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5 Ways to Banish Cellulite, Belly Bloat, Cankles, and More

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Whether you’re going out for a short stroll or spending a long day at the beach, these remedies instantly reverse beauty bothers so you can step outside with confidence.

Slim cankles with a chamomile oil massage.

“A foot massage done in upward motions redistributes fluids that pool in and puff out the ankles”, says celebrity aesthetician Candace Marino. And doing it with chamomile oil (it helps shrinks fluid-filled blood vessels) will reveal slimmer ankles—stat.

Try it: Mix 2 drops of chamomile oil and 1 tsp. of coconut oil; rub onto feet and ankles. Then, pushing upward with thumbs, knead ankles for 3 minutes.

Banish belly bloat with a ‘fruit’ mask.

Because it sits on skin to help ingredients penetrate faster, a sheet mask infused with fluid-flushing fruit extracts—like diuretic guarana—provides speedy tummy-slimming results.

Try it: Place a sheet mask (like Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Firming Body Sheet Mask, $12.43 for two, Amazon) onto stomach, loosely wrap with plastic wrap (it triggers sweating to boost de-bloating benefits). Let sit 20 minutes; remove and rinse.

Thwart chafing with this cream.

A cream infused with tapioca starch (it wicks away moisture and forms a barrier on skin to prevent painful rubbing) and squalane (it hydrates to soothe chafing) ensures irritation- free thighs—fast.

One to try: Anthony No Sweat Body Defense ($20, Amazon)

Erase cellulite with makeup primer.

The same way it minimizes pores on the face for a smoother makeup application, when applied to legs, the silicone in a primer helps visually blur and “fill in” dimply skin for a smoother appearance fast, says celebrity makeup artist Kelly Coulter. Plus, silicone also creates a waterproof shield over skin, so the cellulite-smoothing effect can withstand a day spent sweating or swimming!

Try it: Massage a dime-size amount of primer onto cellulite; let absorb.

Heal bacne with a ‘cold’ salve.

Antibacterial camphor in Vicks VapoRub Topical Cough Suppressant ($25.28 for a 2-pack, Amazon) kills acne-causing bacteria, while its eucalyptus oil reduces redness and swelling on contact.

Try it: Dab a pea-size amount of the salve on blemishes; let sit on skin all day.

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This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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