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SPF and sunlight-defence haircare: your summer beauty travel kitlist sorted

Glow mists, luxe moisturisers and UV haircare — meet your holiday heroes. By Rosie Fitzmaurice

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t’s holiday season, hurrah! And despite the current airport mayhem, perhaps you’ll soon be jetting off to warmer climes to make up for two years of can-we-can’t-we, should-we-shouldn’t-we.

If it’s been a while since you last saw the fierce Mediterranean sun, it’s best to arm yourself with some high-quality sun protection. From the sunlight-defence hair serums to the sunscreens and travel minis that will transport you to Copacabana Beach, we present your holiday beauty bag checklist.

Summer Fridays ShadeDrops Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Summer Fridays ShadeDrops

LA-born brand Summer Fridays, run by beauty influencers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Ireland, is perhaps best known for its Kim Kardashian-adored Jet Lag face mask. It has just brought out its first mineral sunscreen, a milky lightweight serum with a slight tint that’s designed to bring out that natural glow on all complexions. It’s already got beauty editors buzzing with its ingredient powerhouse hitlist, including skin-quenching squalane and argan oil.


Oway Sunlight Serum

Oway Sunlight Serum

Italian biodynamic and carbon-neutral haircare brand Oway has launched its SunWay collection, designed to protect the hair from damage caused by things like UV rays, salt water and chlorine. Products include an After-Sun Hair Mask and Sunlight Serum, a nourishing dry oil for the hair and body which is packed with natural ingredients such as algae and marine carotenoids to counteract damage from oxidative stress.


Bum Bum Jet Set

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Jet Set

Nothing smells like summer like Brazilian-inspired brand Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum cream (a skin-firming body lotion) in Cheirosa ‘62 scent. With notes of pistachio and salted caramel, it smells good enough to eat. The Jet Set pack features a Bum Bum cream, shower gel and hair and body mist in travel-friendly minis, so you’ll smell like a goddess on the go.


UpCircle Mineral Sunscreen SPF 25

UpCircle Mineral Sunscreen

Zero-waste, vegan beauty brand UpCircle (6) has launched its first sunscreen, which it says is its most requested product to date. The broad-spectrum mineral formula is reef safe and has been tested on different skin tones to ensure it leaves no ashy residue behind. Upcycled raspberry seeds hydrate, while non-clogging sunflower oil and lavender oil make this a good option for acne-prone skin.


Saltee Body Active Sun Lotion SPF 30

Saltee Body Active Sun Lotion

For anyone who plans on getting sweaty this summer, Saltee’s UVA and UVB sunscreen contains jojoba and grapeseed oil to soothe weary muscles, while Melinoil stimulates the skin’s natural sun defences.


Naked Sundays Hydrating Glow Mist SPF 50+

Naked Sundays Hydrating Glow Face Mist

Australia’s best-selling SPF brand Naked Sundays has landed in the UK. This clear mist is perfect for topping up your sun protection on the go, and is jam-packed full of skin goodness, including hydrating hyaluronic acid and vitamin C powerhouse kakadu plum.


Avène Intense Protect 50+

Avène Intense Protect 50+

Avène’s ultra-broad-spectrum Intense Protect 50+ for face and body shields the skin against UVB and UVA rays, as well as blue light. It’s perfect for sensitive skin types and can be used on babies and children, while the fragrance-free formula will never sting your eyes. Do also check out the brand’s new range of daily facial SPFs, which incorporate its new high-tech patented organic filter.


Nuxe Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil for Hair

Nuxe Milky Hair Oil

Protect your tresses against UV rays, salt and chlorine this summer with Nuxe’s non-greasy milky oil, which adds shine and a well-needed shot of hydration to coloured lengths. Spritz all over before and after swimming to safeguard locks against the elements.


Dr. David Jack All Day Long SPF 50

Dr. David Jack All Day Long

Dr. David Jack’s recently launched fragrance-free and vegan facial SPF is a great replacement for your daily moisturiser whether you’re holidaying or not. The non-chalky consistency contains UVB and UVA protection, as well as a blue light filter, with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and anti-pollution carrot extract.


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