Summer Beauty Essentials
Holidays are great but sunshine-filled days and salty sea air will leave you in need of a hair and beauty shake-up. This summer we’re filling our cosmetic cases with clever multitaskers and the best protective products
Do you decant your at-home favourites into dinky bottles, or attempt to pare back your routine when it comes to holiday packing? Both are admirable in their frugality and resourcefulness, but in reality, your skin and hair need a different sort of care when you’re far from home. The onslaught of blazing sun, sea water, chlorine and skin-drying air conditioning are a far cry from our temperate climes and so your regular routine just won’t cut it.
Protection is key when you’re on holiday as UV rays are damaging to skin (including your scalp) and hair – both medically and aesthetically. Aside from raising your risk of melanoma, UV rays can fade your hair colour and ravage your natural stores of collagen and elastin, leaving your hair brassy and your skin depleted. Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to take your 10-step routine overseas – it’s all about packing smarter with products that offer protection in addition to their beauty benefits.
Swap your usual lipstick for Soleil Toujours Hydra Volume Lip Masque. Deeply hydrating, hypoallergenic and vegan-friendly, it offers all of the moisturising benefits of a balm, while giving SPF15 protection and a pop of colour thanks to six natural-looking shades.
For that all-important facial SPF, the insider’s favourite is SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50. Despite the high-factor protection, it feels light as water on skin and blends in effortlessly.
As for hair? label.m Sun Edition Travel Collection has everything you need to protect and enhance your locks, with an After Sun Cleanser to gently remove chlorine and beach residue, a hydrating After Sun Mask to strengthen hair after sun exposure, a detangling Protein Spray to prevent breakage and protect against UV rays, and a lightweight Sun Protect Oil to add shine and shield against environmental aggressors.
When it comes to make-up, paring back is best. Vita Liberata Beauty Blur lends a believable BB-cream effect to the skin in lieu of foundation, while you can brush up brows with Glossier Boy Brow, which will bring them out to their best and fullest. Finish with a few coats of Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara, and you’ve got the ideal, insouciant holiday look that will take you from beach to bar with ease.
Just because you’re in a different time zone, doesn’t mean that the ‘don’t-sleep-in-your-make-up’ rule no longer applies. Before bed, wash your face with Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser. Its light jelly texture will soothe dry, dehydrated skin while melting away make-up, excess oil and sweat. Pop open an Advanced Night Repair Ampoule from Estée Lauder and smooth the radiance-boosting, peptide-rich serum all over your face and neck, before locking it in with a layer of Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream. Then it’s time to sleep off the margaritas until the next day.
Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair Intesnive Recovery Ampoules, £89, esteelauder.co.uk
Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, £27, spacenk.com
Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Sunless Glow, £32.50, lookfantastic.com
Max Factor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara, £6.50, fragrancedirect.co.uk
Soleil Toujours Hydra Volume Lip Masque SPF15, £20, fabled.com
Glossier Boy Brow, £14, glossier.com
Bioderma Sensibio Light Soothing Cream, £15, lookfantastic.com
label.m Sun Edition Travel Collection, £24.95, labelm.com
Skin Ceuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50, £41, skinceuticals.co.uk