With the British weather blowing a gale and pouring down as per usual, it’s no wonder so many of us have booked a week or two away from home to soak up the rays during the summer months. Greece, Italy, The Canaries or Australia… Wherever you’re heading for some glorious sunshine, be sure to pack these five holiday beauty must haves that’ll ensure you look and feel a million dollars from head to toe. Don’t jet off without them!
1. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that sunscreen is only an essential for fair skinned folk! Whether you’ve been blessed with an olive complexion or
have a skin tone to rival Rihanna’s, an SPF will ensure that you’re protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while also preventing sunburn. A great sun protection range is Nivea Sun as it comes in a wide variety of formulas, from hydrating milks to invisible oils and you can choose from factor 10 (for those of you with darker skins) to factor 50+ (if you’re on the fairer side)… Contrary to belief, sunscreen doesn’t stop you from tanning! It simply keeps your skin in the best possible condition while you achieve that gorgeous golden colour.
2. Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E (£3.25) is heaven on earth for sun-parched bodies. Just think, after a long day lazing on the poolside sipping Mojitos, your skin is longing for a drink of it’s own! It’s made from 100% Cocoa Butter, which replenishes, smoothes and smells good enough to eat. It’s even available in handy, travel-sized bottles so you can still get your fix if you’re only taking hand luggage with you. Kept in the fridge during the day, your pins will thank you over and over for smothering them in this delicious, creamy product and your tan will stay in tiptop condition, therefore it’ll last longer. Aaah!
3.It’s a well-known fact that a full face of make up is a no-go when you’re on the beach, as high maintenance beauty and heat sadly
don’t pair too well. So go back to basics and get your hands on Diorshow Waterproof Backstage Makeup Mascara (£23.00) instead! It’s waterproof, so you can avoid any red-faced, panda-eyed moments when you go in for the plunge and it holds no prisoners, giving eyelashes real show-stopping length with an intense black pigment. Irresistible!
4. Do you find that your hair looks dry, frazzled and lack-lustre after just a day out in the sunshine? Fear not! Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner (£4.49) is all you need to rescue your beloved barnet. Enriched with Jojoba Seed Oil, the Aussie formula detangles and hydrates your locks to leave your hair feeling hydrated and smelling absolutely divine. Simply spritz on after towel drying and then style as normal or, for a real treat, wet your hair and spray on the Leave-In Conditioner before heading out to the pool/beach. You’ll notice that your hair looks and feels much more like its silky self when you return!
5.For the majority of us, achieving a healthy glow is part of the reason we love holidaying in hot countries so much. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Oil (£16.00) is the perfect thing to pop in your suitcase. This luscious, golden coloured oil is packed full of teeny tiny shimmer particles that enhance your natural tan and give your skin a beautiful radiant look. Smooth a generous amount of the luxurious oil onto your legs, arms and décolletage and you’ll be nothing short of a bronzed goddess before you can say ‘Beyoncé’. What more could you want?