To avoid any stinging when you hit the salt water, shave the day before. "Use a razor with a moisturizing strip and shaving cream to keep legs silky," says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas. If you must defuzz that morning, opt for a depilatoryno cuts, no bumps. Newer ones, like Sally Hansen Pure Scent-sation ($10; drugstore.com), smell fresh, not fetid.
Venus Embrace disposable razor ($14/3) and Satin Care shave gel ($4); drugstore.com.