Sunday, 15 May 2016

Holiday Prep #3 - The Face

Holiday face
At last the sun is back! We were tempted by a couple of glorious days a fortnight ago, and then the heavens opened. But I think we've turned a corner... so part three of my Holiday Preparation series is The Face. And of course prep of your face isn't just for holidays. If you want to really protect your skin from wrinkles, dehydration, age spots and sun damage, you need to get in to the habit of face prep, regardless of whether you're lucky enough to be going on holiday or not.

The Face

1. To ensure your skin is smooth, clear and free of dead skin cells you need to exfoliate. An exfoliator can be in the form of a scrub or a chemical liquid, such as the Pixi Glow Tonic (which I previously posted about here). I'm not precious about face scrubs as there are lots of inexpensive drug store options. But make sure you choose a scrub that has small scrub bits (micro-beads) and nothing with sharp or too big scrub bits as these will just scratch away at your skin. The idea of a scrub is it gently lifts away impurities and oil which if left on your skin can clog your pores and lead to blackheads. The micro beads in a scrub will also exfoliate away any areas of dry skin and dead skin cells, so your make up will apply much better and smoother, and not stick to and highlight any dry patches.
The current face scrub I'm using is the Boots Skin Clear Daily Face Scrub, £2.99. I don't use this every day though as most days I use the Pixi Glow Tonic but I do use it at least twice a week and on days I don't use the Glow Tonic.

2. After a good scrub, your pores will be clear and open and this is the best time to apply a face mask, especially a clay one which will draw out any impurities. The Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is lovely. It's quick, you only need it on for 5 minutes. And I love that when you apply it, it warms up (lovely in the winter). Although it's a clay mask, it doesn't go uncomfortably tight as it dries. This mask leaves my skin feeling really smooth and very clean. £10.00 from Boots.

3. If your facial moisturiser has a SPF in it, brilliant. This will help protect your skin for those times when you didn't realise how sunny or even partially sunny it is and you don't have an actual suncare cream with you. For more prepared times, you should try a specific sun cream for your face. I might be the only one who has only just cottoned on to this but previously I used to slap on to my face the same sun cream I was applying to the rest of my body. And there's nothing wrong with that. But what I find with a facial sun cream is it's not as thick and so won't block pores, which can of course lead to whiteheads - for me the curse of a day in the sun. This year I'm going to invest in a more high end facial sun cream to see how it fairs and if it is worth the extra cash but I have previously used Boots Soltan facial cream, SPF 30. It's still light weight, sinks in quickly and doesn't leave a white cast behind. Smells nice as well, a subtle, fresh, holiday smell. £5.00 for a handy 50ml size.

4. I've been trying out the Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser, which I got free with a recent purchase of their excellent Tan Accelerator (previous post here). This is a gradual tan for your face. The jury is still out on this one. After a week I thought it was doing nothing, but now my face does seem to have "warmed up" a bit. I like the idea of a moisturiser which is a gradual tan but for me, this one is too gradual. I want gradual but instant gradual! 

I do like a tinted moisturiser, especially when I do have a bit of colour on my face. I'm looking for recommendations on any good ones if you have them? A few years ago I was really impressed with the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint but I'm sure there are newer kids on the block for me to try.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
5. And then to Bronzer. Why did I waste so many years without bronzer? I used to think bronzer was only used during and straight after a 2 week holiday to keep on top of your glowing bronzed face. Or I had seen scary examples of people using too much bronzer as an all over coverage.

And then I discovered Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. A classic staple for every make up lover, or actually for anyone who wants to add some life and colour to their complexion.

This powder has many depths - you can lightly apply it to the high points of your face and where the sun would normally catch (hair line, cheek bones, tip of your nose). This will give your face a subtle warmth, a glow which looks like you've been outside but not in an obvious way. 

You can contour with this powder. The brush it comes with is a perfect shape for contouring in the hollows of your cheek bones (remember to blend) and gives a nice shadow which defines or gives you the illusion of cheekbones, and a tighter face.

And when you've been in the sun and want to maintain the glow you've picked up, a slightly heavier application of the Hoola will give you that "I've just come back from Rio" look.

Although it appears to be quite pricey for it's size - £23.50 for 8g, I've had mine just over a year now and I've only just hit pan but there is still loads around the outside. Cost per wear!

If you liked this post, check out my earlier holiday prep posts on The Feet (here) and The Body (here)...




  1. Amazing!! Thanks love! xx

  2. 'Instant gradual' I get ya! :-)


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