14 Ways to Get Bikini Ready in 24 Hours
By Victoria Dawson Hoff
Photo by Alexei Hay
We’re not miracle-workers, but when the bikini countdown is officially on, there are some last minute hacks to putting your best body forward. See how to tackle everything on the fly, from banishing bumps and bruises to nipping bloat in the bud. (And you’re not just hearing it from us-we’ve got tips from certain swimsuit experts like Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bündchen, and more.)
1. Cut out sodium.
When it comes to bloating, consider salt your enemy #1. It’s a sneaky offender at that, so your best bet is to avoid all processed foods, where it might show up as an ingredient under names and in quantities you aren’t aware of.
2. …and alcohol.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but there really aren’t any loopholes here: Alcohol = bloat. It’s only ONE DAY, so just dream of sipping margs tomorrow night. (You can do it!)
3. Avoid carbs.
Or most of them, anyway-especially when they’re of the white variety. While it’s best to keep them to a minimum, high-fiber whole grains like oats, quinoa, and brown rice can actually help diminish bloating. It’s been proven time and again that low-carb diets really aren’t a sustainable solution, but scaling back for 24 hours should be A-OK.
4. Say it with us: water, water, water!
Given that it’s the cheapest and easiest way to prep for a beach day, you really don’t have any excuses. Staying hydrated will keep your skin looking dewy, your metabolism humming smoothly, and actually combat water retention, since drinking stimulates your body to release fluids. If you’re stingy about it, try these tips to make water drinking more fun and palatable.
5. Go raw.
If you’re feeling ambitious, adopting a raw diet for a day or two is a great way to detox. Raw veggies and fruits are chock full of H2O, stomach-flattening fiber, and you’d be surprised how quickly they’ll satiate your appetite (not to mentionhow glow-y your skin will be). Heck, even Kate Middleton is giving the raw diet a try. Just be careful to do your research-crash dieting never helped anyone.