It’s finally that time of year again, a time when we can unplug for just a little while, leave our busy schedules on hold and just be in the moment, soaking up nature, the beach, the waves crashing against the shore. First and foremost, traveling and making time for even the smallest of getaways is highly beneficial for the soul. It makes you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences and memories. If possible, try to unplug from social media – live for the now and see things through your eyes. The important thing is for you to enjoy yourself and not let your phone get between the gorgeous beach and you.
Of course, apart from the spiritual, beach vacations come with an additional set of health perks, as well. First off, there is the well-deserved dose of vitamin D, which is a natural health booster. More than that, a day spent at the beach helps you sleep better, and swimming in the sea increases your body’s levels of iodine.
Now, in order for your getaway to be everything you imagined it to be, (stress-free included), it is important to be wise and efficient when it comes to the commonly dreaded act of packing. The first tip is… don’t postpone it till the last minute, as this way you are bound to forget something. Secondly, make a checklist and copy all the items that we are about to highlight. By following our list of essentials to the letter, you are guaranteed a great frill-free getaway, unspoiled by the fact that you left something important behind.
Traveling By Plane
Long hours on a plane take a toll on our skin. The moment you board, you can just feel the moisture vanishing from your face. This is why having a great moisturiser in your carry-on is a complete lifesaver.
Also, when you’ve spent hours cooped up in the same position, you will be in dire need to freshen up a little bit. This is when a face wash, a toothpaste and a brush come in really handy. You will feel rejuvenated, refreshed and wide awake. Also, keep a toothbrush container in your travel makeup bag as it will remind you to pack that darn toothbrush you always seem to forget.
If you’re staying in a hotel you’ll probably be all set when it comes to toiletries. However, if generic body washes and shampoos don’t work for you, perhaps you use a specific brand that suits your sensitive skin, be sure to bring your own body wash, shampoo, lotion and razors along. When it comes to shampoo, an even better beauty tool to have in your beauty arsenal is a great dry shampoo; washing and styling your hair takes away precious time you could be spending on something far more fun. That is why this little product is a real lifesaver as it allows you to freshen up and increase volume without wasting precious time.
Skincare is of the utmost importance, and even more so on travels. Your skin goes through quite a change, so a retinol night cream, an SPF day cream, a cleanser and a face mask are absolutely essential. One thing you can leave at home is the exfoliator – the sand does a wondrous job exfoliating our feet, hands, and body. Nothing removes dead skin cells quite like coarse bits of sand does!
Hitting The Beach
Getting your dose of vitamin D is important, but the dangers of sun exposure are never to be taken lightly. Therefore, sunblock is an absolute must, and don’t settle for anything below SPF 30. You want to have fun but you also want to be safe. Of course, don’t forget to swim and get your share of natural iodine and exfoliation.
Keep Makeup To A Minimum
Beach vacations were designed for a no-makeup look. If you do plan on heading out, sightseeing or evening walks and dinners, all you really need is a tinted moisturiser or BB cream (with an SPF, of course), a hint of bronzer or highlighter, a touch of mascara and a lip gloss. You’ll look gorgeous and neither your face nor your suitcase will be overwhelmed with excessive makeup.
Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.
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