THE BEAUTY INSIDER:
OUR HOLIDAY HEROES
Knowing what to pack for your summer holiday is a challenge - especially when it comes beauty. Do you take a bag full of miniatures that won't last the distance, or your entire bathroom cabinet and face a meltdown-inducing excess luggage charge? To lighten your load, we've asked our resident beauty expert, Rose Gallagher, to whittle it down to 10 must-pack products. Here's what made the cut…
For waging war on cellulite
Searching for an anti-cellulite cream that will smooth and lift dimpled skin in the run-up to your beach holiday? Step forward Clarins Body Fit. Combining a powerful mix of natural ingredients, this lightweight, non-sticky gel-cream not only reduces and prevents the dreaded orange peel, but it also tightens and firms at the same time. Use morning and evening for visibly firmer skin within two weeks. Donning a swimsuit for the first time this summer doesn't seem quite so horrifying now, does it?
For the ultimate in-flight hydration
If you don't feel comfortable slathering your face in moisturising cream surrounded by your fellow passengers at 40,000 feet, there's now an entire range of translucent face masks that are a whole lot more discreet than paper sheets or cream formulas. Packed full of nourishing ingredients, one of our favourites is Dr Sebagh's Rose de Vie hydrating mask, which leaves skin soft, moisturised and radiant, even after a long-haul flight.
For the best faux tan
With a silky-soft feel, zero colour transfer and a natural finish, we adore this new clear self-tanner from Tan-Luxe. It's quick drying so you can apply it in the morning, then head to the beach and the colour will develop over 4-6 hours without any tell-tale smell or prints. For the best results, exfoliate using a gentle scrub 24 hours before tanning; then spray the formula onto dry skin, blending lightly with a tanning mitt, using large circular motions from head to toe.
For the safest (real) tan possible
Our favourite new SPF? Dr Dennis Dark Spot Sun Defence SPF 50. It gives the highest possible protection against UVA and UVB rays, and its unique, skin-repairing formula also helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone at the same time. Plus, it's even safe to use around your eyes.
For the perfect beach selfie complexion
No one wants to wear a heavy foundation on the beach - not only is there the risk of it sliding off your face, but it can also clog your pores and cause spots to break out. This La Mer Reparative Skin Tint SPF 30 offers the happy medium: it acts like a sunscreen, plus it's tinted, offering a dewy, luminous glow that hides many an imperfection without a heavy layer of make-up. Sold.
For soft post-sun skin
Sun, sea and sand can play havoc with the hydration levels of your skin. To keep that dewy, sun-kissed glow and avoid dryness, Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian 4Play body wash will be your new best friend. With a texture that lies somewhere between a creamy cleanser and a gel body wash, this moisturising shower gel is infused with nourishing cupuaçu (a tropical fruit packed with powerful nutrients), antioxidant superpower acai and skin-conditioning coconut oil to leave bronzed skin soft and silky-smooth.
For all the make-up you need
Armed with a bronzer, blusher, highlighter and three shimmering eyeshadow shades, Charlotte Tilbury's new does-it-all palette will take the pain out of packing. Plus, its super-sleek design makes it perfect for slipping into your beach bag for the occasional touch-up.
For the ultimate holiday lashes
While we can't guarantee that the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara lives up to its name (we'll let you be the judge of that), what we can promise is that it's a genuinely great mascara. The collagen-fuelled formula gives a va-va-voom volume to lashes, while the large hourglass-shaped wand (modelled on Marilyn Monroe's famous curves, no less) helps to separate and curl your lashes with every swipe.
For the perfect summer scent
Now is the ideal time to ditch that woody, spicy scent for a lighter, fruitier fragrance, and The Fragrance Kitchen's Bindi Twist (exclusive to Selfridges) is one of our favourites. Blending the softness of peach, jasmine and rose with the sharpness of citrus and pine, it's crisp and fresh - wonderful for sticky summer days.
For prolonging that holiday glow
After-sun is the key to keeping that sun-kissed glow long after your holiday has ended. Aside from the cooling sensation it imparts on contact, Lancaster's does-it-all Tan Maximizer helps to minimise the post-burn peeling and boasts exclusive technology that intensifies melanin production (even without sun exposure) to prolong your tan.