Prep and pamper your hair and skin ahead of your summer holiday, with our 2-week pre-holiday beauty prep guide...
2 weeks before: Have a haircut and get it holiday ready
Now's the time to get your hair in the best possible condition to prepare it for the hot summer sun, sea salt and chlorine. The best way to prepare for this is to head to your hairdresser a couple of weeks before your holiday to give your tresses a colour, trim and treatment.
Snip away split ends and colour your hair now so it has time to settle before you leave. You may also want to ask your hairdresser to give your hair a deep conditioning hair treatment to leave your locks looking extra healthy and strong. And, make sure to pack a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner in your wash bag to maintain the look.
TOP TIP - Get your highlights a few shades darker than normal because the sun will naturally lighten your hair.
10 days before: Give your feet a nourishing treatment
You'll want your feet looking their best in those new pair of gorgeous sandals you bought for the trip. Pamper your feet to make sure they are silky smooth ahead of your holiday with our three-step guide. Start 10 days before you go away and then repeat every other day.
- Always exfoliate after a bath or shower when the skin is at its softest. Use a pumice stone or foot file to remove dead skin and reveal rejuvenated skin.
- Use a luxurious peppermint foot scrub and rub into trouble areas, such as the heels and balls of the feet. Leave on for a couple of minutes and then wash off with warm water.
- Finally, massage a rich and intense nourishing lotion into the skin. Pop socks on and leave for a few hours or even overnight for maximum effect.
1 week before: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
The best way to get glowing skin according to skincare experts is to exfoliate on a regular basis. However exfoliation is even more important in the lead up to going on holiday to give skin the best possible chance against drying out. Coffee scrubs, salt scrubs or sugar scrubs all make wonderful exfoliates and after exfoliating, always lather your skin with a rich moisturising lotion.
Did you know? Our skin loses water during the night. Invest in a high quality body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. Apply after a shower whilst your skin is still wet, to seal in the water.
5 days before: Wash your makeup brushes
You've spent time prepping and pampering yourself for your holiday so why not your makeup accessories as well?
We should be cleaning our makeup brushes on a regular basis anyway to remove product build up and bacteria. It also helps makeup go on more smoothly and offers a better coverage. Wash your tools before you go away for a fresh holiday makeup application. See our blog The Best Way to Deep Clean your Makeup Brushes for an easy step-by-step guide.
Don't get them dirty in your beauty bag. Keep your makeup brushes in pristine condition when you travel and store them separately in a beauty bag with large compartments, such as our Amy 3 in 1 Makeup Wallet in Leopard Tan.
3 days before: It's time to get the razor (or wax) at the ready
Whether you wax or shave, now is when you want to de-fuzz.
Research found that women shave their legs every 1-3 days. To avoid skin irritation, shave or wax your legs a few days before you go on holiday.
Take your razor with you for any touch ups, but to keep your skin smooth, don't shave immediately before going in the sun.
And remember, you can pack your razor in your hand luggage, as long as it's disposable with a fixed cartridge fitting. Check what other beauty products you can fly with and play our airport regulations quiz to see how much you know.
2 days before: Book yourself in for a manicure and pedicure
Book your manicure and pedicure appointment three days before your holiday so your fingers and toes look their best.
For long-lasting colour, opt for a gel nail polish and keep your nails short for less chances of breakage.
Top Tip -Take a bottle of top coat with you in your travel make up bag and apply every couple of days to make sure your manicure lasts as long as possible.
The night before: Pack your airport security makeup bag
As the excitement builds, make sure the start of your holiday is as relaxing as it should be and get organised for a stress-free airport security experience. Pre-pack your beauty liquids in a transparent hand luggage friendly bag the night before your holiday.
Breeze through the airport without having to rummage in your handbag for makeup and avoid any costly confiscations.
Make sure you add your beauty to-do tasks to a calendar so you can stay on top of your holiday prep and bon voyage!
What are your top pre-holiday beauty routine and tips? Leave a comment below and let us know.