22 December, 2015 The Holiday Skincare Edit
As you might know by now, I’m chasing some winter sun in beautiful Costa Rica. You probably also know that I could never jet off on a two-week vacation without a hefty supply of holiday skincare products. This week, I’m sharing both my Holiday Skincare Edit, and my Holiday Makeup Edit. These collections feature the products I use to keep me looking human after a three-hour hike in the rainforest, and include some of the most hard-working beauty bits in my collection. I hope you enjoy them!
The first step in my holiday skincare routine is to always do a quick cleanse with micellar water. Whether I’ve been travelling all day, or I just want to remove makeup, micellar water is the easiest way to get grime off easily and without a sink, cloth or water. My favourite is the cheap and cheerful Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (£1.99 here). I brought a few of the mini bottles with me for long journeys and if I don’t feel like going through a full cleansing routine, and they’re almost always on offer in Boots.
For the nights I can be bothered to go through my cleansing routine, I’ve brought with me some seriously gorgeous products. I typically start with my sample of the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($24.95 here) – I’ve had this for ages and you need a tiny amount for a good facial massage and removing residual makeup, sunscreen and grime. Then, I go in with the REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel (£14 here). I picked this up in a REN Christmas gift set and I love how light and gentle this is on my skin. It’s a great second cleanse and I can imagine it would suit all skin types.
I brought the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£12 here) with me in case my skin started to look quite dull, but after being here for five days I’ve only actually used them once. They’re incredibly gentle but for some reason my skin has been behaving. Still, bringing some sort of exfoliant is always a good idea, and can help out if you’re peeling, suffering from a hormonal outbreak, or just looking a little lacklustre.
For a facial spray, I decided to bring the Glossier Soothing Face Mist ($18 here). This gorgeous spritzer is nearly finished, so I thought I’d be able to use all of it on the trip, and it’s lasting surprisingly well. This is great post-cleanse and a lovely pick-me-up after a day in the sun. The scent of rose is incredibly calming and I love how a few spritzes of this provides some luxury to my travels.
I’m incredibly loyal to The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Moisture Serum (£13 here) and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using this hydrating, light-as-air serum. The Pestle and Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is pretty great, but for value and efficacy, The Body Shop’s offering just can’t be beaten. It’s wonderful under makeup, great as an eye-cream (if you left yours at home like an idiot), and it soothes red skin if you’ve been sunbathing for too long. It’s probably the skincare product I recommend the most to friends and family – try it!
My last holiday skincare hero is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (£9 here). This multi-purpose cream is great as a a facial moisturiser, but it also works well as an aftersun and full-body lotion. It’s SO rich but it also absorbs immediately, making it great under makeup. Thankfully my skin has become a little drier out here, so I’m really enjoying using more emollient products.
In case you were wondering where sun protection factors into my routine, I’ve included sunscreen in my holiday makeup edit. The SPF50 I use on my face doubles as a fantastic face primer. Make sure to check it out on Friday!
Which skincare products do you take away on holiday? Share your comments and recommendations below!