The summer holiday season almost up, but there is still the bank holiday weekend left to catch those late August rays of sunshine whether you are staycationing in the St Ives or vacationing  in St Tropez. But remember that your skin needs a bit more TLC than usual, with sun exposure, air conditioning, and dips in the pool or the sea your usual skincare regime may not be enough to handle all the fun in the sun. Here are the 5 essentials you need in your  holiday bag to ensure your skin stays on top form during your trip:

#Cleanse

NeoStrata Oily Skin Solution is a brilliant glycolic acid based essential, ideal for keeping your skin balanced during the day. This product is a great handbag mainstay, that can be used as a toner after cleansing to remove excess suncream, chlorine and that extra layer of party makeup as well as being dabbed on the skin during the day to reduce shine and mattify any excess oil. Additionally its 100ml size plastic bottle is ideal for carry on luggage for any continental mini breaks, so no need to worry about decanting. 

#Prevent

As the skin ages, it becomes more delicate and more prone to sun damage, so it is ever more important to use products that contain ingredients that will aid the skin's natural function to prevent damage. NeoStrata Enlighten Illuminating Serum is a brightening and illuminating serum that will help prevent against and correct hyperpigmentation and skin discolouration. The key ingredient NeoGlucosamine stimulates new cell growth, which then boosts your skin's radiance and corrects all types of skin discolouration. We recommend you apply this after you’ve cleansed morning and night.

#Treat

With excess sun exposure, hot temperatures and air conditioning, it’s no surprise your skin can get completely dry, flakey and red when you go away. Using a rich, good quality, non irritating moisturiser is key to avoiding these summer symptoms. Obagi Nu Derm Hydrate is great for all skin types and is ideal for taking away as it doubles up as both day and night cream, cutting down on products you need to cram into your carry on. The best thing about this moisturiser? It smells of mango, avocado and shea butter so you can keep the holiday feeling going long after you’re back home.

#Protect

Of course, there couldn’t be a holiday skincare essentials list without a good sun protection cream. Just as you wouldn’t use a normal body moisturiser on your face, you shouldn’t use the same SPF product you use for your body on your face. Our favourite is SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50 as it has broad spectrum UVA protection, which prevents UV induced collagen breakdown, one of the main contributing factors to premature skin ageing. With this high SPF level it protects even the most delicate facial skin. It’s ingredients suit all skin types, making it a great all rounder.

#Eye

Don’t forget the eyes! The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and therefore even more prone to damage. We would recommend wearing SPF around your eyes every day, to protect from day-to-day UV levels and environmental damage, so this is a must have for a sunny break. SkinCeuticals Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF30 is mineral based and non-migrating so perfect for wear under makeup.

#Body

Most of us neglect our body care until the sun shines so you need a product that will not only protect you from the sun, but improve the texture and the overall look of your body. The last item in our collection of skincare essentials has to be our favourite!  SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF50 has a subtle tint elongating the look of arms and legs giving them extra radiance but also gives broad-spectrum UV protection ensuring you don’t damage your precious skin. Perfect product to see you through the last few days summer 2015.

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