Packing for spring break can be a little challenging – how many pairs of shoes? Bikini or swimsuit? Which book? Luckily, we’re here to pare down your beauty essentials for you. We’ve chosen everything you’ll need for gorgeous skin and silky hair, so you’ve got more time for cocktails at the beach/browsing museums/downward dog/enjoying the campfire.
The City Break
Jetting off to an exciting new city this spring? First up, if you’re flying, the rule still stands that you can only carry liquids under 100ml in your hand luggage. You can decant your favourite products into mini bottles, or if you fancy trying something new we recommend the Malin + Goetz Essential Kit, which contains 6 bestselling skin, body and hair minis. An inspiring, bustling city will stimulate your mind, but pollution and debris could aggravate skin, so ensure you pack a powerful cleanser to detox skin after sightseeing.
We like the moor mud-infused Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm which comes in a perfect travel-size pot. Choose multitasking formulas to save on space and application time like This Works In Transit Skin Defense – a must have triple defence moisturiser that nourishes skin, while utilising antioxidants to fight pollution and protecting from the sun with SPF 30.
If it’s been a while since you saw the sun (it has for us), try using natural-looking fake tan at home before you fly. We love Tan-Luxe Hydra-Mousse Self-Tan because the ultra-moisturising formula never clings to dry patches and it is easy to apply, with no streaks and no tell-tale scent. Serious SPF is a must for the beach; sunshine is the no.1 cause of accelerated ageing, so wave goodbye to wrinkles by slathering on sunscreen.
For body we like Coola Classic Body SPF 30 as it contains nourishing rose hip oil and hydrating shea butter. If you want light, perfecting coverage for your complexion alongside powerful sun protection try the tinted Shiseido Wetforce Sports BB Cream SPF 50. For those with sensitive skin we like the non-irritating Hampton Sun Age-Defying SPF 50 Mineral Crème. Don’t let the sun’s rays dehydrate your locks, instead nourish and soften with Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, and when you return home spritz on before heat styling to stop hair getting frazzled.
For those seeking spiritual enrichment on spring break, start by clearing your mind with an essential oil blend from aromatherapy guru De Mamiel. Originally formulated as an antidote to immunity-zapping aeroplane air, Altitude Oil blends lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint to invigorate and protect. It’s also brilliant for clearing your head and counteracting day-to-day stress whenever you need it.
If your retreat involves daily yoga then ensure you pack Mio’s Workout Wonder Ball, as the revitalising blend of essential oils combined with the massaging roller ball applicator works wonders on tired, tense muscles, quickly relieving tension. A facial mist will instantly cool and refresh your complexion after an energetic yoga class, we love the mini Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Brightening Botanical Essence which contains healing magnesium salts and quartz water. Lastly, don’t forget a lip balm as aeroplanes, hot climates and exercise can all combine to dramatically dehydrate lips, but a soothing blend like Nuxe Rêve de Miel will quickly re-nourish.
If you’re glamping or camping this spring break, then we sincerely hope the weather is good to you. If you’re in the UK, first and foremost pack a waterproof and wellies. First on your beauty packing list, we recommend easy-to-use cleansing wipes instead of traditional wash-off cleansers. Loaded with organic coconut oil, RMS Beauty Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes will take away even waterproof mascara, no matter whether you have access to running water.
To add hydration back into skin after cleansing, try a refreshing facial mist, we like the calming, aloe-rich Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. Keep your camping routine simple with a moisturiser and SPF in one, try Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF 30 which hydrates, protects and gives skin a radiant glow with a light diffusing finish. Don’t worry about washing hair while you’re enjoying the beauty of nature, simply pack a travel size dry shampoo like the Ouai Dry Shampoo and spritz roots before brushing through to de-grease and boost volume.
Have a great trip!