Next Saturday I am jetting off for a sun, cocktail and food-filled four day break for a hen do! I am so excited. It will be my first holiday of the year and is very much needed. About two weeks before I go on holiday, I take extra care in preparing my body for sunnier climates. Not just with what I eat and drink (plenty of water to keep my body hydrated) leading up to the holiday, but in the products I use on my skin and changing up my routines slightly. Here’s how I get my body beach ready…
Exfoliate Regularly: I usually shower about four times a week, and instead of my once weekly exfoliation, I bump it up to maybe three times a week. Exfoliating not only gets rid of dead skin cells to reveal gorgeous fresh skin, it also helps you achieve a smoother looking tan that lasts longer. My favourite body scrub is Soap & Glory’s Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, it contains organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts. You just scoop out a handful of scrub, rub it between your hands, then rub in circular motions over damp skin. I also sometimes use exfoliating gloves to get a really smooth finish. The scrub smells absolutely delicious, as all Soap & Glory products do.
Moisturise: After going at your body with exfoliators and razors, it’s important to calm your skin down and give it some TLC. I am currently using Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter, as it is really thick and leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft. I apply this to slightly damp skin and wait for it to sink fully into my skin, which takes no time at all. It smells fruity and floral and just..YUM.
Face Mask: About three times a week, I will apply a face mask before I get into the shower, I tend to opt for ones that will smooth my skin, whilst drawing out any impurities. The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask has been a favourite of mine since last year, it is infused with a fresh-blend of essential oils and natural ingredients. It also contains myrrh essential oils that soothe and calm the skin, the mask helps to remove the excess oil to leave skin feeling purified, cleansed and silky soft. It doesn’t smell the greatest, think plasticine! However it works wonders for the skin, so we can ignore the smell. I apply a little product to my fingers, a little goes a long way, and mix with a tiny amount of water to help apply it evenly to my face. It heats up instantly on contact and I leave it on for five or ten minutes whilst in the shower and then use a warm cloth to wipe the mask off.
Hair Care: My hair is really thick and curly so it always quite dry. Add heat and humidity to that and BAM! We have a Monica from FRIENDS situation going on. About three times a week I will use my beloved Neal’s Yard Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I apply this to my hair before washing, focusing on the ends. I sometimes apply it as a full hair mask, leaving it on for maybe an hour or so. Coconut oil is an amazing effective conditioning treatment that soothes dry hair and scalps, whilst adding lustre to dull hair.
Luscious Lips: If you look on my bedside table, dressing table and in my handbag you will find about forty lip balms! I apply a generous helping on lip balm in the morning and again at night. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm* is the product that i’m reaching for the most at the minute. it is so lovely and leaves my lips feeling amazing. To give my lips a little zshoosh, I have also been using a lip scrub on my lips about three times a week. I usually use Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, however I have ran out and we no longer have a Lush in my town…I don’t know what the hell all that is about but hey! I have been using the next best thing that is Kiss Cosmetics Scrub Stick which is just as good, just not as yummy. I apply a little bit of this to my lips, and then use my fingers to rub it in.
I’m so excited to have a little break from reality for a few days and what better excuse for a good pamper.
I’d love to know which products you like to use before you go on holiday, or just in general!? What are you favourite products at the minute?