School’s out and the sun is shining, which can only mean one thing – holiday season is in full-swing. If you’re going to be embarking on a long-awaited trip to a far-flung destination this summer, you may have already started to think about what beauty essentials are going to make the cut for your trip. Globetrotters need a beauty regime that’s both practical and efficacious, helping to refresh and perfect skin and keep hair looking healthy, whatever time zone you’re in. Read on to discover some of our favourites…
A high-quality sun cream to care for and protect our skin is the number one item on our long-haul packing list. Arguably the most important step of any good skincare routine, an SPF50 like this one helps to ward off signs of ageing including fine lines and sun spots and also protect skin from harmful UV rays, which is particularly important when escaping to a tropical climate or planning an outdoors adventure.
Formulated without perfumes, mineral oil or preservatives, this Mineral Face SPF50 is suitable for even sensitive skin types and the light-weight formula means it works well under makeup too. The handy 40ml size will provide plenty of coverage for a two-week jaunt.
Paring back your makeup is as much a part of getting into the holiday spirit as your first, delicious sip of pina colada on the beach and there’s something so liberating about being outdoors with less makeup in the sunshine. One fail-safe way to simplify your kit is by swapping out your regular concealer-foundation combo for a sheerer CC cream.
This vitamin E-infused illuminating cream helps to add radiance and blur imperfections but doesn’t feel too heavy even when it’s hot out. Plus, the honey extract helps to keep skin feeling soft and supple all day.
A dip in the sea or pool is one of the most pleasurable parts of any destination holiday. An instant endorphin boost that feels as good for your body as it does your mind, the story for your hair however, is quite different. Too much salt and chlorine can dehydrate hair and cause colour to fade more quickly. One of the joys of travelling long-haul is that you don’t have to scrimp on products you bring, so you can enjoy the benefits of specialist products like intensive treatment masks. On a weekend getaway you can make do with just your conditioner but when you’re by the sea or pool everyday you can afford to pack targeted products too.
To maintain your hair’s health if you’re away for longer than a few days, we always pack a colour protecting or deeply nourishing mask and apply every second day of our trip. We love this new regenerating mask from Sisley, which is infused with a blend of four nourishing oils and a fortifying vitamin complex of zinc, magnesium, copper and vitamin E to prevent that crispy, post-swim texture and restore vibrance.
Inspired by summer sunshine, this Hair Perfume by luxury fragrance house Byredo makes the ideal holiday scent and is infused with notes of zesty mandarin, Californian lemon, neroli and Arabian jasmine. Clever and deliberate packing and the extra luggage allowance of long-haul travel means you can bring both a special holiday scent like a hair or body mist and then your favourite perfume for warm summer nights with us too without fear of extra charges at check-in. We love wearing this Hair Perfume during the hottest hours of the day and then swapping to a headier, warmer scent in time for cocktail hour.
This beautiful shimmering body oil instantly hydrates skin and imparts a subtle highlight to your limbs and collarbone that makes the perfect finishing touch for cocktail hour. The silky, lightweight oil illuminates and adds a natural sun-kissed glow and is infused with irresistible floral notes and warming amber-sandalwood in a tempting scent. The luxury of having extra baggage allowance when your travelling to far-flung destinations as opposed to short-haul means you can fit in those special favourites that are perfectly suited for exotic locations. Bon voyage!