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Your Essential Pre-Holiday Beauty Checklist

Consider going darker than normal - it will naturally lighten in sunlight - then you can touch up your roots if necessary.

It can feel like the leading up to the holiday drags on forever. Then suddenly, it's the next day, and you're not even packing, let alone gone to the hairdressers to get those roots done.

This year, make sure to follow our handy holiday beauty guide and plan ahead. You can avoid panicking last minute, and you can just focus on getting ready for the holidays.

One month before:

1. Color Your Hair

Time your next hair treatment in advance if you are already a regular hairdresser. You can damage your hair by the sun, especially in the first few days following application. A last-minute job may prove costly.

Consider going darker than normal - it will naturally lighten in sunlight - then you can touch up your roots if necessary. This is a great time to apply an intense moisturizing treatment to protect your hair from drying out.

2. Whiten Your Teeth

Consider going darker than normal - it will naturally lighten in sunlight - then you can touch up your roots if necessary.

Brightening your smile is quick and simple today. There are many products on the market that can help you achieve a whiter smile in a short amount of time. If you are looking for an at-home whitening treatment, consider using one of these products; whitening strips, toothpaste with whitening agents, or whitening gel or pens. Remember to start this a few weeks before the holidays because it might take multiple applications.

Two weeks before:

1. Start Exfoliating

A skin that hasn’t been exposed to sunlight or the sun for a while can look drab. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, leaving skin smoother, softer and ready to go to the pool. Exfoliated skin is also a good place to use moisturizers, serums, and fake tan.

Start your exfoliating routine now to ensure that your skin is in top condition when you get to the beach. Either use a scrub or a glove or brush in the shower, along with your regular soap or body wash. If your skin is not sensitive, you should do it at least once a week.

2. Sort your Products

Don't rush to get sun protection and insect repellent in the last minute. Take a look at what you already have and what you need. You shouldn't rely on the half-baked sunscreen from last year. It can lose its potency over time so be safe and get a new one.

Also, think about what your post-holiday skincare needs are. You may need to use face oil or body oil if your skin is sun-exposed. Tinted moisturizers may be sufficient for tanned skin. It can also look great against bright colors so make sure to get a lipstick in bold coral or pink to use after you return from your trip.

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One week earlier:

1. Have a Haircut

It is best to color your hair in advance. However, you should cut your hair closer to your trip to avoid sun damage. You might also need to trim your hair again depending on how much sun, saltwater, and pool water it is exposed to.

2. Make your eyelashes darker

After a swim in the pool, waterproof mascara can cause the dreaded panda eye. You can give your lashes a break and just go without mascara. Instead, try an eyelash tint. This will allow you to have darker lashes for up four weeks without the need to use any products or worry about smudging.

3. Take care of your eyebrows

A well-defined eyebrow can make your face look younger. Consider having them threaded and tinted. A tint can provide the perfect color for your brows, just like your hair.

The day before:

1. Time to de-fuzz?

To have smoother legs while on holiday, you should save your shaving for the day before you leave. This will make it less likely that you will need to do it again once you get back. 

You can also book a salon wax to get long-lasting smoothness without having to bring a razor.

2. A mani/Pedi is a Great Option.

A pedicure can really make sandals pop and will also fix any cracked heels so you don't have to slip on your flip-flops. A tan can also make bright nails look amazing, but you should opt for gel nails that last a long time instead of doing it yourself. You can pack your nails quickly and easily because they will be dried before you leave the salon.

3. Use Moisturizing Masks

Sun exposure can dry your hair and skin. Packing a nourishing facial mask will help you hydrate. You can keep your hair in great condition by using a deep-conditioning or hair mask.

Feeling Fresh

Nathalie Nicole Smith states that working hard and staying true to yourself are sure ways to win in life.

The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family and friends. But if you’re like most people, you also want to look your best. That’s why we put together this beauty timeline – to help make the lead-up less stressful, and give you plenty of time for last-minute primping. So take a deep breath, follow our guide, and enjoy your holiday season looking fabulous!