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From taking in the blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan during spring, frolicking in the Mediterranean Sea during summer, taking a stroll in Central Park in autumn to making our way down the powdery ski slopes of St. Moritz, it is an undeniable fact that Singaporeans love to travel. And while we are savvy in maximising our leave for long weekend getaways and comparing online deals to find the best one, packing for winter often comes at a bit of a challenge.

It’s not surprising, considering the fact that we are used to life at the equator. When traveling to the ends of the earth, climate conditions can vary greatly from what we have grown accustomed to. The almost-unbearable heat is replaced by piercing cold wind while severe dry air takes over humidity. Needless to say, most of the beauty products that work well in Singapore will not cut it when you’re braving the Arctic chill for the Northern Lights. Here, eight useful tips to consider when you’re packing for your upcoming winter holiday:


1. Pack a gentle cleanser: Skin inc Pure Prodew Cleansing Foam, $72 for 100ml

Not only is this self-foaming cleanser convenient to use, the light and fluffy foam cocoons skin, effectively cleansing away residual dirt, grime and makeup without stripping skin’s essential moisture. We love that it is infused with amino acids which help hydrate, calm and protect skin against harsh climates.


2. Don’t forget a face peel: Dior Hydra Life Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask, $92 for 50ml

When your skin is exposed to dry and cold air, it is inevitable that it starts to feel rough and look dull. Restore a healthy glow to skin with this super mild face mask. With a refreshing jelly texture, it instantly soothes skin from any itching or tightness upon application. It also contains five botanical extracts that are naturally rich in AHAs to gently lift dead skin cells that have accumulated on skin’s surface. Meanwhile, tiny granules of apricot kernel help buff away impurities and stimulate circulation for a revived radiance. Now, your skin is ready to soak up all the goodness in the subsequent products you apply.


3. Keep some sheet masks on hand: Patchology FlashMasque® Hydrate 5 Minute Sheet Mask, $12 per sheet or $43 for a box of four

Whether it’s to give your skin a quick SOS after a day out in the cold, or to infuse a dose of hydration during a long-haul flight, you can never go wrong with handy sheet masks in your bag. Featuring its exclusive HydraSurge5™ Moisture System, these hydrating masks from Patchology are designed to work in just five minutes by infusing five moisture-retaining ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 into the skin for an instantly plumped and smoothed mien.


4. Quench your skin’s thirst with face mist: Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $15 for 118ml 

If your makeup starts to look flaky, mist this over your skin to relieve tight and uncomfortable skin. It is made with soothing and hydrating ingredients like aloe, rosewater and herbal extracts to help prevent dehydration. We also love that it can be used on your hair to prevent frizz as a result of static buildup.


5. Layer on a face oil: La Mer The Renewal Oil, $400 for 30ml

While your usual cleanse-tone-serum-moisturiser routine might work great for you in tropical Singapore, things can get a little trickier when you’re exposed to cold and arid air. To give your skin that extra boost of nourishment, layer a face oil before your moisturiser. This one from La Mer packs its signature Miracle Broth which supports skin renewal while the dual-phased formula replenishes skin with fatty acids and humectants to rebalance moisture level.


6. Choose a non-irritating formula body cream: Eucerin PH5 Soft Body Cream, $34 for 450ml

More often than not, you might notice that the tap water in foreign countries make your skin feel drier and tighter. Commonly referred to as “hard water”, it basically means there’s a high mineral content. And when these minerals settle on your skin, your skin’s ability to protect and hydrate itself can be affected, which inevitably results in dryness and itching. To alleviate discomfort, slather on a ph-balanced body cream like this one from Eucerin. Lightweight yet hefty enough for adequate moisturisation, it penetrates into skin without any sticky or greasy residue and leaves skin soft and smooth for hours on end.


7. Be conscientious with hand cream: L’Occitane Shea Intense Hand Balm, $48 for 150ml 

Made with 25 per cent shea butter, this richly textured hand balm provides intensive nourishment to parched and chapped hands cuticles. Massage as desired onto hands and into your cuticles to instantly soften and smooth. Despite its thick texture, it melts into skin, forming a lightweight protective film over skin to seal in moisture and relieve severely dry skin from any discomfort—perfect when you’re in a harsh, wintry climate.


8. Carry an all-purpose salve at all times: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free, $41

To prepare for the unexpected, make sure you pop this handy multi-tasking balm into your handbag. Suitable for virtually everything that you are prone to when in sub-zero temperatures, this rich balm forms an occlusive barrier over skin, perfect for chapped lips, flaking skin, dry cuticles, frazzled strands and even on minor wounds.