Winter is harsh on your skin and if you are travelling to the mountainous, then skin care regime is required to adapt to the changing seasons. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain will give you some simple travel tips.
Think about travel essentials and how to limit your grooming needs, so that you look pleasing and can enjoy your trip. Travel light. Get yourself a spacious shoulder bag and two small, plastic-lined cases, for your toilet and make-up. Your beauty kit should be such that you can freshen up fast and look attractive and confident during travelling. Searching for a lipstick or comb in a cluttered handbag can really test your patience.
A short hairdo that you can just brush and arrange is good while for long hair, take along a headband and hair clips to keep your hair tidy. Remember to take a scarf along to protect your hair from over-exposure to the sun as well as from wind and dust. You will need it if you are out motoring, boating or even walking by the seaside or hills.
The make-up items and clothes you carry depend on what your trip entails. If you are holidaying in a big city and expect to meet people, you will need a few good clothes and accessories. Take a few in-between outfits. You will also need make-up cosmetics for the night. The lighting at night demands more colour, so include darker shades of lipstick, blush-on, eye-shadow and mascara. A hair-piece can provide instant glamour. Don’t forget to take your perfume, one or two good accessories and a neutral evening purse that goes with your dressy outfits. These will help to add the finishing touches.
If you are on a sightseeing trip or on a vacation by the sea or mountains, the emphasis will be on comfort. Casual wrinkle-free clothes, light shoes and sunglasses are essentials. On a vacation, one probably needs to carry more skin care cosmetics and fewer make-up aids. An anti-tan sunscreen or sun block would be good. The effects of sun exposure are greater by the waterside, or near snow, because water and snow are reflective surfaces. By the sea, avoid sun-exposure between noon and 3 pm. Apply broad spectrum sunscreen when out in the sun, not only on the face but on all exposed areas. Apply the sunscreen 20 minutes before going out. If you are out in the sun for more than an hour, re-apply the sunscreen. Use high SPF of 30 and above for sensitive skin. Apart from sunscreen, you need skin and hair care essentials, like cleanser, moisturiser, leave-on conditioner and hair serum. For your make-up, carry powder compact, eye-pencil, kajal stick and lipsticks which are suitable for day wear. Perhaps a lip gloss will do. By the beach, you need waterproof make-up products with matte finish.
You will also need pressed powder (compact) and powder blush-on. Remember to take a few tissues. If you have oily skin or the weather is hot and humid, pre-moistened tissues are what you need. Carry them in your handbag when you go out. Besides, take a deodorant and talcum powder.
Travelling adds a wonderful dimension to one’s life and personality as it broadens our outlook. Travel is also about refreshing and renewing. There is nothing more enjoyable than getting away from the everyday grind. If you have taken care of your travel needs, all you have to do is enjoy!