At this time of year our inboxes are filled with your burning holiday beauty questions. Our team of beauty experts thought it’s about time we shared a few of our favorite Q&As. Anything we can do to help you all look and feel your best.
Q: I always make sure to get my nails done before I go away, but how can I make my manicure last longer? As soon as I hit the hot weather it’s ruined.
A: Moisture is the key. Hot climates can wreak havoc on your nails and cuticles, drying your nails right down to the root. Our hero product for travel has got to be Nailtiques Cuticle Care Oil, £13. It softens cuticles and seals in moisture. Application with this one is nice and easy as it comes with a convenient rollerball applicator so no mess or excess product hanging around. Be sure to massage into your cuticles before and after swimming. Sand will buff the shine off your manicure pretty quickly, so make sure you pack a high shine top coat to re-apply regularly. It’s also a great way to prevent chips. Our pick is the classic Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, £4.95.
Q: I suffer from hyperpigmentation, as my skin discolours easily in the sun. What can I do to prevent this?
A: Hyperpigmentation occurs due to an overproduction of Melanin in the skin. Melanin is actually a natural pigment that helps protect against UV rays, but it causes dark spots on the skin after sun exposure. In other words, the sun is your enemy. Solution; make SPF your BFF. SPF is a must for anyone with a pigmentation problem and this means applying SPF everyday, even when it’s cloudy. Try Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport, £29.90. This sheer solar protection treatment defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Of course there are products out there that can help minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Dermalogica’s PowerBright range of skincare products is designed to help control prevent factors leading to an uneven skin tone. Try their Treatment Kit, £33.70, to see the results.
Q: I’ve got a blunt fringe, which whilst I love it; it’s too high maintenance in hot weather. How can I keep it looking good and non greasy on the beach?
A: We feel your pain on this one. Take it from us, you want to keep that fringe off your face, as sweat will do it’s best to ruin your look. Pin your fringe back with Kirby grips for a sleek look during the day. We know we mention it every blog, but dry shampoo is great for fringe touch ups, to get rid of excess oils. We love L’Oreal Techni Art Fresh Dust £10.49.
Q: I have unpredictable skin, but don’t want a heavy base while I’m in the heat. How can I cover up imperfections without sweating it all off?
A: Even the highest end foundations can struggle in the heat. You want to let your skin breathe while you’re away and not feel like your caked in make up. Why not reach for a BB cream as the alternative. They’re great for going away as you can just use on top of your moisturiser using your fingers, so no need to pack any foundation brushes. Most BB creams also come with SPF so you’ll also be protected. Thalgo BB Cream, £18.50, is our current favourite. It comes in 3 shades so you can colour match to your skin (don’t forget to allow a little wiggle room for any change in skin tone with that tan), it includes SPF 15 and even helps to add moisture and radiance to the skin. Just make sure to top up with some SPF 50 if you’re out in the sun between 11am-4pm.
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