9 Essential Skincare Products for a European Summer

the best skincare for a European summer holiday

If you’re planning to avoid Winter in Australia to holiday in Europe, these are the 9 essential skincare products you’ll need for a European summer

Europe is experiencing one of the biggest surges in luxury travel seen in over a decade, with more travellers than ever expected to visit throughout the European summer 2023.

Hotel rates in major and popular destinations including cities and coastal areas are currently double, or even more.

So, if you’re travelling to Europe, make sure you have the best skincare products to cope with the drastic change in weather.

These essentials skincare items are key for the best European summer holiday no matter where you are going.

1.     A Dreamy Light Weight Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is one of the most important skincare products you need, no matter the season, as it protects against the harmful sun’s rays. And dealing with sunburnt skin whilst travelling is to be avoided at all costs.

Product: Airyday Mineral Mousse SPF50+ Dreamscreen RRP $46.95

This is a dream sunscreen products. It’s a lightweight skin primer which also acts as a sunscreen for the skin and can be used before makeup application. 

It’s also lightly tinted, making it ideal for travel, to reduce the need for heavy foundation. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C E & F + Blue Light Protection and leaves a lush, velvet-matte finish to the skin.

Whilst on the topic of sunscreen, remember to wear a hat in the day for extra protection against the sun whilst travelling.

2.      A Beautifully Packaged Lightweight Moisturiser:

In warmer weather, your skin will produce more oil, so using a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser designed to hydrate skin without clogging your pores is ideal.

Product: Sunday Riley C.E.O Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Cream RRP $108

This is a lightweight revitalising facial moisturiser which also boosts skin radiance, reduces fine lines, and wrinkles and helps manage pigmentation. 

It has a non-greasy, satin-skin finish making it easy to wear whilst travelling and under makeup. Containing a sodium hyaluronate-powered humectant blend of ingredients, it also helps pull hydration into the skin for long lasting moisturisation.

3.      The Ultimate Hydrating Mist:

Hydrating mist is a must-have for travelling, as it helps to cool and soothe your skin and provides an instant burst of hydration. You can use it before or after applying your makeup, or anytime you need a quick refresh.

Product: Enbacci Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating Essence RRP $69

Formulated using Grape Stem Cell Extracts, aka: vitis vinifera, this hydrating face mist helps to balance and tone skin, whilst providing lasting hydration and can be used either before applying your skincare products, or throughout the day misted over makeup, and doesn’t make makeup run. 

It also contains witch hazel which helps remove impurities and clear pores, making it ideal to use at the end of the day after cleansing as well. 

If weight is an issue for your bag whilst travelling, check out the fabulous new Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating 3-Step System Travel Pack RRP $69.95 which contains a travel sized gel cleanser, rejuvenating essence and facial cream.

4.      A Dual Action Whipped Exfoliating Scrub:

Excess sweat and dirt build-up can lead to clogged pores. A gentle face scrub with natural exfoliants like sugar or salt is best for travel to keep skin clear and smooth.

Product: Goop Beauty Gloop Glow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator RRP $208

This is a dual-action exfoliator designed to brighten skin complexion. 

It has a lovely, whipped texture and is packed with powerful micro-exfoliating minerals such as quartz, garnet, alumina, and silica and includes glycolic to help sweep away dead skin cells and refine the appearance of skin. 

5.      The Best Lip Balm with SPF:

Just like your skin, your lips need protection too. Wearing an SPF lip balm means lips stay soft and lipstick application stay smooth and silky when you go out at night. Many travellers find the only time they need lip balm is in a new location, as the change in temperatures can play havoc on the lips.

Product: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF20 RRP $30

Designed to provide 8-hours of hydration to the lips, this lip balm provides an SPF 20 worth of protection to lips throughout the day to keep them from drying out and getting damaged by any harmful sunrays. 

It has a smooth application and is non sticky, making it easy to wear under tinted balms and lipsticks.

6.      Magic Eye Cream:

Eye creams are so important before, during and after long flights, and even whilst waiting at the airport, as the air conditioning is super dehydrating on the skin.

The delicate skin around the eyes can be easily damaged by the sun’s rays, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. Using an eye cream with antioxidants can help protect this area and prevent premature aging.

Product: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue RRP $80

Formulated with rich mineral and hydrating ingredients like retinol, olive oil, hydrolysed rice protein and squalene, this eye cream will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and has been proven to reduce dark circles under the eye up to 21%.

7.      Natural Facial Cleansing Balm:

Cleansing twice a day as well as after a long day of travel will ensure your skin stays clean and healthy as you keep pores fresh and clear from makeup, dirt, sweat and grime.

Try using a cleansing balm which is more convenient for travel as it lasts longer and suits all skin types, from extra dry, to super oily. 

Product: Augustinus Bader the Cleansing Balm RRP $116

This gentle cleansing balm designed for any skin type has 30 years of research behind its formulation.

It’s cruelty-free, vegan, and even gluten-free, using only the best natural ingredients there is like Avocado oil, Squalane and vitamin E. It leaves no residue behind after use and skin is left feeling soft and supple after cleansing.

8.      Travel Friendly Face Masks:

Face masks are a must for travel, as they are a fast and easy way to quickly detox or boost hydration after a long day of exploring ancient cities, or bathing in the European sun all day. 

Try using a clay mask before bed to keep skin clear and blemish free, and a richly hydrating sheet mask for the morning for an instant moisture boost.

Product: Keihl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque RRP $63

This is a deep pore cleansing mask which uses Aloe Vera to calm skin, and White Amazonian Clay to remove bacteria, toxins and help reduce the size of pores.

Product: Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask RRP $41 each or $158 for a pack of 4 masks

For a deep hydration, this is the sheet mask to travel with. It takes 15-minutes of wearing only to instantly lift and plump the skin, using coconut as its main ingredient to boost the moisture content of the skin by up to 200%.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and eat as healthy a diet as you can healthy to keep your skin looking its best whilst travelling on your fabulous European summer holiday.

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