15 Holiday Beauty Disasters And How to Avoid Them

Jayna Patel | 14th July 2015

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We’ve all been there, you’re enjoying your holiday until you have a beauty mishap. Hair starting to turn green from too much time in the pool, accidentally going over the top with fake tan and looking down to find chipped nails are just some of the most common holiday beauty disasters.

Now the beauty experts at Hairtrade.com have revealed 15 holiday beauty mistakes and the best ways to avoid them to help prevent these problems.

From holiday preparation issues, such as streaky self-tanner, to on the beach disasters, these beauty mishaps are all common problems that are easy to solve.

They’ve also shared the solutions to frizzy and dry hair caused by the heat, alongside how to keep your make-up looking fresh.


Laura Meredith of Hairtrade.com said: “In the run up to a holiday, you need to plan so many things, from remembering passports to buying a new bikini. It’s easy to forget about holiday beauty until it’s too late.

“From choosing the right SPF to figuring out how to self-tan, there are a lot of different things to consider.

“We’ve shared our beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling good while you’re away.”

Here are some common holiday beauty mistakes and solutions.

1.    Patchy SPF application

If you’re rushing out to get the best spot by the pool or are having a midday touch up, it’s easy to miss patches when applying sun cream. The only thing worse than regular sunburn is a silly sunburnt patch.

Solution: Use a spray SPF rather than a lotion to ensure you don’t miss anywhere.


2. Overdoing the fake tan before you go

Before your holiday, it’s tempting to self-tan to avoid looking pasty when you get to the beach. Sometimes, a spray tan can look a little much and you’ll come home looking less tanned than when you left.

Solution: Use a gradual tanner in the run-up to your trip so that you can monitor your tan and avoid going overboard.


3. Skipping moisturiser

Whether it’s because you’re feeling lazy or you substitute moisturiser for sun cream, this is a big no. Air conditioning and hot weather both dry out skin, which isn’t only uncomfortable but also makes sunburn worse!

Solution: Pack a light moisturiser that includes aloe vera and apply before your sun cream each morning.


4. Wearing too much make-up

Being out in the sun can leave make-up looking lackluster and if you pile it on it just gets worse. Too much powder, in particular, can leave your make-up looking cakey.

Solution: Pack a BB cream with SPF in it and waterproof mascara and keep in simple on the beach.


5. Green hair after being in the pool

The water from swimming pools can leave blonde hair with a slight green-hue that most agree isn’t a good look! If you’re spending the week in the pool, this is something you’ll want to combat.

Solution: Bring a UV spray to protect your hair.

6. Dry hair from being in the sea

The sea is a key culprit for leaving your hair dry and dull, since too much salt is bad for your hair. If you find your hair difficult to tame after a day at the beach, you’ll know where we’re coming from!

Solution: Soak your hair with clean water before you go in the sea to create a barrier from seawater and bring along a Tangle Teezer.

7. Burnt scalp

The scalp is easily forgotten when it comes to sun protection and often people are left with an uncomfortable and dry scalp in the heat.

Solution: Wear your hair up or buy a hat to protect your head.

Protection: Hairtrade.com recommend wearing a sun hat or tying your hair up to avoid a sun burnt scalp.

Protection: Hairtrade.com recommend wearing a sun hat or tying your hair up to avoid a sun burnt scalp.

8. The wrong shade of foundation

The more time you spend in the sun, the more tanned you’ll be getting, yet often people forget to switch up their foundation. There’s nothing worse than having a tanned body and a pale face on the final day of your holiday.

Solution: Pick up a foundation in the shade darker before you leave and mix this in with your current shade once it starts looking too light.


9. Make-up wearing off too fast

Warmer weather and time spent near water can cause make-up to fade easier throughout the day, leaving you looking oily and barefaced by the evening.

Solution: Use a primer before applying make-up to make it last longer.


10. Frizzy hair

A change in climate often leads to a change in the way hair acts, and it’s not always for the better. By the end of the holiday, flyaways and frizzy hair aren’t uncommon.

Solution: Use a deep conditioning treatment to keep hair looking smooth and add some to water to spray your hair with for touch ups.


11. Dry, cracked feet

While sandals may look nice, they aren’t the best for your feet. If you’ve spent a bit too long wearing flip flops, you might find the skin on your feet hard and drier than usual.

Solution: Apply a foot cream or rich moisturiser to your feet before bed.


12. Panda eyes from make-up

Even when mascara is ‘supposedly’ waterproof, we still find ourselves with black rings under our eyes on the beach. It’s a nasty surprise and makes looking good a nightmare.

Solution: Try out your waterproof mascara for a full day before you take it to the beach and make sure you opt for ‘waterproof’ over ‘water resistant’. For an even easier option, get your eyelashes tinted before you go away.


13. Streaky self-tanner

If you do choose to tan before your trip, the last thing you want is for it to look unnatural thanks to a streaky patch.

Solution: Exfoliate before fake tanning and use bronzer to blend in areas that aren’t perfect.


14. Tan lines

Getting back to the hotel after a busy day and noticing you’re looking tanned is great, until you change into another top and find that you have terrible tan lines!

Solution: Go for a strapless bikini and move your position often to get an even tan.


15. Chipped nails

There’s nothing more annoying than looking down at your freshly painted nails and finding the colour has chipped away, especially when you’re on holiday and just want to relax.

Solution: Gel nails generally last a lot longer than regular nail polish, so opt for these to keep nails looking good.