When you’re on vacation, drinking cocktails and lapping up the sun, it’s easy to go a little snap happy so that you can relive every moment once you land back in reality.
According to studies, a fifth of women say they log on to Facebook to see pictures of friends and family on holiday rather than a night out. When it’s our own photos, we are likely to look back at our holiday photos more than anything else.
This could be because one in five say they share more holiday snaps because they look more relaxed than usual and want to show off their tan.
It doesn’t matter whether you are heading out to relax by the pool, hitting the slopes or setting sail on the high seas, looking and feeling your best can be easily achieved.
Start improving your diet once your holiday is booked.
Ditch the sugary snacks and replace them with something a little healthier, such as fresh fruit, and up your intake of water to flush the toxins out of your body.
Don’t skip meals as this will likely make you feel more hungry as the day goes on and it will be even more tempting to make up for all those calories in one go – and then some. Choose foods that are low in calories but high in protein to sustain your energy levels for longer.
A better diet may help you lose weight, but most importantly it will make you look healthier with a clearer complexion and shiny hair. On top of this, your energy levels will be tiptop – perfect if you have booked an action-packed holiday such as skiing or even hopping from city to city while inter-railing.
You are heading to the beach but dread wearing a swimsuit or perhaps you are trying skiing for the first time and don’t want to be wiped out after the first day on the slopes. Working out will help improve your overall fitness and energy levels and will help you look great.
If you are already signed up to the gym but your pass has been long forgotten then it’s time to bring it out of hiding. Sign up for a fun class or start by turning over some laps at the pool to increase your endurance. Not signed up to a gym? Start walking instead of taking the car, take up jogging or go on an invigorating hike to get your heart rate pumping.
Before heading off, treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial to give your skin an extra boost. Head to the salon to freshen up your hairstyle, or pamper your weary hands and feet with a matching manicure and pedicure.
Eyebrows naturally frame your face so they are crucial when it comes to photos. Practice shaping your eyebrows while applying your makeup.
To create shape and bring out the structure of your cheekbones, use some soft contouring. Using a fan-shaped brush and bronzing powder, move it in slow circular movements below the apples of your cheeks and up toward the temples.
Suits and work wear won’t cut it for an exuberant break in the mountains. Think about what type of clothing would be appropriate. For example, skinny jeans and humidity aren’t the best companions. Not sure what to put on the clothing menu? Here are a few ideas:
If your holiday is all about improving performance, then pack essentials such as trainers and plenty of sportswear that can be easily layered. If you are planning to play golf or tennis but your back has recently been put under some strain, then consider trying compression bands. There are a number of companies that provide these with the Tommie Copper Channel showing off some of Tommie Copper’s back collection.
Keep comfortable and stylish by packing a skirt or culottes, stylish flat shoes to keep your feet in check when walking miles through the city and a tote bag to keep all your essentials.
Think of packing for day and night, with a shirt dress being a versatile piece of clothing that will last from dusk until dawn. Team it up with wedges for during the evening, and don’t forget to pack your sun cream and sunglasses.
Whatever your holiday, a renewed sense of health, fitness and wellbeing will make you ready to relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that you will also be looking your absolute best.