Last minute holiday? 4 ways to get your body and skin ready for the sun


Summer in the UK might be long gone, but that doesn’t stop so many of us jetting off to hotter climates before the cold weather really kicks in. Holidaying in September really has it’s perks: it’s less busy, the weather is still hot, most holiday clothing like swim wear and accessories are on sale, you might even get your holiday at a hugely discounted price and that’s including the flights too! You might be a little late to the holiday game, but that doesn’t mean you should look anything but fabulous when you’re on the beach or by the pool.

Read on for 4 ways to get your body and skin ready for your last minute holiday.

Time to work on your glow

Many girls go for a minimal look whilst on holiday, after all why spend hours applying your makeup only for it to be melted or washed away? So, why not keep it simple? Most girls invest in a good bb cream for their holiday, it’ll moisturise, eve out your skin tone without feeling too heavy on your face and if it has an SPF rating, it’ll protect your skin from those harmful UV rays.

If you want that more natural, pre-holiday glow then there steps you can take before you step on the plane. Make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins in your diet or even take supplements to give your skin and immune system a boost. And eat well too – you can get most of your 5 a day by whipping up a fruity smoothie.


Never underestimate the power of exfoliation. You’re going to need a hard working body scrub to really buff and polish away those dead skin cells and reveal your beautiful skin underneath. Exfoliating is just as important as your pre-holiday tan or wax! Remember, exfoliating will really help your false tan and moisturiser soak into your skin and really work their magic. Speaking of moisturiser…

Up your moisturiser game

The hot sun, the humidity, pool chlorine, and not forgetting the arid, dry air of the plane – put all those together and you have a recipe for dry skin that will haunt you all holiday long. The solution up your moisturiser game. You need to be moisturising at least twice a day in the run up to your holiday in order to see the benefits. Drinking lots of water and trying to hit that recommended 8 glasses a day will make a huge difference too. Well moisturised skin will help prolong your tan, so what are you waiting for?

Fuzz be gone!

Everyone loves going au naturel from time to time, but it’s not the best holiday look. Before you pop on your bikini you’re going to need to de-fuzz before you jet off. Shaving ever day can be hard work so consider having your legs waxed as late as the day before. If you’re planning on having a bikini wax then remember you’ll need the redness to go down before you rock that bikini…so don’t leave it until the last minute!

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