Way before Marie Kondo became a household name, I’ve been a big fan of less is more. Too much stuff freaks me out. It makes me feel like I'm in system overload. So I happily pare things back, use what I’ve already got, choose what I really need (or love) and feel good about that whole ‘waste not want not’ mentality that’s ingrained into my northern DNA.
When it comes to summer skincare – and deciding what goes into the suitcase – I’ve got it down to a fine art. For years in my ‘corporate job’, I was on a plane every other week and I got realllllllly good at packing light. So when Mr H and I travelled to Dubai a few weeks ago, after I’d packed my (very) capsule summer holiday wardrobe, it was time to decide what went into the toiletry bag.
Here's my Glorious Guide to what's worth packing to help you stay glowing and gorgeous inside and out:
1. Before you think about what you put on your skin, think about what you put in it.
Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Enough said.
Eat lots of lovely colourful veg, salad and a couple of pieces of fresh fruit each day. Cucumber and watermelon are good choices to help boost hydration if you’re holidaying in a hot climate.
2. Put less stuff on your skin
Someone said to me recently ‘take a mental inventory of everything you put onto your skin. Ask yourself if you really need it all’. Chances are you don’t.
I’m a big fan of simplifying your skincare routine so that your skin can take a break and just do its thing. It’s the biggest organ in your body and what you put on it DOES impact it. Here are my couldn’t-do-without skincare staples:
Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant
I won’t ever go back to chemical-laden synthetic sticky deodorants after using this for the past 3 months. Find out why in a post I wrote earlier this summer HERE.
Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion
I hate suncream*.
There, I’ve said it. Judge me if you must. After years of acne, eczema and 2 rounds of anti-acne mega drug roaccutane, my skin reacts to it. I’ve tried natural, mineral, expensive, powdered etc etc etc and it hates them all.
*Except Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30 for sensitive skin. I finally found the one that doesn’t:
give me spots
make me look frighteningly white and my teeth weirdly yellow
make me want to scratch my face off.
Thank you Green People. You saw me through two weeks of 38 degree heat. And a day of 46 degrees with no hint of pink skin in sight. You rock.
Burts Bees Lip Balm
You eat what you put on your lips, so make it natural. And tasty. I have these dotted all around the house, in the car, in my bag. It makes me twitchy if I don’t have one with me. And the peppermint-y tingly effect is lovely.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
A classic. I’ve been using it for at least 15 years. Probably longer. Now that Liz Earle has sold the company and left the business, I pray that this product doesn’t change.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
A total multi-tasker that smells dreamy. I use it as mask, cleanser, for facial massage, on unruly brows, cuticles. Need I go on?
Plus Neal’s Yard Remedies lavender oil to dot on hotel pillows at night to induce a deep sleep. And tea tree oil in case of bites (the mozzies love me) or stings.
I also chuck in a tube of organic aloe vera gel for body moisturising and slapping on as an after sun. That’s pretty much it.
Enjoy these glorious summer months and keep it simple.