Tuesday 23 December 2014

Beach bag essentials

I ALWAYS fall for it. You know – the promise that a few days of R&R in the sun will leave me feeling rejuvenated and looking nothing less than fabulous . . .

Although I'm careful with my SPF, love hanging out under a very large umbrella guaranteed to keep me safe from the sun's scary rays and can't resist rehydrating as much as possible with those sunshine-packed fruit drinks, I still end up looking hot and bothered, blotchy and tired, dry and yet somehow sweaty at the same time.

It's definitely not the beach-babe look I'd been hoping for. More like strung out and slovenly. Sigh . . . Thankfully you don't have to suffer like me.

Here are a few tips to deal with bites, blisters and the bugbear of parched skin.

Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care, €49

After just one or two days in the sun, my complexion can appear quite blotchy. This clarifying plant-based oil can help to even it out. Massage it into your skin every evening and continue the habit when you get home. I find that its calming aroma helps me sleep better.

Cowshed Udderly Gorgeous Leg & Foot Treatment, €24.50

If you've spent a long day checking out the hottest sights, tired legs and achy feet will definitely appreciate a massage with this lotion, which is chock-full of invigorating sea-buckthorn. It smells great, too.

Compeed Blister Patches, €7.02

Hot weather + new footwear = ugly blisters. These protective patches have a gel to sooth the pain and provide a barrier against the sand and sea.

Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Self Tanning, €25.50

With an ingredient list that includes sunflower extract, watermelon and shea butter, this soothing rehydrating cream definitely gives tired and dry skin a replenishing boost. And it contains just enough self-tanner to give your skin a lovely shimmer.

Body Shop Hemp Moisture High Balm, €9.95

This multi-purpose balm can be used on both face and body and it's great for hydrating thirsty, sun-exposed skin, especially on particularly dry patches around knees, elbows and heels. It has a slightly greasy texture so don't use too much. The small pot won't take up too much space in your beach bag.

Decleor High Repair After-Sun Balm for Face, €33.50

Nourishing and natural, this rescue ointment works wonders on parched and reddened skin. After cleansing, warm a small amount in your hands and gently massage it on to your face and neck. Use at night-time to give your complexion time to regenerate itself after too much sun exposure.

Irish Independent

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