When it comes to holiday beauty, skincare largely remains front and centre of our packing priorities. We bring along multiple sheet masks for the flight, countless serums to replenish moisture reserves post-sun, and a face mist to keep firmly planted next to us in the sand for hourly cooldowns.
But despite covering way more skin that our faces, our bodies go a little neglected. Yes, of course, we pack suncream to keep us from frazzling, but upping the ante on our body skincare regimen could have countless benefits too, not least extending the lifespan of that glow we're about to acquire.
With that in mind, we've pulled together a rundown of the non-negotiable holiday body products that travel with us to every beach holiday, from the sun creams I know I can depend on to the skin highlighters that make limbs gleam.
If you travel with nothing else, make sure you have an adequate stock of SPF in your suitcase to last your entire trip. Ideally, you'd apply handfuls on each limb and reapply every couple of hours, so bear that in mind when shopping for sun cream, and don't venture below factor 30, to make sure you're giving your skin ample protection. These formulas won't leave limbs ashy, nor will they drip off after a few minutes in the sun.
When things get really hot poolside, you'll know there's nothing more refreshing than a dip in the water. But this SPF provides a similar refreshment without having to put down your book. It contains 40% Vichy mineral-rich water, as well as hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin as it protects.
Shiseido's SPF is as sturdy as they come. Not only will it cope with a paddle in the sea and a little sweat, but this moisture actually reminds the formula to work harder, meaning protection isn't compromised.
With antioxidants and vitamin E, Ultrasun's cream has just as much skin technology as your favourite serum.
The after-sun remedies
Of course, limiting your sun exposure is the only way to stay safe in the sun, but if you do catch a few too many rays, make sure you have a cooling remedy at hand. There's nothing fun about sleeping on sunburn.
Mist on this calming aloe-infused water while enjoying sundowners for heavenly relief from the tingle of sun exposure. It's only 60 millilitres, so ideal if you've only packed a carry-on and if your hotel room has a fridge, keep it in there—you'll want the extra cooling effect, believe us.
More of a gel consistency, Susanne Kaufmann's formula again utilises aloe vera to settle inflamed skin. It's also super hydrating, so you can skip body lotion if you can't be bothered.
It's fairly pricey, but when you're on holiday, you want the lap of luxury, right? So hydrating, it will improve the look of your tan, too.
The shower treats
Don't fancy depending on the hotel amenities? Pack a fancy shower gel and pretend you're at a swanky spa resort, even if the reality is quite the opposite.
Just like your favourite holiday perfume, This Works' shower gel will lift the spirit, thanks to its blend of geranium, ylang-ylang and rosemary.
Laura Mercier's shower gel leaves skin smelling like a piña colada, in a good way.
With the consistency of a shaving foam, this fluffy mousse melts down to a milk that doesn't strip the skin.
The body oils
There's little excuse not to thoroughly hydrate skin on holiday, what with all that extra time at your disposal. A body oil won't just replenish lots hydration post-sun, but it'll also make your tan look even better.
Hopefully you'll have little to be stressed about, given the fact you're on holiday after all, but Elemis's oil blends rosewood, geranium and chamomile to not only nourish the skin but massage the mind too.
Byrdie's deputy editor, Shannon, gets through handfuls of this stuff every single day. That's how brilliant it is at lacing skin with a glossy sheen and keeping skin from going flaky or dry.
If you're not a fan of that über-oiled-up sensation, look for a dry oil like Nuxe's. Lighter than most, it settles in quickly whilst still giving shins that dreamy sheen.
The skin finishers
Okay, so your skin has never looked better—but why not amp it up even more? The latest raft of highlighters and bronzers for the body will give limbs and collarbones that elusive glow.
Swipe this buttery stick across the front of limbs for a flash of gloss and hydration.
Just as mega a highlighter as you'd expect from Rihanna, this formula has extra shimmer and looks great buffed into the décolletage.
Like a strobe cream for the body, Charlotte Tilbury's body serum contains caffeine, which will wick away any post-flight puffiness as well as allantoin to comfort stressed skin and it has a subtle pearlescent finish.
Really, what more could you need on your trip? Other than a good sun hat, that is.