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
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