Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Five Essential Holiday Products

As well as the obvious Sun Cream, After Sun and Insect Repellent, there are a few products that I cannot go on holiday without. These are my five holiday essentials that I'm taking with me when I go away next week:

Tan Maximiser/ Extender 
I like to have a tan extender with me while I'm on holiday, and for when I get home, as it's deeply moisturising and also (obviously!) makes my tan last longer. I use this as well as after sun to ensure that my body is very hydrated and moisturised after being exposed to the sun, and it really does make my tan go that little bit further.

Witch Hazel
This isn't the most glamorous of products but it is a little miracle worker. As well as being great for spots (my face always breaks out in the sun!), it's amazing to use on insect bites. I got bitten very badly five years ago and I tried about three different bite creams to make them go down and stop itching, none of which worked. My then-boyfriend's (now fiance eek!!) auntie suggested I put witch hazel on them and within the hour the bites had reduced in size and the itching was much less intense. After a couple of days of using the witch hazel the bites had gone completely! I'll never go away without it now.

Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF50
I generally wear Factor 30 on my body but I like to have Factor 50 on my face because it's quite sensitive and always exposed. I prefer to fake the tan on my face to be honest (the Clarins Radiance Boost Glow Lotion is AMAZING for this and so natural-looking!) rather than risk sun burn, sun spots and wrinkles (and God forbid anything more serious). However, my skin is normal-combination and it breaks out so easily, it's ridiculously blemish-prone, so I hate putting normal suncream on as it's so greasy. This Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF50 for the face is exactly what I've been searching for. It's oil-free and very lightweight so it shouldn't break me out and is suitable for all skin types. As well as being super light (and therefore great for also putting on under makeup) it has those all important UVA and UVB protectors.

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF30*
This Sun Care Oil Spray, a brand new product from Clarins, is the perfect all-rounder. It is a dry oil suitable for both the hair and the body, containing both nourishing plant extracts and protection from UV rays. It smells gorgeous (quite fruity) and I love that it is SPF30 as it will protect my skin, but it also helps it tan better by the fact that it's an oil. It's suitable for ALL skin types, from dry to oily, so again, breakouts should be reduced to a minimum. I LOVE that I can put this on my body and on my hair, as it means it's essentially two products in one. I would otherwise have bought a UV protector for my hair so that it doesn't dry out or get sun-damaged, which means I'm saving space and on that all-important weight limit in my suitcase! It's a brilliant multi-purpose product, providing protection, hydration and a better tan.

Clinique All About Eyes
The sun can be very harsh, especially around the thin and sensitive eye area. I always wear sunglasses, but I still like to make sure I have a good quality eye cream to apply every night and morning to prevent wrinkles and to keep them hydrated. All that squinting can't be good for the old wrinkles! Clinique All About Eyes has been my eye cream of choice for years now, and it's the one my mum still swears by. We both (that's me and my mum) get bad hayfever and this eye cream soothes and looks after our eyes better than any other eye creams have done, and never produces any milia (little white bumps) under the eyes.

What are your holiday essential products?

Rosy x


  1. Witch Hazel is one of my favourite products all year round - my grandma passed it down to her daughter-in-law (my mum!) and my mum passed it down to me x

  2. The Clarins oil sounds amazing, love a good multi purpose product! :)

    Jess xo


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