave the orange peel in the kitchen
No matter what size or shape you are, cellulite is a blight which can affect any woman. After all, haven’t we all secretly smirked at the photos of so-called perfect celebrities caught with a bit of orange peel skin jiggling on the back of their thighs?
Banishing the bobble will instantly make you look slimmer, sleeker and more toned even if the only time you see the gym is as you go past it on your way to the pub.
There’s plenty of ‘miracle cures’ for the dreaded cellulite on the market but don’t get suckered into spending all of your holiday dosh on getting rid of it. Staying hydrated will help those cells stay plump and smooth; drink water where possible but if you can’t face the monotony, add a splash of squash to liven it up.
Exfoliation and massage are also key; helping your circulation get moving and getting rid of dead cells will leave your skin glowing and looking quite simply fabulous darling.
3) Tan not tango
Before you step onto the plane, you might want to consider a spot of self-tan, or maybe even going to a salon to get a professionally applied golden hue.
Fake tans have come a long way since the tango tones of the 80s and can leave you with a healthy looking radiance that no-one could possibly guess came out of a bottle.
Pasty-looking pins, unsightly veins, lumps, bumps and lady lines all can be disguised with a little help from a spray, lotion or cream. And if you have been following this plan, and got your skin in tip-top condition by exfoliation and massage, you will perfectly placed for the tan to glide on smoothly.
If you go to a salon to get your tan, there’s lot of sneaky little extras they can do to help too. Applying two coats in different ways can give the illusion of muscle definition or can even appear to knock off vital inches, leaving you with those much sought-after hourglass curves.
Celebrate your body this year
4) Strike a pose
No-one is suggesting you make like Madonna and vogue your way across the beach but keeping your posture in mind can completely transform your body and wow the crowds.
If you are less than confident about how you look, the chances are you won’t be making the best of what you have. Head down, shoulders scrunched, arms crossed…sound familiar? All this is going to do is make even the flattest tummy stick out, hide those beautiful boobs and make you look – quite frankly – lumpy and bumpy.
Arms down by your sides, a cheeky swing in your step and shoulders relaxed. Whether you are a voluptuous vixen or an enviously sleek sex kitten, let everyone see you are happy in your own skin. And there’s nothing more attractive than that…
5) Get a helping hand
You may well have sworn to yourself last year that you would never again be browbeaten by the curse of those extra pounds, or by those naughty little bits that just wobble more than you like. But somehow twelve months have passed and you haven’t exactly managed to stick to all those good intentions.
So what’s a girl to do ? stay at home until it’s safe to venture out in a duffel coat?
Fear not, help is at hand. As well as exfoliating, de-fuzzing, plucking, tanning and striking a pose, it’s actually never too late to try and shift those unwanted bulges.
But before you break out in a sweat at the mere thought of having to restrict yourself to nibbling on a lettuce leaf and going hell for leather in a Spin class, there is another solution: beach diet drops.
An innovative solution that combines a sensible eating programme with a revolutionary formula, body drops can help you not to just sculpt those curves ready for you to hit the beach, but also target those hard to reach zones which just refuse to budge.
What’s more, the course is only three weeks long so there’s no need to commit yourself to months of preparation. After just 21 days, you could just rediscover that little spark of sassiness that got hidden beneath all those unnecessary insecurities!
Make sure this is the year which you finally relax and enjoy your holiday, safe in the knowledge that you are truly a beach babe. Perfection comes in lots of shapes and sizes so learn to love the unique beauty that is looking back at you from the mirror and finally see yourself as the rest of the world does. Forget burying yourself in the sand, it’s your turn to be the one splashing in the waves this time around…
Image Credits: 2Stef27 and Pablo Lancaster-Jones Photo