If the exotic beaches of a sunny seaside resort are your idea of a vacation, then remember that your skin and even colour-treated hair will be in need of some real extra TLC.
Himalaya Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel, Dh15.75, Carrefour: Spending prolonged hours on the beach daily can leave the skin feeling parched and itchy. This aloe vera gel is great to cool it down after-sun exposure. Store in the ice box with your soft drinks before use. This will add to its efficacy as a skin-soothing formulation.
Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion, Dh40, Carrefour: Sun exposure can cause substantial skin damage even on a cloudy day, so on a sunny day it could be severe. This UVA/UVB protection lotion is your best friend when sunbathing, as it not only has a high SPF but also doubles as a light moisturiser. Add to it a handy non-sticky formula that allows sand to brush off the skin, and you have a beach companion you won’t let go of.
Caudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil, Dh195, Namshi: When on the beach, it’s great to keep the skin nourished with a protective oil. This water-resistant dry oil formulation with nourishing grape seed oil leaves the skin with a radiant, non-greasy finish while offering SPF 30 protection. Suitable for sensitive skin, it has powerful anti-ageing properties and is a must-have in your beach kit.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt for Sensitive Or Oily Scalp, Dh155 for 250ml, Sephora: After a day of frolic in the sea, it isn’t just your hair that’ll be calling out for a detox – your distressed scalp needs a saviour too, to cleanse it of sand and impurities. The solution? This cult favourite mineral-rich scalp scrub cleanser infused with active ingredients. Not only does it gently remove impurities, it also gives the scalp a circulation-boosting massage, plus a nice sheen.
Miriam Quevado Glacial White Caviar Resort Beach Waves, Dh231, Bloomingdale’s: If you’re blessed with naturally voluminous hair, great. If not, this hair texturising spray is your secret tool for a sultry beach hair look. Formulated with sea foam, it helps add volume and plumps hair for that perfect beach holiday post.
Heading to an Alpine ski resort this summer? Just like you’d pack a proper bag of warm clothes to brave the weather, remember cold weather calls for a specialised skincare kit too.
Guerlain Super Aqua Serum Dh795, Harvey Nichols: When on a holiday, it’s tough to carry too many beauty products. But this double-duty product with both moisturising and anti-ageing properties is a great all-in-one option. Its potent serum-infused cream formula not only provides intense skin hydration but also offers effective anti-ageing wrinkle plumping action, fading out fine lines and signs of fatigue.
Starskin Crème de la Crème VIP Instantly Recovering Luxury Cream Coating Face Mask Dh74, Sephora: For dehydrated facial skin, this is your go-to product. A nourishing sheet mask that is cream-based rather than serum-based, it effectively counters dry skin resulting from cold weather. Just 20 minutes of this mask containing shea butter and the skin begins to feel nourished. What’s more, the antioxidant-rich tomato extracts also help to restore skin cells from within.
Rituals Magic Balm Natural Lip Balm Dh58, 6th Street: Dry lips are a major issue in colder weather so don’t forget to keep your lip balm handy at all times. Its calming calendula and moisturising shea butter ingredients make it super-hydrating and soothing for dried lips.
Bio-Oil Skin Care Gel Dh45, Aster Pharmacy: If you are fleeing to a ski resort, be prepared for dry skin challenges. Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel is an innovative dry skin treatment – the gel is an improvement upon existing creams and lotions as it replaces the inactive water in these formulations with oil. Gorgeous skin, here we come!
La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex Dh655, Harvey Nichols: Holiday fatigue and the cold mountain weather can create havoc around the sensitive skin of the eyes. This lightweight gel enriched with caviar extracts is great to re-energise the tired eye zone every day, instantly nourishing and firming the skin to fade all daily signs of stress.
What better way to vacay than checking into the soothing environs of a quiet wellness retreat for a rejuvenating break for the mind and soul? But don’t just come back with a rebalanced mind – use this vacation to also give your body, hair and face the pampering it deserves.
Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Rejuvenating Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub Dh120, 6th Street: As you work to awaken inner harmony for yourself, an important step is to rejuvenate and renew your skin too. This invigorating body scrub with Himalayan pink salt detoxes dead skin cells and impurities. Post-exfoliation, the body won’t feel dry either, and will be left with a thin layer of sweet almond oil.
Starskin Coco-Nuts Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask Dh50, Sephora: A wellness break isn’t just about the soul – give your hair and body the care it craves too! This nourishing hot oil pre-shampoo hair mask comes with some of the best organic hair superfoods and uses Ayurvedic herbology. Pre-heat and apply to hair using the heat retaining cap to maximise the absorption of the virgin coconut oil ingredients.
Vegetal – 10-in-1 Daily Complete Care Shampoo Dh31, Carrefour: For a total hair detox, one needs a natural shampoo that won’t strip hair of its moisture even with daily use. Vegetal’s new shampoo is a blend of certified organic extracts from traditional Indian herbs and jojoba natural oil and is totally free from harmful parabens and sulphates. The multi-action formulation is effective in restoring damaged tresses and controlling frizz.
Knesko Skin Travel Set Nano Gold Repair Collagen Mask and Green Jade Gemstone Roller Set Dh599, Harvey Nichols: This combo set is meant to destress and rejuvenate your body inside out during a wellness break. Here are all the components needed to help reverse the ageing effects of a busy life – from de-puffing the eyes to rejuvenating the lips and hydrating, firming and repairing the skin.
Neom Organics Nourish, Breathe & Smile Hand Balm, Dh96, Bloomingdale’s: They say dry and uncared-for hands can give your age away, which is why you can’t afford to forget pampering them this holiday. Neom’s new rich formulation of essential oils, shea butter and cocoa butter is also infused with mood-uplifting fragrance – with hints of wild mint and mandarin. Sounds good enough to eat!
H&M Hydrating Face Mist Dh69, H&M stores: Mists and spritzers come in real handy during daytime city travel. A light spritz of this facial mist several times during the day will keep your skin looking refreshed all day and won’t allow it to lose its natural moisture.
Starskin Pink Cactus Pudding Dh199, Sephora: A silky soft pudding concentrate of highly nutritive Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil, cactus extracts and smoothing hyaluronic acid, this concentrate lends a long-lasting glow to the skin. Simply apply before make-up for that perfect base, or use as a nourishing daily cream.
Going on a city vacation means hectic shopping and sightseeing trips to busy tourist spots, so pack a beauty kit of your favourite refreshing and long-lasting products.
Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract Dh110 for 150ml, Sephora: During city vacations, after a tiring sightseeing day, a dip in the hotel pool is on every tourist’s evening schedule. But as chlorinated pool water is as damaging for your hair as sand beaches and salt water. Christophe Robin’s new shampoo can help counter any such chlorine build-up in the hair. It’s jujube bark extract ingredient has a gentle yet detoxifying action on the hair.
Rodial Vit C Brightening Pads Dh282, Namshi: Give your skin an instant shot of glow serum while re-texturising the canvas of the face with these deep cleansing pads. Infused with Vitamin C, fruit AHAs, glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, this is a quick daily skincare treatment during a busy city holiday.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Body & Hair Spray Dh194 for 100ml, Bloomingdale’s: Before you head out for the entire day, infuse your hair with a cool hair fragrance to add to your all-day-long freshness! Spritz this body and hair spray from Dolce & Gabbana from top-to-toe and it mists hair and body with an uplifting, long-lasting fragrance. You don’t have to lug around a fragrance anymore.
Extreme sports holiday
Prefer hiking adventures and other intense big thrills to simply lounging in a resort or the spa? Don’t forget to pack a kit of tough, weather-resistant products as a holiday packed with adrenaline-pumping activities calls for some tough measures.
Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes Dh261, Harvey Nichols: These amazing cubes are a great antidote to tired, sleep-deprived eyes during an adventure-filled vacation. The botanically rich, cooling cubes refresh, lift and brighten fatigued eyes in a flash. A handy treatment to carry as it treats dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles all in just one product.
Banana Boat SPF110 Sport Sunscreen Dh40, Carrefour: Sports enthusiasts can’t afford to ignore sun protection as the resulting damage to exposed skin will be permanent. Banana Boat’s SPF110 Sport Sunscreen with its very water- and sweat-resistant formula is just the tough skin protector you need for the active lifestyle of a sports holiday. Plus, it’s fast-absorbing and won’t run into the eyes.
Sephora Collection Rose Hair Sleeping Mask Dh30, Sephora: The active lifestyle of a sports enthusiast can leave hair highly prone to environmental damage, which is why it’s best to nourish the tresses whenever you get downtime on your vacation. Apply a pampering hair mask like this overnight and rinse off in the morning. This creates a protective barrier for the hair surface that won’t allow further damage during a fun-filled activity.
L’Occitane Aroma Repairing Oil Dh159, Namshi: Many women shudder at the mention of hair oil during a holiday, but thanks to today’s lightweight oil formulations that don’t even require a shampoo wash, fear not. Simply smooth L’Occitane’s Aroma Repairing Oil on to create a protective layer or to detangle and absorb the goodness of sweet almond oil, vitamins and omega 9.
Himalaya Fresh Start Oil Clear Blueberry Face Wash Dh18, leading supermarkets: An active sporty day means excess dirt, grime and impurities on the facial skin and clogged pores at the end of the day. A refreshing, gentle face wash like Himalaya’s Fresh Start Oil Clear Blueberry Face Wash is good for anyone heading on such a holiday, but especially essential for women with oily skin as such skin requires frequent cleansing.