12 essential beauty products to pack for a city vacation
Your arsenal of products against pollution and ageing
Pollutants, UV rays and stress – these go hand-in-hand with food tours and shopping in the city. We’re pretty sure you wouldn’t want to bring home a luggage stashed with pretty knick knacks along with a face full of blemishes. Click through for 12 handy products that will have your back no matter how packed your urban-adventure itinerary is.
Exfoliation is key when it comes to external aggressors – sebum and bacteria builds up in pores, which could potentially cause breakouts and dull skin. Apply this watery-gel exfoliator on a dry face and massage for about two minutes to thoroughly remove dead skin cells that you don’t want sitting on your skin.
This is a very gentle oil cleanser that helps to get rid of dirt and grime (from walking in the streets along busy vehicle traffic) while infusing skin with the hydration and vitamins it needs to combat dryness and environmental aggressors.
Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Brightening The Imperial Radiance Mask, $443 for a pack of four sheets.
Whether you choose to use this on your flight journey or in your private hotel room while you’re soaking in the bathtub, this two-part mask is an easy and fuss-free 10-minute remedy for wrinkles, dark spots and dull skin.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Fresh Emulsion Anti-pollution SPF20/PA+++, $49.90.
On top of having to protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays, it is also important to shield your skin against pollution like smoke and dust. This emulsion does both – and contains hydrating properties so that it can be used as your daily moisturiser.
Origins Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-defense SPF20/PA++ Barrier-boosting Eye Cream, $73.
Because the skin at the eye area is so thin and delicate, we need an extra boost and added protection when it comes to skincare. This eye cream helps fend off pollutants and provides the skin with SPF as well to delay the onset of unwanted ageing symptoms like wrinkles and dark spots.
The latest addition to Fresh’s renowned Sugar Lip Treatment collection is a sweet, neutral pink shade that matches any skin tone – and provides all the hydration, nourishment and antioxidants you need for a full day out in the city.
The busy city life calls for a minimalist makeup routine – one that covers imperfections and offers a subtle glow without all that hassle of layering on a full face of makeup. This colour-correcting cream comes in three hues to target different concerns: rose to energise tired skin, apricot to blur the appearance of dark spots and lavender to minimise the look of enlarged pores.
Choose from three different tips for three different eyeliner styles: classic (a pointed felt tip for overall precision), triple edge (to create graphic, wacky lines) or ball point (a round tip you can use to dot over your lid, then trace over for an accurate outline).
John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Repairing Creme Serum, $19.90.
When it comes to your overall appearance, hair plays a very big factor – you’ve got to keep it looking healthy and shiny. External aggressors tend to cause dry and damaged hair to frizz up, which is where this leave-in treatment comes in. Comb evenly through dry or damp hair for silky-smooth tresses all day.
This looks like a cushion foundation, except that it’s not. Instead, it’s a watery formula that helps to mattify skin, set makeup or touch up your look throughout the day, complete with a cooling sensation that refreshes the skin.