Summer is nearly over here in the UK and for many parents like me, the holiday period is coming to an end so we’ll be putting away sun creams and lotions, and instead dusting off those school bags and uniforms. However, if you are still planning a beach holiday in September (and even later in the year), I hope you find this blog post useful. For our beach holiday in sunny Portugal this year, I packed away about four cosmetic bags with lots of different skincare products so this is just a selection of the main items that I find to be essential staples. I’ve divided them into two sections: General summer skincare essentials and Sun care essentials.

General summer skincare essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

PHB Ethical Beauty Skin Restore Gel with Aloe Vera*

A brilliant multi-tasker with the powerful and well-known properties of aloe vera. I’ve used it on minor burns before and during our holidays, it came in handy to help soothe some areas of my skin where I didn’t apply enough suncream. It’s also great for stopping itching from insect bites. Available from LoveLula.

Bentley Organic Hand Sanitiser

Another all-time favourite of mine for going out and about when there’s no access to clean water and to avoid the use of disposable wipes. It doesn’t contain alcohol and doesn’t leave that awful sticky feeling on your hands. Also, it’s made with 90% organic ingredients, including aloe vera. Available from Ethical Superstore.

GK Natural Creations Silky Avocado Shampoo Bar with Rhasoul Clay and Silk*

I’d never heard of, let alone used, a shampoo bar before so I was really excited to try it out – mainly because it could save me some space in the bag instead of a liquid shampoo but also because it seemed to be suitable for my hair type (fine/ oily). Unfortunately though, despite a few tries, it just didn’t live up to my expectations – it made my hair look more oily and left a very sticky residue. Available from LoveLula.

Ogario London Styling Mist for Natural Hold and Volume*

I’m not a big fan of styling products as they tend to weigh my hair down but I do find this mist helps to control frizzy ends so it came in handy on days when my hair needed extra help after swimming in the pool or the ocean. Available from LoveLula.

Eco by Sonya Personal Outdoor Spray*

We didn’t really get to use the spray that much as luckily there weren’t any mosquitoes so I can’t really comment on its efficiency but we did try applying it and it rubs in well and smells really pleasant. Available from LoveLula.

Earth Conscious Natural Vegan Deodorant – Lavender

The most reliable and efficient deodorant I’ve ever tried. I previously wrote about it in my skincare favourites as it stood the test of June’s heatwave here in the UK so I had high expectations for it in the 30+ degree heat in Portugal. It definitely didn’t disappoint! Available from Earth Conscious.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

A must-have for hot days to bring much-needed coolness, especially for the children! I also used it to soothe some redness on my shoulders after sunbathing and even was recommended to use it by a local doctor when Max developed a really bad heat rash on his nappy area (which I actually used it for that purpose before). Thermal water contains more minerals and this one in particular is rich in anti-oxidant Selenium which protects skin cells from damage. Available from Boots.

Sun care essentials

Summer Skincare Essentials

Organii Sun Milk SPF20*

This was our third bottle of this sunscreen as we’ve really enjoyed using it earlier in the summer – we gave one to Max’s nursery and had another one at home. I decided to take another one for me and the hubby to use it while on holiday as wanted to get our boys a different cream for the holidays (see below). I’ve written a full review of this cream here. Available from LoveLula.

Organii After Sun Cream*

It comes free with the Organii Sun Milk mentioned above but can also be purchased separately. I think it’s a great little product with a great ingredients formulation and really helped to soothe a few burnt areas of my skin where I didn’t apply/ reapply sun cream properly (mostly along the edges of my swimsuit). It’s also very cost-effective as it spreads really well so you only need a small amount to apply. A really great little product which could easily be used throughout the year as a body cream. Available from LoveLula.

Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion SPF30 Scent Free*

I wanted to try a different product for the boys so decided to go with this one, and it didn’t disappoint me. It applies fairly well but it needs to be rubbed in for a while, otherwise it can leave a bit of a white cast, which is quite noticeable on my mixed-race boys. I reapplied the cream once or twice on them for 10 days that we were away, and there’s still some cream left so it’s quite economical. Available from LoveLula.

Green People Sun Lotion SPF15 With Tan Accelerator

I bought this lotion just for myself as wanted a product at the start of my holiday to help me build a nice tan. It applies well but it has a slightly thick consistency which dries up quite quickly so overall, it’s not as economical and I ran out of it just over halfway through our 10-day holiday. It’s hard to say whether it helped to accelerate my tan as I have a fairly ‘uneven’ tan (shoulders much browner than legs) but that’s pretty much how my skin tans anyway. Available from LoveLula.

Have you used any of these products? And what skincare products are you planning to take on your summer holiday?

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Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk were sent to me as part of my involvement in the LoveLula Accredited Bloggers Program. Nevertheless, all views expressed in this post are 100% mine and honest. This post also contains some affiliate links.

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