You’ve packed your favourite LBD, that perfect sundress that works for every holiday occasion, sandals that will take you from beach to beach club and more pairs of earrings that nights you are away for. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the all important job of what beauty products to pack. Nobody has the time or the baggage allowance to pack everything which is why we’ve curated a streamlined, but super effiicient, edit of everything you will need this summer regardless of where you are and what you’re doing. So sit back, take it all in and then finish your packing.

In-flight heroes


The best things come in small packages, which is certainly true of these iconic products that are the perfect size for slipping into your holdall and will keep your skin in tip top condition however long your flight.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Dh84

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There is a reason this is the travel mist of choice for beauty editors around the world. That’s because it gives the skin an instant hit of moisture when airplane air is sapping all the hydration out. Plus the blend of plant extracts has the ability to not only calm you down if you’re a nervous flyer or if you need to get some much needed sleep in the most cramped of conditions, but it will also energise you when you touch down at your destination.

Eos Lip Balm, Dh26

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Fun fact: The humidity in an airplane is kept at 20 per cent, which is drier than the Sahara desert. And your lips are the first place to show signs of dehydration so it’s essential to keep them moisturised with a lip balm.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks, Dh241 for pack of 8 sachets

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Yes it may look, and feel, a bit strange to reach for an eye mask as soon as the safety demonstration has finished but your peepers and the delicate skin around them will thank you for it. Keep them on for as long as your flight, or your pride will let you.

This Works In Transit No Traces, Dh72

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Travelling in make-up is a no-no. However doing a proper and thorough cleanse on a plane is nigh on impossible. Whilst make-up remover wipes aren’t the best way to thoroughly and deeply cleanse your skin, when travelling they are the most practical solution and these are the best of the bunch. Infused with rosewater and water mint they hydrate the skin as well as getting it clean.

SPF with benefits

Long gone are the days when your SPF just protected your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. The ante has been upped and now suncreams come with a whole host of multi-tasking benefits.

The hydrating one

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Salvation from sticky and greasy feeling suncreams has arrived in the form of SPF waters. These are major buzzwords in the beauty world right now so be prepared to see more and more of them hitting the beauty halls, but the original is Vichy Idéal Soleil Solar Protective Water, Dh99. It combines broad spectrum UVA and UVB filters for maximum sun protection as well as hyaluronic acid to drench the skin in moisture as you tan.

The extreme heat one

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If you’re heading to a very hot destination, or staying in the Dubai heat, then you need an SPF that’s going to go further than all the others and Ultrasun Extreme SPF50+, Dh210 is that. Not only does it have amazing protection but is ideal for sensitive skins too.

The make-up one

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If being by the pool or on the beach without some makeup on fills you with dread then you need Shiseido UV Protective Compact Foundation, Dh193. A powdery foundation that is sweat and waterproof but also will give your skin SPF30 protection without clogging your pores.

The anti-ageing one

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We all know that wearing SPF is the best way to prevent premature ageing, so by wearing an SPF that contains amazing wrinkle busting ingredients you can protect your skin against future wrinkles whilst getting to work on any existing ones. Clarins Wrinkle Control Cream, Dh168 contains very clever plant extracts that protect the cell DNA, preventing it from getting damaged by the sun and is therefore one of the best you can buy.

Hair heroes

Looking after your hair in the sun can be a bit of an after-thought, but it’s an essential step. Especially if you spend time and money getting it coloured as the combination of sun, chlorine and salt water can cause your colour to fade quicker. Not to mention the dehydrating effects it can have which is why even though you may feel and look rejuvenated after vacation, your hair can easily be telling a different story.

Cleanse with… Ouai Clean Shampoo, Dh130

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After a hard day outdoors your hair and scalp can accumulate quite a lot of sweat, dirt and product residue, so it’s vital to use a deep cleansing shampoo that’s still gentle enough to not strip away natural oils. This does exactly that.

Protect with… Kérastase Soleil Micro-Voile Protecteur, Dh155

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Like a veil that mists over your hair this not only provides UVA and UVB protection but has anti-frizz and humidity ingredients in it too. Reapply as often as you would your suncream.

Treat with… Davines The Renaissance Circle, Dh40

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This handy one-dose hair mask is packed with ingredients such as highly nutritious Babassu butter that detangles, softens and adds body to sun parched locks. Plus it will provide some much need hydration relief to your scalp. Use at the end of the day or leave in to work it’s magic while you laze by the pool.

Make-up, must haves

If ever there is a time to strip back your makeup look, it’s when you’re on holiday. All that is required is a great bronzer, a flush of colour on your cheeks and a great waterproof mascara.

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Guerlain Terracotta Route des îles, Dh254

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Becca Mineral Blush, Dh155

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Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof, Dh135

Summer scents

No holiday is complete without some extra time spent in duty free choosing a new perfume for your impending trip.

YSL Mon Paris Couture EDT, Dh475 for 50ml

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This romantic scent is a mix of dark and sensual patchouli mixed with zesty bergamot and grapefruit meets delicate peony, rose and orange flower. Like it’s namesake it’s made for a city break in a romantic city.

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz, Dh543 for 125ml

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If summer for you means being by the water at all times then this ocean inspired scent is for you. Its been created to feel like every ingredient is drenched in water. There is refreshing mandarin alongside an aqueous note of lily of the valley and vetivers.

Hermes Eau de Citron Noir Cologne, Dh474

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A gorgeous cologne that utilises a very exciting ingredient; black lime. It’s fruity, spicy, light and heavy all in one go which makes it the perfect scent to wear from day to night, beach to bar and midday to midnight.