Summer is in full swing, and while Mother Nature seems to be frequently forgetting us here in Toronto, I am embracing her sporadic moments of sunshine and warmth. That being said, I am also embracing the ability to pack my bags, hop on a plane, and fly somewhere where the saltwater balances out the effects of humidity on my stubborn frizzy hair. If you’re planning to do the same, here is a list of things you should consider doing to prep for ultimate dose of pleasure.
Waxing has been a staple in beauty routines for centuries, dating as far back as ancient Egypt. The treatment hasn’t changed dramatically, but the purpose behind it has. Gone are the days of waxing for others and here to stay is the era of hair care as self care. No more whispering to your friends about your brazilian as if it’s a dirty secret. Embrace the entirety of your hair routine, not just the parts on your head. So, if you like to go hair-free, but want a low maintenance routine while you’re away, waxing is the way to go. Just a few important notes before you do: book your waxing appointment for two days prior to your trip in order to allow your skin some time to recover before sun exposure and intense moisture. Before and after your appointment ensure that you are exfoliating the area to remove any dead skin and bacteria and prevent ingrown hairs. Last, but not least, enjoy your trip and embrace getting to ditch your razor for a few weeks.
Whether you’re spending a week by the pool or strutting through the streets of a new city, nothing boosts confidence like beautifully polished nails. Elevate any outfit with a fresh coat of colour or a splash of shine, and make this trip one to remember. While there is no harm in a little DIY, to ensure your nails stand up to the wear and tear of water, sun, and sand, getting a salon quality mani-pedi is the way to go. For extra reassurance opt for gel as it is less likely to chip and will outlast any normal polish. And don’t forget to get them done as close to your trip as you can to avoid possible chips or breakage.
Lash and Brow Tint
Lash and brow tinting are the epitome of high-maintenance-low-maintenance, meaning that they require a moment of high maintenance in order to enjoy weeks of ease. Even if you opt out under normal circumstances, a trip is the best reason to treat yourself! If mascara is one of your must haves, or you’re loving the current brow trends, tinting will keep your eyes popping and brows captivating no matter how much time you spend in the pool. While the colour should last you three to four weeks, try to book your appointment close to your getaway for maximum vibrancy. Before you arrive at the salon, ensure there is no makeup or residue of any sort on your hair so that the tint has the ultimate chance to absorb. Enjoy the perfect #nomakeup look each time you emerge from the pool.
Instead of just tossing a bottle of sunscreen in your suitcase last minute, this time, think about what works best for your skin and plans. Today, there are so many options to create a personalized sun care routine, so there is no excuse to do anything otherwise. From oil-free to waterproof, gel to spray, sunscreen and even makeup containing SPF are continuously evolving. If you like to wear a fuller face of makeup, consider a more water-based face sunscreen as opposed to a thick cream. If you need a quick, mess-free option for reapplying on the go, try a solid stick. And of course, no matter what you choose, don’t forget – SPF 30 to 50!
The summer heat is more than welcome after months of Canadian winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s all positive. Sweat, running makeup, and general discomfort are all included in the summer vacation package, but there are options for relief. Face mists and hydrating sprays are a great way to preserve makeup and stay cool. Bring this along with you on your trip and give yourself a spritz anytime you’re feeling less than fabulous.