A head-to-toe body scrub is best done the night before. “Exfoliating at night allows for a better penetration of lotions applied postscrub,” says Endota Spa senior educator Helen Robb Lacey, adding that your skin naturally renews itself overnight. Use Endota Spa organics Sugar & Sea Salt Spa in a Jar (6), $50, to increase circulation and wake up smooth.
STEP 2: Mane prep
“My trick for a longerlasting style is to wash your hair the day before,” says Anthony Nader, owner of Sydney salon Raw Anthony Nader. “Second-day hair is better as the natural grit helps keep your style in shape.” To reboot dry strands, apply Kevin Murphy Leave-in.repair (7), $49.95, to damp hair.
Shave your legs et al before bed. “This gives the closest and smoothest result,” says Robb Lacey. “As we sleep, body parts like our legs become warm and swell slightly, so by the morning the hairs don’t stick out as much and are harder to get with the razor.” Nix irritation by reaching for a razor with a protective moisturising bar, like Gillette Venus Comfortglide with Olay Sugarberry (8), $15.49.
STEP 4: Moisturise
“Always moisturise when your skin is still damp,” says Robb Lacey. Why? It helps the product better absorb into skin. Aveeno Daily Moisturising Sheer Hydration Lotion (9), $12.99, contains naturally active colloidal oatmeal to soothe while it hydrates. Winner, winner.
Despite being in your diary for weeks, race day’s now tomorrow and you’ve done zero pre-event grooming. Shit. Don’t stress – approx 12 hours’ notice is all you need. 10 6 8 7 9 13