Sun protection for your hair – Phyto style

Phyto VeilSo much is written about protecting the skin during the summer months that it’s easy to forget that hair needs a little bit of protection too – particularly if you’re on a beach or spend a lot of time outdoors with the sun beating down on your bonce.

Phyto’s PhytoPlage Protective Sun Veil might sound like device to protect a Medieval princess from the elements but it’s a great product to have in your summer grooming armoury along with a sunscreen, a decent summer fragrance and a foot file for your gnarly trotters, especially since sun can damage hair’s cellular structure leaving it brittle and looking like straw.

Non-greasy, only lightly-fragranced and packing a botanical sunscreen it’s been designed to keep hair in tip-top condition throughout the summer and protect it from the drying effects of saltwater, chlorine and baking heat. So handy is it that I actually wish I still had hair to use it on.

Available from SPACE NK priced £15 for 125ml.

When in Boston….

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Having recently spent five days of a two week holiday in the US in the wonderful city of Boston, it seemed only natural that for that portion of my stay I should have packed this appropriately named urban travel kit from Aesop.

From now on, the wonderful smell of its Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and citrus Rind Concentrate Body Cleanser will remind me of the amazing roof top apartment we rented in the city’s up-and-coming South End district.

The great thing about this set (apart from the fact that everything comes in a handy little case) is that the the sizes are absolutely perfect – so perfect that after my stay I was left with virtually nothing to lug back home. Beyond how wonderful everything  smells, like all Aesop products, the kit looks super-cool too. Which is just as well because, with temperatures in the high 80s, the weather that week was anything but.

For more info go to www.aesop.com

Molton Brown’s Men’s Traveller – don’t leave home without it.

Getting all your grooming gear together for a trip away can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t want to be lugging huge bottles of shampoo, body wash and tubes of moisturiser around. So I’ll make it easy for you – just invest in this travel kit from Molton Brown. It contains seven useful travel essentials (including a dinky version of their legendary re-charge black pepper body wash which is a brilliant for jet-lag) and a useful pocket-sized Cool Buchu eau de toilette spray. Just don’t mistake it for a breath-freshener. As I did.

The Molton Brown Traveller costs £40. For more info go to www.moltonbrown.co.uk

Clinique have travel fatigue licked with their new Daily Revitalizers duo

Along with stress and a lack of sleep travel has to be one of the most draining things for skin. Thankfully, Clinique have come up with this handy ‘Daily Revitalizers’ duo to keep you looking half decent.

Available exclusively at airports and duty free locations, with an RRP of £31.37, it features a Skin Supplies For Men M Lotion (a classic moisturiser) and the latest addition to the Skin Supplies range – the Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel, which features a cooling rollerball delivery system. To buy the pair normally would set you back over £40 so if you spot the set on your travels (literally) then snap one up!