The fine art of hol­i­day prep

Don’t go pack­ing the whole Boots beauty counter. Some smart plan­ning is all you need

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - The Cut Beauty Bible - Celia Walden

THERE ARE many breeds of women I will never com­pre­hend: the ones who are still fad-di­et­ing in their 40s, the ones who in­sist on ac­com­pa­ny­ing you on loo breaks in restau­rants, and those who sun­bathe in their bras in pub­lic parks. But in top spot are the pe­cu­liar strain who spend their sum­mer hol­i­days dolled up as if for a cock­tail party.

You see them at the break­fast buf­fet with their stacked wedges, con­toured faces and sticky lids, and you won­der: what must that be like? To spend one of the few lib­er­ated weeks of the year strapped in, caked-up and shack­led by the de­sire to look ‘done’? Hol­i­days are about be­ing un­done: no fixed wake-up times, bed­times or meal times; no tight cloth­ing to wear and strictly no body ad­min to take care of. You do that in the weeks and months be­fore take-off.

My prep used to be­gin with a course of LPG en­der­molo­gie around April. But now I’m over 40, I do at least two ses­sions a month all year round. How more peo­ple haven’t tried this body-ton­ing and inch-loss massage treat­ment, I can’t fathom. Not only is it ef­fi­cient (the new triple-ac­tion LPG ma­chines are able to elim­i­nate lo­calised fat, smooth cel­lulite and stim­u­late col­la­gen in one 35-minute ses­sion) but it’s plea­sur­able, like be­ing mas­saged with a tiny car vac­uum (only in a re­ally nice way).

That, a Si­enna X spray tan 48 hours be­fore fly­ing (I have a ther­a­pist from the Se­cret Spa app do mine at home for only £40) and a se­ri­ous pedi­cure, like those at Mar­garet Dabbs, is your body prep done.

For hair, it’s worth pack­ing Davines’ restor­ing The Quick Fix Cir­cle red clay mask (£8, cult­beauty.co.uk). And for the face, take a good ex­fo­lia­tor (try Su-man Ex­fo­li­at­ing Fa­cial Pol­ish, £38, look­fan­tas­tic.com), a hy­drat­ing but non-gloopy mois­turiser (De­cléor Hy­dra Flo­ral Mois­tur­is­ing Fluid, £33.35, look­fan­tas­tic.com), and some non-make-up make-up. Avène Tinted Min­eral Fluid SPF50+ (£17.50, boots.com) and Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF50 BB cream (£14.85, all­beauty.com) are the best, most in­vis­i­ble skin per­fec­tors I’ve found – mean­ing no­body’s sun­bathing in face paint that has all the sub­tle brush­work of a Van Gogh.

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