Happy New Year to all my followers! I’ve enjoyed a lovely rest from my blog for a couple of weeks after my daily posts leading up to Christmas but now I am pleased to say that I am back!
Today, I’m merging my travel and beauty expertise with a little piece on the best products to take with you on a boating holiday. Bobbing along on a crest of a wave means you can be at one with the elements around you. But what works wonders for your soul, can unfortunately play havoc with your looks. But all is not lost. I’ve hunted down the best products for your next watery adventure that will stave off the effects of the weather when on the waves. You’ll end up feeling and looking fabulous.
There’s nothing like feeling the wind in your hair. There’s also nothing quite like the tangled and drying effect it can also have, especially on children. After a day spent on deck, wash and detangle kiddie’s hair with DGJ Organics Wild n Crazy Kids Swim Shampoo and Body Wash (£3.99, waitrose.com). It has a gentle formula, and includes organic blueberry and coconut extract, so you can rinse their hair through daily and can double up as a body wash. It also contains a natural reducing agent that neutralises the harmful effects of chlorine – perfect if the little ones go swimming when away.
Alternatively, save on packing space and take one shampoo for the whole family. Organic brand Melvita’s Capiforce Balancing Shampoo (£13, uk.melvita.com) is gentle enough for children to use as well as adults. The creamy formula contains passion fruit and Argan oil to restructure and repair the hair and Shea butter to deeply moisturise. Hair is left sleek and restored.
After washing, smooth on the matching Melvita Capiforce Detangling Balm (£13, uk.melvita.com). It repairs dry and damaged hair and removes knots and tangles. Hibiscus and baobab protects and nurtures, so hair is left shiny and manageable. Moringa and Brazil nut softens, so brushing is easy and pain free.
Launching this month Alterna Professional Haircare is introducing Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner (£33.50 each, 01925 578000). The luxurious new range has been created with Strand Building Proteins to rebuild, resurface and restore hair to a damage-free state with improved manageability and so is perfect for hair that has become coarse and damaged after too much time spent out in the great outdoors. A little goes a long way.
A leave-in conditioner is a great option for a blustery day, to keep damage at bay. Naked Style Miracle Worker (£4.99, nakedbodycare.co.uk) is a silicone-free protector that tackles frizz, split ends and flyaway hair so your tresses are kept in check.
For something more intense, take a treatment product such as L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil Masque (£14.30, feelunique.com), which contains Argan, avocado, cottonseed and grapeseed oils. This begins to work after just three minutes so it can be quickly rinsed off. For really damaged hair, slather it on while you relax in the evening, or even while you sleep, and your hair will be back to its bouncy self by the next day.
Make sure hair is protected during the day with Philip Kingsley’s Weatherproof Hairspray (£9.50, philipkingsley.co.uk). It contains UV protection to shield locks and is the ultimate way to ensure your hair is not damaged, and stays in place, no matter what the weather’s like.
Putting up the mainsail and manning the tiller, and everything else that is involved in taking charge of a boat, can mean long periods of time when hands are exposed. Make sure you pack a hand cream to stop chapping and sore patches.
Nuxe’s Rêve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream (£7.50, marksandspencer.com/nuxe) is a repairing, non-greasy cream that has been tested for effectiveness in icy conditions in Canada no less. It contains Chilean rose, avocado and sweet almond oil to fortify damaged tissues, while Acacia honey repairs any damaged and dry skin.
For longer journeys when hands will be exposed for longer, Qsilica Repair Strengthening Hand and Nail Cream (£10.95, planethealthdirect.co.uk) is ideal. It contains Qsilica, a form of silica, a mineral natural to sand and quartz, which provides antioxidants and vitamins to skin. It aids elasticity and suppleness of skin cells – hands are noticeably soft and smooth.
Natio Wellness Hand Cream (£7.60, Debenhams.com/beauty/natio) is a good option for hotter climates. It has an SPF15 and is infused with antioxidant pomegranate to protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays. It’s also extra-rich so can be applied in the morning and continues to work throughout the day.
Dove’s Pro-Age Nourishment Hand Cream (£3.45, boots.com), meanwhile, is aimed at older members of the family. It nourishes and helps mature skin repair itself while reducing the appearance of age spots with AHAs, Vitamin B3 and natural skin lipids.
Lastly, don’t forget a hand sanitizer to keep those little (and big) hands fresh and free from germs. Green & Spring’s Antibacterial Hand Gel (£7.50, greenandspring.com) works hard and smells good. It blends the antibacterial properties of rowan berries with refreshing rosemary and nourishing seaweed to kill 99.9% of germs whilst hydrating and nurturing the skin.
Being outdoors all day can mean the complexion can quickly dry out. Make sure you moisturise and protect to keep skin dewy and wrinkles at bay.
Oriflame’s Oxygen Boost Day Shield SPF 30 (£11.95, ugb.oriflame.com) comes in a handy 30ml size, perfect for travelling. This light skin lotion moisturises all day long and protects against environmental aggressors. It contains oxygenating brown algae and aqua-boost, a complex for to keep skin continuously moisturised, as well as SPF30 for UV protection.
Very dry skin will drink up Orico’s Superico Vitamin Rich Face Oil (£28, oricolondon.com). The super-hydrator is perfect for when you have been outside all day. Natural plant oils, Tamanu, Rosehip and Jojoba, instantly rehydrate and restore skin to radiance without feeling greasy.
Essential Care’s Organic Ultra Rich (£18, essential-care.co.uk), meanwhile, is a multi-tasking, fragrance-free balm formulated as an emollient for eczema, dry and sensitive skin. It is particularly effective on damaged skin on the face or body, and rough, dry patches and is kind enough for all ages to use.
Spritz on Caudalie’s organic Grape Water (£6, uk.caudalie.com) and you’ll keep cool under pressure. The mist refreshes, tones and moisturises the skin and is the perfect travelling companion. It can be used on young and sensitive skin so is suitable for all.
Make sure you start and end your day with the velvety Pond’s Eye Contour (£7.99, boots.com), which is fortified with vitamins and elastin. It will make sure the delicate skin around the eyes is not neglected and reduces puffiness and smooths out wrinkles.
For skin that feels particularly taut then Dr Renaud’s Raspberry Soft Mask (£24.50, doctor-renaud.co.uk) will come to the rescue. It specifically targets parched skin and has a special combination of active ingredients that help regulate moisture levels. Soothing raspberry extract is combined with a nourishing complex of honey, pear, fig and passion fruit extracts that leaves skin smelling sweet and feeling supple and baby-soft.
A lip balm is another essential when out on the waters. Stave off chapped lips with Etat Pur Lip Care B43 (£5.60, etatpur.co.uk). It repairs cracked and damaged lips caused by the wind, cold or heat.
Lanolips’ 101 Ointment (£11, victoriahealth.com) leaves lips silky smooth, and promises to do so for eight hours. It is 100% natural, fragrance-free and colour-free and can double-up to be used on nappy rash on new-born babies, minor cuts, cracked heels and eczema flare-ups.
Lastly, if the elements turn against you, take a mini life-saver with you in the form of Aromatherapy Associates Support Breath Essence (£16.50, aromatherapyassociates.com). The refreshing, antibacterial inhalation essence uses eucalyptus, peppermint and tea-tree to reduce stuffiness, ease breathing and restore calm. Simply sprinkle a few drops of the antimicrobial blend onto a tissue and breathe in deeply. Aghh, you’ll soon see the horizon come into view again.
This article was recently published on takethefamily.com