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The City Retreat Guide to the Perfect Summer Holiday

Guide to the Perfect Summer Holiday

Here’s to the Summer Sunshine and going on holiday and truly relaxing! With the summer holidays well underway, we thought we would share with you our Guide to the Perfect Summer Holiday and the summer essentials everyone needs before and during their holiday!

ELEMIS tan acceleratorELEMIS Tan Accelerator

The first summer essential we highly recommend is the Tan Accelerator from ELEMIS. Use a body brush first before applying the tan accelerator two before you board the plane as this will stimulate your skins natural melanin production. Optimise your natural tanning ability with this pre-tanning lotion containing a blend of Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Tyrosine. Tyrosine is an Amino Acid naturally present in the body and is used by skin cells to form melanin.

This lotion is ideal for use in the summer or before a holiday to moisturise the skin, leaving it soft, supple and in optimum condition to promote a rich and golden suntan.




AlumierMD Sheer Sun Protection

AlumierMD SPF Suncreen for your Face

Whilst on holiday, make sure you take plenty of sunscreen for your face to protect you from harmful UVA and UVB rays! Our last blog was all about making sure you had the correct sun protection and we cannot emphasise this enough! We have some fantastic SPF Suncreen’s from AlumierMD which are SPF 40 and 42. The difference with these being they are physical sunscreens meaning tey offer a powerful protection against both UVA and UVB sun rays.


Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30



ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30

The ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 is a great alternative to the AlumierMD Sunscreen. This clinically proven formulation blends a powerful combination of ingredients, including Padina Pavonica and Ginkgo Biloba, shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 14 days*. This bestselling anti-wrinkle cream has now been formulated with a revolutionary blend of sunscreen to offer superior broad spectrum protection. *Independent user trials results based on 30 people over 4 weeks. 2016



ELEMIS SOS Emergency Cream


ELEMIS SOS Emergency Cream

And for every day use this intensive daily moisturiser has been formulated to soothe sensitive, dry, blemish prone skin while replenishing skin’s hydration balance. An effective formula with Lavender Absolute, Willow, Centella Asiatica and Myrrh, helps protect skin from the effects of environmental stresses whilst balancing and replenishing moisture levels. This is my TOP recommendation for any holiday and you will always find this in my suitcase! It is a life saver!




ELEMIS Instantly Refreshing Gel



ELEMIS Instant Refreshing Gel

This revitalising gel with help revitalise tired and tense muscles, but is also perfect for being in the sunshine for long periods of time as it says what it does on the tin – instantly refreshes. This powerful synergy combines soothing extracts of Arnica, Birch and Witch Hazel, with cooling Camphor and Menthol. This is always in my bag with with the ELEMIS SOS Emergency Cream!






Jane Iredale Purepressed® Base Mineral Foundation RefillJane Iredale Mineral Foundation

This is my go-to make-up for whenever I go on holiday and I won’t go without it. It’s SPF 20 with a sheer, semi matte look and it’s weightless on your skin too! Perfect! There’s lots of different shades available and it’s so kind to your skin, by first of all protecting it with SPC but it’s also vegan and cruelty free. This mineral based foundation gives you maximum sun protection whilst adding colour and enhancing your skin throughout the day.





Bcharmd Pomelo ShawlBcharmd Pomelo and Accessories

Last but not least, don’t forget to keep cool whilst on holiday! We are loving the Pomelo shawl as our go to beach cover up from Bcharmd which is available to purchase in the salon along with a fabulous collection of matching pieces of jewellery!


Have an absolutely wonderful holiday!

Lesley x