I know many of you travel, and cooler climes are always a favourite destination, to escape from our infernal tropical heat and humidity. But how often do you travel somewhere cool, and then find that your skincare isn’t holding up, or that your skin starts to flake and dry out and break out? Worst of all, this happens even after you return home!
Not only is it uncomfortable, your makeup doesn’t look good whether in person or in holiday snaps.
Well, I most recently went on such a holiday.
It was cold and windy, and the humidity was laughably in single digits. I knew my skin would suffer. So I made the necessary preparations, and I can happily report that after a week, the skin on my body was dry and itchy as heck! But the skin on my face was not only comfortable and near perfect, my makeup went on well and looked so natural and amazing too! Yes, I’m preening LOL! 😀
So here’s some tips you should keep in mind when you travel from the hot and humid tropics to a cool, low humidity destination, and the products that helped me.
You will need heavier skincare products
Well, like it or not, this is a fact. When the weather is colder and drier, it takes a toll on our skin. Couple that with windy conditions, and your skin will feel stripped, raw and uncomfortable.
The first thing I did when packing was to pull out some heavier skincare products. Do note that I already use these products even while living here in Malaysia, because they suit my drier skin type. But I knew that the heavier textures will suit the conditions I was going into, and packed accordingly.
Pick Richer moisturizers
My moisturizer of choice for the day was the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Bobbi Brown calls this a primer with moisturizing effects, and targets this for oily skin.
To be honest, I found it slightly odd. It is rich. Oil-free, but rich with shea butter, Vitamins B, C and E and has a thick, lush feeling. I don’t know many oily skinned folk who’d use it.
But in the day for me, it is LUSH! I absolutely love it. It gives my drier skin sufficient moisture, protects my skin like a blanket, and, they’re not kidding about this one, makes an absolutely wonderful primer for foundation, that does not feel like you slapped clingfilm on your skin. I love it! 😀
I did use a substantial amount, employing the 13-dot technique, which ensured that my skin was well protected, well moisturised and well covered with product. It’s no wonder I didn’t suffer LOL
RELATED READING: The 13-dot technique for applying skincare products and moisturizer that was a game-changer for me – READ HERE
I actually mis-read the use of this product, and also used it at night for some of the days that I was there. Oops! 😛 But it felt comfortable, kept my skin calm and soft when layered over the BB Extra Facial Oil, and left my skin looking and feeling supple the next morning.
Pack a facial oil
If your skin can tolerate it, be sure to pack a facial oil. I brought a travel sized Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil. Did you know that Bobbi Brown has a range of travel-sized skincare? They’re sold under the Bobbi Brown 2 Go range, and are so handy!
The Extra Face Oil is light in texture and absorbs quickly, yet delivers on the moisture and keeps my skin feeling supple and comfortable. Very important especially at night, if you have heating on, or even in the day, if you feel your creams need an extra oomph!
Bring a good hydrating serum
Most of my hydrating serums tend to be hyaluronic acid, liquid based products. But here is a hidden gem that I wish more people talked about – the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Nourishing Milk.
Bobbi Brown says that this offers the benefits of a facial oil, but in a lightweight milky formula. They are not kidding. The milky serum is very light, sinks into skin beautifully, and despite the deceptively light texture, makes skin feel hydrated and moisturized and so comfortable.
I use this in Malaysia too, and it just seems to sink in and cushion up everything nicely, so my skin feels soft and plumped and smooth. One of the most underrated products ever!
Bring a good sleeping mask
I brought one by The Herb Farm, which I used inflight and also on one or two nights. Times like this, skip your gel-based sleeping masks. They won’t do much for you. What you need is a good, creamy, moisturizing mask.
The reason I say sleeping mask is this – You will be too tired after your long days out, that you won’t have the energy to do a wash-off mask. So, a sleeping mask is ideal to slap on and fall into bed 😀
Layer products and cushion your skin
Bringing the right products is only the first step. The next step is how you use those products.
I had a good mist in my skincare pouch – one that was more than just mere water. While you can use just pure thermal water mists, my preference lies with something that has a little more – Tatcha, for all its crazy price tag filled this need.
And what you need to do, is to layer your products and your moisture. Yes my friends, we are talking about the ‘Moisture Sandwich’! 😀
RELATED READING: The Moisture Sandwich is a very easy layering technique that truly transforms dry and dehydrated skin – READ HERE
Then, seal it all in with the 13-dot technique for applying moisturizer, to ensure that you have applied sufficient product. The problem, I feel, is that people tend to not use enough product for their skin.
The mist layers help the product to absorb better, and also helps you ‘sandwich’ that layers of hydration in your skin, keeping it more calm and more hydrated.
Drop the foaming cleansers
With the weather already so dry, skip the foaming cleansers that can dry your skin out even more.
Instead, opt for a milk, lotion or cream cleanser if possible. In low humidity, you don’t want your skin to be even more stripped. If you feel that you need your skin to feel cleaner, use an acid toner to refresh and gently exfoliate your skin of the day’s pollution instead.
I picked up a tub of the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go pads, which is perfect for travel, because I don’t have to faff about with liquids. Just wipe and toss.
Pick the right Makeup
When the air is dry and humidity is low and it’s cold, I hate to say this, but thick, long-wearing, matte makeup rarely looks very flattering.
They may look nice in photos, taken from afar, but in person and up close, if you haven’t already prepped your skin very well, you risk it drying your skin out further, settling into lines and enhancing flaky skin. And really, travelling should be about being in the moment, feeling comfortable and looking good in person, not just on camera.
I don’t wear a lot of makeup on holiday, but I wanted something quick to just touch-up and add some colour.
A moisturizing foundation or base makeup
I was so surprised to find out therefore, that the Bobbi Brown Cushion Foundation, which I wasn’t not a big fan of when I first tried it, turned out to work so impressively well in cooler climates!
The coverage was light-medium and just right for me, the texture was more emollient, so felt more comfortable and sat better on my skin overall. I did not set it with powder, and I did not need to.
It looked natural, it did not oil up, and my skin just looked and felt comfortable. I guess I do like it after all! But in cooler weather LOL! It might explain why I was told that it is doing well in Korea and Japan – its perfect for their climate!
RELATED READING: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Foundation – READ HERE
Moisturizing and non-drying lip products
I had bought the Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Color recently, but before I blogged about it, I wanted to put it to the test. Could it protect my lips in low humidity and cooler weather, if I skip the lip balm?
And because I was so confident it could, I did not bring any lip balm!
The answer, if you’re wondering, is yes it can! And let me tell you right now, that I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with the Crushed Liquid Lip Colors! 😀
The texture is that of a thickish balm, and it feels like a balm on lips. But, it has all the pigment and longevity of a lipstick! For me, it lasts so long without slipping off, so it is far better than a tinted lip balm.
The colour is so opaque and they have such a beautiful selection of colours, that I absolutely cannot pick a favourite.
OK I lie, I can LOL! It is Give A Fig – a lipstick I bought purely because of the name, and love because it looks so damn good! 😀
C’est moi! Up on the Great Wall of China, the freezing cold wind blowing in my face and the chilly air. I’m wearing the Bobbi Brown Cushion Foundation and the Crushed Liquid Lip Color in Give A Fig. Not a flaky bit of skin in sight! 😀
My legs and arms however, were a scaly, itchy mess because I’d forgotten to moisturize them. Sigh. 😛
I’m happy to report that since my return, my skin has been normal. It has not become flaky, and I did not break out. I believe that sometimes, post-holiday breakouts can be caused by lack of hydration and moisture to the skin while on holiday. So, keeping your skin well moisturized at all times, is the first step to healthy, happy skin! 🙂
Do you make the same preparations when travelling to cooler climates for holiday?
I hope these tips will help you the next time you travel to somewhere cold and with low humidity, especially in Spring or Autumn (Fall). Your skin will feel more comfortable, it will look better, and your makeup will look correspondingly better too! 😀
This post is brought to you in part by Bobbi Brown Malaysia. All opinions are my own.