6 Essential Beauty Products for a Tropical Getaway

For those planning their tropical island getaway during the winter months, it's important to be completely prepared when it comes to your beauty bag. Here are the top 6 beauty product recommendations.

With winter just around the corner, now’s the time to make the necessary arrangements to escape the cold and go somewhere sunny and warm. For those planning their tropical island getaway, it’s important to be completely prepared when it comes to your beauty bag.

Carli Alman, editor at beautyheaven.com.au shares her expert tips and product recommendations, to ensure you’re equipped with the beauty know-how, so your hair and makeup work for you, not against you, on your holiday.

1. A good SPF

All island holidays involve the sun and it shouldn’t be news to you that the sun is harsh and could do some serious damage if you leave your skin unprotected.

Within the last couple of years, SPF 50 sunscreens have made their way onto shelves, meaning that you can give yourself and your loved ones maximum protection while you’re out at the beach.

For allover protection, use Le Tan Coconut SPF 50+ Spray. The coconut scent is glorious and the formula offers four hours of water-resistant protection.

If you have kids and they’ll be spending most of the day in the water, try NIVEA SUN Kids Swim & Play Protection Lotion SPF 50+.

If you want something oil-free for your face, pack some Banana Boat Faces Oil-Free SPF 50+.

2. Heat-friendly coverage

Where there is sun, there is heat, so it pays to be smart about the products you apply before you head out. For example, heavy foundations may a bit too much if you’re heading somewhere humid and may come off after a few hours of sweating or a dip in the ocean.

If you want light, sheer coverage, look for a tinted moisturiser with SPF. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted SPF50+ will give your skin a subtle, natural glow that’s perfect for a day at the beach.

For something with a bit more coverage, opt for a BB cream. Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream will help cover imperfections, even out skin tone and leave skin looking dewy and radiant. The long-wearing formula will also allow your skin to breathe, which is an added bonus in the heat.

3. Water-proof finishing touches

If you’re spending days by the water, the last thing you want is to come out of the ocean with half your mascara and eyeliner running down your face. Applying budge, smudge, and sweat-resistant products before you leave the hotel will ensure your eyes look defined all day and you won’t have to worry about that dreaded panda look.

Max Factor Waterproof False Lash Effect works wonders to add the volume and length to your lashes that you crave, and the formula won’t move at all, even if you decide to take a dip.

If you need a bit more than just mascara to give your eyes definition, try Bourjois Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil. Formulated to withstand tears, sweat and water, the sea is certainly no match for it, either.

Just remember, when it comes to water-proof products, you’ll need a hard-working make-up remover waiting for you at home. Bioderma Crealine H20, gentle as it may be for your skin, will remove all traces of your water-proof eye make-up at the end of the day.

4. Frizz fighter

The majority of us tend to suffer from frizz thanks to all the humidity and salt water, so keep a serum in your beauty bag for on-the-go touch ups.

Sunsilk Co-creations Frizz & Weather Defence Weather Protection & Shine Serum will help protect your hair from frizziness and dryness and will actually help protect your hair from the sun’s UV rays, too. Just make sure to keep your application light as too much can leave your hair looking a little oily.

5. Nourishment and protection

For those spending time in the ocean, seawater will most likely leave your hair feeling a little dry and brittle. It’s not a bad idea to keep nourishing hair oil in your bag. Avon Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment will help nourish your dry, damaged locks, and leave your hair looking healthier and feeling softer and smoother.

6. Bad hair solutions

Sometimes your hair doesn’t quite do what you want it to, so it’s best to be prepared with some hair accessories. Just in case.

Hair elastics, like Gliders Snag Free Hair Elastics, and bobby pins are always good options, but if you want something a bit trendier, pack a Scunci No-Slip Grip Split Band or Lady Jayne Metal Ponytail Cuff for a hair fashion fix in seconds.

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