Need To Know: The Bucket List by Beauty Editor, Olivia Falcon
Beauty Editor, Olivia Falcon says:
Taking the huff and puff out of your holiday packing, I’ve rounded up some of this season’s best beauty beach finds to keep you looking slick and soigne in the sun.
First, how to prep skin with a golden glow so you don’t arrive looking washed out. Self tans have come a long way in the last few years with streaky, biscuit smelling formulas giving way to freshly scented, colourless sprays that have thankfully ditched the caramel colour guard so that they won’t clog your pores, highlight blackheads and ruin your best white bed sheets.
One of my favourites is James Read H20 Illuminating Tan Mist, £30, that’s infused with organic rose water and a dusting of 24K gold dust for a little bit of glimmer, which looks particularly pretty brushed across shins and collarbones. Spritz all over your body a couple of days before you travel and then top up as desired throughout the holiday to darken your tan.
To lighten up the slog of a long journey, Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, £45, is a brilliant pick me up, giving some spa-like Zen to the back of a stuffy car or airplane cabin. Plus it also calms random blotchiness and redness and rehydrates weary skin when you’re on the go.
I also recommend swooping your regular cleanser for something that goes a little deeper, such as Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash, £32,
that has lactic and glycolic acid to help prevent build up of chlorine, sunscreen and salt on the skin, giving a really thorough pore purge to help one avoid holiday breakouts.
Whether you’ve got an action packed programme or are just planning to lounge around poolside, pick up a bottle of Shiseido’s new Sports BB SPF50 Cream, £32.
This super smart sunscreen contains negative ions that bond with the positive ions in water and sweat to create a highly water-repellent barrier, so it actually ramps up the sun protection when you get wet. It also slightly tinted and has light reflecting powders to flatter skin and help camouflage any blotches of freckles that flare up in the sun.
To keep hair looking strokably silky I have a little summer ritual that involves sloughing my scalp with Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, £18.50, as it instantly sifts out sand, sorts out a flaky scalp without stripping the hair. I follow this up one of his gorgeous scented hair masks – the regenerating mask with rare prickly pair seed oil £53 is particularly good for a deep hydration hit.
Finally rather than lugging bulky glass bottles of your favourite perfumes around in your suitcase, why not try one of Byredo’s new perfume Kabuki brushes £42 which cleverly encapsulate their cult scents such as Gypsy Water in micro fine powders which are dispensed in traditional kabuki brushes that can be dusted over décolletage or at the nape of the neck with one click of the brush.
Now you’re packed and ready to go, enjoy your adventure . Bon voyage.