The Sunset Pamper
It's vacation time! Say goodbye to horrible commutes and household chores, and hello to sun and sightseeing. As the sun sets on each day of sunbathing bliss, there’s nothing better than heading indoors to get pampered, reinvigorate the senses and get ready for another tough day of vacationing (ha). We’re soaking up the goodness in our travel toiletries (the best part of vacay shopping obviously), turning up the mellow music and tossing on a spa wrap – it’s pampering time.
Up first on the pampering agenda: skincare. After a day of sun and shopping, your skin's sure to need some serious TLC. Take a long bubble bath to unwind, or drop the temp with a refreshing cold shower; follow with all-over moisturizing. Not only will your skin be soothed, but moisturizing improves tan longevity – bonus!
Primark pointer: Apply your moisturizer to still-damp skin to lock in all that hydration before it evaporates!
Now that your skin's silky smooth, it’s time to repair that hair. Sun, sea and swimming pools do little good for your luscious locks (much as we love the tousled sea-salt look) - so make the most of your pampering session to fix the frizz! Keeping your ‘do’ in good shape on vacation is an all-day commitment: Start with a spritz of heat defense spray in the morning, before heading outdoors. When unwinding post-sun, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to replenish and renew. We asked our expert beauty buyer, Natalie, to give us the inside scoop on how she treats her tresses when on vacation:
‘I love to use the Argan Oil shampoo. It tames my frizz and leaves my hair super soft – it’s the perfect solution to sun damaged vacation hair! For an extra treat to keep my hair extra glossy, I soak the Argan Hair Oil bottle in hot water before applying, then run through my hair and leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing.’ You heard it from the best, folks – 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 on the road to restoration, it’s manicure time. A little exfoliation is the best way to make sure your hands are as soft as they can be - so add a little sugar to your moisturizer 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 great shade of nail polish. Chlorine is our manicure nemesis, so give your nails the attention they deserve and coat them in a bright shade of polish to make your tan pop; we start by applying a base coat, topped with a punchy coral shade, and finish 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 fab former glory, it’s time to turn up the relaxation. Feast on local noms, kick back with your new vacation read and embrace the "break" – pampering accomplished.