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Boost body confidence this summer

As fun and fabulous as summer is, you might not be thrilled about baring your body on the beach. Cold weather makes it easy to hide behind layers of clothing, but summer means showing a lot more skin. To help you boost your body confidence just in time for pool party season, we’ve put together some strategies to get you feeling better about your body.

Happy woman in bikini

1Fake a bake.

The fastest and most efficient way to look better in a bikini is to get a tan. A sunkissed glow helps hide imperfections and can make you look more toned. Of course, lying in the sun is out, but lots of great products will give you natural-looking color. Follow our guide to choosing the best self tanner and feel better about your body knowing you’re rocking a sexy, all-over radiance.

2Smooth & soften.

If you know you’re going to be showing some skin, make sure the skin you show is soft and smooth. Exfoliate regularly to slough away rough, dead skin, revealing the smoother, softer stuff underneath. Follow up your scrub sessions with a subtly scented moisturizer.

3KaftanCamouflage in style.

Play up what you love and camouflage what you don’t. A pretty floral print sarong wrapped strategically around your hips stylishly hides anything you’re not comfortable showing off. A loose-fitting beach coverup in fashionable print is also a great way to go from the pool to the patio without feeling self conscious. You’ll look on-trend and carefree in this Diane von Furstenberg floral print cotton kaftan ($190) — perfect for lounging by the pool or at the beach without baring too much skin, and equally as appropriate for casual cocktails when paired with gold strappy sandals and eye-catching accessories.

4Dress for your body type.

Looking and feeling comfortable with what you’re wearing depends a lot on choosing items that suit your body type and flatter your figure. For example, if you have an ample chest, avoid a swimsuit top that’s not conducive to curves (bandeau top, high neck) because these looks will hinder rather than enhance your assets. If you have short legs, don’t wear a sundress that cuts you off at the knees.

5Relax & have fun.

Avoid doing anything to make yourself feel worse about showing some skin this summer. This means nipping negative self-talk in the bud before you psyche yourself out of going to the next pool party. Everyone’s body is different; the key is to embrace your looks and not allow yourself to feel inadequate in any way. Summer is about having fun with friends and taking advantage of the warm weather. Don’t put a damper on the season by obsessing over how you look in a bikini.

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