Sunday, 23 August 2015

In Flight Beauty Kit

On an 11 hour flight one can only assume that you could spare an hour for a little skin loving and relaxation. Of course, this is all within the means of the baggage restrictions which actually makes life easier when you're not lugging around clunky bottles. I'm a nervous flyer. Always have been which led me to use that as an excuse to try De Mamiel's Altitude Oil. It has this incredible blend of oils that aid in dispersing tension, anxiety and helping you if you feel under the weather or fatigued. Pine, lavender and eucalyptus are just a few of the many natural ingredients in this little bottle of goodness. I'm going for a dab on the pulse points, temples and just below the nostrils for breathing in during take off and landing. 

Nobody wants to sit on a long haul flight, basking in recycled air and crumbling beneath the early morning's makeup. Unfortunately, the smaller sized Garnier Micellar water is over 100ml so I've gone for this Caudalie one which will do the trick (and don't forget a few Silky Cotton squares). In Transit Camera Close-Up in a nice thick layer becomes a lovely moisturising mask with hyaluronic acid and argan oil. Whilst that's "cooking" and hydrating and plumping my skin, I'll don my favourite Revitalising Eye Strips from DHC. These really help hydrate the under eye area whilst acting as a nice, cooling uplift for tired eyes. I could easily fall asleep in these but I'll probably read my way through five magazines instead.

As we move to an hour before landing, I'll apply a little more Camera Close-Up if needed (the Embryolisse is for my mama) and then open my sachet of Emma Hardie's Protect & Prime SPF 30 so I have a nicely hydrated and prepped skin canvas to work with. We're going super minimal here, a little of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, applied with fingers is effortless and leaves a nice dewy finish with decent coverage. My skin hasn't been the best lately, so my trusted Maybelline Concealer will be needed and then some 8 hour skin protectant followed by a little lip colour. Finally, it's time to prepare for the mosquito fest that will ensue upon arrival to 35 degrees of heat in the late afternoon. Upon looking for better alternatives to the scary insect repellent sprays we used as kids, I discovered Alfresco which is a lovely smelling lotion (if you like natural/herbal scents) which doubles as an insect repellent. Apparently, the concoction of essential oils inside smells vial to these pesky insects but nice to most humans. I'll let you know how that goes...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Morning Moisturising

I'm never one to miss a post evening shower moisturising session but lately I've found that the process of body moisturising works more in my favour in the morning. Having my skin well hydrated and protected from the early hours helps to keep it in better condition by night fall. I've found that I tend to get less patches of dryness, redness and itchiness. Here are a couple of my favourites for various occasions.

The Luxe Oil
I see these as more of an intense and luxurious treatment. One for when my skin is looking dull and feeling worse for wear. My favourite body oil to date is the Aurelia Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil**. A little goes a long way and it has this incredible scent of neroli, lavender, rose and mandarin which really just lifts your senses and gives good morning vibes. I'll apply all over the neck, shoulders, chest and under the arms. Pure Marula Oil** from African Botanics is yet another choice of luxury. Yes, this is a facial oil but it's incredibly light and I love it for the decolletage. With Vitamin C and E, it as great anti-aging properties and is said to help keep skin firm, plumped and healthy.

The Refresher
On those hot sticky mornings I want something light but hydrating and Nourish's Protect Nutri-rich Body Cream* is perfect. It has that zingy and refreshing scent of orange and mandarin which also help to brighten dull skin. This also contains hyaluronic acid and (a new one to me) Chilean Rosa mosqueta oil which is rich in omegas. These all help to replenish the skin's moisture. 

The Skin Saver
Something I've found that works better for me than E45 cream is the Biafine Emulsion. This tube of almost medicinal cream is very light but rich at the same time. It takes some time to work into the skin but it's great for red, itchy and severely dry skin. It has this cooling effect and immediately calms my skin. Great for the morning after shaving as it helps reduce little bumps and take away soreness.

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