Traveling in Winter is, for me, a lot harder to pack for than traveling in the warmer months. I never know just how many layers to take, whether to use up valuable suitcase space with my beloved Timberlands, or if I need to invest in actual thermals and not just pack a dozen long sleeved tops from Primark.
But one thing I am confident in packing for those cold weather trips, is my toiletries. I’m not going to ramble on about the necessities, because I think it’s a given that regardless of the weather, you still need your toothbrush and toothpaste, however I am going to tell you about my favourite products to use in these colder months, tried and tested by yours truly….
Now, I could talk about make-up for days, but I am just going to tell you about a couple of my favourite products to use to keep your complexion looking fab throughout the colder months. One thing everyone should be using is a primer, and when the wind is so cold that it feels like your face might fall off, try using the Bourjois Happy Light Serum. This not only has a great moisturising quality, it also leaves your skin perfectly glowy and provides an amazing base for you to apply your foundation and/or concealer.
Lately, I have been loving the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer pen as it gives my under-eyes that extra little highlight to keep me looking fresh and awake all day. I suffer terribly with dry under-eyes in Winter and I love using the Simple Soothing Eye Balm to correct this. I always recommend packing an eye serum or cream as the air is different everywhere you go, and one thing you should always take care of is your eyes! This especially applies to long haul flights; that air conditioning is skin destroying!
So many of us suffer with a red nose in colder climates and one of the best products I have used for this is a green concealer. I tend to just go for whatever brand is cheapest at the time. You of course need to use a decent moisturiser on your face first; a great one for winter is The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, perfect for combating that dull complexion that so many of us have when it is cold out. I would then recommend using the green concealer on any red patches (the green counteracts the redness in the skin, think the colour wheel!) before applying a liquid foundation. Set the area with a translucent powder and you will be good to go. Do not apply the green concealer after foundation; this will not be as effective and halfway through the day, you will be looking like Rudolph on Christmas Eve.
Back to moisturising… If you can afford to splurge on a good moisture mask, I couldn’t recommend Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask enough. This is perfect for if you suffer with very dry skin and it does not need to be used daily to be effective. I’m 99% certain they now do this in a travel size, and I definitely won’t be without one when I head to New York next month. Unfortunately, I am yet to try a drugstore version that I love but if you have any recommendations for our readers, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
If, like me, you really suffer with chapped lips, I urge you to buy a tube of the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser. My cousin first introduced me to this in my early teen years and I’ve sworn by it since; it doesn’t have the best scent, but it works wonders on these cold winter days! If you don’t feel like you need a super intense treatment, try Lush’s Rose Lollipop lip balm; smells delicious and leaves your lips beautifully soft all day long!
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve seen my Auntie Sarah use the Atrixo Enriched Moisturising hand cream, and only in the past couple of years have I discovered how great it is. One tiny amount will last you all day, so this is excellent value. It doesn’t have a strong scent (the reason I can’t use Palmers Cocoa Butter hand cream!) and it leaves the driest and scaliest of hands feeling healthy and soft.
Many people, like myself, opt for city breaks in the colder months, and another hand cream that I would happily recommend to anyone is The Body Shop’s Vitamin E hand and nail treatment. This stuff is great for when you are visiting a big city as Vitamin E works wonders in protecting your skin from the effects of pollution.
Every year as the temperature starts to rapidly fall, I pop into my local Superdrug and pick up a tub of the Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream. I LOVE this stuff. It is thick but absorbs into the skin so quickly, and it is the only body moisturiser I have ever used that has seen my skin through the Winter months with no trouble, no reactions. I would recommend this for everyone, young and old, and if you only have a small luggage allowance, make sure you have room for a tub of this.
Alternatively, if you are after something that will leave you smelling beautiful, The Body Shop have just released their festive scented body butters and oh my Ohio, the Frosted Cranberry body butter is heavenly, and who doesn’t want to smell like Christmas.
I’m not going to talk about my favourite shampoo and conditioner for the colder months as I still don’t think I’ve found my perfect combo yet, however one product I love, not only in winter, but all year round, is the Organix Weightless Hydration Coconut Water. If you dye your hair, this stuff is great. It keeps my hair looking shiny and healthy, even on the dullest of November days (and it’s not too harsh on the bank balance either!)
Lastly, I wanted to share a few little handy tips of things to avoid when it’s below average outside… I am a huge fan of matte and liquid lipsticks, but in Winter, you need to avoid these like the plague if you don’t have a super moisturising lip balm, otherwise your lips will end up looking like a dried prune. Do not use a salt or sugar body scrub; to exfoliate in Winter just use a moisturising shower cream, such as Lush’s Comforter cream (my current favourite), with a loofah; you don’t want to break down the skin’s natural barrier with a scrub, especially when it’s freezing cold outside. Don’t wear make-up on the aeroplane, and if you feel like you have to, keep it to a minimum; your skin will thank you later!
I hope this post will help you when packing your cold weather make-up and toiletry bag, and if you are off on a winter adventure soon, stay safe and happy travels!
Thanks for reading,
Disclaimer: I am in no way a skincare or beauty expert, nor do I claim to be, I just love this stuff.