19/08/2011 12:31 | By Daniel Coughlin, contributor, MSN Shopping

Post-holiday pick-me-ups

Frazzled from that fun-filled fortnight of sunbathing, swimming and partying? You may be working a healthy-looking glow but UV rays, chlorine and boozy nights out can leave you with lacklustre locks and dehydrated skin. Ease your return to the daily grind and boost your back-to-work beauty with this selection of pampering pick-me-ups.


Thalgo Sun-Repair Cream Mask (© Image © Ciao)


Max out your tan
Sun-kissed skin calls for extra-special care, so swap your daily facial moisturiser for Lierac's After-Sun Ultra Anti-Aging High Hydration Face Cream. It's packed with soothing jasmine and cactus fig to help repair UV damage and nourish your beach-baked complexion. Use in conjunction with the After-Sun Prolonged Hydration Repair Body Cream for longer-lasting head-to-toe radiance. If you're suffering the after-effects of too many hours in the sunshine, try Thalgo Sun-Repair Cream Mask for Face and Décolleté. Enriched with macro-algae from the Philippines, vegetable oils and aloe vera, this 2-in-1 product is a real SOS treatment for sunburn.
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Clarins After Sun Moisturiser (© Image © Ciao)

Not bronzed enough? Top up with this Clarins After Sun Moisturiser. It contains cooling watermelon extract to refresh the skin and a subtle self-tanner to boost your glow. One ciao.co.uk review said: "After a couple of days of using it I found that my tan was much deeper and more golden than normal." Rub in sparingly straight after showering for a natural-looking effect.
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PhytoKératine Reparative Shampoo (© Image © Ciao)


Liven up your locks
A couple of weeks on the beach has probably done your tresses no favours. Strong sunshine strips hair of keratin and sea salt draws out moisture. Make a start to repairing the damage by bagging a bottle of PhytoKératine Reparative Shampoo. Its potent ingredients penetrate the hair shaft to rehydrate and strengthen from within.
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Keratin Complex Shine (© Image © Ciao)

After shampooing, slather on Redken's Color Extend After-Sun Mask. Speciallyformulated for coloured hair, this rich conditioning treatment combines mango oil with ceramide to perk up and protect faded, sun-stressed strands. Blow-drying and straighteners may exacerbate the damage, so apply a dab of Keratin Complex Shine just before styling. This keratin-enriched serum helps prevent heat damage and gives hair a lustrous sheen.
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Bliss Softening Socks (© Image © Ciao)


Put your best foot forward
All that sashaying on the sand has probably left you with perfectly exfoliated feet. But sea salt and sun exposure can dry out and stress the skin. Get the softness back by treating your tootsies to this pair of Moisturising Gel Socks. The self-activating gel contains natural oils and vitamin E to hydrate and condition. Simply pop them on for just 20 minutes a day and you'll be walking on air. Bliss Softening Socks also work to force-feed moisture into your skin to help relieve dryness.
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Proto Col Instant Pedicure (© Image © Ciao)

If you're hankering to recreate the natural beach foot scrub, snap up the Proto Col Instant Pedicure. A luxurious blend of marine salts and essential oils, it removes dead skin cells and draws out impurities, leaving skin smooth, fragrant and primed for the daily commute.
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Bathrobics Tranquility Spa Ultimate Relaxation Kit (© Image © Ciao)


Relax and unwind
That hectic first week back can be a shock to the system. De-stress and recreate those super-chilled holiday vibes with Bathrobics Tranquillity Ultimate Relaxation Kit. It includes a CD of tension-busting exercises and yoga breathing techniques, along with aromatherapy salts, scented candles and a comfy bath pillow.
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Home Spa Lights (© Image © Ciao)

If your bathroom's in need of some extra ambiance, add these twinkly floating lights to your post-holiday shopping list to enhance the home spa experience. They emit a soft calming glow, so you can bliss out, forget about work and lose yourself in your holiday memories.
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