7 AMAZING beauty bits I'll be packing in my suitcase for a holiday glow
So close, can you feel it?!
Summer holidays, that is. And if you are getting ready to head off on your holidays (you lucky thing!), you might have started thinking about what to pack already.
Sun dresses, hats and sandals are no doubt on your list, but what about beauty buys? Many of us scale down our beauty routine for summer, realising that less is more – and embracing that sun-kissed, toucled beach-wave look for all it is worth.
But if you are anything like me, you still need to bring a few essential beauty buys with you to enhance that summer glow and keep your skin protected and looking its glowy best for the entire holidays – and beyond.
Not sure what to bring?
Here are the seven beauty heroes I'll be relying on this entire summer:
I am so, so in love with this gorgeous serum, and love nothing more than to end my day these days by carefully applying it to my face, and then using my jade roller to really work it into my skin, for maximum nourishment. I love the feeling of it and the scent (it makes me feel like I am at a spa – seriously, it's that good), and I know that the Nunaia Nourishing Radiance Serum will be a life-saver in my holiday beauty kit – working equally well to tame frizz, nourish the dry ends of my hair, treat flaky cuticles and soothe my sun-exposed skin at the end of every day.
Being an avid fan of clean beauty and using products that are not harmful to our health or the environment, I love how Irish-based The Clean Beauty Edit keeps making it easy to get our hands on some many gorgeous green beauty buys these days.
Case in point, they recently added products from Vive Sana to their collection, and I'll be ordering this cream immediately to bring with me for my sun holidays. This moisturizer will help protect your face from the sun's harmful rays and other stressors by blocking out damaging UV rays and pollution. Simultaneously, it helps to repair damage as it occurs and before it becomes permanent, while rejuvenating and soothing skin with organic phytonutrients.
I also love how it is completely cruelty-free and reef safe, meaning you are not harming aquatic life if you swim in the sea wearing it – which is a massive problem with most other sun creams.
I might just be a little bit obsessed with this, but seriously – you will not believe how amazing the brand new Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette is until you have tried it for yourself. For me, it is the perfect companion on holiday, because while I wear an SPF 50 and a large hat whenever I am out in the sun (take that wrinkles and discolouration!), I still want the glow that says I was living it up on a beach for the past couple of weeks.
Enter this fabulous palette – which gives me the healthiest, most natural and amazingly glowy skin I have ever had.
I hate wearing products that feel heavy and greasy in the summer (while in the winter, my skin definitively needs it). This serum from Bioderma has become a firm favourite of mine during the hotter months of the year, as it feels super-light, sinks in immediately and leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and moisturized. It is also perfect for sensitive skin, which means it is a winner in your holiday suitcase, and great for applying to skin that has been exposed to sun, salt water and chlorine.
To get technical, the Hydrabio serum is formulated with moisture boosters including Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Sodium Hyaluronate, an especially effective form of Hyaluronic Acid. Niacinamide is a skin hero that helps to renew and restore skin's natural barriers so it retains moisture better – all of which is perfect for summer skin.
Ever since first coming across product from Korres while on holidays in Crete a few years back, I have been a fan of these natural, clean products that were born out of Athens’ first ever homeopathic pharmacy, and love how they often base their products on local Greek ingredients or beauty secrets.
I love the scent of this body milk, as it transports me right back to the Greek isles, and it is also perfect to keep sun-drenched limbs soft and moisturized – which is what sumemr beauty is all about, isn't it.
Lips can get dry and flaky from heat, sun and salt water too, not to mention if you are travelling by plane, where the air is super-dry. I always keep a stash of Eos lipbalms in my bag, and can't get enough of the scent and how soft they make my lips feel.
Truth be told, I don't really go anywhere without my little bottle of Avene Eau Thermale with me, and certainly not on a plane or near a beach.
Essential soothing care for sensitive, hypersensitive, allergic and irritated skin, is there any wonder this is a cult product, and a bottle is sold worldwide every few seconds.
I keep a small bottle in my handbag, to give my skin a little refresher when onboard the plane, and pack a couple of larger bottles in my bag to use once I am at my destination, whether at the beach or pool-side. Perfect to cool down hot skin, give my complexion a little hit of moisture or simply clean the sand of my hands with, this is one summer beauty hero you do not want to be without.