Beauty and the beast

How do you keep pretty on an adventure holiday?

It’s fair to say that most holidays are all about the destination. But when it comes to so-called adventure holidays, the journey can be considered just as important as where you are heading. It’s all part and parcel of the experience and consequently means there’s lots of time spend outdoors and on the move. Of course, adventure holidays mean different things to different travellers – exploring the wilds of the Amazon probably won’t suit a family with a toddler but that’s not to say it’s impossible; while hiking around the UK’s coastline may be considered too tame for some 20-somethings, but not exclusively so. Whatever thrill attracts you and yours, here are my practical suggestions on essential products to take with you, guaranteed to keep you feeling fresh and energised.

By their very nature, adventure holidays mean limited luggage. Whether you are backpacking or simply need to keep your belongings to a minimum on your trip, the following little gems could prove to be invaluable.

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La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 (£13, boots.com) is a multi-purpose, antibacterial balm that can be used by the whole family, including babies and those with sensitive skin. Its multitude of uses includes soothing grazes and inflamed eczema, repairing nappy rash and nourishing dry skin.

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For those spending lots of time in the great outdoors, then a tube of Elemental Herbology’s Wind & Cold Therapy (£19, elementalherbology.com) is a must. The ultra-nourishing balm formula repairs dehydrated, cracked and inflamed skin – ideal for dry hands, chapped lips and sunburn. It contains a cocktail of botanicals, such as keratin, ‘tree of life’ and argan oils, calendula, shea butter and fresh pumpkin cells – which combined provide long lasting hydration, replenishing and soothing the skin.

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New from cult Australian brand Black Chicken Remedies is the Balm of Ages (£29, roullierwhite.com), which comes in a practical tin in a glam velvet bag. Its many uses mean that you can really cut down on the amount of products you need to carry with you. It contains a highly therapeutic blend of certified organic ingredients researched from ancient healing traditions, such as sea buckthorn oil (known to help eczema), camellia oil (for face and hair care) and cajuput (used by Aboriginals for its antiseptic properties). Uses include soothing irritated skin, adding moisture to dry patches, helping ease minor scrapes and burns, minimizing stretch marks and even as a cleanser, effectively removing makeup and grime.

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Ideal for taking on the plane with you is Moa The Mini Green Balm (£4.50, feelunique.com). The 15ml tub contains 100% natural ingredients so is safe to use on all the family. It can be used on sore skin, cold sores, chapped areas, insect bites and dry patches.

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For the many of us who can’t leave the house without a lip balm, then the Skin Shop’s Liquorice Balm (£7.95, skinshop.co.uk) could be your next favourite product. The smooth formula not only keeps lips smooth and supple, but it also contains glycyrrhizic acid (GA) that prevents outbreaks of cold sores, often caused by exposure to the sun.

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Weleda’s Skin Food has been a beauty secret since it was first launched in 1926. The wonder cream is famed for its natural ingredients that have super-moisturising and repairing properties. It can be used all over but is perfect for elbows, feet and hands and has now been launched in a handy 10ml size (£2.25, weleda.co.uk).

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Ideal for travellers is White Glo’s nifty travellers pack (£2.99, boots.com) containing toothbrush, mini toothpaste and dental flosser toothpicks in a clear zippable case.

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Lastly, lack of space doesn’t mean you have to leave those vital vitamins at home. Advanced Nutrition Programme’s Well Away multivitamin strips (£9.95, anpshop.com) are just the thing to look after yourself when away. The lightweight, resealable pouch contains individual blister strips of nutrients to see you through your trip.

This article also appears on takethefamily.com

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