Hol­i­day hints for PACK­ING LIKE A PRO

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

Keep­ing your checked bag­gage limit firmly at the fore­front of your mind, it’s time to think about pack­ing to go away! Hol­i­days tend to have ad­di­tional beauty re­quire­ments on top of your usual must-haves — sun pro­tec­tion is non- ne­go­tiable and tak­ing enough for all the fam­ily re­ally adds to the weight of a suit­case. Also, it must be packed into your check-in bag if you are car­ry­ing bot­tled sized 100ml-plus — all those value- size sun­screens of 200ml should be bagged to avoid spillages and popped into your case.

When it comes to per­sonal sk­in­care, try not to bring any full- size items with you — mi­nis and travel sets are not only very light­weight but they are usu­ally great value too. Most pop­u­lar brands now pro­duce trial, travel and other spe­cial sizes for hol­i­day use.

Choose the size — be it 30ml, 50ml or 75ml — de­pend­ing on the length of your trip. A 30ml item is re­ally only week­end-ap­pro­pri­ate, 50ml suf­fi­cient for a week, and 75ml might just last you for a fort­night away. The best place to find minia­ture beauty prod­ucts is in pharmacies. Look to larger stores for a wider se­lec­tion of brands.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can sim­ply avoid the weight and liq­uids is­sue (and still make sav­ings) by buy­ing your beauty es­sen­tials on­line and col­lect­ing them at the air­port. Did you know that all fra­grances at The Loop in Cork and Dublin air­ports are a min­i­mum of 20 per cent cheaper than on the High Street? Travel re­tail of­fers a whole dif­fer­ent level of value from what you can find in stores, and fan­tas­tic dis­counted sets in make-up and sk­in­care are there to be snapped up.

So, how to buy? Be­fore you fly, visit th­eloop.ie and check what’s listed and the sav­ings to be made. Ei­ther buy on­line and col­lect your pur­chase when you come to the air­port to travel, or you can buy your item at the air­port and bring it away or leave it while you’re gone and then col­lect it on your way home. On the site (and in The Loop it­self) take a look at the Best Beauty Buy, a prod­uct or prod­ucts cho­sen each month from a fea­tured brand but given a price slash in the re­gion of 50 per cent. Again it’s your de­ci­sion to col­lect as you de­part or ar­rive back from your hol­i­day.

Not fly­ing abroad this sum­mer? Ir­ish Fer­ries, too, have spe­cial monthly of­fers on­board on fra­grance, fash­ion and elec­tri­cal items, so be sure to check out irish­fer­ries.com if you are sail­ing to Bri­tain or France.

If you are plan­ning a stay­ca­tion, I’ll make no jokes here about water­proof make-up to cater for tor­ren­tial down­pours. Be sure to pack sun­screen all the same — when­ever you’re out­doors for long pe­ri­ods, even when it’s cloudy, you will still pick up age­ing ul­tra­vi­o­let rays and pos­si­bly suf­fer some de­gree of sun­burn. So, wher­ever you’re off too, happy hol­i­days!

Long-term skin pro­tec­tion re­quires daily sun­screen use, at home and abroad. Sun­care for the face doesn’t al­ways marry well with make-up but th­ese oil-free sun­screens from Chanel, in SPF 20, 30 and 50, are de­signed for the city and beach. All sit beau­ti­fully be­neath make-up.

Stay­ing with sun pro­tec­tion for both the city and hol­i­day re­sorts, this light­weight L’Oréal spray is a beauty must-have. Sun pro­tec­tion for hair used to mean a dose of cream or gel with UV pro­tec­tion — not ideal for the of­fice — but this conditioning spray con­tains L’Oréal’s UV in­gre­di­ent Mex­o­ryl SO in an in­vis­i­ble mist that pro­tects, de­tan­gles and adds shine to hair. Spray lib­er­ally a few times daily.

Go­ing make-up­free on the beach isn’t ev­ery­one’s cup of tea. A lit­tle light cov­er­age and sun pro­tec­tion is ideal: this Vichy com­pact of­fers an SPF 30 in a nat­u­ral-look­ing creamto-pow­der for­mula that ab­sorbs ex­cess sebum and sweat, and suits all skin types. Avail­able in two shades.

CHANEL UV ES­SEN­TIEL €50, Chanel counters

salons only VICHY CAP­I­TAL SOLEIL SUN PRO­TEC­TION COM­PACT €19.50, pharmacies only

L’ORÉAL AD­VANCED PRO­TEC­TION CONDITIONING SPRAY €16.80,

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