Light-weight guide to HOLIDAY BEAUTY KITS
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!