Whether you have received a spontaneous invitation to the beach or are about to make a weekend getaway, you may not feel ready to show off your beach body. Diet and exercise are the best long-term solutions to improving your figure, but you may not have time to lose the pounds before your beach date. Additionally, some insecurities about your body may arise from physical features that have nothing to do with body fat, like body hair. Luckily, there are many ways to improve your look on short notice before you put on your bathing suit.
Watch what you eat and drink before putting on your swimsuit. If you have enough notice, drink plenty of water instead of soda. Try to eat smaller, but more frequent, portions throughout the day. Avoid foods that are high in fat or that will make you feel bloated.
Wash up and take care of any necessary body grooming. Use warm water and take your time to avoid skin irritation. Apply a lotion, moisturizer or after-shave after you are finished so sand will not irritate the freshly-shaven area.
Apply a self-tanner that is only slightly darker than your current skin tone to avoid looking pale. If you are going to be in the sun, try to find a self-tanner that also doubles as a sunscreen.
Choose a swimsuit that shows off the parts of your body that you are proud of, while covering any parts you want to hide. For women, swimwear choices are endless. If you have a small bust, choose a bathing suit with floral patterns or ruffles. If you feel your bust or stomach are too large, choose a swimsuit with a large horizontal band that is either above or below the area you would like to hide. Make sure your swimsuit provides enough coverage for your bottom. Tankinis, a newer type of two-piece, offer more flexibility than a traditional one piece with the same amount of coverage. Men have fewer swimwear options. Skinny guys should wear board shorts that are baggy and knee length; while men with large stomachs should wear a boxer-style swim trunks.
Add large accessories to your outfit to focus attention. Large hats to make you look mysterious, and colorful bags are beachwear staples.