Sun-savvy essentials for your holiday makeup bag

Jenessa Williams

The holiday season is well and truly in full swing. But when it comes to packing, so many of us get it totally wrong.With a little advance planning and list making, our top five beauty essentials will see you through most vacations whether here in the UK or further afield. Best of all, it will leave plenty of room in your suitcase for souvenirs!

Chanel Sublimage La Protection UV SPF 50, £85


If there is an all-in-one product that you need this summer season, it is undoubtedly Chanel’s SPF 50. Not only will it protect you from the sun, but it acts upon dark spots and blemishes as something of an anti-ager, smoothing wrinkles and hydrating skin.

With a light-smelling formula and smooth application, it isn’t cheap at £85, but will avoid the sticky, greasy feeling that many Body SPF’s leave behind.


Hawaiian Tropic after sun body butter, £5

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Ideal for those who appreciate pretty yet affordable packaging, the Hawaiian Tropic range will transport you abroad even if you’re planning a staycation.

Promising 12-hour moisture, the AfterSun Body Butter will soothe burnt limbs, prevent peeling and help maintain a tan. And then there is that delicious coconut smell; much more appealing than traditional aloe vera gels, you’ll still want to slather this on when you get back home.


Ocean Salt face and body scrub by Lush, £15.50 for 250g

Limes soaked in vodka, grapefruit and salt… not the ingredients of your first holiday cocktail, but rather the composition of a serious hero product, Lush’s Ocean Salt Face and Body Exfoliator.

Perfect for sloughing off sweat and sand at the end of a beach day, or preparing your skin for a fresh application of fake tan, it’s all-natural ingredients are much kinder to the environment than the micro-bead alternatives you may find elsewhere on the high street, with an extra dose of avocado to help nourish and firm the skin.


La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Repairing Balm, £5.50 for 40ml

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Perfect for dealing with insect bites, cracked heels, sunburn and blisters, La Roche’s iconic balm fits neatly inside a handbag, easily catering to liquid allowances at the airport and allowing mess-free application.

Utilising minimal ingredients to ensure sensitivity, it’s soothing qualities are also recommended for post-tattoo treatment, should you be feeling extra-adventurous on your travels…


Ruby Wing Colour Changing Nail Polish, £8.95

Nobody has time for excessive preening when they’re on holiday, so what could be better than popping on one nail varnish and it promising versatility throughout your whole break?

Changing colour with indoors and outside exposure, Ruby’s Wings nail varnish collection is the modern day alternative to a mood ring.

We particularly like the shade "Electric Firefly" which changes between a luscious lime and a bold orange. Both hues would look great against a holiday tan.


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