Over the years I’ve travelled a lot. And I mean a lot. And every time I pack I try to learn from the mistakes of my last trip. Don’t over-pack. Do you really need ANOTHER pair of shoes? (I usually lose the battle on that one). Remember the mosquito repellent to avoid another hospital visit. Those kind of things! But, one thing I have managed to nail is beach beauty.
This is mainly because I’ve made it a rule to be unapologetically low maintenance from the minute I step on the plane to the moment I touch back down in London. When I say low maintenance, that doesn’t mean less products. Oh no, it means fewer make-up and styling must-haves and more nourishing hair and skincare bits. I see beach beauty as an opportunity to re-charge, re-boot and embrace your natural look. Plus, a tan and salty air can hide a multitude of sins!
So, here’s a few essentials I pack for some serious TLC…
Sachajuan Ocean Hair Mist, £18
No beach beauty look would be complete without trying to achieve that coveted beach hair look. But finding the right products that don’t offer greasy or crispy side effects is tough. Since John Freida discontinued their beach spray back in two thousand and something, I haven’t found anything as good. But this Ocean Hair Mist is the best yet. I spray this on my hair when it’s wet or dry and it gives it a natural wave and lots of volume. Better yet, curl your hair into a bun after spraying and you’ll get the most amazing undone look.
Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Finish, £29.95
There is nothing more daunting than that first day of hitting the beach or reaching for a shorter hem on the hottest day of the year. It doesn’t matter how much I scrub, moisturise and tan, sometimes my skin just looks a bit…flawed. From scratches (gardening), the odd bruise (damn those 3am bathroom stumbles) and the odd shaving rash, I’ve found a secret weapon to hide them all. Water-resistant, organic and subtle, this face and body make-up is light, thin but gives enough coverage to give you an HD finish. Perfect!
Lavera Sun Lip Balm SPF10, £5.95
When it comes to sun protection, three of the most overlooked areas are our eyes, lips and scalps. As some of the thinnest skin on our body, it’s so important to protect these areas. Which is why my beach beauty kit always includes an SPF lip balm. With shea butter, vitamin D and sunflower seed oil, it keeps my pout hydrated and safeguarded from the sun all day.
Sachajuan Hair In The Sun, £16
As much as I love that sunkissed, beachy vibe my hair takes on after a sun-drenched holiday, the straw-like texture is not the one. I’ve started taking hair protection a lot more seriously since learning how awful the sun actually is for our strands. This rich, creamy gel from Sachajuan shields the hair from UV light which leaves it looking healthy and vibrant.
Kevin Murphy Young Again Hair Oil, £30
You can’t beat a good hair oil. I love to slather this all over my hair and into the roots before going to bed and sleeping in it to give it a hit of nourishment. Holidays are a great time to indulge in masks, balms and treatments to build strong and healthy hair and skin. When you’re away from day-to-day life and you’re unlikely to bump into anyone you know. So eembrace a more laid-back beach beauty regime and come back glowing.
Decleor Aromessence Solaire Face Oil Serum, £47
There’s nothing more exciting than counting down the days to a beach break. While you shop for a new swimsuit and those sandals you’ve had your eye on, this is also a great time to prep your skin. Thanks to good old Blighty’s colder climate 80% of the year, our skin is largely unprepared for sudden sun exposure. And let’s be honest, we get a little carried away! With carrot essential oils to boost your melanin production (what gives us a tan) and geranium extract to boost your skin’s defenses, this Decleor serum is a must in the lead up. Slather it on morning and night before your moisturiser in the weeks or months before your holiday and see the difference.
Institut Esthederm Adaptasun Face Cream, £35
Now, I know I always harp on about natural, organic beauty products and this is SO important when it comes to suncare. I tend to only use natural suncream but I wanted to share this one with you. Although it’s not natural it is formulated with hydration, dermal stimulation, sun protection and hyperpigmentation in mind. My skin is incredibly sensitive in the sun and, apart from The Organic Pharmacy and Caudalie, this leaves it cool and refreshed not hot and tight.