Whether you’re hitting the beach, a yacht party or even the red carpet, there are plenty of opportunities to show some skin at Cannes – and you want to be sure you’re looking your best. So before you start packing for the French Riviera, follow this step-by-step guide for flawless skin. With a little preparation you’ll be confident you look radiant from head to toe when the cameras start flashing.

1. Use a body scrub to exfoliate and get smooth skin
Start by investing in a good body scrub, such as Origins Smoothing Salt Scrub. Use it daily on the days leading up to your break to cleanse and exfoliate skin, leaving it soft and nourished. Pay particular attention to dry areas like the knees, elbows and shaving bumps to ensure skin is even and perfectly primed.

2. Moisturise every morning
Your skin can get easily dehydrated in the sun, so be sure to moisturise every morning. After your shower use an intensely moisturising body cream such as Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion to leave it revived and firmed. Again, be sure to pay particular attention to dry areas – your skin will thank you.

Skin saviours: Origins Smoothing Salt Scrub, Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

3. Get glowing with a good self tan
Now that your body is perfectly prepped, it’s time to make it glow. St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse is easy to apply for a streak-free, even tan – no sun required. Don’t forget to use a mitt to avoid staining palms. Apply by working the tan from top to toe with even sweeping motions. The mousse is absorbed easily, so once you’ve covered your whole body you only need to leave it to set for 60 seconds before you dash out to tick off the next item on your pre-Cannes to-do list. After a few hours shower off the excess tan to reveal your perfect golden glow.

4. Refresh and revitalise your skin with a nourishing moisturiser
Once you arrive in the French Riviera, keep a nourishing cream like Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre stashed in your beach and evening bags for quick fixes. Loaded with natural fatty acids, it has skin-renewing properties - great for soothing skin post shave or as a quick rescue remedy for skin dehydrated by the sun. Top tip: If you’re wearing a shorter hemline, smooth a streak of the creme down the front of calves en route to your night out to give the illusion of elongated, super glossy pins.

5. Use a hot cloth cleanser for super soft skin
Don’t forget about the sensitive skin on your face, too. Use Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser daily to buff away dead skin cells and reveal a radiant, baby-soft base for your make-up, even after partying has taken its toll.

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Written by Hayley Spencer