So you have booked your week in the sun and you can’t wait to pack your bags and hit the beach… But then the dread of putting on a bikini and revealing your pale body takes hold of you and panic hits you! Worry not, you may not have the body of Kate Moss but there are lots of little ways that you can make yourself feel more beautiful when you hit the beach. A good pre-holiday beauty overhaul does you the world of good.
A good exfoliation before holiday is essential. There is no point building up a lovely golden tan for it to fall off in two seconds when you return home. Getting rid of all your horrible dead skin before you go can avoid this. For best results you should exfoliate for a few weeks before you travel. Exfoliating once a week is enough, especially for your delicate face but if you get a gentle body scrub you can do it each time you shower. A great face exfoliator (at a reasonable £11) is Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator. This will get rid of all of your horrible dead skin cells in seconds. For your body try Origins Incredible Spreadable Scrub Ginger Body Smoother, £22. Not only does this transform dry skin it also smells absolutely amazing!
Sort Out Your Nails!
It’s always nice to go out looking slick with nail colour on your fingers and toes when you are going on holiday but it can be annoying when they start chipping after day 2. If you want to avoid this, and avoid taking nail varnish for repair jobs away with you, you need to try a gel manicure and pedicure. Gel nails can last up to 2 weeks without chipping. They dry instantly so there is no need to sit for half an hour while each coat sets and then smudge them when you go to put your socks on! Gel nails have to be done at a salon (unless you want to invest in a UV lamp that is used to set the gel) and it usually costs around £20 for a set. You can pick from a wide choice of colours and there are numerous brands of gel to choose from so just ask around for the best offers and research which gels have the best reviews. You will never go back to nail varnish again!
Make Your Eyes Stand Out
Wearing mascara on holiday when you are in and out of the water can be a pain. Panda eyes are not a great look! There are a couple of things you can do to avoid this disaster. Individual eyelash extensions are great if you want to widen your eyes without having to wear mascara. You can add as many or as little as you want to create a natural or more dramatic look. Lash extensions cost about £50 to £60 and they can last about 6 weeks. It’s best to get them done a few days before you travel as they can’t be immersed in water for a couple of days after application.
If you don’t fancy having false lashes applied then a good alternative is just to get your own lashes tinted. This quick procedure only costs around £15 (or you can buy home dying kits for around £8) and it really gives the effect of wearing mascara all the time without the risk of it running. In the evenings you can apply mascara as usual or just curl lashes and add clear mascara.
The only way to stay hair and fuzz free while you are on holiday is to get a wax. Waxing isn’t just for girls; men can make sure they are looking smooth by the pool by their getting back, chest and shoulders waxed. Waxing lasts around 2 to 8 weeks so it means that you can leave the razors at homes and focus on tanning your baby soft skin!
Prepare Your Hair
Your hair can really take a battering on holiday with UV rays, chlorine and salt water all drying it out. Make sure you have a trim before you go away to get rid of any split ends. Make sure you invest in a good UV protection spray like Wella SP UV Sun Protection spray available for £12.60 from Beauty Bay to keep your hair hydrated while you are in the sun. If you use straighteners daily it is a good idea to give your hair a break and go for the more natural wavy look while you are on holiday as the added heat from straightening combined with the sun can be very damaging. Get a salt spray to add texture to your hair and go for the tousled look! Umberto Giannini at Boots do a great salt spray for just £5.61.
If you follow these simple steps you should be on the way to feeling fabulous before you jet off on holiday. Remember exercise is always a great way of not only looking better but also feeling confident before you hit the beach so read our blog on Keeping Fit on Your Villa Holiday and stay active while you are away.
We have a fantastic choice of private villas and apartments for you to choose from in fantastic resorts. Show off the results of your beauty regime on the beach or in the bars in one of our many hot locations. Visit Panoramic Villas today and find your perfect holiday home.