Golden sunshine and soothing sea breezes are just two of the attractions that lure holiday makers back Thailand's islands year after year. But even in such a perfect climate. it's important to rehydrate your skin after a relaxing day of sunbathing.
Blissful tropical temperatures, a refreshing ocean breeze and a fruity cocktail in hand as you bask by your villa’s private pool – all sounds like a perfect afternoon.
However, while you enjoy sunning yourself back to life on holiday in Thailand, it’s still important to nourish your skin and protect it from sun damage so you can continue to make the most of the great outdoors for the duration of your holiday.
Below are a selection of products specially designed to help you achieve a glowing, sun-kissed complexion, while keeping your skin happy and hydrated rather than dried out from too much UV exposure.
If you’re planning on a day of sun bathing, keep your skin hydrated by starting out right with your skincare routine. This means selecting an effective sun lotion that infuses your skin with the moisture it needs throughout the day. Crème de la Mer’s Reparative Body Sun Lotion (SPF30) soaks your skin with moisture as well as protecting it from harmful UV rays. This rich and creamy lotion absorbs quickly, and also helps to prevent the signs of ageing.
All Day Hydration
If you’re out and about exploring the best of Phuket or Koh Samui's attractions, it’s easy for your skin to feel a little dried out by constant switching between the air-conditioned interiors of shops and restaurants and the tropical heat outdoors. To combat that dry, tight feeling, pop a bottle of Tata Harper’s lightweight moisturising mist into your day bag. This magical mist contains bioidentical hyaluronic acid and natural humectants to boost your skin’s natural hydration, leaving your face feeling plumped up and fresh on the go.
Despite layers of creamy sun tan lotion, your skin can still feel tired, dull and dehydrated by the time you go to bed. You can perk up your complexion by nourishing it with an overnight resurfacing serum such as Dr Brandt. The “glow serum” uses an active retinol complex to rejuvenate tired skin and soften the appearance of dryness. Simply massage the serum into your skin before bed and look forward to waking up with an energized summer glow, all thanks to stimulation of your skin cell production.
Island Hopper’s Skin Remedy
Whether you are discovering the gems of Krabi and Phang Nga or the Angthong archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand, island-hopping is without doubt one of the delights of an island vacation in Southern Thailand. If you don’t want to lug around your entire collection of skincare products, be sure to pick up a One Love Organics Essentials travel kit. This handy kit contains miniature versions of everything you need, including foaming facial cleanser, facial scrub and best of all, Skin Saviour Waterless Beauty Balm to condition skin dried out by the sun and sea breeze.
Despite covering up with careful applications of sun cream and even your favourite sun hat, it's still easy to get caught out by sun burn. Éminence Aloe Mint Hydrating Cream Gel is the perfect product to calm raw, sunburnt skin. This cooling aloe vera and peppermint infused gel soaks into your skin to detoxify the burn, and its marigold oil and Coenzyme Q10 and Alpha Lipoic Avid helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Pop the bottle into the fridge for half an hour before application to enjoy a cool and refreshing tingle as you massage the gel into your skin.