Holidays are great, but they can really throw a spanner in the works when it comes to your beauty regime. What might work perfectly well for you here in Ireland might cause trouble when you go to a different climate. So what changes should you make to your hair and skin care routine when you head for warmer climes? Read our holiday beauty tips to find out…
The key is to keep your routine simple – aside from the fact you don’t want to bust your baggage allowance with multiple lotions and potions, it’s important to establish a regime that will be easy to follow and stick to while you are away.
Protect your skin
The most important aspect of any skincare regimen is SPF protection, especially if you are going somewhere where the sun will be strong. While it’s tempting to skimp on the protection to get that golden glow, remember that UV rays can encourage the appearance of wrinkles – not a good look!
As tempting as it is to just put on your usual SPF foundation, chances are that it isn’t going to cut the mustard. You should pack an SPF sunscreen cream to give your skin maximum protection to avoid premature aging or, heaven forbid, sunburn. We love Decleor Aroma Sun Expert protective anti-wrinkle cream with SPF 50: it is specially formulated for the face and has an ultra-light texture that doesn’t feel sticky.
Rehydrate your skin
After you have been in the sun all day, it is really important to calm and rehydrate your skin using an aftersun balm. It will not only replenish the moisture your skin has lost during the day, but will also make your (safely acquired!) tan last for longer.
With hints of coconut and papaya, Hawaiian Tropic’s Silk Hydration after sun smells absolutely gorgeous and makes for a great moisturiser after a long day in the sun!
Holiday makeup ideas
Warmer climates hardly lend themselves to a fully made up look, however even we can’t bear the thought of leaving the holiday apartment completely fresh faced! The key is to go for makeup that is minimal, doesn’t stifle you in the warm weather and is fairly waterproof so it doesn’t just slip off in the heat!
Benefit BADgal waterproof mascara is perfect for hotter climates, and will give your holiday look just the little hint of glam it needs. Pair with a waterproof lip tint such as Maxfactor Lipfinity for a natural look that won’t make you feel completely naked.
Gorgeous sun-kissed holiday hair
Holiday hair seems to go one of two ways – either you are gifted with gorgeous tousled locks, or you are cursed with a huge humid-frizz bomb!
If you aren’t lucky enough to be blessed with the former, then you will be pleased to know that there are plenty of products out there to help. Bumble and Bumble surf spray can give your hair a great summery beach look while eliminating frizz, and can even add volume to flat and fine hair.
It’s also just as important to protect your hair from the sun’s rays as well as your skin, so think about packing a protective hair spray. Malibu scalp and hair protection mist offers a great defence for your hair against harmful UV rays and stops it from drying out, which can prevent the dreaded holiday frizz.
Those are our holiday beauty essentials, but what are yours? Let us know in the comments!
Additional image by Simon Law made available under a creative commons licence