The first aid kit SUN­SHINE SO­LU­TIONS

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

Go­ing to or com­ing home from hol­i­days? We will all ex­pe­ri­ence some beauty slip-up abroad that per­haps we might have avoided. So what are the most com­mon beauty blun­ders, and how best can we pre­vent or re­pair the dam­age done? : Your most ex­pen­sive beauty ac­ces­sory, es­pe­cially if you’re a blonde, so why would you al­low it to be­come parched and faded on hol­i­day?

If you are go­ing some­where hot and sunny, pack a UV pro­tec­tion prod­uct to pro­tect hair lengths and colour. L’Oréal Pro­fes­sional Série Ex­pert Ad­vanced Pro­tec­tion Spray is ideal, €16.80 in sa­lons.

Have you come home with wor­ries that birds might try to nest in your straw-like bleached bar­net? An in­ten­sive masque is nec­es­sary, try ColorLast Masque from Ma­trix Bi­o­lage, €12.75. Con­tinue to use rou­tinely un­til hair health im­proves.

Chances are when you’re abroad you will be ex­posed to di­rect sun­shine for longer so please don’t get burned. Bring, and use, high fac­tor sun­screens and reap­ply ev­ery two to three hours. If you do get burned, treat the skin with lo­cally bought aloe vera gel, and keep the skin pro­tected from the sun for the rest of the hol­i­day. If you are still red when you ar­rive home you could pick up some gel in any health store (e.g. Hol­land & Bar­rett, €8.49 for 200mls), or try a nour­ish­ing af­ter-sun prod­uct like Nuxe Re­fresh­ing AfterSun Milk, €19.

The Birken­stock might be back this sea­son, but any pre­vi­ously un­worn san­dals have the po­ten­tial to rub and cause painful blis­ters. Yes, ads for smooth­ing feet are ev­ery­where, but some­times a lit­tle hard skin can pro­tect against chaf­ing so don’t be too zeal­ous with your pedicure de­vice. Put a pack of Scholl’s Corn Plas­ters (€5.99 for six) or Com­peed’s Blis­ter Mix Pack (€ 7.79 for five) into your case for any foot emer­gen­cies. If your feet need more TLC, a sooth­ing layer of foot cream, a pair of soft socks and a lit­tle time will heal them nicely.

Chipped, dull and yel­lowed – hardly what you want pool­side. To pre­vent chip­ping you need two colour coats and a top­coat. Keep high shine with a su­per glossy top­coat. For zero yel­low­ing you need a, yes, you guessed it, a basecoat – but one with UV pro­tec­tors. Top of the class for all three tasks is Jes­sica Bril­liance High Gloss, it’s the summer mani must-have. Avail­able on­line and in stores na­tion­wide, €23.50, www.french­beau­ty­room.com.

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