How to Look Better in a Bikini This Summer (Without Losing Weight)

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The vast majority of tips you’ll find on the Internet and in women’s lifestyle and fitness magazines for how to look better in your bathing suit focus on quick weight loss. While there’s nothing wrong with setting weight loss goals and working toward them, dropping ten pounds should not be the end-all-be-all solution to feeling more confident in your swimwear.

As upsetting as it might be, it is normal to feel insecure or under-confident in your swimwear. Showing so much bare skin, especially in public, naturally makes you feel self-conscious about your pre-existing body insecurities. However, that doesn’t mean that you should give up on rocking your bikini body just the way it is this summer. You don’t have to lose weight to look and feel your best in your skimpy swimwear once the weather finally warms up. These simple, out-of-the-box swimwear style tips can help you boost your confidence and flatter your figure in your bikini without dropping a single pound.


1. Dress with Your Figure in Mind

Choose swimwear that flatters the figure you have, not the figure of your dreams. Many women make the mistake of buying bikinis that are ultra-trendy and might look great on some women but that don’t necessarily flatter their natural body type, shape, or size. Other women have high hopes of toning up and shedding weight before summer, so they shop for swimwear styles that will flatter the bikini body that they hope to achieve.

Different swimwear styles flatter different figures. Always buy swimwear with your current figure in mind. Look for inspiration for swimwear styles that flatter your unique figure and body type on Pinterest, style blogs, etc. You can also find a wide selection of swimwear styles for women of all shapes and sizes from luxury swimwear and lingerie retailer HauteFlair. You might be surprised to realize how much of a difference it makes to wear swimwear that is naturally flattering for your figure instead of focusing solely on current trends.


2. Try Shaping Swimwear

Yes, shaping swimwear does exist, and it’s a lot trendier and more fashionable than it sounds. There is nothing frumpy or overly modest about wearing shapewear, even if you’re wearing it to the pool or the beach.

Shaping swimwear is ultra-discreet. No one will be able to tell that your bikini has subtle shaping properties. Most swimwear shapewear looks just like any normal swimwear. However, shaping bikinis do tend to be high-waisted—which is luckily in line with current swimwear trends—in order to sculpt and smooth your midsection. They are often made with double-layer material as well for added shaping and smoothing control.


3. Help Your Skin Look its Best

Dressing down in a bikini means showing off way more bare skin than you’re used to flaunting on an everyday basis. This makes many women feel uncomfortable for a variety of reasons, but a major source of body insecurities for women is their skin.

Everyone’s skin is unique, and skin problems of some sort or another are a virtually universal struggle. Before bikini season hits with full force, help your skin look its best with fast-acting remedies that help fade dark marks, eliminate acne from your face and body, and get rid of any redness or irritation from hair removal.

If you struggle with body acne, start using a maximum-strength (10%) benzoyl peroxide face and body wash in the shower every single day. Don’t forget to gently exfoliate your entire body (including your back, chest, and other common body acne problem areas) several times a week as well. Fade dark marks and stretch marks from your skin using a natural remedy of essential oils. Castor oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil are all especially effective at fading marks quickly and permanently. Whip up a quick and easy at-home sugar scrub to help get rid of redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs from shaving or waxing. Blend coconut oil and brown sugar to make a paste and apply it in a circular motion to any red or irritated areas to soothe your skin fast.

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