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Firm It

No exercise can make you a cup size bigger, but the classic push-up is the best exercise there is for strengthening the muscles that support your breasts. Try this modified version, geared to beginners.

  • Position yourself on your hands and knees on an exercise mat. With arms straight, place hands a little more than shoulder-width apart. Cross feet at ankles, as shown.
  • Keep your head parallel with your spine. Fix your gaze about three feet in front of you.
  • Inhale; then as you exhale, tighten abs and butt and lower your upper body until it's a few inches above the floor. Return to starting position.
  • Do two to three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions.

Smooth It

If your problem with your chest isn't the size of your breasts but freckles, mottled redness or a sallow tone or white spots, you can smooth it. "Yellowing is caused by changes in elastin fibers. White spots occur because UVA rays damage the pigment cells in your skin," says Lydia Evans, M.D., a dermatologist in Chappaqua, New York.

Products with beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) exfoliate surface cells to even out splotchy skin tone while botanicals brighten skin. New: L'Oreal Age Perfect Skin Illuminator and Age Spot Diffuser ($15). If you prefer a hypoallergenic alternative or can't tolerate BHAs, try Almay Kinetin SkinCare De-Aging Neck and Chest Treatment ($18). It contains kinetin, a plant-derived antioxidant that delays aging of skin cells and starts to fade brown spots in four weeks.

To keep freckles from getting darker and new spots from forming, wear an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen with UVA/UVB filters.

Hide It

A sleeveless mock turtleneck is just as sexy as any tank or bandeau. This style draws attention to your shoulders and arms, and the high neckline makes your bust look bigger.

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