All important tips to help maintain your BEAUTY REGIME on the go …
1. The Multitasker: We are dedicated followers of anything with Eight Hour in the title: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist is a powerful blend of antioxidants and superfruits (acai, goji and pomegranate) that, like its iconic sibling, really delivers on its eight-hour promise. With a light fragrance of lemon and rose, it’s as uplifting as it is ultra-fine. Use it over make-up or on the go; it’s 100ml so within your liquid allowance. €25.
2. The Hotel Room Facial: Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel, €75, promises your “best ever skin”. This treatment, to be used over 14 nights, is two-pronged, boosting cell renewal, with natural fruit acid, followed by a smoothing blast of salicylic and glycolic acids. It’s like taking a facialist away with you, but cheaper; just be sure to use SPF each morning. Speaking of which …
3. Defence On The Go: We’re open to anything that makes wearing SPF easier and more appealing, and Garnier Moisture Bomb Protect UV Mist SPF30 (€15.35, 75ml) is pretty nifty – spray on top of make-up at any time for a blast of antioxidants to protect your skin; while not a complete sunscreen, it’s excellent as a top-up if your business travel takes you to sunny locations.
4. The Quintessential: Flora + Fiona Carry On Travel Oil (€25), a blend of pure plant oils made in Ireland by aromatherapist Fiona Hedigan, has antibacterial properties so is the perfect antidote to stuffy plane air. Breathing in lemon, pine and sweet marjoram improves any journey, especially important if you are travelling long-haul. www.floraplusfiona.com.
5. The Instant Glow: not all bronzers are created equal, and we’re relying on two stand-out options at the moment: for great colour, as well as sheer glamour, Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Bronzer in Saffron Sun (€58, limited edition) is a super-glam accessory as much as a skin-warmer. Bareminerals’ new Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer (€30), applied where the sun would naturally hit your face, gives skin a subtle sun-kissed finish. If you don’t have time for a full face of make-up, bronzer will help to freshen your appearance after a long flight.
6. The Hydrator: Skinceuticals antioxidant CE Ferulic is always on my shelf, no matter what else I’m trying out, and their new HA Intensifier has just joined it. We know that hyaluronic acid is one of the best natural moisturisers; less known is that up to 50 per cent of HA breaks down every 24 hours. This serum prevents the breakdown of HA in the skin and boosts its levels in a very short time. I’m seeing a definite difference in my skin, making this a non-negotiable investment, at home and away. €91, www.skinceuticals.co.uk.
7. Before you go: Get your skin in shipshape before you travel. If we were to be photographed bare-faced, we’d head for a facial at The Clinic at Ebano, Balinteer. It might be situated in an unprepossessing office block in a car park, but its Diamond Signature facial (€125), using the Greek Juliette Armand line (the Diamond Mask is exquisite), leaves skin looking too good to wear make-up. Ebano offer a range of more robust treatments such as micro-needling, Image Skincare peels and Venus Freeze, if you’re that way inclined. Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin 16; www.ebano.ie.
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