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Posted on: Wednesday 25th July 2018
Holiday time means buff, polish and shine. Here's our guide to getting beach ready, with only the best natural and organic products, using what works according to our lovely customers.
PREPARE... Glow before you go!
A little body exfoliation is a must, one of our favourite scrubs is the Rosemary Chi Body Scrub by Bodhi & Birch. An at home DIY exfoliation is to combine fine Himalayan salt (£3.99) with some oil, and your favourite essential oil. Hide in the bathroom for at least 10 minutes, then come out sheeny and shiny with no dead skin in sight. Exfoliate your skin before showering for best results.
Eco by Sonya also do an amazing body scrub. Their Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub is coconut oil based, smells tropical and not only removes dead skin cells effectively, it leaves skin seriously silky smooth. And if you need a little pre-holiday tan (fake it 'till you make it!) then Eco By Sonya have the products for you. Tanning as light or as deep as you want it, wherever you want it.
A little pre holiday moisturisation never goes a miss. We love Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil. This is uplifting to the spirit, and helps to tone the skin so helps cellulite..
If you're prone to mosquito bites we advise taking Vitamin B1 for 2 weeks before your holiday, and whilst away too. This vitamin produces a skin odour that is not detectable by humans, but is disagreeable to mosquitos. It takes 2 weeks for the odour to fully saturate the skin.
If prickly heat is a problem, try taking Viridian SPF capsules (£16.25) for 2 weeks before you go. The combination of ingredients builds natural sun protection in the skin, which also helps to minimise prickly heat. Don't forget to also use a chemical free sun-cream, (our favourite is Green People) which won't irritate and will allow the skin to breathe. This combination works really well for most people to completely avoid the irritation associated with prickly heat.
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We've been testing lots of natural suncreams recently, and these are our absolute favourite brands. If Californian surf dude is your style, we recommend Salt & Stone products. Cool packaging, clear ingredients and lots of skin nourishing oils, Salt & Stone is new in the UK and we're loving it...
Another new range is Organii sun cream, this is proving really popular, especially as they do a factor 50 which is completely natural.
We love Green People sun-cream. It's all natural, doesn't clog the skin and many customers find that they tan more evenly and their tan lasts longer. Perfect for anyone with any skin conditions, and especially good for prevention of prickly heat.
Probiotics: Come in or call for our advice on the right ones for you. Great to prevent or treat any digestive upsets, or for those people whose digestive system also takes a holiday at the same time! An all round favourite for any sensitive stomachs is Viridian Travel Biotic (£20.00)
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Soothing Gel (£43.50) comes into it's own in summer. This is a tonic for your skin. It feeds, nourishes, adds vitamins and calms redness and irritation, and is designed to be used as a daily serum under moisturiser. However, for burnt or sensitive noses and shoulders it's a must. It also doubles as the most effective aftersun combined with the most effective bite soother, providing immediate relief from itching.
If where you're heading is hot hot hot, keep your cool with Caudalie Beauty Elixir(from £11.50). This spray refreshes, cools and hydrates the skin. It smells of summer. A quick spritz and your summer skin will be glammy not clammy. Can be used on top of make up too.
Body Oils for evening provide excellent nourishment from the drying effects of the sun. If you're a fan and want more than an aftersun (Green People aftersun is wonderful £14.95), we recommend Bodhi & Birch Sicilian Rose Body Oil (£42.00) which will really hydrate your skin.
Or if you want to splash out Abloom Treatment Oil (£69.50) also smells wonderful and provides a heavenly concoction of the worlds most nourishing oils. A miracle in a bottle. If you prefer a body moisturiser we love Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser (£24.50).
Then a quick waft of mascara, luminize and highlight for the night with RMS Living Luminiser, for an added boost of radiance. This instantly illuminates the skin with a dewy , radiant sheen. For cheekbones, browbones and anywhere you want to highlight. Non glittery, just gorgeous!
That's it for now, grab your bag, and off you go! Happy Holidays!
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