Things I’m Taking On Holiday

I’m off to Cyprus for a week later this month and the following are the products I’m taking with me. I’m packing light but smart:

Kiehl’s Travel Tested Solutions – from £9.50
All under 100ml so hand luggage approved, Kiehl’s ‘Travel Tested Solutions’ includes Purifying Hand Treatment, 24/7 Activated Moisturiser, In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist and Eucalyptus Lip Relief. Air travel is notorious for sucking the moisture out of your skin so lather up with this hydrating range, formulated with essential oils.

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Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 Primer - £76
It’s a fallacy that dark skin doesn’t need skin protection. In fact, if you suffer from any kind of hyperpigmentation, exposure to the sun can make it worse which is why I’m not taking any chances and calling in the big guns with the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 Primer. It works in three ways: it increases the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from UVA and UVB rays 50-fold; ingredients like cherry blossom, lemon balm and white tea extracts deliver powerful anti-inflammatory properties and help protect DNA from internal and external oxidation and finally, carnosine helps protect collagen from degradation. Essential for home and away.

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Aveda Three Step Suncare System – from £16.50
Coloured hair, sun, salt and chlorine do not make good bedfellows, which is why I’m going to try really hard to protect my hair this holiday. The Aveda Suncare Hair and Body Cleanser (love a 2-in-1) cleanses hair and body so is perfect for a thorough cleanse after a day in the sea or pool. It has a colour-safe formula containing corn-derived chelator and babassu betaine surfactant system, which won’t strip the hair’s colour while it removes chlorine, salt, and product residue. The cleanser also helps to maintain and boost moisture levels in both the hair and skin, with softening tamanu oil, certified organic coconut oil, certified organic sunflower seed oil, green tea extract and Vitamin E.
Throughout the day, apply liberal amounts of Aveda Suncare Protective Hair Veil with naturally derived UVA/ UVB inhibitors from Wintergreen and Cinnamon Bark oils to help protect the hair from colour fade, dryness and breakage. Comb through damp or dry hair for thorough protection.
Finally, end your day in the sun with Aveda Suncare After-Sun Hair Masque.
This intensive cream masque moisturizes and restores the appearance of sun-exposed hair with morikue protein, a natural antioxidant blend of green tea extract, certified organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin e, which help to protect hair from damage. Tamanu oil, organic shea butter, coconut and palm oils help to restore moisture to the most sun-damaged tresses.

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Label M Leave in Conditioner - £12.95
As my hair is coloured, it is even more susceptible to damage so as well as a large floppy sunhat, I’m also taking some leave in conditioner and protein spray from Label M. I don’t see myself blow-drying my hair on holiday so I’ll be wearing my hair au-naturelle and using the leave in conditioner to shield hair against static and UV rays. It contains ginger, ginseng, bergamot, juniper, mandarin orange and vanilla to help control frizz and enhance curls.

Argan + Precious Oil Elixir - £12.99
This multi-purpose elixir contains argan, baobab, kukui, moringa and sachi inci oils and is rich in Vitamins A, D, C and E with high levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9. At only 50ml it’s perfect to take on holiday and it can be used as facial oil (apply direct to skin or add to usual moisturiser) on sun parched hair, on hands and nails (massage into cuticles) or on dry skin patches.

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Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream & Papaya Enzyme Peel – from £22
After a day at the beach, nourish your skin with the award winning Elemis shower cream. With camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils, it’s great for skin that has been dried out by the sun. The Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel featured in The Independent’s 50 Best Beauty Buys and is perfect for treating the gentle skin on your face after a day in the sun. Even with SPF50, your face will catch some rays but this rinse-off exfoliating cream contains nourishing milk protein, Vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise, repair, and protect skin.

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Little Me Organics Shhh Sleepy Head Body Cream – £4.65
All the excitement of being on holidays can make bed times worse (who wants to go to sleep when there are new adventures to be had) so I’m hoping this body cream with dill and organic lavender will not only nourish and soften their skin but will help put them to sleep too!

thisworks In Transit First Aid – £16 

Travelling with children means cuts, scrapes and bites are pretty much guaranteed. Along with some colourful plasters, I’m taking this works multi-purpose antiseptic. This natural rescue remedy helps with anything and everything – spots, itches, bites, burns and, knowing my children, all 10ml will be done before I get home!

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Baby Bee Getting Started Kit - £12.99
If you’re travelling with a very little one, everything you need for seven days in the sun is in this little kit. Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion, Shampoo & Body Wash, Diaper Ointment, Nourishing Oil and Buttermilk Soap and as they’re all sulfate, paraben, phthalate and petrochemical free, you know they’re gentle enough for even newborns.

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Little Me Organics Shhh Sleepy Head Body Cream – £4.65
All the excitement of being on holidays can make bed times worse (who wants to go to sleep when there are new adventures to be had) so I’m hoping this body cream with dill and organic lavender will not only nourish and soften their skin but will help put them to sleep too!

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