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March 11, 2015

Your Guide to Prep for a Spring Getaway

T-Minus 1 Month: Scrub and Hydrate

Scrubbing away the dry skin cells clogging your pores should become part of your weekly routine long before youre ready to swap out your snow boots for flip flops. We love sukis exfoliate foaming cleanser face wash and (MALIN+GOETZ)s peppermint body scrub. Post exfoliation, hydrate your face with Embryolisses soothing Lait-Crme Concentr and BeeKinds Body Lotion everywhere else.

T-Minus 2 Weeks: Bronze and Protect

If youve been traumatized by self-tanner in the past (two words: orange streaks), play the long game with Supergoop!s Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse SPF 20. This buildable color is natural-looking and wont rub offuse daily for an even, natural glow. Keep using it once you get to the beach to retain a bronzed glow while protecting yourself from the sun.

T-Minus 1 Week: Repair and Shield

As glamourized as beach waves are, a week by the sea can be brutal on your hair. Before your trip, treat any existing damage in just seven minutes with Macadamia Professionals Nourishing Moisture Masque. Once youre poolside, rub in a few drops of Beauty Protectors Protect & Oil to shield against UV rays and heat damage.

T-Minus 2 Days: Shave and Smooth

Sorry, stubbleyoure not invited on this vacation. Give your legs, underarms, and bikini line some much-needed TLC before takeoff with Whishs Shave Crave Shaving Cream. The non-drying formula has a lotion-like consistency that softens with Shea butter and coconut oil to keep skin soft and protected as you shave.

T-Minus 24 Hours: Buff and Paint

Skip a salon pedicure (and save for pia coladas) by giving yourself one at home. For Insta-worthy toes-in-the-sand shots: Soak in warm water for five to ten minutes, buff (we love FIG+YARROWs Alpine Pumice Foot Treatment), polish (any bright color you crave!), and moisturize (try Caudalies Foot Beauty Cream).

T-Minus 1 Hour: Cover and Color

As you begin your descent, prep your face for paradise: After you apply some broad-spectrum SPF (we like Supergoop!s Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum) dust on a little of Cargos Water Resistant Blush in Los Cabos to give your cheeks some faux sun-kissed colorits waterproof so itll last through countless ocean dives.