Festival season is here, and we are bursting at the seams for some sun, romantic acoustic serenades and wholesome summer vibes.
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Glastonbury kicks off today and many blessed humans will be there enjoying the air and epic talent and dear goodness, the line up this year is enviable. While the other lot of us will be watching the tv coverage in a cool room surrounded by pop corn and iced tea, those enjoying the experience need to plan in advance to protect their skin.
Prolonged time in the sun, colourful glittery makeup, and limited access to sinks or showers can play havoc with your skin.
Being present within the music vibes and the summer heat can put your usual beauty routine to the wayside, but we share practical ways that promise not to compromise on fun or your beautiful face.
When you're camping for the weekend with limited amenities, you don't have to forgo your usual skincare or break the bank finding expensive solutions. Natural beauty experts from The Organic Pharmacy share their top money-saving tips for keeping your skin glowing and healthy this festival season.
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While the Great British weather might have the other plans, ideally your weekend will be spent under clear skies and dazzling sunshine. If you're fortunate enough to miss the infamous Glastonbury downpours this year (or even if it's cloudy), the first thing you should always pack for your on-the-go skincare is sun protection.
At festivals there tends to be minimal shade, and aside from spending a few hours in the dance tent or catching some shelter under a tree, it's likely that you'll be out in the sun for the whole weekend. It's therefore vital to bring sun cream with high SPF to protect your skin from powerful UV rays. Aim to bring different products for your face and your body, as face sun creams are designed to be less oily and are often a higher SPF. It's recommended to use factor 50 on your face to protect its more delicate skin, and it's even better if you can pair this with a big, floppy hat to bring some movie-star glamour to the festival fields.
Travel Size Bottles You Can Decant Your Best Products In
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Rather than re-buying your whole skincare collection in smaller travel sizes, invest in a set of reusable tubs and bottles that you can decant your standard-size products into. There are plenty of affordable sets online, and they not only save lots of valuable space in your backpack (so you can squeeze in that extra pair of shoes), but they can also prevent the costly mistake of losing or damaging your favourite full-sized products.
If you buy a set of these bottles in 100ml volumes, they're also perfect for hand luggage allowances when jetting off on your next summer holiday. Simply rinse them out once you've used all the product inside and reuse them for going through security at the airport.
Keep it light, simple and hydrated
Long queues for the shower and toilets are an inevitable part of the festival experience, and so completing your usual ten-step cleansing routine might seem like a bit of a long shot. Instead, try to strip your regime back to the absolute basics, opting for one reliable cleanser, moisturiser, and your trusty SPF. This way you're not trekking to the showers with a huge holdall of products.
Similarly, it's best to keep your makeup lighter at festivals, as adding heavy foundation is bound to clog your pores and cause breakouts after a muddy, sweaty weekend dancing in the sun. Tinted moisturisers or BB creams are a great alternative to full coverage foundation, and for any spots or dark circles simply add a touch of concealer wherever needed. As for lip care, opt for a hydrating natural gloss or balm rather than a matte lipstick, so that your lips stay moisturised, hydrated, and plump throughout the day.
Go Green And Biodegradable
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We've all seen the upsetting images of waste and rubbish leftover by festivalgoers, so to avoid contributing to this, try and use eco-friendly products wherever possible. Wipes are admittedly the most convenient way to remove makeup, sweat, and impurities when camping, but be sure to choose biodegradable alternatives as standard varieties are notoriously bad for the environment.
Similarly, investing in a set of reusable cleansing pads is not only a more sustainable option, but this can save you from buying endless packs of cotton pads over the long term too. Simply bring a set of reusable pads in your festival bag to use with your favourite cleanser, rinse them off in the sinks, and take them home to wash with your clothes at the end of the week.
Stay Hydrated With Water And Some More Water
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Aside from sun protection and packing light, moisturising products, it's also important to stay hydrated during a festival like Glastonbury. As well as preventing heatstroke and the dreaded hangover, drinking enough water does wonders for keeping your skin fresh, hydrated, and clear. Aim to drink around two litres a day and bring a reusable bottle with you to fill up at water stations dotted throughout the festival. Some brands even make collapsible bottles which are great for saving space in your burgeoning backpack. Face mists infused with cucumber or aloe vera are also a great way to beat the heat and quench thirsty skin on the go. For an extra money-saving tip you can easily make DIY face mists, by mixing ingredients like green tea, coconut oil, and witch hazel in a small, refillable spray bottle.
"As summer finally rolls around, so does the long-awaited return of festival season. If you're taking to the fields at Glastonbury or any other music festival this year, you may be wondering how to maintain your usual beauty routine when you're camping, covered in glitter, and constantly on the go."
"Sun protection, travel size products, and eco-friendly alternatives are just some of the fundamentals of festival skincare. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your skin healthy, glowing, and nourished without breaking the bank this summer." -Margo Marrone, Co-Founder of The Organic Pharmacy
It's a good question. Knowing where to look for solid product information is one thing but whether it is enough is another. We chat with a skin care expert holding the knowledge and the know-how to guide us through such a dilemma.
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Hell Yeah, beach holiday time !!! we have all been working hard on getting our beach bodies in shape. So that we can strut our stuff down that sandy beach runway or lounge leisurely next to the pool. But to do that we will need just the right array of sexy and fun swimwear. Here is my pick of the hottest must have swimsuits.
Attention grabber, the eye-catching abstract print, laguna bandeau bikini top and classic briefs are perfect for your firts day on the beach or poolside. For extra support and a cleavage boost, is the padded underwire cups, and it also comes with an extra detachable shoulder straps. Cover up after your swim with the bright printed fuschia anjuna maxi dress
Stay true to the seasons trends with the halter nautical embroidered triangle bikini top and briefs The embroidered floral motif adds just a bit of naughty to the nautical stripes. A must for any sun seeking island girl. For added laidback holiday chic pair it with the freya swim sundance cross over dress with its flattering V neckline and cool crochet design. To complete the look accesorize with a straw sun hat with its cute beach shell detail detail.
Love the versatility of the seafolly castaway stripe bandeau maillot because it will look equaly stylish outside the water paired with a maxi skirt or a pair of palazzo pants. With its underwired, moulded cups for added support and the cute ribbon to define the waist. This monocramatic piece is super sexy and chic. For a simple daytime look pair this sexy number with a pair of black chunky sandals and the black lacy Freya Sundance cross over dress.
With a mix of vivid floral and cool crochet trims the frida underwired high neck bikini top and high waist tummy control briefs are perfect for any holiday adventures on the sand and in the water. Keep all your bits and bobs in the multi-colored striped beach bags and your feet comfy in these white and silver sandals from Bon Prix.
Tried and tested these SS17 beauty and essential handbag must-haves, have our seal of approval. Yep! that's right we can't live without any of them.
Fakebake 60 Minutes Tanning Lotion
With the unpredictability of British weather, you never know if you'll be invited to a last-minute summer parties. Unlike traditional fake tans there is no need to tan in advance as this tan develops in an hour, an easy way to keep your tan topped up whatever the weather.
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50
As South Koreans triumph when it comes to sun protection, its only right to turn to them for sun cream. This lightweight cream leaves no sticky greasy residue like traditional sun creams for a lightweight invisible protection from the sun.
There is nothing worse than reaching into your bag on a hot day to find a warm drink. This is no longer a worry with the corkcicletumbler, it keeps your drinks chilled for up to nine hours.
What Skin Needs Balm
Perfect for getting that fresh glowysummer skin, with its skin renewal properties say goodbye to dry sad wintery skin.
Sunshine, yes we all need it but it can be harmful to our skin, if we are not sun-careful. Here is some tips to be sun safe this summer
Go For Water
The summer sun leaves skin oilier, so it is best to ditch those oil based products and go for water based products. As the temperatures goes up so does your internal skin temperatures and can cause water to vaporise from your skin cells, making it thirsty. Thus opt for water based products which will add the needed moisture to your skin.
Do try: Lancôme Hydra Zen Neurocalm Extrême Soothing Moisturising Cream-Gel
Enriched with botanical extracts it provides hydration for up to 12 hours. It helps to restore skin, making it more supple, smooth, soft and radiant. Suitable for all skin types.
The quickest and easiest way is just to keep up your water in-take throughout the day
SPF numbers, I know can often be confusing 20, 30, 50 which one do you pick. Well just because it is a SPF 50, it does not mean that it is more effective. It is not about the number but about how generously you apply it to your skin. So do layer it on tick if you want to avoid sunburn.
Do try: Hawaiian Tropic Protective Sun Lotion SPF 30 with UVA and UVB. Pampers and protects, it has a light and silky feel, contains vitamins C & E and is water resistant.
Remember cover your neck and chest and any skin that is exposed to the sun.
Protect, Protect And Protect
Vitamin C serum is great for protecting skin cells, fighting harmful DNA damage that contributes to aging. Vitamin C also increases the effectiveness of SPF.
Boost your vitamin C intake with fruits such as grapefruit, papaya, tomatoes and goji berries.
Do try: Body shop Vitamin C Instant glow enhancer – revitalizes skin leaving it soft and smooth
Cool It Down
We do get those days when we forget to apply our sunscreen and ends up with sunburn. So if you are having one of those days, natural yoghurt or Aloe Vera gel are wonderful soothers
A Snooze In The Shade
Spending too much time in the sun can bring about brown spot/sun spots, as the sun triggers inflammation which can increase melanin activity resulting in hyper-pigmentation. Although this might not be caused by the sun's rays but the heat our skin feels. So spend some time in the shade to let your body cool down also avoid very hot shower or very hot water when washing your face.