BEST FACE FOR­WARD

Fa­cial­ist to the stars and founder of her epony­mous skin­care line LINDA MERED­ITH on the im­por­tance of a good night’s sleep and a sur­pris­ing trip to Jor­dan

Condé Nast Traveller Middle East - - Tastemaker -

Which of your prod­ucts would you rec­om­mend for sun-beaten hol­i­day skin? There are three prod­ucts that I would say are musthaves. First, my Cream Cleanser con­tains lots of fruit oils, which is very sooth­ing to the skin. Through­out the day you’ll also want to hy­drate skin, but nor­mal wa­ter sprays ac­tu­ally de-hy­drate, so the Hy­drat­ing Mist lo­tion is ex­cel­lent to top off mois­ture lev­els. And the Ama­zon balm will not only heal with açaí and andiroba berries, but also re­store your skin’s mois­ture bar­rier with vi­ta­min C.

What do you al­ways pack in your carry-on? I’m not re­ally a gadget per­son, so it would be a book – es­pe­cially as I have lit­tle time to read when I’m at home in Lon­don. I like read­ing bi­ogra­phies. James Comey’s A Higher Loy­alty was a re­cent read.

What are long-haul flight essen­tials? My travel essen­tials are my V-Tox cream, which res­tores your skin’s elastin and col­la­gen, and an Oxy­gen Mask – it’s great to plump and smooth the skin af­ter a long flight.

Where was your favourite spa ex­pe­ri­ence? I’ve been to many spas around the world, but an ex­pe­ri­ence that left a big im­pres­sion was at a riad in Morocco. The ther­a­pist – the de­tails are a se­cret I’d rather not let out – came to me and set up a mas­sage couch next to my pri­vate pool. It was fab­u­lous.

Where do you go to re­lax? I have found the best places are the small, quiet ar­eas along the south­ern coast of Italy, such as Posi­tano. It’s not just serene and re­fresh­ing, but the food is also great.

How do you stay fit when trav­el­ling? I’m gen­er­ally work­ing when trav­el­ling, which means I’m on the move all day, men­tally and phys­i­cally – that alone helps keep me fit. But I al­ways think that at the end of the day a good night’s sleep is im­por­tant.

Tell us about a des­ti­na­tion that sur­prised you. It was a sur­pris­ing in­vi­ta­tion that blew me away: Be­ing in­vited to Aqaba by the king and queen of Jor­dan for their 10th wed­ding an­niver­sary in 2003. I’ve had the plea­sure of per­form­ing fa­cials on Queen Ra­nia, who likes to use my range, and the in­vi­ta­tion came per­son­ally from her.

What’s your air­port style? I find that trav­el­ling to­day is prob­a­bly the worst part of get­ting to your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. I usu­ally go for an el­e­gant, ca­sual look, and if board­ing a long-haul I change into a track suit and make sure to re­move my make-up.

Your in­sider tips for some­one vis­it­ing Lon­don, where you’re based? There are some beau­ti­ful river boats that travel along the Thames to Hen­ley, which shows a lovely part of Lon­don. My ad­vice would be to buy a book called The 500 Hid­den Se­crets Of Lon­don – and don’t for­get to chat to your taxi driver, they of­ten have the best tips.

Where is on your bucket list? I’ve trav­elled to count­less des­ti­na­tions around the world, but noth­ing beats walk­ing along a sandy beach as the sun goes down – that’s the place I al­ways de­sire to be. I grew up by the sea­side and that was some­thing I did with my grand­mother at the end of a school day. I would love to do that again – but it’s cru­cial that wher­ever the beach is, it’s in a warm cli­mate.

V-Tox 50mg, AED 850, Serum 30ml, AED 410; both Linda Mered­ith at Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai

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