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To help you navigate the start of swimsuit season, our editors have shared 13 fast and easy ways to get beach-ready. Click through to get your summer glow on.
"I take more classes at Jivamukti Yoga in Union Square: nothing gets me in shape faster, but also there is nothing like a Jivamukti Yoga class for making me realize my body is not so bad in the first place. You want to like your body, do yoga!
That and Lancôme Flash Bronzer for Legs, which I use all over and makes me look...tan and glowy. Which I am decidedly not in real life." - Jean Godfrey-June, executive beauty director
"I treat myself to a cute cover-up! I love being at the beach, but don't always love sitting around in a swimsuit (and nothing else), especially if my triathlon-loving, juice-cleansing friends are with me. I like to go for something lightweight and simple, but a little unexpected, like a nightshirt—J.Crew makes great ones. And this year I have my eye on a Liberty-print robe from Sleepy Jones." - Jayna Maleri, senior fashion writer
"When it starts to get to be time to put away the black tights, two things come to mind—Jergens Natural Glow and plank position. Getting to the gym is hard for me, so whenever the opportunity presents itself—like when I am on the floor doing a puzzle with my kids—I will hold a plank until I can't hold it anymore. Which is usually about a minute. I don't know if this truly changes the appearance of my tummy in a swimsuit, but it definitely strengthens my ability to hold it in on demand when I am with other adults—or, god forbid, when a camera is around.
Also, when I think 'beach,' I think 'sun protection!' So I've been thinking a lot about ways to look cute while protecting your skin. My most recent favorite are these adorable Lacoste bucket caps that come in lots of fun colors. I'll be wearing one all summer." - Alexis Bryan Morgan, executive fashion director
"As someone who is still trying to get herself to the gym, well, ever, the idea of prepping in advance for a summer full of beach days is pretty much impossible. But that's also why I'd consider myself kind of an expert at getting swimsuit-ready STAT. First: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Then moisturize. Use those (who knows if they work) cellulite-busting creams (I like Bliss) and a subtle tanning cream—you can't beat Jergens for price and color. Second: love your swimsuit. Buy a new one, do NOT try it on in the store, and make sure that just looking at it makes you happy. Third: get a manicure and pedicure. Pick colors that will look even brighter and happier through the lens of your favorite sunglasses. And finally: GO TO THE BEACH. Wear lots of SPF and follow all the good advice that more prepared people will give you, but know one thing: everyone just looks better in the summer. You don't even have to do anything. Just get yourself to July and by then you'll look like a healthier, glowier, dewier, happier version of the you that slogged through what feels like nine months of slush and little-to-no-daylight. We've got the rest of the year to be productive. Summer is for having fun." - Verena von Pfetten, executive digital editor
“Having grown up literally three blocks from the beach, I’m a total heliophile and absolutely live for the weekends when I’m able to get away from the city and into the sand. My numero uno beach-ready necessity is a really solid self-tanner that I use exclusively on my face. Since I use a crazy-high-SPF face lotion, I like to compensate with a little something extra after I’ve been in the sun. My favorite? Lancôme Flash Blonzer Self-Tanning Face Gel.” - Maura Brannigan, digital fashion news editor
"Kate Somerville tanning towelettes are the BEST! They give me a pretty natural-looking color so I look like I spent my winter in Tulum, not icky freezy nasty New York." - Laurel Pantin, style editor
"For a girl who completely lets hangnails and calluses run rampant between the months of November and April, I'm pretty fastidious about getting regular pedicures during the summer. I mean, what's the point of wearing sandals if you don't?! Also, when I feel pasty and ill-prepared to be wearing a bikini on the beach, it helps having pretty feet to fall back on." - Alison Syrett Cleary, associate digital editor
"Apologies in advance for this TMI tidbit, but I tend to shave my legs, well, not as frequently as I probably should during the colder months, since I live in black tights throughout the winter (apologies also to my live-in boyfriend, who puts up with my stubble). Of course, once summertime rolls around, all that changes and I'm back on my every-other-day hair removal routine. I also pick up at least one new tube of my favorite Neutrogena SPF, because I am decidedly pale and lobster-red burns are NAGL: Not A Good Look. Finally, I get back on my thrice-weekly workout routine with a vengeance, since I usually let that slide a bit over the winter. Of course, my 'workout' involves a rather grandmotherly brisk walk of five or six miles. Still, it gets me moving!" - Elana Fishman, senior digital editor
"It may be more mental than visibly beneficial, but if I know I'm going to the beach, I always go on a really long walk the day before. Miles. I don't even think about it—I just keep walking 'til I feel long and lean. And not to mention, I get some pre-beach sun!
And so I don't feel like I'm putting on a show while I walk between towels as everyone looks up at me from theirs, I always try to find the perfect pair of high-waisted shorts to wear to and from the concessions/washroom—like these cuties from Marc by Marc Jacobs!" - Whitney Feldmann, fashion market assistant
"I try to get my hair colored at the start of every summer to make it a bit blonder. The whole process gives me such a lift—and makes me feel instantly summery (no matter how pale my skin or how untoned my abs) and beach-ready. Plus, the highlights lighten in the sun, which I love." - Jenna Gottlieb, senior fashion writer
"I apply extremely generous amounts of hair oil (I love Dove Pure Care Dry Oil) before leaving for the beach. I avoid the roots so it doesn't feel greasy. Salty ocean water can be very stripping on your hair and leave it feeling really dry and stringy, but the extra oil makes my hair feel silky—like I have flowy mermaid-like hair!" - Christa Lee, digital beauty editor
"I'm never going to be one of those girls that doesn't wear at least some makeup outside the comfort of my own home, so the beach can get pretty tricky. Especially since every BB cream I've tried has turned on me (i.e. made me break out excessively). I swear by MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish line—it's a mineral-based powder that provides really light coverage. It has just enough coverage to even out my skin, without clogging my pores. I also always keep some makeup remover wipes handy, too, just in case I'm feeling sweaty/salty/etc and need to refresh." - Madeline Alford, digital editorial assistant
"I always do push-ups, squats and planks about an hour before hitting the beach. I read in a magazine once that the muscle definition you see while exercising lingers for a few hours—so it's a great way to look a bit more toned when wearing a swimsuit. Who knows if it actually works? It still feels good!" - Stephanie Kornblum, public relations coordinator