Pre-holiday prep

Pre-holiday prep

If your summer holiday is fast approaching, treat yourself to a quick, pre-holiday treat that leaves you looking and feeling fabulous

At home facial

It’s a popular salon treat, but an at-home facial is affordable, easy and a great thing to do once your packing is finished! Pick a treatment that will stimulate circulation, promote natural radiance and calm and rehydrate tired, sensitised or dull skin. Always pick a facial treatment that suits your skin’s needs – and remember, a little extra moisture is beneficial if you have a long-haul flight ahead.

Hero products:

Dermalogica Ultra Calming Skin Kit

Elemis Pro Definition Super System

Ren Skincare Radiance Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial

Full body buff

If you’ll be slipping into a bikini – or a gorgeous swimsuit – an exfoliating and hydrating all-body buff will prime your skin to look its best. You may exfoliate now and again – probably sticking to problem areas – but for a pre-holiday treat, buff from head to toe for an amazing feeling and great results. As well as leaving skin silky smooth, the exfoliation prepares skin for an even tan: add an all-over moisturising massage to promote healthy skin texture and a natural glow.

Hero products:

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream

Xen Tan Body Scrub

Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub

Masque your mane 

A deeply moisturising hair treatment is a great way to prepare your hair for all that sun, sea and sand. A hair masque is the ideal product for an indulgent treat, enveloping your hair in moisture and nutrients. Use a masque the day before your holiday – or try a treatment that can be left in your hair overnight for a sensational result on the morning of departure. Soft, shiny and manageable: what better way to make a splash as you set off on your travels?

Hero products:

L’Oreal Professionnel Inforcer Masque

Sebastian Professional Penetraitt Treatment Masque

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip Masque

Hair away

Before you jet off, take care of any unwanted hair. Tending to your eyebrows, bikini line or underarms doesn’t have to be a pain: prepare your skin properly by exfoliating thoroughly and carefully, and always use a hair removal method and/or product that suits your individual skin and body/facial hair type. Now is not the time for experimentation (you don’t want to arrive on the beach with sore or inflamed skin): pick a tried and trusted treatment and splash out on a post-removal balm or lotion.


Decleor Aroma Confort Post Wax Double Action Gel

Decleor Aroma Epil Post Wax Cream

Natural mani and pedi

Although it’s tempting to get your finger and toenails painted before a holiday, chips and scuffs can take the edge of a flawless look. Going natural is totally on-trend – and you can always get a paint job at your hotel or a local salon while you’re away, so you arrive home with perfect nails. Spend some time treating yourself to a luxurious nail and foot bath, a deep moisture treatment, careful cuticle work and a file, buff and shine.

Hero products:

Jessica Zen Spa Revive Microdermabrasion Foot Scrub

Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream

Jessica Nourish

Super self-tan

If you take some time-out to work on your self-tanning skills, you can achieve a home self-tan that’s just as even, natural and impressive as a spray tan. Once you’ve chosen a method that works best for you – whether that’s a spray, mousse or lotion – check out YouTube for some great tutorials. Make sure you prep your skin properly, apply the tan using gloves and it really is all about the blending. Once you’ve given yourself a natural-looking glow, you’ll be sooooo beach ready!

Hero products:

St. Tropez Soft Buffing Mitt

Fake Bake Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum for Face and Body

Xen Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse