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15 May 2017

Three Holiday Skincare Essentials

Gone are the times when we solely rely on slapping an SPF-50 all over our body and face, calling it 'holiday' skin maintenance. Nowadays, there's every lotion and potion for all types of scenarios that one might encounter either in transit or whilst away sunning ourselves, from protecting against free-radical damage through the day to after-suns that claim to do everything under the, well, sun. It's hard to know where to start when packing for a trip when it comes to beauty, negotiating the amount of products that you're actually going to use, whilst desperately trying to stay under the baggage allowance is frankly stress-inducing in itself. Whilst in Ibiza last week, there were three products that were constantly on-rotation to protect, soothe and brighten my skin after hours of sunshine (and unfortunately, sunburn but that's another story...).

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Something that I'm increasingly starting to use both home and away is pollution-fighting sprays. The tangible reality of the grime and dirt of the city is ageing our skin and becoming something that we are all alert to; ideally wanting to avoid wearing the pollution on our faces in ten years time. To our dismay, harmful pollution exists not just in the realm of cities, but pretty much everywhere we go nowadays, so this really has got to become a staple in any skin routine, regardless of where you are in the world. It goes without saying that something like this is essential pre and post-flight (or any public transport) to protect your skin. An Anti-Pollution Mist is not just useful as a shield against free-radicals, but doubles up as a cooling mist for by the pool (and it smells amazing). I used this pretty much every half an hour while sunning, and I can't express how refreshing it is; don't underestimate how good this feels in the heat.

Another double-duty product that's a saviour when you're playing by the hand-luggage rules comes as a skincare and make-up hybrid. As BB cream is renowned for being the answer to reluctantly wearing any form of make-up whilst on holiday, but still wanting that slight coverage, especially at first. So, a Satin-Finish BB Cream complete with an SPF is even better, and something that I used constantly for above reasons whilst in Spain. This one not only has UVA protection, but also UVB, which is less common in SPF products but equally as important in maintaining skin's healthy appearance (UVB rays burn the superficial layers of skin and the cause of reddening, whilst UVA rays penetrate the deeper layers of skin). The formula adjusts to light to medium skin-tones using adaptive technology, so if you're fair skinned, it's still going to colour-match when you catch the sun. 

Something else you don't want to be doing whilst on holiday is spending too long on your skincare routine (let's face it, who wants to be cleansing and masking when there is sunbathing to be done and sun-downers to be drunk...). If you're like me, you don't take too many treatment products away with you, but there are times when I want to give sun-dried and dehydrated skin an extra boost to fully make the most of that holiday glow. A One-Minute Facial (can't really get more efficient than that..) is my product of choice, and works using water-activated vitamin-C to brighten, smooth your skin's surface and get that luminosity that we all want. 

One of the best things about these products is that they are full-size, but small enough to put in your hand luggage being under 100ml (if you're a stinge like me and refuse to pay the extortinate luggage fees). As most hotels supply all the necessities like shampoo, conditioner, wash etc. now, you can sacrifice them in your liquids for things more skin-type specific or treatment orientated.

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