Holiday Sun: My Skin Care Travel Essentials

Calling all fair skinned holiday makers, have you looked longingly through your oversized sunglasses at those tanning gloriously around you and wished you could be more like them? Do you return from your travels only to be faced with comments like 'Oh did you not sunbathe much? You really don't tan do you?' as your colleagues hold their arms up to yours and conduct a skin tone test!

It's possible that you may just need the following products. I felt compelled to share these with you after stumbling across them on holiday recently.

I'm not the type of girl that looks good on holiday. Some people seem to blossom while they're away, lazing by the pool, tanning gloriously with their sun kissed locks falling around their shoulders. I'm the type of girl who is usually sat under a parasol, looking a bit hot and bothered showing signs of the early onset of prickly heat.

I love the sun, but my skin has other ideas. These are the wonder products that made it possible for me to venture out from under the parasol.

1. Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Cream For Face
You had me at 'Wrinkle Control.' It's worth investing in sun protection designed especially for the face. This product smells lovely and provides sun protection without clogging up my pores.
Do remember to reapply regularly, especially after swimming or perspiring! Nobody can pull off red patches around the hair line. Is it worth me adding that I learnt this the hard way??

2. Riemann P20 Once A Day Sun Protection
This really does do what it says on the tin. It provides protection for up to 10 hours!! As with all sun protection creams, apply before you go out in the sun.
Do make sure you cover everywhere when you apply! If you miss a spot, exposure to the sun unprotected for 10 hours is not going to end well.
I'd recommend applying once before you venture out and then top up again just to make sure you've covered all bases. I learnt the hard way after I missed a patch on my leg and was left with a random painful red patch for the week.

It does feel slightly like cooking oil when you apply, but it's worth temporarily feeling like a loin of meat being prepped for dinner. It really does protect you from the sun for hours.

3. Elizbeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Don't forget to protect your pout ladies. I suffer with dry chapped lips from time to time and swear by this product home or away. It moisturises and protects, and I rarely leave home without it!
In sunny climates I apply before exposure to the sun, and then keep it in a fridge so it's refreshing and cooling after a few hours exposure.
4. Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation
I only recently discovered this product and can't recommend it enough for holidays. It gives light and even coverage, which is ideal for the heat when you don't want anything too heavy on your skin. It comes with an applicator sponge and is perfect for skin that's spent a day smothered in sun protection. 
It's quick and easy to apply which, lets face it, is a bonus when there's a Cosmopolitan with your name on it waiting at the bar.

I do wish I was a natural beach beauty, but I'm afraid I'm not. I look best in cooler climates, clad in black, with pale skin and ruby red lips. I've come to terms with this BUT it doesn't stop me trying to tan gloriously.
Slowly slowly catch your monkey, and lather yourself in these products!

Are there any products you can't travel without?

Thanks so much for reading x x 

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