With summer vacation on the horizon for many, the possibility of a day spent wearing a swimsuit at the beach or the pool seems inevitable. So what better way to get a head start on the swimsuit action than by prepping your body with a slew of beauty products that are guaranteed to have you looking your warm-weather best. Whether your worry is unwanted hair or a lack of tan, we've got you covered with all the beauty essentials you'll need.
Containing vitamin E and the highest concentration of NutriumMoisture technology, this specially formulated body wash by Dove promises to get rid of any pesky jiggle by promoting skin elasticity and strength. Dove VisibleCare Toning Crème Body Wash, $5.99, Target.
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Rid your body of dead skin in exchange for an all-over glow, thanks to the help of Lush Cosmetics' Buff Body Butter. Used in the shower as an exfoliator and moisturizer, this product promises to leave you with smooth, radiant skin. Buff Body Butter, $11.95, Lush Cosmetics.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
While shaving is a common way to eliminate unwanted hair during the summer, it can also leave stubble or razor burn. Nair's new Brazilian Spa Clay Body Cream is a moisturizing formula that allows for easy hair removal minus a razor. Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Body Cream, $8.99, Target.
Worried about shining brighter than the sun due to your lack of tan? We've got you covered. Made with a nurturing blend that includes jasmine, coconut oil and apricot nectar, this self-tanner by Estée Lauder promises to give you a natural sun-kissed look that is beyond perfection. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Golden Perfection Tinted Self-Tanning Gelèe for Body, $28.50, Macy's.
Scrub a dub
With your feet on display for all to see, you'll want to make sure they're in tip-top shape when you hit the water this summer. Origins' Reinventing The Heel foot-care product sloughs away cracked heels and pesky rough patches. Reinventing The Heel, $21, Origins.
Under the sea
Nothing screams swimsuit-ready more than having perfectly polished fingers and toes. With fun names that conjure up thoughts of the ocean, these polishes from Deborah Lippmann's spring collection give your nails a much-needed pop of color. Deborah Lippmann Spring 2012 Collection in On The Beach, $16, and Mermaid's Dream, $18, Nordstrom.