Dis­tant beauty

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FROM COP­ING WITH PLANE TRIPS TO DUAL-PUR­POSE COS­MET­ICS, JULI­ETTE WIN­TER SHARES TIPS FOR TRAV­ELLERS.

ith Aus­tralia blessed with a spec­tac­u­lar coast­line, lush rain­forests and rugged bush, it’s no won­der we love ex­plor­ing our vast land­scape. Al­most half of all Aus­tralians aged 14 and over took a short break last year, with ru­ral des­ti­na­tions prov­ing most pop­u­lar among both coun­try and city dwellers. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Roy Mor­gan sur­vey, nearly one in five of us vis­ited a na­tional park or for­est on our coun­try es­cape be­cause we yearn to get back to na­ture. While spend­ing time out­doors is up­lift­ing in it­self, a get­away is also a great op­por­tu­nity to treat your body to a well­ness boost. This could en­com­pass any­thing from an oil-in­fused bath with a scented can­dle to a pro­fes­sional spa treat­ment. “Body and skin treat­ments help us un­wind and re­lease stress,” says Syd­ney-based Emma Hob­son of the In­ter­na­tional Der­mal In­sti­tute and Der­ma­log­ica. “When we im­prove the qual­ity of our skin, we im­prove our con­fi­dence — and feel more able to tackle daily chal­lenges.” Start by learn­ing to pack smart for your trip. First up, a face mist and cleans­ing wipes are essen­tials, whether you’re road trip­ping or jet­set­ting. Me­lanie Grant, a skin spe­cial­ist at the Dou­ble Bay Clinic in Syd­ney, says, “I also opt for dual pur­pose prod­ucts like an ex­fo­li­at­ing cleanser, a tinted mois­turiser with broad-spec­trum sun­screen, and an emol­lient-rich mois­ture balm that I can use as a night cream, an eye treat­ment and a lip balm.” Pack­ing for a week­end can be tricky enough, but last year 5.5 mil­lion Aus­tralians em­barked on a long-haul trip, which throws up a whole bunch of ex­tra beauty haz­ards. “Our body likes a rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity of around 50 to 60 per cent,” Emma says. “But a plane’s en­vi­ron­ment re­sem­bles that of the desert.” Which is why many of us exit the air­port with vary­ing de­grees of dull skin and dry eyes. Most skin­care ex­perts agree that lay­er­ing is the best way to pre­vent de­hy­dra­tion while you’re en route — a hy­drat­ing face mist and serum of­fer an in­stant mois­ture boost — but you’ll need to add ei­ther an oil- or sil­i­cone-based cream to main­tain hy­dra­tion lev­els for longer. “Our hands and nails dry out too,” Emma says. “You can use face serum on your hands as it will pro­tect the nails from split­ting. Then ap­ply a hy­drat­ing hand cream to lock in the mois­ture.” Once you’ve reached your des­ti­na­tion, jump in the tub and re-en­er­gise with a mag­ne­sium salt bath, sug­gests Michelle Reeve, the founder of Queens­land-based spa Waterlily. “And take the op­por­tu­nity dur­ing the soak to re­new a jet-lagged com­plex­ion with a calm­ing masque to pacify dry skin.” That may seem a lot to squeeze into your carry-on but most brands have travel-sized op­tions (or you can al­ways de­cant a lit­tle of what you al­ready use into small plas­tic bot­tles). It’s qual­ity, not quan­tity that counts — in the words of An­toine de Saint-ex­u­pery, au­thor of The Lit­tle Prince, “He who would travel hap­pily must travel light.”*

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