By Kate Cheng
Saying goodbye to a tropical breeze and summer vacation sangrias doesn’t have to mean leaving your holiday glow on the beach, too! What with last-minute weddings and what–the–hell Monday drinks, you’ve got the perfect excuse to look like you just stepped off a plane from the south of France. Nothing is more satisfying than nonchalantly stealing the show with your sun-kissed shoulders and healthy radiance – talk about making an entrance! We’ve got the travel beauty essentials to make your tan go the distance, both geographically and through the seasons.
Caudalie Divine Scrub
Exfoliating post-travel is absolutely essential to ensure smooth and supple skin, and to let that beautiful glow radiate through. Peeling arms and flaking shins are a no-no when it comes to looking tan and golden! We love this gentle version by Caudalie – with its replenishing sesame and Argan oil, and small sugar beads, it lightly scrubs without stripping your (already parched!) skin of its natural moisture. Plus, its name and luxurious scent made us feel like a million dollars, a real DIY spa experience.
Fresh Sugar Ultra-Nourish Body Oil
Post-exfoliation, what you really need is an extra-rich dose of hydration – try this refreshing blend of citrus, sweet almond and primrose. Penetrating deeper than a regular moisturiser, our recently sloughed skin was silky and glowing. Used on cracked heels or dry cuticles, too – a little goes a long way. Top-notch travel-size packaging, and it’s great if you want a light, subtle scent.
L’Occitane Certified Organic* Pure Shea Butter
It was love at first application - L’Occitane’s heavy-duty balm gave us just the injection of moisture we needed. The pure shea’s thick texture soothed away any stinging and burning with its anti-inflammatory properties, without leaving a sticky residue. Extra credit for collagen-boosting antioxidant Vitamin E, and for the organic ingredients, rejuvenating even the most sensitive of skins without irritation - we literally felt cocooned. Layer over Fresh’s oil, or immediately onto towel-dried skin. Travelle loves.
James Read Gradual Day Tan – Body
Sometimes, we just need a little help from our self tanner friends. This cooling gel glides on clear, but dries to give a soft, buildable colour. Faking a summer travel glow never seemed so easy! Fragrance – free, it didn’t leave that typical artificial smell, and its slightly runny texture allowed for seamless, even coverage.
Ciate London Bikini Balm Bikini Body Illuminator
For that final extra oomph, buff this paraben-free illuminator all over bronzed limbs and shimmer down the sidewalk! This beauty compact’s sheer colour can be layered, suiting a variety of skin tones and complexions. The lightweight texture covered any patchy areas without weighing us down – or our wallets.
Now you can enjoy that summer glow until jacket weather kicks in!