The Beauty Memo

5 Essential Little Luxuries To Pack For Your Vacation

Whether you’re going minimal or maximal with your vacation packing, NEWBY HANDS knows all the little extras you’ll want to take with you

In order of appearance: La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask; Angela Caglia Gold Cryo Facial Set; Slip Silk Eye Mask; Tata Harper + NET SUSTAIN Hydrating Floral Mask; Mauli Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts

A face mask for every day

A daily face mask can be a real game changer if you have dry or dehydrated skin. Plus, after a summer of sun, sea and swimming pools, virtually everyone has the latter to some degree – so, come September, your skin will be thanking me. Super-dry skin needs something uncompromisingly nourishing, such as La Mer’s Intensive Revitalizing Mask – and if it sinks in fast, re-apply where required, as your skin obviously needs it. Alternatively, Aesop’s Sublime Replenishing Night Masque works while you sleep to deeply hydrate and brighten skin. Meanwhile, Summer Fridays’ excellent Jet Lag Mask is as good to use on vacation as it is after the long-haul flight it might take to get you there. Oilier skin types will be better off with a lighter hydrating mask, though, such as Tata Harper’s wonderful Hydrating Floral Mask, or Sarah Chapman’s deep-treating 3D Moisture Infusion Mask. Finally, to make the whole experience even more enjoyable, use any of the aforementioned products after they have been chilled in the refrigerator (or a hotel minibar, of course).

A cool cryo complexion

We know the damage the sun can do, but heat has the same effect in that it triggers premature aging. Taking a cool shower after sun exposure is a good idea, as is using Charlotte Tilbury’s excellent Cryo-Recovery Face Mask, which she recommends using over a serum for extra glow. Keep it in the refrigerator – or minibar (the freezer can be too cold for many complexions) – and use it each evening to take the heat of the day out of your skin, which will also benefit from its cooling, firming and sculpting effects.

A silky, scented body cream

A scented body cream is a great multitasker that means you don’t need to pack a scent bottle. Plus, in the heat, a lighter layer of fragrance works so much better than a full-on spritz. If you’re looking for something new to try, Byredo’s Gypsy Water Body Cream is soft, fresh and almost smoky. Alternatively, Sisley’s Moisturizing Perfumed Body Lotion in Eau de Campagne has a wonderful fresh, citrusy, unisex scent. Frédéric Malle’s famous Portrait of a Lady Eau de Parfum also comes in a beautiful Hair and Body Oil – perfect to add scent to bare skin on a tropical evening, with its heady Turkish rose and patchouli fragrance.

A spa bath treatment

Not the most obvious vacation essential but, trust me, it really is. If you already like to add magnesium or Epsom salts to your bath, then adding a few sachets of Pursoma Bath Soaks to your washbag will add a much-needed element of relaxation and recharge to any vacation. The Digital Detox Bath Soak or Moonlit Ritual Bath Soak are both excellent for a little mental calm and physical re-energizing. Mauli Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts, with 13 soothing oils and reviving powdered rose quartz crystals, are also a good choice – and come in individual travel-friendly sachets.

A silk pillowcase

If your hotel is unable to provide you with one, take your own – because nothing is better for dry skin (silk is also amazing for sensitive, sunburnt and breakout skin). Plus, a silk pillowcase leaves hair less frizzy and will certainly feel cool and cosseting on hot, humid nights.