A beauty routine that gives your skin some time out

Stress, burning the candle at both ends, pollution... They're all bad news for facial skin, resulting in sallow complexions, drawn features and dullness. Use your summer holiday to recharge your batteries and your face.

A simple beauty routine

This summer, go easy on the creams and war paint, make the most of your gorgeous tan and simplify your beauty routine. Only pop the essentials into your wash bag - a sunscreen with an SPF30 to protect against UV rays, a light moisturiser, a shower oil to rid your skin of sunscreen and salt, an after-sun to moisturise and soothe any sunburn, a blusher to brighten your complexion and a mascara for a fresh, wide-eyed look. And...? Nothing - that's all you'll need. Sometimes less is more - your skin will thank you for it.

A detox face mask

Once you've cleansed your face of make-up, sunscreen and grime, apply a detoxifying face mask to deeply purify your skin. Use a clay and carbon formula during the summer, as it will remove toxins and give you a healthy glow. Apply avoiding the eye area, let it work for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.

A regenerating night cream

Make the most of longer sleeping times by applying a treatment packed with moisturising, regenerating, anti-ageing or anti-wrinkle active ingredients. Your extra time in bed means your skin has longer to soak up their goodness. The skin's metabolism cleans and and regenerates the epidermis when we sleep: night creams work better when the skin's not being exposed to fluctuating temperatures or the effects of stress. A night cream can work wonders on soothed skin in its fight against cellular ageing. It will boost cell renewal so that you wake up looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!