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A Pre-Holiday Pampering Routine

It seems like summer is finally rolling around, which means it’s finally time to strip off those layers and throw on your bikini! I don’t know about you but the thought of getting my bikini on for the first time after long period of winter hibernation still fills me with dread, and no one wants to be that girl who transforms into a shade of rouge after that first cloudless day – the lobster look is just not cute.

The good news is, a few hours of pampering not only is the perfect way to relax any pre-flight nervous, but there are a few tips and tricks that you can take advantage of to get yourself beach ready. If this summer you want a subtle and healthy glow, then read on, this one’s for you!


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1 Week Before

The week before I head off on a beach trip, I begin my tanning. I prefer a natural gradual building tan to a one-off tanning session, and He-Shi’s Gradual Tan and Body Toning lotion is my current favourite. The colour is the most natural I’ve ever had from a bottle, and the active ingredients also work to tone any bumpy skin. Because it’s gradual, you don’t need to worry about getting any streaks or patches, just a long lasting natural glow – the perfect base for your holiday tan.


As I’ve got blonde coloured hair, I like to ensure that my colour looks as great as it possibly can, so from  5 days or so before I travel, I use a toning shampoo to neutralise any golden tones. My current favourite is Maria Nila Sheer Silver Shampoo which tones and protects against colour fade too.


3 Days Before


A few days before jetting off, I like to head to the beauty salon for a few treatments such as waxing, brow tints and lash extensions. If you’ve been following my ##Vlogs or my Snapchat (JosieLDN) then you’ll know that I recently had Nouveau Lash Individual Lash Extensions applied – meaning I can completely skip out on mascara and liner while I’m away!

I also spent a morning at Browhaus and Ministery of Waxing, both of which are situated above the A Wanted Man café on King’s Road. I like to book in my wax a few days before travelling just to ensure that any redness has completely gone down before I hit the beach, and equally with my brows, a tint and thread a few days before will mean your brows are looking natural yet perfected just in time for your trip.

At home, I start to tan my face by adding Espa Gradual Tanning Face Serum drops into my night cream. You can start sooner if you wish to build your tan more gradually, but I find that 2 or 3 drops each evening, mixed into my Espa Night Cream (they work with any cream, it’s just a coincidence that my current favourite is also Espa) will give a natural glow which makes me feel like I can skip foundation even on that first day on the beach.

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The Day Before

Sun, Sea and Chlorine can cause mayhem to your hair, so I like to treat my locks to a moisturizing treatment the day before I fly. My go-to for pampered locks is Aveda, where the Botanical Therapy treatment is tailored to your hair’s needs, infusing your hair with plant derived goodness which will give your locks that healthy swish throughout your trip.

The evening before is where I love to pamper myself with a long bath. It’s time to relax but also perform any last minute body prep, such as a deep scrub. Ridding the skin of any dryness and dead skin cells means you’ll tan more evenly and you’ll remain tanned for longer, so opt for a coarse scrub such as Aveda’s Radiance Polish for a thorough scrubbing.


The Day You Travel

The Day You Travel, ensure skin is hydrated by using a super moisturizing face cream. The Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehls is perfect for long lasting hydration, keeping your skin quenched even throughout a long haul flight. I love that it’s a gel consistency so it sinks in quickly, but you can feel it’s hydrating benefits for hours after application.

For tips on how you can ensure you step off the plane with a fresh complexion, you can see my In Flight Beauty Routine here.



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What’s on your Pre-Holiday Beauty Checklist? Have I missed anything out? Let me know in the comments below!