The sun may not be shining over here, but in the hope that you may find some on your holidays, the following little gems are essentials for keeping fresh and cool.
I’ve long been a fan of water-based cleansers. My all time favourite is Lancome’s Eau Fraiche Doucheur. It sweeps away make-ups quickly but also leaves your skin feeling vibrant and fresh. In France, Micellar waters (as they are known) have long been a best-kept beauty secret. They are less drying than conventional cleansers and more thorough. Buy a bottle of the cult Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O (£4.50, escentual.com) and you’ll be hooked (I am, too, especially given the price). The 3-in-1 cleansing water sweeps dirt away from the face including waterproof makeup. It is ultra-mild so can be used by all ages and also contains decongesting active ingredients to draw out impurities without dehydrating the skin.
Etat Pur’s Gentle Miceller Cleansing Water B100 (£8.20, etatpur.co.uk) is actually part of the brand’s baby range (probably because it can also be used for refreshing the delicate skin of newborns). It works just as well to take off the day’s grime in one easy swipe.
Korres Citrus Showergel (£8, waitrose.com) is one of the most refreshing gels I’ve come across. After a day in the sun, rinse off debris and sweat and put a spring back in your step.
I also have to give Crabtree & Evelyn’s Sienna Hair and Body Wash (£13, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk) for men an honourable mention as it. It smells divine and is a fab multi-tasker – perfect for travelling. It has a blend of leather, citrus and spice notes and lathers up to work as a body wash and shampoo.
I love this fresh alternative to a body moisturiser. The Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Hydrating Body Gel (£30, aromoatherapyassociates.com) gives sun-drenched limbs suffering from over-exposure a burst of hydration. It’s perfect for hot climates and summer evenings when creams and lotions can be too sticky. It contains Damask rose water and evening primrose oil to condition dry skin.
Elemis’s Instant Refreshing Gel (£29.50, elemis.com) uses soothing extracts of arnica and birch with cooling camphor and menthol and is an instant reviver when travelling or in hotter climates. Use to relieve tired legs, muscle tension, and on the neck, temples and forehead to lesson headaches.
A little of Mrs White’s Legs Eleven (£15, Roullierwhite.com) goes a long way. It perks up tired pins after long-haul journeys. It contains a blend of 11 natural ingredients, such as beeswax to lock in moisture, peppermint to awaken the senses, organic cocoa to give legs a subtle sheen and organic vodka to cool and revitalise.