Three weeks before vacation: Buff your skin
A few weeks prior to your trip, step up your skin-buffing routine by adding an exfoliating body wash during your shower or using a bath mitt, glove or loofah with your usual body cleanser. Sugar or salt scrubs are another way to slough off dry, dead skin. Exfoliate two to three times a week, massaging skin with a gentle circular motion. If you notice redness or irritation, use a gentler touch and scale back the buffing.
For the softest skin, lock in moisture post-body scrub. When you step out of the shower, pat skin dry and immediately apply moisturizer. Products that contain ingredients like jojoba and shea butters provide lasting hydration. And don’t forget to apply sunscreen on exposed skin, too. When you’re actually on holiday – and spending the day in your swimsuit at the pool or dockside – you can combine these two steps. “A good-quality sunscreen can double as a body lotion,” says Dr. Manish Khanna, consulting dermatologist for Garnier Ombrelle. During the summer months, most complexions don’t require as much heavy-duty moisture, and it’ll save space in your bag, too.
To try: Waxon on the Rocks Japanese Peppermint & Eucalyptus, $30; Merben 9″ Jute Body Brush, $28
Not shown: Weleda Birch Body Scrub, $15; Imbrelle Ultra Light Advanced SPF 50 Weightless Body Lotion, $20