Long-distance air travel can be very hard on the skin, with dehydration, temperature changes, lack of sleep and poor diet all taking a toll. And hopping on and off planes and sleeping in a different bed every night can interfere with a beauty regime. Some savvy South African travellers share their tips on how to keep your skin looking fabulous and fresh.
Essential Nikel skincare products to pack
Beauty blogger Siobhan Yeatman of sugarspiceblog2 always packs three must-haves: a great cleanser, a deep moisturiser and baby wipes. “Keep it simple but use good-quality products that will never let you down,” she advises. She loves Nikel’s Cleansing Milk with Immortelle because it’s both nourishing and gentle on the skin – both vital in the dehydrating artificial climate of an aeroplane.
“It doesn’t strip or irritate my skin, so it’s perfect for the harshness of travelling,” she says. She’s also a fan of Nikel’s all-natural Nikelhidris Face Cream, a luxurious moisturiser that’s light enough to be used both day and night. “I just love the beautiful scent from the orange oil,” she says. And the baby wipes? “They’re not only gentle on your skin, but have many other uses when travelling,” Yeatman says.
“I never go on a trip without my Nikel Nikelbalm for my lips,” says beauty and travel influencer Nasiphi Ngcwabe. “It’s great also for dry areas on your body, and travelling is when those elbows might need some extra attention.”
Managing skincare while on the move with Nikel Cosmetics
Give your skin some extra TLC the night before you leave on your trip, to help prepare it to weather the harsh environment in the plane. The night before, gently exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells, allowing your skin to get the most out of your moisturiser. Then use a replenishing mask for deep moisturising and nourishment.
Then, when you’re on your way, take steps to combat the big enemy of skin while travelling: dehydration. For a refreshing, great-smelling boost of moisture, Ngcwabe recommends Nikel’s Alpine Rose Tonic. Alternatively, keep the travel-sized Nikel Evening Primrose Oil in your bag.
“I just a few drops to my moisturiser and it really helps to fight off dryness, inflammation and stress,” says Mirjana Brlečić, the founder of Nikel Cosmetics. And Yeatman reminds us to drink plenty of water to keep skin dehydration at bay.
And, advises Yeatman, travelling isn’t the right time to try out new products. “Stick with what you know and what works for your skin,” she says.
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