Step 1: Go Beyond Moisturizer
If your summer-wardrobe goals are bodysuits and bathing suits, skin needs to be Beyoncé-level flawless. Lotion with salicylic acid will help you shed the scaly mess that built up over winter. CeraVe Renewing SA Lotion ($16), at drugstores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: Instagram nail experts share their spring tips and trends
Step 2: Always Exfoliate
Avoid ingrowns by using a scrub three times a week – including the day of your wax. It will make the experience less painful, says Lexi Miles, founder of the Waxon Waxbar chain, because “it removes dead skin and loosens the hairs so that the wax only picks up the hair.” Waxon Loofah Scrub in Citrus twist ($11), at waxon.ca. READ MORE: 10 stress-relieving beauty buys that aren't bubble bath
Step 3: Time Your Shave
Razor burn hurts more than Zayn leaving One Direction. Switch up your razor the moment you feel it tugging on skin, and shave at least three hours before applying sunscreen and hitting the beach. Try the Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor ($14), at drugstores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: Can you drink your way to glowing skin?