Today I wanted to chat through my summer holiday skincare routine and all the beauty products that I’m taking with me on holiday in the sun. My summer holiday skincare routine isn’t that different from my everyday skincare routine. But, because several days in the sun, sea, and sand can leave my skin very dry, I’m using very specific products to protect, hydrate and moisturize my skin. Indeed, morning is all about maximizing sun protection and evening is for damage repair. From facial cleansers to moisturizers, find out how to put a summer holiday skincare routine together below.
5 products for the perfect summer holiday skincare routine
1. SPF minimum 30
Because we all know the sun makes you age prematurely, always wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 minimum or the highest you can find. Even if you’re not spending all your days at the beach, you should still apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Reapply it every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas. And, no matter if you’re going to spend your days outside touring the city or sitting by the beach you should always protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
“A good SPF will moisturize your skin at the same time as protecting it, so usually there is no need for an additional moisturizer in the summer unless you have very dry skin.” Dr. Stefanie Williams, dermatologist and medical director at Eudelo, Source
Personally, I never liked to lay down in extremely harsh sunshine for hours and hours. I always used to sit in the shade and to apply an SPF 50 every hour. Here is a list of my favorite SPF for the face and body which I add in my summer holiday skincare routine.
The best SPF picks for your summer holiday skincare routine
- Avene Anti-Aging Suncare Very High Protection SPF50+
- DIOR Bronze Beautifying Protective Cream – Sublime Glow SPF50
- Darphin Soleil Plaisir Sun Protective Cream For Face SPF50
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+
- Shiseido WetForce Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF50+
- Filorga UV Bronze Body Nutri Regenerating Anti-Ageing Sun Spray SPF50+
- Clarins Sun Care Cream for Body SPF50+
2. A multi-tasking way to cleanse
During your summer holidays, I’ll recommend cleansing twice your skin to remove makeup and wash off SPF without over-stripping your skin that has been exposed to the sun. First, consider packing micellar water like the Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O or Ren Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water. These formulas are perfect to remove makeup, cleanse your skin and hydrate it at the same time. Great for dry and oily skin types, some micellar water formulas are gentle enough for those with sensitive skin too.
Then, I’m usually using another face cleanser in order to remove SPF, impurities, pollution and dead skin cells. It’s not necessary to cleanse your skin in the morning, you only need to refresh your complexion with a gentle floral toner or with a mist of Avene’s Spring Water.
The best face cleansers for your summer holiday skincare routine
- La Roche-Posay Toleriane Softening Foaming Gel
- Institut Esthederm Osmoclean Pure Cleansing Foam
- REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
- Nuxe Rêve de Miel Face Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel
- DHC Face Wash
3. The post-beach essentials
During your summer holidays, spending a day at the beach can suck all the moisture out of your skin and some fine lines and dehydration wrinkles can appear. During the day, a good SPF will moisturize your skin at the same time as protecting it. But as soon as the sun goes back, you will need to use specifically targeted skincare products in order to re-hydrate, soothe and plump your skin.
Personally, I always add a hyaluronic acid serum to my summer holiday skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that hydrates the skin by attracting water molecules like a magnet; it pulls water from the deeper levels of the skin to hydrate the surface. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water! Thus, a hyaluronic acid serum will deliver serious anti-aging benefits by avoiding dryness and irritations caused by the sun, sea, and sand. All that moisture keeps your skin soft and plump, ready for the next day at the beach.
The best face hyaluronic acid serum for your summer holiday skincare routine
- Elemental Herbology Hyaluronic Booster Plus
- Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster
- Dr. Sebagh Serum Repair
- REN Keep Young And Beautiful Firming And Smoothing Serum
- Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Serum
- 111SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster
4. The overnight creams
A good hyaluronic-acid serum definitely will help to re-hydrate and plump your skin after a day at the beach. However, you’ll need a good moisturizer to seal the moisture all in. You may skip moisturizer in the morning as a good SPF will moisturize your skin at the same time as protecting it. However, if you get too much sun during the day, you’ll need something to soothe, calm and moisturize your skin.
The best after-sun moisturizer for your summer holiday skincare routine
- Institut Esthederm After Sun Repair
- Sisley After-Sun Care Tan Extender
- La Mer Soleil de La Mer – The After Sun Enhancer
- Dior Bronze Monoi Balm After Sun
- Shiseido After Sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion For Face/Body
- Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Spray
- La Roche-Posay Posthelios After Sun Face and Body Gel
5. A cooling spray
During my summer holiday, I always pack a cooling spray to refresh the skin when I’m at the beach or on a flight. Warmer weather can leave the skin feeling tight and dehydrated, that is why I love using a face mist to refresh and hydrate the skin. Plus, I love to keep them in the fridge during the summer months so that they are super cooling and refreshing when applied onto the skin.
The best face mists for your summer holiday skincare routine
- Caudalie Grape Water
- Avene Thermale Spring Water Spray
- Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Mist
- La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray
- Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist
No exfoliation, No retinol
There are several beauty products to leave at home like exfoliants (mechanical, and chemical such as glycolic, salicylic acids and AHA, BHA) and retinol-based products. Exfoliators remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother and brighter. However, during your beach holiday, those dead skin cells help protect your skin against the sun. If you remove it, you’ll make your skin even more sensitive to UV rays which can lead to skin damage. Give your skin a break from exfoliation during your summer holiday.
If retinol-based products are part of your everyday skincare routine, I’ll recommend stopping using them 2 weeks before exposing your skin to the sun. Do not use them again until 2 weeks after the end of your summer holiday. Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and UV rays. and can cause serious skin damage if you’re overexposing your skin to the sun (even if SPF 30-50).