I’m meeting a friend for a long weekend soon – abroad, as we used to say. (I grew up in Ireland – when you’re on an island, everywhere else is abroad!). As always, I will take hand luggage and make each clothing item earn its place in my bag.
The same will apply for my make-up. I’ll bring the basics and maybe some glitzy eyeshadow for evenings.
One area that I used to think was non-negotiable when travelling, was skincare. I was the person who decanted all my skincare into those little pots, that look identical when you reach your destination and the labels have rubbed off! I would also bring little miniature samples you get ‘free’ – saved up from throughout the year. I busied myself peeling off sachets from magazine pages, confident these products would be worth their weight in gold, come holiday time.
I would always imagine a holiday being a bit like a spa, full of time to pamper and nourish my skin.
As in so many aspects of my life, the reality was quite different.
Mostly, my skincare regime on holidays consisted of trying to remove sand from places I didn’t even know I had places. My skincare would degenerate into a lick and a promise, as I dashed out of the room to make the most of the sunshine.
I don’t really need to add that sun protection is never up for discussion, do I? Always essential!
My skincare is quite different these days anyway. I’ve changed to cruelty-free products which means I’m much fussier about what I’ll use. I’m lucky in that I’ve never really had problems with my skin so if my skincare changes a little for 2-3 days, I won’t even notice it.
So, I’ve bid farewell to my days of decanting products and hoarding mini samples. Once my skin is cleansed and moisturised, I’m happy.
A bit like my attitude to my clothes and make-up, I don’t want to spend quality time pampering my skin when I could be exploring a city or chatting to my lovely friend. Years of looking after my skin, to a reasonable degree, will not be un-done because of a lighter touch for a few days. If I am concerned at all, a good face mask when I get home does the trick.
(I still decant into a little travel perfume bottle, though – don’t want you to think all the fun has gone!).
Have a great week 😊