Summer Body Prep & Aftercare

The evening before I jet off on holiday, I always put time aside for a lengthy pamper session. I start by running a hot bubble bath and apply an invigorating face mask. I scrub my body from head to toe with exfoliating gloves and remove any unsightly hairs whilst having an ‘She's got it Yeah, baby, she's got it’ moment with my pink Venus razor. I moisturise any dry areas such as elbows, knees and ankles before applying a healthy dose of fake tan. Being a chemically-enhanced blondie, my hair needs a bit of TLC before stepping out into a hot climate. I like to smother the ends with a deep conditioning treatment oil and wrap it up in a warm towel for around 30-40 minutes prior to getting in the bath to give it a much needed moisture boost. Once I have washed, scrubbed and bronzed myself, I take the time to carefully paint my nails using an at-home gel nail kit. These polishes do not budge for at least 2 weeks, so are a holiday must have - neon come at me.

The blazing sun, humid atmosphere and salty sea air has a hefty impact on hydration of the skin, hair and nails - therefore holiday aftercare is absolute must. I begin by running a luke-warm bath, filled with a thick, nourishing milk or oil. I gently exfoliate the skin, taking care to avoid any overexposed sunburnt areas, using exfoliating gloves to remove any unsightly fake tan residue or build up - pay special attention to the arm pits, knees and ankles. Once towel dry, I apply a thick body butter from neck-toe and allow time to soak in- my skin literally ‘drinks’ it up. I tend to switch up my usual developing fake tan for a gradual moisturiser to aid hydration and prevent my skin drying out further. Similarly to holiday prep, I smother the ends of my hair with a treatment oil or mask and wrap in a warm towel for as long as possible. If you can spare the time, pop on a shower cap or plastic bag (how attractive!) and try and sleep on it. Once rinsed, I apply a leave in conditioner and try to avoid using heat appliances for the next couple of days - exception - blow drying my fringe is a routinely must. If my gel nails are still looking strong and intact with no unsightly regrowth, I tend to only use a cuticle oil and massage cream to soften any dry areas. My feet usually need attacking with a pumice stone, as flip flops and dry heat do not mix well.

Do you have any holiday prep or aftercare tips?


  1. I love this prep! I'm actually away on holiday soon and find that because I don't have any prep or aftercare routine, my skin suffers pretty badly! Definately gonna try this routine out! Thankyou! x

  2. You're welcome - let me know if you have any other tips! Enjoy your holiday xxx

  3. great tips, Justine! Thanks for sharing!


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