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Groomed & ready to GLOW

Arrive at your destination looking and feeling your best for a beautifully low-maintenance holiday. Leah Hardy shares head-to-toe secrets for before, during and after your summer trip

HOLIDAY BEAUTY

Shining hair, gleaming skin, immaculate nails and lustrous lashes… They’re what we’d all like to see in our holiday snaps. But when you have life to fit in before you can even think of packing a swimsuit, arriving at your destination perfectly prepped can seem like a challenge too far.

Don’t panic. A few simple tricks can help you look effortlessly elegant even before the sun, sea and relaxation work their magic to give you that holiday glow. If beauty blips happen while you’re away, we’ve got professional tips to sort them out. And, because the sun, sea and pool can take a toll on your skin and hair, we’ve included some quick tricks to repair and revive when you get home, too.

Some are inexpensive home fixes and some are salon treats – so pick your desired level of polish and head to our one-stop beauty travel shop.

BEFORE YOU GO…

Hair

Hair grows about half an inch a month on average and about 10% faster in summer. So if you’re already seeing roots peeking through, plan ahead and book a fresh colour or pick up a box of your favourite shade now. If you get that poodle look at the first whiff of humidity, you could invest in a pre-holiday keratin treatment to fight the frizz. These infuse your locks with strengthening proteins, making your mane softer, shinier and straighter for up to four months (and they’re formaldehyde free). Kerastraight treatments cost from £160, depending on the salon and the length of your hair (find a salon near you at kerastraight.com). Or use Tresemmé Keratin 7-Day Smooth Heat Activated Treatment, £7.79/120ml, Boots (1), with your straighteners for smoothness that lasts for up to three washes – take it with you to top up halfway through.

Brows

‘See an expert for a tint and shape a few days before your holiday,’ advises Sherille Riley, founder of Nails & Brows and Beauty Edit Mayfair. ‘This will add colour and definition so you can get away without applying pencils.’ For a longer-term solution (and a major investment!), microblading – a type of cosmetic tattooing that uses tiny strokes to imitate individual hairs – could be the answer. But be careful: this is a semi-permanent treatment, so a bad result will only fade gradually. Ask to see previous examples of your therapist’s work or go by personal recommendation. Ensure, too, that the environment is spotlessly clean and the equipment sterile. Karen Betts is one of the UK’s best semi-permanent make-up specialists, who mixes her pigments herself to ensure a perfect match for your skin tone. Microblading with Karen costs £895, karenbetts.com.

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About Healthy Food Guide

We put the record straight on carbs (yes, you can and should eat them if you want to lose weight) - with our expert guide on choosing the right types and making clever swaps. We've also got everything you need for a healthy holiday, from time-saving beauty hacks to help you look and feel great while you're away to a rundown of the healthcare apps to trust. And our easy, light, delicious recipes will help you make the most of those warm summer evenings with friends…