If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you may have seen me posting my holiday pictures. I've not been away properly now for over two years, so having two weeks of pure relaxation, sunbathing and chilling out is pure bliss. As I'm away I thought it would be exciting (for you and me) to get some holiday themed posts up as I don't get the chance to do so very often. I know a lot of you are also going away this year, so today I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how I prepare my skin to get holiday ready.
I'm sure I'm not alone when the immediate thing I think about when going abroad is getting my tan on! Let's face it we wall want to come back home and make everyone at home jealous with our golden tan, I know it shouldn't but it gives me great satisfaction having a gorgeous colour that won't rub off. However sunbathing takes some serious dedication and with all the hard work we put in to catching those rays it's important that we look after our tans so that we get the most out of it whilst on holiday and for when we come back.
My top tip would have to be exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! I know most of you will have this step included in your weekly skincare routine anyway, but before I go away anywhere hot I make sure that it's a priority. Like I said I want my sun tan to last as long as possible and I find that the more dead skin cells (gross) that I remove before hand the longer my tan is going to last.
There as so many amazing exfoliates out their but right now I'm currently loving the Make Believe Spa & Polish Exfoliator. For those of you who haven't heard of Make Believe they are a brand that specialise in fake tan, which I highly recommend by the way (see my post on some of their beauty products here). Sometimes with certain exfoliators I can find them to be a bit harsh on my sensitive skin, but I just love the way the Make Believe feels on my skin. It does a great job at buffing away any old skin but is really gentle at the same time. I think this is because the exfoliating beads are quite small and they're not as rough as what you find in other exfoliators. Also this one contains Argan Oil which really does a great job at nourishing my skin.
Another reason why this Spa & Polish is one is my current favourite has to be its scent - It smells so lovely and refreshing and has a little bit of a holiday sort of smell to it, it's gorgeous. It's so one of the only exfoliators I've used that actually leaves my skin soft and feeling hydrated. Usually when exfoliating I can't wait to get my favourite body butters out as I feel my skin needs a hydration boost, but this one actually leaves my skin feeling so soft and its gorgeous scent lingers around on my body for a few hours too. It's honestly one of the best that I've tried.
Back on topic, before I leave on holiday around two weeks before hand I start exfoliating my body a few times a week instead of the one and stay clear from any products that have any tan in them. I want base of my skin to be perfectly prepped before I leave and I always think remaining fake tan on your skin can cause your real tan to go patchy.
Along side with exfoliating I also love to use a light moisturiser all over my body and I do this religiously every evening. I just think having a great base makes for a perfect tan. And that's that, my two steps to ensure that I get the most of my holiday tan, I know it's pretty simple but I thought I'd share in case any of you are heading away this summer. It's basically my usual routine but a little more intense.
I would love to know what your top tips are for holiday skin, please share with me your secrets on how to prolong your tan when you come home?
Lots of Love