And other surprising holiday stats
While the customary, pre-holiday Boots shop might set you back £50 every time (when you swear you didn’t even need much), a new study has found that some of us will spend up to a third of the cost of our holiday budgets on beauty preparation before travel to sunnier climes.
The research discovered that, based on a national average of £661 a person a holiday, four in 10 of us will spend up to £200 on diet, exercise, hair removal, treatments and tanning, all before we have so much as set eyes on a beach.
Perhaps contrary to popular belief, the national survey undertaken by the cosmetic-surgery company Transform also revealed that men are more likely to want to look good for someone else; more than 20 per cent of male participants said so, compared to just 12 per cent of women.
The age group most likely to embark upon a diet or exercise plan before travelling was 25- to 34-year-olds, while the younger subset of 18- to 24-year-olds claimed their main reasoning for undertaking a fitness plan was to look good in photographs.
If you’re looking to trim this budget somewhat, allow us to recommend the following products…
Gillette Venus Snap, £4.99
Waxing is all very well until the bill comes, which is why many are going back to shaving. A recent study by Gillette found that 50 per cent of women said razors were their number-one must-have beauty product for a beach holiday. This travel-size version comes in a case to prevent damage to the blades.
James Read Coconut Melting Tanning Balm, £30
The king of tanning presents his most natural tanning product yet. This melting balm – that deeply nourishes the skin as well as providing a hint of golden colour – allows you to sidestep the vaguely green airport stage of a spray tan.
Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, £20
Chanel’s long-lasting nail varnishes are on the pricier side of reasonable but are still significantly cheaper than a mani-pedi. The formula, which was relaunched last year, will last you a week.