Whilst on holiday this summer, make sure you remember to give your hair and body some TLC. When you’re too busy having fun in the sun, the important things such as looking after your skin can be easily forgotten. Because let’s face it, I think we’ve all made the same mistake of not topping up our sun cream, resulting in spending the next few days of the holiday trying (and failing) to pull off the ‘lobster’ look. Not good. But jokes aside, forgetting such a simple holiday regime can have some serious consequences, including an increased risk of skin cancer. So to avoid any holiday blunders, make sure you follow these essential health and beauty tips:
Use sun cream – If you have sensitive skin that is more prone to burn, use sun creams that have a high sun protection factor (SPF) such as 30 or 50. If your skin tans easily, then sun creams with SPF 15 or 20 may be better suited. Remember to top up your sun cream every 2 hours or more frequently if needed. I would recommend spray-on sun creams as they are quicker and easier to apply than lotion based creams. My favourite is the Nivea SUN Invisible Protect spray which is a transparent form of sun protection and so prevents the appearance of those frustrating white marks. It is available from most good retailers priced from £7-14.
Stay hydrated – In most foreign countries, the tap water is not suitable to drink. Make sure you stock up on bottled water from the local supermarkets. Being in the heat all day can make you dehydrate at a faster rate than normal so drink bottled water throughout the day to stay hydrated. This will reduce the chances of you feeling unwell and also make your skin look healthy and glowing!
Have silky smooth hair – The heat from the sun and salt from the seawater can cause hair to look dry and frizzy. Not the sort of look you want to achieve whilst on holiday. Sun care Protective Hair Veil by Aveda is a lightweight mist that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure. At around £16 per bottle it’s rather pricey, but definitely worth it for smooth, glossy looking hair.