“Shorter” days in wintry vacation places aren’t an excuse to skip sunscreen, since you’re likely to be out touring the streets for most part of the day or engaging in a winter sport – fresh snow “almost doubles a person’s UV exposure”, says the The World Health Organisation.
To keep your skin feeling comfortable, opt for a sunscreen that’s slightly more moisturising than usual; mattifying products fit for Singapore’s humidity may make your skin feel tight in drier climates.
Curel UV Protection Milk SPF50, $28.80, available at Watsons stores
One that will work for most skin types is Curel’s UV Protection Milk SPF50. This gentle lotion-type sunscreen helps to reinforce the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss on top of keeping it protected from sun damage. It has a silky texture that absorbs quickly into the skin so your skin doesn’t feel sticky or greasy.
Remember to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day, too. Use a cushion compact or a sunscreen powder to do so without messing up your makeup.
#2 ‘BARRIER CREAM’ OR FACE OIL
Cold winds and indoor heating can take away moisture from the skin, so work on reinforcing your skin’s protective barrier. Look for ingredients like ceramide – which are lipids in the skin that hold cells together and reportedly retain moisture – as well as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, both of which help to add moisture to the skin’s surface.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum, $102 for 60 capsules; Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $143 for 60 capsules, available at all Elizabeth Arden counters
Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum is one that effectively strengthens the skin and balances its moisture levels. It comes in a travel-friendly container that you can easily pop into your bag, too.
Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, $80 for 50ml, available at all Kiehl’s stores
Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is another good option. This one contains a complex of 15 per cent plant-based glycerin and shiso leaf extract that is said to intensively hydrate the skin’s deepest surface layers.
Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $82, available at all Fresh and Sephora stores
Facial oils are also great, especially if you want a fuss-free skincare routine while on holiday – a few drops are all you need to nourish the skin. We love Fresh’s Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, as it’s packed with restorative omega oils and antioxidants which balance the skin and protect it from environmental damage.
#3 FACIAL MISTS
Sometimes, your daily skincare routine is not enough to keep your skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, so it helps to have a facial mist in your travel stash. Facial mists can also function as a skincare essence or a makeup setting spray, so you’re getting three uses out of one product, really.
SK-II Miracle Mid-Day Essence, $89, available at all SK-II counters; First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist, $25, available at Sephora stores
Our favourites include SK-II’s Miracle Mid-Day Essence and First Aid Beauty’s Vitamin Hydrating Mist. Each bottle has about 60ml of product, well under the airport limit of 100ml; take them on the plane, too.
#4 FACIAL MASKS
With early mornings and late nights – not forgetting jet lag if you’re heading far out – it’s usually difficult to avoid dry patches, dull skin and dark eye circles while on holiday.
One easy way to give your skin a quick pick-me-up is to apply a facial mask. There are a variety of affordable sheet masks or individually packed wash-off mask capsules that you can mix and match for your holiday.
For a week-long holiday, take one that helps with light exfoliation, like Innisfree’s Capsule Recipe Pack in Apple Yogurt, and two or three that hydrate and brighten the skin, like Faith in Face’s Black and White Film Star Hydrogel Mask.
Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack in Apple Yogurt, $3, available at all Innisfree stores; Faith in Face Black and White Film Star Hydrogel Mask, $14.50 for a pack of three, available at Watsons stores