Admit it, pre-trip rituals of any sort are almost always crammed down to the last call of every spa, salon, or supermarket you'll need things from. While we can't stop you from procrastinating, we can help you get your affairs in order, literally. Before you call us out on being control freaks, you might want to keep in mind that there's a reason why things are done in order, like how scrubs go before waxes, among other things. Here's a foolproof four-step routine that'll have you silky-skinned by the end of it:
Step 1: A good scrub
Whether you get it at a spa or DIY at home, a good shower and a good scrub perfectly prep your skin for everything that follows, be it a fake or actual tanning session, a wax or an IPL sesh.
ONE EARTH ORGANICS Illumina Exfoliant Whitening Body Scrub, P929, Beauty Bar
Step 2: Shed with light
We mean laser light, obviously. Waxing may be a quick fix, but it may just be the most painful thing a woman subjects herself to in the name of beauty. So invest in a longer-term solution, like laser hair removal. The new machines claim to be painless and do it in a jiffy.
THE AIVEE CLINIC Laser Hair Removal, starts at P4000/session, Mega Fashion Hall
Step 3: Lighten up
Laser treatments at Strip Manila don't just annihilate body hair, but also smoothen and lighten skin. Results are seen after just one session, but you'll be extra happy by the third. For this treatment, we say, go Brazilian.
IPL Ace Brazilian, starts at P19,500/session, Serendra
Step 4: All Polished
If you've forgotten your nails, you're not really "dressed head-to-toe" yet. Ideally, manis and pedis are done post-packing but preflight. Deciding between gel and regular lacquer? Sunscreen smears off polish, so pick the regular kind that you can just change at whim, or forgo color. But if you're jetting off to a cooler clime for a longer time instead of a beach, the gel option is a better choice. An hour or two at Maison by Nail Spa (G/F Edades Tower, Rockwell) should do the trick.
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's March 2015 issue.