First-class beauty: Turn on holiday mode with these brand-new essentials

Wax appointment? Booked. Statement swimwear and party dresses? Secured. Beauty essentials to keep you looking gorgeous from the beach to the bar? Consider this your go-to shopping list for the summer holiday season. Each of these beauty world newcomers, tried and beloved by our editor, are worth checking in a bag for. However, we’ve also included a few travel-sized minis to avoid any hiccups. Trust us when we tell you that you’re going to want all of these ahead of your next out of office. Start your wish list and fill your shopping cart now! 

REN Minful Minis – Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel and Redness Relief Serum 

Bon voyage! Pack lightly with REN’s new travel-sized products. Formulated with beta-glucan, prebiotic oligosaccharides and inulin as well as neroli, the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel serves as the cleanser for those looking for a gentle-yet-powerful face wash. The jelly texture is easy to spread across your skin and just so happens to be capable of removing makeup without the need for rubbing. Looking for something to calm and camouflage inflamed skin while you’re away? The Redness Relief Serum contains white mushroom extract, which reduces redness, irritation and sensitivity. We love that the serum has a milky texture that leaves dry skin feeling relieved with just one application. We’ve never had a product give us visible results so fast. 

R245 and R615 from 

Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant 

Just as many of us have swapped the cow’s milk in our coffee for almond, oat or soy, plant milks are very de rigeur in the skincare world. Following on from the success of the award-winning Daily Microfoliant, Dermalogica’s latest exfoliant powder – the vegan Daily Milkfoliant – features coconut milk and oat bran extracts. The dual exfoliating and skin-soothing product ushers in a more even-toned visage as well as provides a decadent sensorial experience. As the name suggests, it’s designed to be gentle enough for daily use and is suitable for all skin types. You can easily customise how ‘scrubby’ you want the formula to be based on how much water you add. Massage into the skin using circular motions before rinsing thoroughly. 

R299 for 13g or R1,329 for 74g from, Dermalogica Concept Stores, Sorbet salons, Woolworths and ARC Store 

Institut Esthederm Sun Kissed Self-Tanning Face Care 

Shimmery radiance in the summertime is always a good look. So, there’s no better time to equip yourself with the best self-tanner for your face. Channel your inner bronze goddess with the Institut Esthederm Sun Kissed Self-Tanning Face Care – no sunshine required! This self-tanning face cream’s formula has been created specifically to take your face’s wants and needs into account. Not only does it provide a flattering glow, but it also delivers a few skincare benefits thanks to nourishing ingredients (which isn’t something you’ll get from the residue left on your tanning mitt). Better yet: There’s a pampering self-tanning lotion for the body, too. For optimal application, pop a small amount of Vaseline around your hairline. 

R690 from, as well as select Woolworths and Dis-Chem stores

Heliocare 360º Age Active Fluid SPF 50 

No matter where you’re jetting off to, packing a facial sunscreen with a barely-there feeling is essential. We’ve long been fans of Heliocare, and the hits keep coming – the latest being this super-lightweight, water-resistant SPF that works on all skin types. While wearing SPF in the first place is the best defence against signs of ageing, Heliocare went one step further to incorporate a triple anti-ageing complex into their formula. This sunscreen takes the crown – it’s completely non-tacky, perfect for sensitive skin, good at protecting from UVA and UBA rays and contains a tint suited to skin Fitzpatrick I to IV for a subtle-but-noticeable instant glow. Your face has never been so safe. Plus, we love anything that packs a whopping SPF 50! 

R612.38 from select spas, salons and dermatology offices 

Women’secret Intimate Daydream Eau de Parfum 

Top notes, base notes and the prettiest of bottles – we’re such suckers for soleil scents. The latest fragrance from Women’secret is a fruity-floral, but not as you know it. Hyper-feminine while remaining completely modern, the opening offers sunny mandarin orange, blackberry, tangerine and petitgrain. Jasmine, orange blossom and plum blossom come and go quick, before the scent warms down into a haze of musk, cedar, dark chocolate and tonka bean. How heavenly. Brilliantly versatile, it’ll work just as well for date night as it will on a long-haul holiday. And, if one of the requirements for your summer perfume is that it has to be pretty enough to display, you can’t go wrong with the blue-bottled presentation that evokes turquoise waters. 

R599 from Edgars, Foschini and Clicks 

Mario Badescu Brightening Eye Serum 

Dark circles and under-eye bags show evidence of a well-kept skincare routine – or a desperate need for one. If you’re in the latter group, an eye serum is where it’s at. Because appearing well-rested is a start! Mario Badescu is a tried-and-true skincare brand that delivers on its promises: As brightening as it is nourishing, this creamy serum works to hydrate, smooth and depuff your eye area. It calls on powerhouse caffeine to banish under-eye bloat, then moisturises and plumps with squalane, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. With a clean finger, tap one pump of product all around your under eyes, eyelids and up to the brow bone. You can apply the serum up to two times per day and layer with an eye cream for added treatment. 

R525 from 

PRAI Beauty Ageless Eye D-Crease 

Now available in South Africa, one of PRAI Beauty’s best-selling anti-ageing neck creams are sold every 60 seconds across the world. But if you’re simply looking to target fine lines on your delicate eye area, the PRAI Beauty Ageless Eye D-Crease promises to address crow’s feet and sagging skin. Enriched with amino acid chains (also known as peptides) and precious oils, the indulgent cream keeps under-eyes looking supple throughout the day – and then some. These ingredients work alongside line-targeting Matrixyl, Biopeptide EL, Nulastic Silk, vitamin A and PRAI Oil to noticeably illuminate and tighten. Not to mention – PRAI Beauty’s eye cream might be rooted in science, but the avocado and marula oil fragrance makes it a joy to use, too. 

R1,150 from,,, and select Edgars stores 

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream 

It’s no secret that we’re a big fan of Kiehl’s. So, when we heard that the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream had been released, we knew we had to have this nighttime miracle beauty product in our life. The whipped, cloud-like night cream is infused with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as the Kiehl’s botanical blend of seed, plant and flower oils. It feeds your skin hour by hour and includes a mixture of ingredients such as squalane, lavender essential oil and evening primrose oil. Just massage the rich formula into your face and neck before you go to bed. It quickly melts into your skin, leaving it radiant and luminous the next morning. Plus, it smells like lavender, so you’ll be so relaxed, sleep will come easy! 

R780 from and select Edgars stores 

Filorga Sleep & Peel 4.5 

The word ‘peel’ can be scary – we hear you. But phew, there are safe, gentle home versions that have a lower concentration of active ingredients. For lazy and/or busy people, it doesn’t get much simpler than the ultra-effective Filorga Sleep & Peel 4.5. While the numbers might scare you off a little, it’s the formulation that’s the real winner. The complex of hydroxy acids (AHA and BHA) concentrated at an ideal 4.5% is gentle enough to linger on your skin and keep working overnight. It’s a particularly well-tolerated formulation thanks to the addition of brown algae, which soothes the skin. In a nutshell, it helps shrink pores, refine skin texture and boost cell turnover without the redness. Large pores and dead skin cells? We don’t know them. 

R830 from and 

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté 3-in-1 Magic Cream 

Most of us won’t be travelling with our complete skincare collection. So, you’ll want at least one multitasking beauty product to downsize and free up space. We’d reach for NUXE’s Crème Fraîche de Beauté 3-in-1 Magic Cream to weightlessly restore skin moisture and remove makeup with hardly any effort. The crème de la cream, if you will. Spiked with natural-origin active ingredients – vegetable milk, sweet almond oil, red seaweed extract and shea butter – it has a very bouncy texture that feels lightweight and breathable on the skin. What’s more, you can leave a thick layer of the cream on your skin for five minutes and it’ll work to revitalise your complexion – seriously. Whether you’re recovering from jet lag or just lack of sleep, it’s a must. 

R560 from as well as select Woolworths, Foschini and Truworths stores 

Gatineau Hydra Aura Éclat de Soie Sleeping Mask 

The effects of recycled, dehydrating airplane air can leave once-balanced skin feeling tender. Cue this new overnight face mask from Gatineau, also known as our hack for perfect post-flight skin. It contains an impressive blend of delicate and reparative ingredients: Barbary fig extract, velvet seaweed extract, red seaweed extract, alpine skullcap, vitamin E, coconut oil and shea butter. Although most overnight masks mostly work to hydrate, this gel-cream is also formulated to fight fine lines and wrinkles. What we love the most, however, is the pillow-proof texture which absorbs like a dream. Top tip: Gently massage the Gatineau Hydra Aura Éclat de Soie Sleeping Mask in circular motions for skin that feels relaxed and refreshed by morning. 

R710 from select Woolworths, Truworths and Dis-Chem stores 

Lamelle Clarity Clear Mask 

Our face mask obsession just hit new heights. The Lamelle Clarity Clear Mask really doesn’t mess around when it comes to offering instant results! This clay mask combines kaolinite and montmorillonite clays to unclog pores, tighten skin and bring down inflammation. It’s also boosted with zinc to reduce excess oil and keep acne at bay. In short, it’s a true powerhouse for skin that’s playing up – it effortlessly removes grime, blackheads and dead cells, and its texture doesn’t pull even as the mask dries up. For best results, don’t let the mask dry out completely – keep it on for 15 minutes or less and use it once a week. Once you’re converted (you will be), there’s a matching gel cleanser, day cream and night cream waiting for you, too. 

R380 from 

Litchi & Titch Cream Whip Exfoliator 

This summer, cool and clear relaxed skin requires two things – a daily sunscreen and a really good exfoliator. But this becomes way trickier when you have sensitive skin. Enter Litchi & Titch’s Cream Whip Exfoliator to save you from a risky game of trial-and-error. It uses ultra-fine bentonite clay particles to gently dissolve dead skin cells for a mild exfoliation that’s perfectly safe for irritated skin types. Green tea and rosehip support healthy skin barrier function. It’s also natural, vegan, cruelty-free and housed in recyclable packaging. For a bright and dewy glow, we recommend adding this creamy, whipped exfoliator into your routine twice per week. To improve skin texture and fade dark spots, the frequency can be increased if the skin isn’t too irritated. 

R370 from 

INOAR Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner 

If you’re not on the gender-neutral bandwagon yet, allow us to introduce you to the brand that started it all. INOAR’s Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner gives broken hair a little pick-me-up while working to repair those frayed ends, protect against further damage and potentially even encourage new growth. Pumped full of castor oil, the all-star formula makes hair feel softer and silkier because it’s rich in fatty acids. The addition of soy oil, hydrolysed soy protein and oatmeal extract creates a non-stripping lather. With daily use, you can expect your damaged, delicate and over-processed hair to look and feel stronger with an overall more lustrous appearance. We love that the entire line is vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and sulphate-free. 

R385 each from and select salons 

GHD Glide Hot Brush – Champagne Gold 

Holiday hair, don’t care? We hate to say it, but ‘holiday hair’ – including frizzy lengths, flaky scalps, colour fade and brassy blonde – is definitely a thing. But GHD doesn’t want you to leave good hair days at home, even when you’re miles away. Sitting somewhere between a hairbrush and a heated styler, the limited-edition GHD Glide Hot Brush in champagne gold will ensure you have a holiday entirely filled with good hair days. Ionic technology instantly wards off frizz-inducing moisture, while the pearl ceramic coating ensures a snag-free brushing experience for a sleek look. Lastly, whether you’re checking in a bag or simply travelling with a carry-on, because of its sleek design, you can stash the Glide in your luggage with no drama. 

R3,100 from and select salons 

BeauRaze Biodegradable Razor 

Soft, smooth skin shouldn’t hurt the world. If you’ve ever hesitated before buying an eco-friendly disposable razor, this one from The Laser Beautique might just change your mind. You don’t have to sacrifice a good shave – or the way it looks, either. The handle of this sleek razor is made with biodegradable wheat straw instead of plastic. Another cool feature: It has three durable blades for a more cushioned shave. However, the fixed head might make it a little tricky to use on your legs. For a close, comfortable shave sans irritation, make sure to prep your skin with a shaving cream to create slip and stop friction. Each earth-friendly razor comes with three replacement heads, so it’s more affordable than non-degradable single-use razors. 

R25 each, R300 for a pack of 12 or R600 for a pack of 24 from, The Laser Beautique and The Refillery 

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