Are you travelling somewhere cold? You may find that your daily skincare routine here in the hot and humid Singapore may not work well with the wintry weather at your destination country.
Whether you’re visiting top destinations like Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei or London, here are some tips on maintaining healthy skin — and looking good in your photos — while overseas.
1. Cleanse your skin
The most basic step in skincare is to cleanse your skin. Without a clean canvas to start with, no matter what you add afterwards would simply not be as effective. However, owing to the cold and dry weather, make sure your cleanser does not strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture.
My go-to is Sekkisei’s Treatment Cleansing Oil, which doubles as a toner. It not only removes light makeup and moisturises your skin, but it also leaves your skin soft, smooth and refreshed.
2. Prep your skin
Facial toners prepare your skin for the next few steps while removing any leftover impurities on your face. Go for the ones that contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosewater and vitamin E to help your skin fight the cold and dry weather.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
I can’t emphasise enough how crucial this step is. If you’ve been following so far, you’d noticed a key concept: hydration. Although you may turn out fine skipping your moisturiser for a day or two in Singapore, you will find this harder to manage in a cold country. Your usual thin and water-like moisturiser may not work well too.
You will need a rich and thick moisturiser with a cream consistency that doesn’t evaporate quickly in a dry weather. An overnight sleeping mask can be used as a replacement as well.
For even better hydration, you can layer a few drops of face oil under your moisturiser. Consider bringing along a bottle of face mist for some moisturising on the go.
4. Don’t forget sunscreen
Finally, finish off with sunscreen even if it feels like you hardly see the sun during winter. With the ultraviolet rays present as long as there’s sunlight, you cannot afford to skimp on sunscreen.
While I appreciate the old-school sunscreen lotion, I’m into sunscreen sprays recently, which are a lot easier to apply. You can also throw a small can in your bag and give your skin a good spray while travelling.
5. Bring your lip balm on the go
Now that your skin is all taken care of, the final touch is to protect your lips. Using an overnight lip mask will help reduce the occurrence of chapped lips. Top it up with a moisture-rich lip balm, which you can carry with you for re-application when needed.