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.”*