The Fast Track To Awesome Arms

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Sure, you’re hiding them in your favorite fall sweaters now, but soon enough, it will be time for holiday parties and sleeve or even strapless gowns. And time to show off your super svelte arms. Not quite ready for that? Here are some tips to get you there.

Smooth your skin with resurfacing. Fractional resurfacing utilizing lasers works by “wounding” very targeted areas of skin and removing surface cells while penetrating through to the dermis. This results in production of the all-important collagen, which acts as the structure of the skin and is vital for taut, healthy-looking skin rather than aged, crepey skin. Anesthesia is usually used and you’ll need a few days to recover, but the soft, supple results last three to five years.

Beat the sag with a skin-tightening procedure. Utilizing radio frequency or ultrasound, these machines also promote new collagen that is “younger” than what was previously there. They can’t remove extremely saggy skin, but can tighten up some sag. Although you’ll have no downtime from skin-tightening treatment, you may need several sessions, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Get to work to tone up. Build your arms from the inside out with strength-training that targets all muscle groups-triceps, biceps and the shoulders. Work them every other day. Get some cardio exercise, like walking, jogging, elliptical, biking or swimming to burn fat. Hit a few yoga classes a week and benefit from all those downdog poses that target the entire arm-as well as the rest of your body. Because your arms don’t carry as much fat as other areas of your body, you’ll see results from your workouts sooner.

Look trimmer with a self-tanner. Get a glow and smooth the look of your arms by properly applying a self-tanner. Start with a good exfoliator like Sampar’s Lap of Luxury Sea Scrub. Choose the product that you like best, whether a cream, foam, spray or towelette. A few we particularly like are the spray Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan and the cream Phytomer’s Sun Radiance Self-Tanning Cream.

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