The Sunset Pamper
Holiday season is upon us - say goodbye to busy work commutes and household chores, and hello to blissful sun and sightseeing. As the sun sets on each day of sunbathing bliss, there’s nothing better than heading indoors for a pamper to reinvigorate the senses and get ready for another day of holiday struggles (ha). We’re soaking up the goodness in our travel toiletries (the best part of holiday shopping obviously), turning up the mellow music and slipping into a towel dress – it’s pamper time.
Up first on the pamper agenda is skincare. After a day in the sun, or exploring the shops to avoid the rays, your skin is sure to be in need of some serious TLC. Take a long bubble bath to unwind from the day’s antics, or drop the temperature with a refreshing cold shower and follow with an all-over moisturising session. Not only will your skin be soothed, but moisturising improves the longevity of a tan – bonus!
Primark pointer: Apply your moisturiser while your skin is still damp to lock in all that hydration before it evaporates!
Now that your skin is silky smooth, it’s time to repair that hair. Sun, sea and swimming pools do little good for your luscious locks (as much as we love the tousled sea-salt look), so make the most of your pamper session to fix the frizz! Keeping your ‘do’ in neat condition is an all-day commitment on holiday, so start with a spritz of heat defence spray in the morning, before heading outdoors. But when unwinding post-sun, we’ve a few tricks up our sleeve to replenish and renew. We asked our expert beauty buyer Natalie to give us some insider knowledge on how she treats her tresses when on holiday:
‘I love to use the Argan Oil shampoo as it tames my frizz and leaves my hair super soft – it’s the perfect solution to sun damaged holiday hair! For an extra treat, that’s sure to keep my hair extra glossy, I soak the Argan Hair Oil bottle in hot water before applying, then apply to my hair and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.’ You heard it from the best guys and gals – time to stock up!
Primark pointer: If your hair is seriously lacking shine, leave the oil on overnight, wrapped in a towel, then wash with shampoo the following morning. Silky smooth!
With your hair en route to restoration, it’s manicure time. A little exfoliation is the best way to ensure your hands are as soft as they can be, so add a little sugar to your moisturiser and gently rub your hands together, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Apply a generous helping of your fave hand cream and let it sink in, before turning up the glam with a slick of nail varnish. Chlorine is our nemesis when it comes to chipping manicures, so give your nails the attention they deserve and coat them in a bright shade of polish to pop your tan; we start by applying a base coat, topped with a punchy coral shade, and finished off with a top coat to keep our nails in tip top condition for longer.
Primark pointer: Remember to apply an SPF to your hands throughout the day, they’re just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of your skin!
With your hair, skin and nails back to their fabulous former glory, it’s time to turn up the relaxation. Feast on a delicious supper of local delicacies, kick back with your chosen holiday read and embrace the ‘break’ – pamper complete.