Make your skin glow

Make your skin glow

Tamsin Blanchard checks out the best ways to maintain the look you want when you’re travelling.

I love nothing more than a good muddy face mask.

There’s something so satisfying about slathering a palmful of Dead Sea mud on your face and waiting for it to dry, your skin tightening underneath. But sadly I don’t have that much time to spend wallowing in mud. And it’s not often I get to go to the Dead Sea.

Which is why I like to pack as many beauty products as I can fit in my suitcase when I set off on a trip.

Downtime me-time

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to spend a bit of time on pampering. I don’t know about you, but my daily beauty regime generally involves two simple steps - cleanse and moisturise. Usually I’m in too much of a hurry to do much else. But holidays are the one time I can exfoliate, moisturise, massage, polish and generally give my skin a bit of a treat.

There are some great travel kits with carefully chosen miniatures so you don’t have to drag half your bathroom cabinet with you, and ensure you have your own personal and portable spa pack. Here’s what my kit this summer will include…

Sheet face masks

I bought some of these on a trip to Japan this year.

  • You simply place them over your face and lie back and let them do their work as you drift off listening to the children splashing in the pool.
  • After 15 minutes or so, your skin has absorbed the goodness, and your skin will feel as though it has stepped back in time a good ten years.
  • You might look like the phantom of the opera while it’s on, but you will feel like a goddess afterwards.

Sun protection

My younger self quite liked that but these days I know better – a tan just means skin damage. So I’m getting quite fanatical about sunscreens.

  • For everyday, I am currently using a defense fluid with SPF 15, antioxidants in the form of ginger, and titanium dioxide as a barrier against pollution as well as UVA and UVB. Alternatively, you can also try Olay Regenerist 3 Point Moisturiser with SPF30 as a great day cream.
  • For a day in the sun, I will take extra care with an SPF30 (at least, and constant reapplication) and throw on a sun hat too. You only have one skin.
  • And if you are feeling pale and want a bit of colour, a tinted moisturiser can add an instant healthy glow - and check that it provides sun protection too.

And, for days on the beach…

I can’t say I wear too much make-up. Sunglasses do the trick. And a fruity tinted translucent lip gloss or balm with SPF will make you look fresh without being overdone. And that’s it. I can’t wait (and neither can my skin). Happy pampering and bon voyage!

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Holiday glow

Jhawk 13/07/2017

I love a bit of a summer glow so as soon as the weather starts improving I get myself a moisturiser that builds up tan slowly so over time just a little bit goes a long way and it looks natural even if it isn't 😊


invictus 28/07/2016

Great idea about the face-masks thanks

Keeping my holiday glow

Hopegirl 24/07/2016

my skin definitely looks better with a bit of a tan (and younger, thanks to my freckles) I've just come back from a lovely holiday in Greece and I kept my skin well hydrated with Olay Regenerist day cream with SPF 30. I'm hoping that my tan will last now that I'm back to dreary weather and back to work tomorrow - but at least I've got lovely skin!


drmqn442 20/07/2016

I am 54 and have to say I have really never looked after my skin. When I was younger I did look after it each day and my skin was really clear and looked fresh clean everyday did not wear much make up. The got married and it went down hill from there. I am now 54 and for the last few years I have now stared looking after it again. I say never to late to start again. It is looking better but not how it was got a few wrinkles round the eyes I will keep at it.

Wash face five times a day

Skshah 11/07/2016

In summer please don't use too much product please wash your face five times a day

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