What to pack to protect skin and hair from the sun and sea.

Just as you switch up your winter wardrobe for lighter layers come summer, your beauty regime is in need of a seasonal makeover too. Here are ten buys that are great travel-friendly formulas, designed to nourish dehydrated skin and protect hair from the sun and sea.

Frances Prescott, Tri-Balm



If you need to streamline your 10-step skincare routine into your hand-luggage only holiday this summer, this 3-in-1 balm from leading make-up artist, Frances Prescott is a must-buy. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising in one clever balm, it’s packed with pure, natural ingredients including nourishing oils to nourish dry skin and fruit acids to exfoliate and brighten.
Tri-Balm, Frances Prescott, £46

Balance Me, Tri-Molecular Hyaluronic Serum



Summer skin needs mega hydration. Award-winning British beauty brand, Balance Me have formulated a 98% natural ‘Tri-Molecular Hyaluronic Serum’ combining 3 natural forms of hyaluronic acid to reach different skin depths. The science bit? Hyaluronic acid gives skin the super power to be able to hold more water in its cells so it an plump and smooth from deep within.
Tri-Molecular Hyaluronic Serum, Balance Me, £30

Charlotte Tilbury, Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet mask



Pop a face mask in your travel beauty kit to rehydrate after a long-haul flight. Charlotte Tilbury’s dry sheet mask is mess-free. It is imprinted with active ingredients to smooth, brighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Each mask can be used up to three times, so perfect for a week away.
Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, £18

Love Henri, Luxurious Shea Balm



The only moisturiser you’ll need in your travel washbag. Simply warm it between your fingers and massage into cleansed skin. This luxury shea balm, enriched with jasmine oil, is hand-blended by leading aromatherapist, Henri Cassar to re-hydrate parched summer skin with its skin-enhancing nutrients. It’s great as an overnight hair treatment for dry damaged hair, too.
Luxurious Shea Balm, Love Henri, £45

Kerastase, Blond Absolu Bain Ultra Violet Shampoo



Sunshine and chlorine plays havoc with blonde locks. Restore shine to straw-like tresses and banish brassiness with the nourishing Blond Absolu formula. It is especially created with hyaluronic acid and floral extracts to cleanse and detox blonde tones.
Kerastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra Violet Shampoo, £23

Philip Kingsley, Swimcap



This iconic product was first created by tricologist, Philip Kingsley for the US Olympic synchronised swim team to act as a water resistant protective barrier for their hair during long sessions in the pool. It stops damage and discolouration from chlorine, salt water and UV light, containing natural oils to hydrate hair and lock in moisture. Simply apply in the morning and wash out each evening for super soft, tamed locks.
Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £19

Diptyque, solid perfumes



This summer, leave your usual flacon of fragrance at home and switch for a solid perfume from Diptyque. The smart compact with magnetic closure is available in a range of their cult fragrances. It is made with alcohol-free wax; alcohol in perfumes can affect the efficacy of your SPF and increase sun damage. Apply to pulse points and let your body heat set the scent alive.
Diptyque solid perfumes, £38

Lanolips, Coconutter 101 Ointment



A tube of Lanolips will be a summer saviour and not just for dehydrated lips. The medical grade lanolin balm is great on cut and bumps, bites and even nappy rash. The gorgeous tropical summer fragrance is sunshine is a scent, too.
Lanolips coconutter 101 Ointment, £7.99

La Roche Posay, Anthelios 50+ Ultra Light sunscreen



This is one of the few facial sunscreens we’ve found that doesn’t leave a white mask under make-up. The ultra light weight, high protection formula is water, sweat and sand resistant and comes in a tinted formula too if you want to go make-up free on the beach.
Anthelios 50+ Ultra Light sunscreen, £16.50

Clarins, Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster



Facial fake tans are notorious for clogging pores and causing breakouts. Also it’s rare to find a self-tanner that gives a realistic hint of a tan across all white skin tones, without an orange tint in sight. The ‘glow booster’ drops from Clarins tackle all these issues in one formula. Simply dial up or down on the number of drops you add to your usual moisturiser depending on the depth of tan you want. It adds a safe veil of tan, sun-free.
Clarins, Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, £20

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July 2019

By Lydia Mansi