Eau Thermale by Avène

Founder Thérèse took a short trip to Corsica, France, where the sun and sea were as warm and relaxing as ever. Needless to say, she grabbed this opportunity to surround herself with the cosmetics she loves. What was in her travel bag? Here she lets us in on her list of summer essentials…

What products do you take with you on holiday?

In the summertime my skin can’t stand having anything on it, so my motto is “less is more”.
When I go to a sunny and warm place like Corsica, I always take my three essential beauty products:

  • Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care: this cream hydrates wonderfully! My skin can breathe and is not oily by the end of the day. It’s the perfect matifying cream to use every day, before applying foundation.
  • Eau Thermale by Avène: this is the perfect pocket-sized product for a day at the beach! It’s a great spray that leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. Thanks to it, my makeup also stays in place no matter the weather.
  • Huile Prodigieuse by Nuxe: I use this oil lavishly all year long. It leaves a great satiny effect and smells great, so I don’t need to apply perfume afterwards.

The heat can be very drying; what is your beauty routine?

When I go to the beach, I apply Clarins Sun Care Oil-Free Lotion Spray and Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating. I protect my hair by wrapping it in a scarf when I’m under the sun too long, and I drink a lot of water and iced tea to survive the heat. As for my face, I use a range of products from Vichy‘s Normaderm line: Unclogging Exfoliating Gel, Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care and Chrono Active Anti-Imperfection Night Care. Of course, I always have Nuxe‘s Huile Prodigieuse at hand to nourish the ends of my hair!

What is your ideal summer beauty look?

I love fashion but when I am on holidays, I just need a pair of denim shorts, a t-shirt (or a scarf worn as a top), sandals and sunglasses! But to be honest, I also have a thing for coloured playsuits…

What are your secret beauty tips and tricks for the holidays?

I always keep my lips hydrated and my skin looking satiny. For a night out, I also love playing with light eye makeup; it looks lovely on my dark skin.

Have you discovered new products to share with us?

I can’t let go of Murad Soothing Skin and Lip Care, which I discovered last month. I’ve also fallen in love with Un Jardin sur le Toit by Hermès, a fragrance which smell deliciously fresh for the summer.

Lastly, what do you love about Corsica?

I’ve been to Corsica before and just adore the atmosphere there. The scenery is magnificent and diverse. I’ve tried canyoning and would recommend it if you’re up for a thrilling experience! I’ve also brought some food back home with me, since I can’t get enough of Corsican specialities: my favourites include wild boar sausage and figatelli terrine… yum!