One of the biggest date nights of the year is right around the corner (!) and you know what that means: pre-date prep is in full effect (and your mind is prob racing about what outfit to wear). Start your prep one week before your Valentine’s Day date and you’ll be in tip-top shape and full of confidence when the night comes. Don’t wait until the night before your date to start your beauty prep countdown.


Instead we’re taking it day-by-day and teaming up with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®, a destination for helpful advice, tips, tricks and money-saving coupons. The site provides real-time insights and answers – personalized just for you – to help you care for yourself (and save some money, too!). Here’s your seven day beauty prep countdown routine that’ll have you looking fly on V-Day!




Start your V-Day date night prep by having flawless skin — blemishes are not cute when you’re on a date with your boo, and it’s best to proactively fight against ‘em instead of trying to heal them after they’ve made their (unwelcome) arrival. Cleanse your skin (and wash current + potential blemishes away) with NEUTROGENA Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cleanser. Use this powerful stuff to ensure your skin is squeaky clean, smooth and even in tone.



You’re already on your way to flawless, date-night-approved skin, but let’s take it a step further with a treatment for your skin. Slather on your favorite hydrating face mask (moisturized skin = glowy skin!), kick back and let it work its magic on your skin up to two times before date night — make sure to take full advantage of this “me” time because you deserve it. Put this on before you hop in the shower, making sure to let the steam work its magic on opening up your pores for an added bonus. This is also the perfect time to contemplate what you’re going to wear on the big date night!



Pearly whites are an absolute must on any date night — but especially this one — so give yourself some time to get them looking their best. There are a ton of different ways to approach whitening (whitening toothpastes, at-home kits, DIYable methods… the list goes on) so choose whichever method you’re most comfortable with about five days before your date. One of our favorite tried-and-true methods is by mixing some baking soda with a bit of water and brush, brush, brush your teeth with the paste — super simple and crazy effective (trust me!). Your mouth will be fresh and your teeth will be in tip-top shape.



Shiny, healthy, volumized hair is the name of the game on Day 4 of your Valentine’s Day date night prep countdown. Give your locks a healthy dose of serious hydration so it looks extra lush on 2/14 by applying a rich hair mask like NEUTROGENA Triple Moisture Mask (one of my all-time faves). The second you scoop this stuff out of the jar + onto your hair, you’ll notice how thick it is, which is what you want from a hair mask! Apply this stuff to the shaft of your hair up to two times leading up to date night. Avoid the roots of your hair and apply at the beginning of your shower and then rinse it out at the very end so it can really sink in and do WORK. Avoid heat tools in the days leading up to date night so your hair is extra healthy and shiny.



Three days before date night! Let’s use this day as a last final push to get super fresh looking skin and brighten everything up overall so you’re looking radiant and refreshed. It’s important to exfoliate with a scrub like AVEENO Positively Radiant Brightening Scrub a couple days before the event you’re preparing for. Apply this gentle formula to your skin and slough off dull skin that’s dimming your inner glow — you’ll be left with nothing but luminous goodness and super smooth, healthy skin.



Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day and lips go hand-in-hand, so show ‘em some love right before their big night ;) Use a lip treatment in the form of a super nourishing balm, overnight salve or even a fun lip mask to prep your pucker. The more intense the hydration, the better. Doing this prep will also give your lips the perfect canvas for red lipstick!



It’s crunch time! Date night is here and you’re prepped like WOAH, so today is all about the final, finishing touch: having chip-free nails. Spend a few minutes sprucing up your digits in the AM with a fresh coat of paint and/or a shiny top coat to make them straight up dazzle.


There you have it! Seven days + seven ways to prep and primp for date night without stressing yourself out. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day date with your boo thang — and don’t forget about for more ways to prep and win prizes. From a digital fitness tracker to music downloads to a 12 month magazine subscription, Brit + Co readers can win an assortment of prizes that will help them stay on-top of their 2016 resolutions. Starting December 27, 2015 through March, 27, 2016 when you register for, you’ll have the opportunity to “spin the wheel” for a chance to win wellness-related products. Note: there will be 100 winners DAILY!

This post is a collaboration with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®.

Beauty production + Styling: Beth Wischnia

Photography: Kurt Andre

Model: Ashley Fischer Stern