Editing down my beauty ‘essentials’ is the most time consuming part of preparing for any Summer holiday. Packing for me is mostly about picking a product for every occasion rather than an outfit. But over the years I managed to whittle down the products I pack to a regular selection that covers most beauty eventualities.
Prior to holiday I increase the body brushing and scrubbing to smooth out skin and then pack the body brush – it’s more portable than a jar of body scrub and is an easy way to get a full exfoliation on holiday.
For the plane everyone needs a couple of products to ward off inflight bugs, I always pack an organic hand sanitizer (the mainstream versions are so drying on the skin) and a multi-tasking aroma-therapeutic elixir which helps boost the immunity and clear the sinuses. Once landed a mineral sunscreen is a must and I always pack a targeted organic serum that includes ingredients to help reduce sunspots – look for seaweed on the label.
A golden tan seems to be the norm for holiday skin, but if you don’t like to bake in the sun try a tinted moisturiser for the body, it gives a sun-kissed tint without the UV damage or streaks of fake tan. Hair protection is also important too – UV rays damage the hair and fade colour so I pack a travel size of a sun spray for hair.
Last but not least! I never leave home without my favourite multi-purpose balm. It’s made from 28 plant oils and butters and is the ultimate holiday skin saviour. Find out which products make the cut for any green travel beauty bag: