Do You Spend More On Pre-Holiday Beauty Than Your Actual Holiday?

18 July 2012 by

Rihanna holiday Sardinia swim suit

Rihanna tweeted this (enviable) holiday snap

Random beauty fact time: us Brit women spend more money getting beach-ready than on the actual holiday itself! Can you believe it? Err, we can. Goodness, the amount of time we put into holiday prep would blow your mind.

Debenhams released the figures today, which show that we spend an average of £472 on beauty treatments to ensure we're looking our best in a bikini. In comparison, a seven night trip to the Costa Del Sol costs just half of that. Wowza! Also: we want to know which travel agent they're going to.

It's hardly surprising considering all those spray tans, manicures, pedicures, waxes, brow taming... you name it, it’s all adding up. And why the hell not?! There’s nothing better than silky smooth legs, polished toes and glowing skin when you’ve got to strip down, right? So we say treat yourself.

Whilst beauty grooming used to be a last minute rush pre-hols, women are spending a whopping 11 hours (yes that’s the time it takes to fly all the way to Mexico!) to beautify themselves. And we typically prepare ourselves around three weeks before a trip, getting haircuts and massages sorted. Oh, it's music to our ears hearing women are into beautifying as much as us!

Speaking of which, we've totted up our holiday essentials that are a tad more thrifty than blowing 400 quid...


Liz Hambleton, Beauty Director - "My holiday must-have is Dior Bronze Beautify Protective Sun Care SPF15, £23 because it's so light and easy to use. I hate anything to greasy and this one suits my skin perfectly so I always stock up on it at the Debenhams Beauty Hall before I jet off."

Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Beauty Editor - "I am all about skin care on holiday so I always make sure I pack a super high strength serum to repair my skin at the end of the day and right now I am loving Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum, £40. My top tip is to keep it in the hotel minibar fridge so that's its really cold and soothing on my skin after catching a few rays."

Rose Beer, Beauty Writer - "I love sunbathing so make sure I treat my skin at the end of the day with a good night treatment like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, £34.17 because it's so enriching and means I wake up fresh faced."

Angelica Hermon, Beauty Co-ordinator - "I make sure my eyes are fully protected on holiday with a large pair of sunnies and thena  good helping of eye cream both morning and night. Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Eye Cream, £40 is so gentle and sinks in quickly so that's my favourite one to take away. It's also small enough so squeeze into my hand luggage and give my eyes a brightening boost on the plane."

Alice Newbold, Beauty Intern - "I adore the smell of aftersun and always take Garnier Aftersun Lotion, £3.36 with me. It's a purse-friendly purchase and remiinds me of happy holidays away so I go back to it year after year. Plus it's got aloe vera in it too which is the ultimate skin soother."

Chiara Merullo, Beauty Intern - "I love having bright nails on holiday so my beach essential comes in the shape of YSL Le Laque Couture in Rose Futuriste, £18. It's fun for jazzing up tips and toes on a nice sunny beach somewhere."

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