Everything you need to prep your hair, skin and nails for a long weekend out-of-town.

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We look forward to Memorial Day Weekend for one reason (well two, if you count the day off of work!): it means that our long wait for summer is finally over! Though the season doesn’t officially start for about a month, MDW is the unofficial kickoff and we take these things seriously. Summer weekends are finally here and we can’t wait for all of the fun warm-weather weekend trips we have planned!

However, now that the sun is out in full force, preparing for a long weekend away entails completely different steps than it did just a few weeks ago. Not to worry, though—just follow our easy guide and you’ll be ready to bare some skin in sexy numbers like these in no time!

Skin

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Your skin needs some delicate preparation before you send it into battle with the sun.  Start by giving it a good clean with a strong exfoliator like LUSH Ocean Salt to leave skin bright and refreshed, or an on-the-go pore unclogging wipe like Dr. Lin Acne Cleansing Wipes. To infuse extra moisture to prepare skin for the dehydrating effects of the sun, try a super hydrating treatment like Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask. Prior to hitting the beach don’t forget to nourish skin with protective anti-oxidants, using a rich formula like Tammy Fender’s Antioxidant Crème Neroli & Orange. This celeb-loved product will soothe skin and make sure your face is looking picture-perfect for those weekend Instagrams.

Hair

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Before subjecting hair to chlorine, saltwater and sun, pamper it with the TLC that it deserves. Whether you have color-treated hair or not, a rich, nourishing hair product like Keratin Complex Timeless Color Fade-Defy Deep Conditioning Masque will lock-in moisture to dehydrated strands and make them feel fresh and vibrant for your weekend getaway. Davines SU Milk is a spray rich in vitamins and mineral salts, perfect for protecting hair from the sun.

Body

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There are a couple of things that you probably wish upon your body in time for bikini season: namely smooth (hairless) skin, a tight core, and a beautiful tan. We know you’ve been crunching and planking away for the past few months in order to tighten your core—but for those of us who are just not quite there yet, Bliss Fat Girl Six Pack is a saving grace. Use this targeted gel before slipping into that sexy swimsuit to help tighten skin and define your tone.

If it’s been a couple of weeks since your last wax, be sure to touch up your bikini line with Bliss ‘Fuzz Off’ Bikini hair removal cream, an easy to use tube that will leave you feeling smooth in less than 10 minutes! Of course you’ll want your skin to feel baby-soft, so try an at-home treatment with H2O Plus Sea Results Anti-Aging Body Micro-Polish to buff away dead skin cells and lock-in moisture for your smoothest skin ever. And finally, now that your skin is smooth and fresh, you can’t forget to perfect your faux glow with Karora Gradual Tan Buildable Colour. This self-tanner adjusts to your personal skin tone and slowly builds color with each application, to help you avoid going overboard. Genius!

Finally for a last minute slimming boost, there’s no place like the spa! Try one of these great deals from SpaWeek.com to trim and tighten with a soothing spa treatment:

50% Off VelaShape® for Body Contouring and Cellulite Reduction at LaserAway – West Hollywood in West Hollywood, CA

$75 50 Minute Lipo-Contour Inch Loss & Foot Detox at D’Lor Salon & Spa in Atlanta, GA

$75 Ultrasonic Cavitation Body Slimming Treatment with Lymphatic Drainage Massage at Solimar Day Spa in Park Ridge, NJ

$75 Photo Physio Slimming Treatment at Aqualia Spa in New York, NY

$100 90 Minute Herbal Body Slimming Wrap at The Look Salon and Day Spa in Chesapeake, VA

Hands and Feet

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The finishing touches for a weekend getaway include the perfect nails and sandal-ready feet. After months of trekking around in boots your feet need some love! LUSH Stepping Stone is a citrus-infused pumice stone that will keep feet fresh and remove calluses and dead skin buildup to get your feet pretty and sandal-ready. Make sure your hands and feet stay hydrated and smooth with pro creams like Dermelect Runway Ready Luxury Foot Treatment and Timeless Anti-Aging Daily Hand Treatment. Finish it off with the perfect polish—like our trendy pick of the season. Or you could always treat yourself to a SpaWeek.com deal on spa nail services:

$94 Signature Manicure and Pedicure at The Spa Botanica at The Renaissance Glendale Hotel in Glendale, AZ

$50 90 Minute Sweet Orange Manicure and Pedicure at the Medi-Spa of Ocala in Ocala, FL

$45 Manicure and Pedicure at Hyacinth’s Boutique & Spa in Colorado Springs, CO

$75 Stress Fix Manicure and Pedicure at Soleil Salon & Spa in Windham, NH

$39 Spa Manicure and Pedicure at Val El Salon and Spa in New York, NY

What are your weekend away prep essentials? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

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