Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many of us, it's the official debut of our hard-earned bikini body—which can be unnerving, even if you've been putting in extra time at the gym. But it doesn't have to be! As someone who needs to be ready to rock a teeny bikini at a moment's notice, I've learned a few last-minute tricks to guarantee that I look and feel my best.
These last-ditch bikini prep tips take little time and even less effort, but they'll leave you feeling strong, confident, and sexy when your toes hit the sand. Pick the ones that apply to you the most, or use them all! It's my foolproof plan for looking fabulous at a pool party, boat trip, or just a day at the beach with friends.
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1. Try airbrush tanning. There are many ways to get healthy, glowing skin before you step into the sun, but airbrush tanning is my favorite since it's completely safe and looks very natural. It can be pricey ($30 to $75 per session), but you'll look fresh off a tropical vacation for an entire week.
2. Safeguard your skin. You don't need me to remind you how important it is to wear sunscreen, but in case you haven't found a formula that works wells for your skin, check out this roundup of the best sun-protection products on the market right now. They're guaranteed to safeguard your skin and hair without the chalky, sticky, or smelly side effects.
3. Deepen your glow. For an extra bronzed bikini body, I love Maui Babe Browning Lotion ($15, mauibabe.com). The brown sugar-based product leaves your skin feeling moisturized and looking naturally golden brown. I wear this on top of an SPF since it's not meant to be worn as sunscreen.