Health & Beauty
9 Tips to Faking a Toned Body
Fool everyone into thinking you have a great body (until your workouts pay off) with these expert health and beauty tips
Step 1: Exfoliate your entire body in the shower with a loofah and shave all areas of the body you usually remove hair from.
Step 2: Moisturize dry areas of your body, typically around your feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists and elbows with a light layer of lotion.
Step 3: Put on latex gloves and liberally apply self tanner (browse the highest rated self-tanner here) with long, soft strokes to your entire body. Keep in mind it's better to apply too much than too little, as the missed areas will give you a "streaky" uneven look.
Step 4: Shower about eight hours later to reveal your bronzed glow and to remove leftover cosmetic from your body. Then grab your self-tanner again and use a gloved finger to "paint" in lines where they naturally occur on your body.
On your abs: flex your muscles and paint down the center vertical line of your abdomen from just below your sternum to your belly button and repeat down the sides of your obliques (those lines that are normally visible on athletes).
On your arms: hold one arm out and flex your muscles. Paint a line of self-tanner between your bicep and triceps. Repeat on the other arm.
On your legs: apply an extra coat of self-tanner to the entire insides of your thighs and a bit more to the outer parts, leaving the middle section without as much tanner.
*If you were a bit too heavy handed with any of the above applications, you can always use a dry loofah to buff away lines after you have showered.
If you are weary of tanning yourself, make an appointment with a professional salon to get a spray tan. When there, ask them to create muscle definition for you -- and don't be embarrassed, they hear it all the time.
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