Not to go all doom and gloom on you, but the first beach day of the summer is not all rainbow popsicles and sandcastles. It’s scrambling to hide the fact that your complexion just suffered a season’s worth of vitamin D deprivation. It’s braving an at-home wax job for the first time in six months. It’s facing down a teeny-tiny bikini that seems suspiciously smaller than it was last year. (No, but really, did it shrink?!) It’s also, fortunately, much easier to deal with if you follow our editors’ helpful tips in the slideshow above, all designed to make you feel better while hanging around outside in next-to-no clothes. Click through to get beach-ready quick!