Light-weight guide to HOL­I­DAY BEAUTY KITS

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

re the hol­i­day plans in full swing? In a week or so the sec­ondary schools wrap up for sum­mer, fol­lowed by the pri­mary schools next month. The ex­cite­ment is no doubt build­ing about wher­ever and when­ever you are head­ing away.

It’s time to think about pack­ing then and be­ing clever with your cases to avoid pay­ing weight charges. Be­cause the aver­age suit­case can get weighed down by beauty booty, we’ll look at what is es­sen­tial to bring abroad, and what you can af­ford to buy once you land.

All your sun care. Yes, it’s heavy, I know, but it is usu­ally less ex­pen­sive to buy it in Ire­land. Think about it, people in hot­ter coun­tries ei­ther don’t need or just don’t use it, what you see in Span­ish chemists and stores are for tourists. This means they carry less stock and that can make it more ex­pen­sive. Depend­ing on your fam­ily’s needs, buy it here and look out for spe­cial of­fers on­line. You prob­a­bly won’t be bring­ing much of it back home with you.

A tip on af­ter-sun care — across main­land Europe aloe vera in its nat­u­ral state is widely avail­able and makes a nice, sooth­ing al­ter­na­tive to shop-bought af­ter sun. Used on sun­burn it’s very ef­fec­tive but even for all skin, burned or hope­fully not, it is a nat­u­ral mois­turiser that will re­hy­drate dry skin.

Hair care. Here’s the thing — coloured hair needs pro­tec­tion from the dry­ing and fad­ing ef­fects of sun, sea and chlo­rine. For this, buy a spe­cific sun pro­tect­ing cream or spray in Ire­land and use it on hol­i­days. But for reg­u­lar sham­poo and con­di­tioner, most of us could use su­per­mar­ket prod­ucts avail­able abroad. Bet­ter still, on main­land Europe they of­fer jumbo-sized bot­tles so one of each could cater for all the fam­ily. Keep it safe and buy only a gen­tle va­ri­ety for dry hair. The rea­son why? Sun, sea and chlo­rine equals parched, un­man­age­able hair. Even the cheap­est gen­tle sham­poo/con­di­tioner abroad will have in­gre­di­ents to bat­tle the el­e­ments, so your hair and your pocket will be saved from dam­age.

As for make-up, keep it sim­ple, ei­ther pare back what you pack or pick up a few colour crayons for eyes, lips and cheeks. Clin­ique, Smash­box, Revlon, NYC — crayon beauty is every­where. But take care of it, pack a mini cos­metic bag that will keep all of your make-up from harm when it’s in your hand­bag or beach bag. Lip gloss in­fused with sand is as bad as it sounds. Happy pack­ing!

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