When it comes to packing your holiday beauty essentials, no matter how many times you write a checklist, you always forget something. Having all your favourites in under 100ml for the plane, and remembering what you'll need while you're there, can be a bit of a headache. So, to lighten your load, we've worked out the fail-safe travel-sized beauty product must-haves that'll ensure you feel summertime fine from take off to touch down...
The Skin Kit
Wish you could travel with a facialist on hand for your best-ever skin on holiday? It's now one step closer, thanks to devised by the the beauty experts at NET-A-PORTER. With a selection of 12 skin cleansers, oils, peels, serums and eye brighteners, from cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Lancer and Dr Dennis Gross to name just a few - it covers every skincare base for glowy holiday skin. And best of all it's cleverly packed into a transparent pack so there's no decanting or squishing into a clear plastic bag. We're all up for treating ourself to first class beauty, even if we do turn right on the plane.
- Ear plugs, tooth kit, eye mask: Yes, some airlines offer them, but surprisingly some don't and it's a bleeding nightmare if you're stuck next to someone who insists on keeping their reading light and you want a kip. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Nasal spray, painkillers: The single best travelling trick I know is to use a chemist-bought nasal spray such as (£6) when flying. Using it when you first get on the plane will significantly reduce the threat of developing bugs from inhaling the air conditioning. If, though, you tend to get a headache from the air-con, bring painkillers. It's a killer not to have them.
- Moisturiser, pillow spray and muscle cream: Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. Admittedly, pillow spray is an added luxury but, a little lavender mist ( (£18) can really help to relax you during the flight and don't forget the muscle cream. It's not something many people think of but if you wake up with a stiff neck, it'll be your saving grace. We love (£18) - it really does tingle the right spots.
- Facewash and deodorant: When you get the "breakfast wake-up" having been hunched in the same position for seven hours, there really is no better word than "rough" for how you're probably feeling. The best quick-fix is a good facewash, a slick of deodorant (we love (£23)) and a scrub of the old nashers. Take Kiehl's travel-sized (£7.50) for the best kind of in-flight wake-up. Its gel formula lathers the skin in a creamy foam, leaving it moisturised and refreshed.
Yes, the hotel will provide the shampoo, conditioner and shower-gel frills but there really are some key items missing on their stock order...
- Sun cream: If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun and we highly recommend using no lower SPF than factor 30. You need to bring a body sun cream and a face SPF.
- After sun, body lotion, body oil: It may seem excessive to pack all three moisturising products, but if your suitcase allows, do it. Use the after sun straight after the beach. For evenings, choose a lovely scented, deeply moisturising butter and use an oil on your legs. You can reapply just before you go to bed to allow your body to absorb the maximum moisture it can overnight. This will help to prolong your tan and keep your skin nice and plump.
- Facemask: For many people, a holiday is a chance to go au-natural, allow the skin to breathe and avoid having to wear make-up for a couple of weeks, which we totally get. But, whether you fall into this camp or still maintain your normal beauty regime, the extra time you have whilst away is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and a facemask is the way to do so. Facemasks such as (£86 for a pack of 10) will help to restore moisture alongside your normal night cream and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.
- Straightners or curlers and salt spray: Just because the hotel will have the hair cleaning products and a hairdryer, it doesn't have the finishing touches to take your hair from day to night. Bring a set of stylers and a product such as a salt spray to get the ultimate beachy, tousled look. We love (£23.99), perfect for squeezing in a suitcase and (£15) for voluminous texture.
- Concealer, tinted moisturiser, highlighter: Skin tends to clear up and look a whole lot healthier after being a little sun-kissed so leave all your thicker foundations and cover-ups at home. Take a concealer to use if your bags won't budge and those dark spots and fine lines keep clinging. We love (£23) for instant improvement. When it comes to a tinted moisturiser, select a shade one darker than what you normally wear if you tan. The best we have found is (£38), which adapts to your skintone, whatever it is. Lastly, the power of a good highlighter to enhance your holiday glow shouldn't be underestimated. Try (£23) on your cheekbones, cupid's arrow, brow bones and temples.
- Eyebrow products: Don't forget to fill those brows in, the sun will naturally make your hairs lighter. Benefit's (£24.50) is a winner with its powder and wax options.
- Mascara: Take a waterproof mascara such as (£17.50). That way, you'll look fresh in the water as well as out. Don't underestimate the power of humidity and sweat to smudge your look even if you are on dry land.
- Lipstick: Yes, you've been told to always keep a red lippy on you at all times, but it's for a reason. It's the quickest, easiest, most effective way to glam up your look and is the symbol of classic beauty. You can't go wrong with Mac's (£15.50). With its blue neon undertone, it's got a really fun edge, which translates well to a holiday vibe. Also make sure to pack a nude so you can achieve different looks on alternate nights without having to bring a trunk full of colours. We recommend (£37) for a sparkly, sheeny finish.
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