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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