We all love to bronze in the sun whilst we’re on a beach holiday, not to mention paddling in the ocean and feasting on delicious food. And whilst these things can have a soothing effect on the soul, the same cannot be said for your skin.
It’s important to take care of yourself on holiday. That’s why we’ve come up with a fool proof guide to keeping hydrated and moisturised whilst away.
BEFORE YOU GO ON HOLIDAY
- You don’t need to bog down your suitcase with a menagerie of products to maintain a good skincare routine on holiday. Be smart with what you pack: something like cleansing facial wipes are invaluable, as they’ll keep you moisturised and remove waterproof make-up.
- It’s a good idea to buy some 100ml bottles from a pound shop which you can then dispense your moisturiser/foundation/sun cream into; that way you’ll save space in your suitcase and won’t go over most airlines’ 100ml liquid limit.
- When you’re on the plane, you may find that your skin becomes very dry. To combat this, make sure you take cleansing wipes, hydrating water mist and even a face mask in your hand luggage. That way, if you’re without WiFi, you’ll have a relaxing way to pass the time!
- If you want to wear make-up when you’re on holiday, we suggest just bringing the essentials; a tinted BB cream or moisturiser, with a bright lipstick, will make your whole look pop. Plus, this way you can still feel glamorous without having to worry about your suitcase not closing.
- This is a bit of a no-brainer, but the most important thing to consider when sunbathing is sun cream. If you want to effectively protect your skin then we suggest using a minimum of factor 15, or much higher if you’re prone to sunburn. If you can find a moisturiser with SPF protection in it then this is a good base to start with but will need topping up with proper sun cream.
- Most people overlook their lips when it comes to sun cream, but they’re just as important! Try and find a lip balm that has SPF in it and keep them smooth and healthy.
- Make sure to pack a big bottle of water with you when you head to the beach. If you like to tan under the sun all day, your body will start to lose its moisture as you sweat, so you’ll need to be drinking more than usual.
- Caring for your skin after sunbathing is just as vital as before you hit the sun loungers. We recommend investing in a good after sun product, preferably with soothing aloe in it; using after sun will ensure your skin remains moisturised and will reduce any uncomfortable redness.
- Your skin may be filled with toxins when you return from holiday, or even flaking, so it’s a good idea to exfoliate. There’s no need to worry about losing your newly acquired tan; exfoliating only takes off the dead layer of skin, leaving you looking bright and fresh.
- Likewise, going to the spa for a facial right after you get back from holiday is highly recommended, as your face may be sun-damaged, or just clogged from using sun cream.
- The skin around your eyes is particularly sensitive, so you’ll want to pay extra attention in how you care for them when you come back home. Investing in a high quality eye cream, with Vitamin C or caffeine, will reduce dark circles and puffiness.
Have you got any tips for how you keep yourself looking and feeling fresh on holiday? Let us know in the comments!