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Beauty essentials: holiday destination guide

All your summer beauty must-haves tailored to your destination for your best holiday yet

Written by: Lauren Holden


Beach holiday

Heading away for some sun, sea and sand? Lucky you! Pack summery make up colours, high factor sun protection and beautiful swimwear for a beach holiday to remember. Here's our top product picks to help you enjoy a fantastic break.

Melanie Siequien from Clitheroe, says: "The sun and swimming on a beach holiday often cause my skin to dry out, so I find a good moisturiser under my usual sun protection helps a great deal. I always make sure that I apply my moisturiser 10 minutes before the sunscreen, though."

Sunscreen: Top of your holiday checklist? Sun protection. If you're planning a dip in the pool or sea, be aware that UV rays can penetrate water up to a depth of 10m, so ensure you pack your water-resistant sunscreen.

Sun safety tip: Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight, avoid sun exposure between 11am and 3pm, cover up with appropriate headwear and sunglasses, and keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Transparent Body Protection Spray SPF30

Products to try:
Garnier Ambre Solaire Clear Protect Transparent Body Protection Spray SPF30
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lip Balm with SPF
Clinique Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 40
Soltan Moisturising Suncare Spray SPF50 water resistant


Aftersun: Don't let sore skin ruin your holiday; opt for a good quality aftersun. Look for soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, or seek out a good all-rounder, such as an aftersun with insect repellent, for extra value for money.

Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion

Products to try:
Banana Boat Aloe Vera After Sun Lotion
Nivea Sun Moisturising After Sun Lotion With Aloe Vera
Soltan Aftersun Hydrating Lotion With Insect Repellent
Garnier Ambre Solaire After Sun Soothing Hydrating Lotion


Swimwear: Stay stylish in a stunning set of swimwear, while you get stuck into a good book on the beach. Dare to bare in a trendy two-piece or a teeny bikini, or go for nautical chic in a retro-inspired swimsuit. Browse our beautiful summer range online or pop to your nearest Boots store to pick up your favourite pieces.

Products to try: Coral Bay's Nautical Floral line is a unique twist on the retro look, while Dotty Floral is a feminine range offering everything from classic costumes to bikinis, as well as complementing sarongs.


City break

Visiting a bustling European city like Paris or Milan? If you're trawling the shops, markets, art galleries or museums of a big city. Opt for handbag-friendly versions of your beauty favourites and look for lightweight sunscreen formulas in handy travel sizes.

Sarah McSweeney from Hastings, says: "Whenever I'm holidaying in a hot city, I mix in my usual moisturiser or face cream with foundation for a lighter, sheerer base - I find it's all the coverage I need."


Sunglasses: It may be overcast while you're out seeing the sights, but you'll still need to invest in a good pair of sunglasses. Go for Roman Holiday chic with Audrey Hepburn-esque butterfly-shaped retro glasses, or choose aviator-style sunnies for a modern touch.

M: UK Ladies Glamour Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

Products to try:
M: UK Ladies Glamour Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
Boots 17 Black Cat Eye Sunglasses with Purple Arms
Suuna Women Shiny Pale Gold Metal Aviator
FCUK Square Tortoiseshell Sunglasses


Handbag-friendly SPF: You may not be sunning yourself on a beach, but you'll still need sun protection on your city break. Pack light, travel-size sunscreens and try a double whammy of sun protection by pairing your sun cream with a good quality SPF foundation. If you're a fan of light, sheer coverage, you'll love Boots selection of SPF foundations, BB creams and tinted moisturisers.

Clinique Super City Block SPF 40

Products to try:
Clinique Super City Block SPF 40
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One B.B. Blemish Balm Cream Light
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Sun Defense for Face SPF 50 PA+++
No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection SPF 15


City-inspired fragrance: Spritz on a city-inspired classic scent and smell gorgeous while you're sashaying down the cosmopolitan streets of Paris, Milan or New York. Why not decant your perfume of choice into a handy atomiser and slip it in your bag while you're on the go browsing the shops?

Escada Rockin' Rio

Products to try:
Escada Rockin' Rio
DKNY For Women Summer 2012 Eau de Toilette
Armani Code Luna Eau de Toilette Spray
BLACK Flo Atomiser Refillable Fragrance


Backpacking holiday

When you're travelling Europe (or even the world!) with a backpack firmly on your back, an OTT beauty routine just won't work. With this in mind, here are a few products you may like to consider.

Helen Marsden from Morecambe, says: "I love two in one products for a quick pop of colour on holiday. I always use eyeliner in place of eyeshadow, clear mascara to avoid panda eyes and products that work for both the lips and cheeks to save time and money."


Lip and cheek duos: The secret to backpacking beauty? All-in-one, space-saving products that will help make prettifying yourself simple. Lip and cheek tints will help trim down your mirror time, delivering colour and radiance in one swift swipe.

Pixi Succulent Lip Twin in Coral Camelia

Products to try:
Pixi Succulent Lip Twin in Coral Camelia
Benefit Posietint
ModelCo Cheek + Lip Tint - Rosy Red
Stila Convertible Colours, Lips and Cheeks


Dry shampoo: When you're hopping on train after train or boarding a bus for your next city visit, there's little time to wash and blow-dry your hair. So why not cheat and choose dry shampoo to combat grease and give your hair the boost it needs. Look out for formulas that include colour to ensure the product blends into darker hair with ease.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Medium & Brunette

Products to try:
Batiste Dry Shampoo Medium & Brunette
Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Morning After Dry Shampoo
Mark Hill Get Gorgeous! Quick Fix Dry Shampoo
Toni&Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo


Cleansing face wipes: Sometimes time just doesn't allow for a thorough skin care regime. Make things easy on yourself and pack some quick-fix cleansing face wipes to sweep away the day's travel, slotting a couple of packs of baby wipes into your bag to freshen up, too. After all, you don't want to turn up at a camp site or hostel to discover there's no showers!

Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipe

Products to try:
Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipe
Soap and Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloth Face Wipes
Vital Baby Super Soft Fruity Hand & Face Wipes
Johnson's Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes, for Normal Skin


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