Get Bikini Ready

Best Bikini Workout: MSN.com, “The Best Bikini Workout Ever!” which includes lots of compound exercises to hit all major muscles and burn fat…

  • Hammer Curl with Knee Lift
  • Core Triceps Extension
  • Ball Chest Press
  • Side Plank Shoulder Lift
  • Body Reach
  • Squat Punch Kick

Bikini Diet Tips: BodyBuilding.com, “12 Tips for a Bikini Ready Body” , with tips such as…

  • Shoot for 25 to 35 gm of fiber per day.
  • Outwait your food cravings. They generally last no longer then 10 minutes.
  • Freeze strawberries and other berries. They take longer to eat and provide a candy-like treat.

Bikini-Worthy Skin:

From Gillette

  • Bikini area: shave 24 hours before sun exposure. Since bikini area hairs are naturally coarser, soak hair in warm water and apply a shave gel like SatinCare Sensitive Skin Hold skin taut so that it’s level—like the skin on your legs. First shave in the direction of hair growth to shorten, then against the grain for extra closeness. Rinse the area in cool water to close pores—and moisturize.
  • Shaving regularly can actually improve the look and feel of skin by removing the top layer of dead skin cells.  Products that hydrate, like an after-shower moisturizer.

Drink Water: Water helps skin glow, stay moisturized and supple and helps keep you from bloating.

Sunscreen: Keep your skin looking beautiful forever.

Exfoliate: Keep a loofah handy and go over everything every 2 days. 

Moisturize: After every shower or bath, moisturize using a body butter or baby oil.  If you don’t need that heavy of a moisturizer, use a lighter lotion product.

Self Tan: Use an at-home product or splurge for a self tan (handy for vacations as they usually last a week).

How to Self-Tan: from Shape.com

1. Before you apply any self tanning lotion or spray, rub yourself smooth.  While you’re in the shower, exfoliate; pay special attention to areas with rough skin like elbows, knees, ankles and heels. Dry off well – water can prevent the tanner from absorbing evenly – and keep skin lotion-free.

2. Begin at the bottom when applying your self tanning products. To prevent creases on your stomach and back caused by bending over while your self-tanner is still wet, apply product to your feet and legs first, then move upward. A new breed of spray-on self-tanners and bronzers are so light, they dry in about two minutes, meaning you can literally spray and go.

3. Layer on several coats of self tanning lotion or spray. To achieve deep color, apply two or three thin coats (as you would nail polish) and wait 10 minutes for each to dry. If you apply self-tanner in thick layers, it will drip and streak. Try tinted formulas; they allow for more accurate application.

4. Go easy on your face, no matter which type of self tanning products you’re using. Avoid self-tanner on the face. Because the skin on your face is oilier and the pores larger, the color often ends up uneven. A more flattering option is bronzer.

5. Prolong your tan with oil. Maximize the life of your faux glow by smoothing on baby oil before hitting a cool-to-warm shower (avoid hot water, as it can dry out the skin and make your tan blotchy). Oil acts like plastic wrap around your skin and minimizes exfoliation caused by the pelting water. The oil will wash off and your tan will stay put.

Misc.:

Nails: Tidy up the toes and the fingernails…but especially the toes.  No one likes seeing gnarly toe nails with chipped polish.  Ewww….

Hair: Definitely low maintenance…caps are cute, braids, beachy waves (scrunge after getting hair wet).

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April 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise.

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