Holiday skincare essentials - 5 products to pack for your next beach/city break

Having recently returned from our honeymoon to Thailand and Singapore I thought I'd share a few of the beauty essentials I used to look after my skin when on holiday. Knowing that we were going to be in a hot climate and that I'd be wanting to wear minimal make up I wanted to make sure my skin was well hydrated and looking it's absolute best with these 5 products:

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (£47 full size from M&S)
This has been my go to cleanser for the last few years and the balm texture makes it ideal for traveling. It's packed with essential oils and as it washes away with water I love how quick and easy it is to use at the end of the day. The fragrance is really calming and no matter how heavy the pollution or however much sunscreen I've used during the day this always leaves my skin feeling deep cleansed afterwards.

Since introducing this as a twice weekly treatment in my routine I've noticed a huge difference in the texture of my skin so made sure to pack a bottle of this for our honeymoon. The glycolic acid gently exfoliates, sweeping away any dead cells to reveal a more radiant, brighter complexion. Only thing to remember is that a high SPF is a must with this product, especially in a hot sunny climate like Thailand or Singapore.

Another daily essentials - if you're worried about anti-ageing or suffer from dry/dehydrated skin then this moisturiser is good one to pack. It's rich enough to hydrate but without being too heavy for the 35 degrees heat. It makes for a good base under make up too, although next time I think I'll go for the mini travel size rather than taking the full 100ml supersized pot.

After a day of sunshine and chlorine my skin would be in need of some serious pampering which is where the Alpha H oil comes in. Like most oils it can take a while to sink in so I wouldn't recommend using this during the day, but as an overnight treatment the luxurious oil was just what my skin needed. I tend to use about 5-6 drops and by the next morning my skin would always feel more nourished and plumped up, ready for another day in the sun.
Knowing how strong the sun can be in Thailand and Singapore sunscreen was an essential for our trip, and for as long as I can remember Piz Buin has been my go to brand. There's nothing worse than a thick sticky feeling on holiday which is why I always gravitate towards the Ultra Light range. I'd say it's about similar thickness to a light lotion and unless we were going swimming an once daily application of SPF 30 was enough to protect our skin from burning.

Have you tried any of the products above? What are your hot holiday skincare essentials?

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Our honeymoon - highlights from an incredible trip to Thailand and Singapore

Where do I even begin with this post? If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that we've just returned from our amazing 3 week honeymoon in Thailand and Singapore. It was honestly an once in a lifetime trip filled with some incredible memories and experiences. It's been so hard to narrow it down but off the top of my head these are just some of the highlights from our trip:

Admiring the view from the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

That first dose of sunshine and heat
Considering it was still snowing when we left London it was a bit of shock when we stepped outside to 35 degrees heat. It was so nice though and now that we're back I'm seriously missing the sunshine and warmth.

Street food in Bangkok
Would it be wrong to say this was one of the thing I was most excited about pre-holiday? Bangkok is known for it's street food and wherever you go there are stalls selling everything from BBQ skewers and steamed buns to soup noodles and sometimes even a full restaurant menu.

CRU champagne rooftop bar  
Located on the 59th floor this was the highest open air bar that we've been to to date. As darkness fell the views were absolutely stunning and sipping on our cocktails it was the perfect way to celebrate our last night in Bangkok.

Visiting the Grand Palace
Probably the most famous historic site in Bangkok. As a former residence of the King Siam and his royal government the complex was huge and each building beautifully intricate in detail and design. A must visit if you're ever in Bangkok.
The incredible swimming pool at Twin Palms
I mean just look at the photo, need I say more?! The pool literally took my breath away as we walked into the hotel complex. It was great for cooling down during the afternoon and as it was open 24 hours we were able to enjoy a few midnight swims too.

Sunset drinks at The Palm
This was one of the restaurant/bars that was part of our Twin Palms Hotel. It's a short shuttle bus ride away but the bar is located right next to the rocks so you're about as close to the water as you can get. As the sun set there's a gentle sea breeze and it felt truly magical to be enjoying a mojito right next to the Andaman Sea.

Swimming in the sea
Surin beach is probably one of the calmer more family friendly beaches in Phuket and we both loved climbing the rocks and going for a swim the water. Even now as I look through our photos I still can't believe how blue and crystal clear the water was!

Dining on the beach at midnight
After drinks at The Palm we were in need of some food and walking around we found several open air restaurants on the beach. It was honestly such an incredible experience and I'll never forget being able to eat the most delicious Thai food then just running a few meters down the beach for a post dinner dip.

Swimming in the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands
Staying at Marina Bay Sands has been on my bucket list ever since that BBC amazing hotels program and I'm glad to say that it didn't disappoint. As soon as we were checked in we made our way up to the infinity pool - it felt surreal to be there in person looking out to the city and I could have stayed there taking in the view forever.

Exploring Sentosa Island
Because Phuket was so incredible I had a touch of the holiday blues in Singapore so it was lovely to be back in a beach environment again, even if it was all artificial and man made. Our day exploring the island was one of my favourites and seeing in the sunset from a beach bar was just the most romantic and perfect end to our day.

Have you ever been to Thailand or Singapore? What have been some of your recent highlights?

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