As we move towards July and those long, balmy days and nights, most of us will be thinking ahead to summer holidays.
Yet, as we start to count down the days until our sizzling beach break, many of our clients will also be wondering about what to pack in their suitcases.
Before the summer holidays, most of us end up turning out our wardrobes wondering what dresses, swimwear and sandals to take. As well as this, we start to worry about which beauty must-haves we need, especially when it comes to squeezing our favourites into hand luggage allowance.
There are now lots of hydration supplements on the market, which can help clients to keep their skin moisture levels healthy and happy. Look for a supplement which contains electrolytes – these are lost when the body sweats – and all the key vitamins and minerals needed for hydration. I also suggest finding a supplement rich in vitamin C, which fights against oxidative stress and contributes to the formation of collagen in skin, hair and nails.
Natural, Dewy Skin
When it comes to beach to bar make-up, encourage clients to embrace a fresh, natural beauty – spending hours contouring isn’t always the most glamorous option when on holiday!
It’s important that skin is rehydrated after a day in the sunshine, so try to suggest a facial oil to restore that dewy glow, as well as a thirst-quenching moisturiser. I always like to pack a facial spritzer in my hang luggage and keep it with me throughout the holiday to keep skin fresh and hydrated.
When it comes to beach make-up, try to find your client a lighter base rather than a heavy foundation – something like a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC cream will offer a touch of coverage, while keeping it natural. Liquid or cream highlighters applied to the high points of the face can also add a touch of shimmer to the skin, and help to give that fresh, youthful radiance.
I also like to wear a touch of cream blush or bronzer on the apples of cheeks, as well as a quick lick of waterproof (always key to holiday glamour!) mascara.
I always advise people to start taking omega-3 supplements when they are preparing for their holidays – and it’s one of the first things I pack to take with me, too!
Omega-3 fatty acids, which are also found in oily fish, have wonderful anti-inflammatory powers. There is a lot of research which suggests that these same compounds can help to protect the body from free radical damage, while other research even shows that it may help to protect us from skin cancer.
There are now plenty of omega-3 supplements on the market, while there are also vegan and vegetarian-friendly supplements made from the algae which oily fish feed on.
Other protective foods include red and orange fruit and veg. Lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, also helps to get rid of free radicals, while beta carotene – found in carrots – may reduce sunburn damage. Meanwhile, orange and pink citrus fruits contain flavonoids, which help our skin to protect itself from UV rays.
Our hair often gets forgotten when we are on holiday, but don’t forget that clients need to keep their locks protected, too! Try to find a special sun and heat protective spray, while a deep conditioning treatment should be a priority after a day of swimming and sunning.
Rather than running hair straighteners or curling tongs through the hair and damaging it even more, suggest your client embrace a more natural look – salt sprays can give loose, beachy waves, while tying hair into loose buns or braids can add a touch of sunkissed glamour.