Each year we spend the entire winter dreaming about beach holidays. White sands, blue seas, bright sunshine and golden tans. Arrhh, this is what dreams are made of.

Just after Christmas we re-join the gym and make an epic 6 month fitness plan that will having us looking as beautifully buff as Beyonce.

And then before we know it, summer is here.

Agh, what happened to the fitness plan? There is no time!

Yes, this happens to me every year so I’ve found a few ways to fake that perfect beach bod in no time.

Fake the perfect beach bod

1. Max Cleavage bikinis - I can’t tell you how many people I’ve converted to Max Cleavage bikinis and they always thank me as though I’ve shared the secret to eternal life. I know the name sounds a little dodgy but these bikinis are gorgeous. They do exactly what the name suggests and boost your bust and they fit perfectly. This summer I have the Cherry Pie Bikini and I’m pretty much in love with it.

2. P20 Sun Cream (Look out for it in Primark where it’s a bit cheaper) I love this once a day sun cream. It lasts for 10 hours while you’re active and I haven’t been burnt once since I started using it.

3. Cattish sunniesI’m currently drooling over these Black Orgasmy sunnies from Thierry Lasry.

4. Pureology Sea Kissed Texturizer (Feel Unique is the best price I’ve found) I love the whole Pureology haircare range but it is pricey. If you only buy one thing for your hair I’d go with the sea kissed texturizer. It gives beachy waves without drying it out like sea salt spray does. Just spray it in and scrunch your hair up and you’re good to go.

5. Fake Bake Tanning Lotion (Buy from Amazon – it’s much cheaper) Fake Bake has been my secret weapon and go-to tan for almost 10 years. I’m rubbish at applying any other tan and always end up looking like a streaky Umpa Lumpa but you can’t go wrong with Fake Bake.

When you have a tan you instantly look like you’ve lost a couple of pounds and generally feel healthier and sexier. Skip that pasty look during the first few days of your holiday and fake it. Just remember to avoid tanning your knees, ankles and wrists because they’re always the giveaway areas.

If you have any more ‘fake it on the beach’ tips, let us know in the comments below.

10 Responses

  1. Kate

    I used to love Fake Bake, I haven’t used it in years but you’ve inspired me to order myself some! When I left England, I just clean forgot that I could order it online and always complained at it’s price if I saw it in shops in Germany/France/wherever I was at the time!

    As for Max Cleavage bikinis, you have me intrigued and I am heading over there now to check it out!
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    • TheTravelHack

      I forget about Fake Bake sometimes too and then I’ll put it on for a special occasion and remember how amazing it is!

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  2. Cindy

    Hey, I may be off topic, or it may be because i’m a yoga teacher and into all that “inner beauty” thing. But shouldn’t going to the beach be about having fun, soaking in some sun and enjoying oneself ? Drop the fake :) and accept yourself. You’re all beautiful. And as a traveller, you must know how Asian women would kill for your white, oh so white, skin ! Beauty standards vary from country to country.
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    • TheTravelHack

      There is that, but at the same time, if slapping on some fake tan makes you feel happier and more confident, there’s no harm, right?

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