Samantha Organ has searched the globe to find the right beauty product to suit a range of different climates, this is the travellers guide to beauty
We all have a favourite beauty brand we tend to stick to, but when abroad in a different climate, that particular brand may do nothing to encourage a healthy complexion and even skin tone. Your skin’s needs change from season to season, so whilst your skin may be dry in cold conditions, it can become severely dehydrated in hotter temperatures. Here we take a look at a range of the must have beauty products according to the climates of the top five cities in the world – helping your skin to stay healthy and hydrated whatever the weather.
The dark mornings and evenings can certainly take their toll on our appearance as we long for the summer sunshine. But for those of you struggling to find the perfect eye product that not only hydrates but adds that secret sparkle, try the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. Upon application, dark circles and puffiness are immediately diminished due to the hydrating properties of panax ginseng and magnolia extract. They work together to gently energise skin cells, allowing the eyes to pop with a vibrant radiance. With its soothing and creamy texture, apply once in the morning and allow for complete absorption before applying makeup. Tip: remember that the skin around the eye area is extremely delicate, so I recommend only applying half a pea size amount to each eye contour. It’s truly the perfect beauty wakeup call. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – £21.00
Currently in the depths of winter, New York is not being so kind to the skin. Colder conditions see our complexions become uncomfortably dry with a red hue as our skin is constantly trying to adjust to the changing temperatures of the indoor heat and outdoor cold. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find your skin is red, sore and puffy … not exactly supermodel material! The solution? Avoid harsh exfoliating products and try a restoring peeling mask twice a week, which helps to restore the skin to its normal pH balance. Try The Comfort Zone’s Skin Resonance Peeling Mask. Containing Aquaderm™ and sunflower lipids, not only does it strengthen the skin’s capillary network to reduce redness and puffiness, but the skin is left in a much more comfortable condition. Comfort Zone Skin Resonance Peeling Mask – £23.95
My key beauty secret in any hot country? Lip balm with a wonderful scent and high SPF! The skin on our lips is much thinner than that on the face, so it’s most important to keep them thoroughly hydrated and protected against the beating sun. This not only creates the perfect pout, but helps to avoid painful chapping and lip cracks. Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 is a must have for any globe trotter, but particularly for those planning on visiting Hong Kong where summer temperature soars to an average 35°C. This combined with the city’s high levels of humidity and external aggressions (caused by the increasing levels of pollution) means lips quickly dry out. Kiehl’s lip balm contains the soothing and hydrating property of cotton seed oil which allows lips to stay hydrated for longer, meaning no need to constantly reapply. For a more sensuous feel in the cooler evenings, try Kiehl’s Scented Lip Balm #1. With only a small amount of SPF protection, it’s perfect for an evening beauty indulgence. Available in a selection of tropical scents, including mango and vanilla, this beauty balm leaves lips alluringly luscious. Lip Balm SPF 15 – £12.50 | Scented Lip Balm #1 – £9.50
In the city known to have four seasons in one day, it’s important for skin to be hydrated, protected and moisturised all day, every day. The ultimate thirst quenching triple protection beauty product? Guerlain’s Super Aqua Day Triple Shield SPF30. With its water like consistency, this serum is three times more concentrated than that of an ordinary moisturing cream, allowing for optimum hydration and skin comfort. Whilst protecting the skin against Africa’s Mediterranean and unpredictable climate, this super soothing serum locks in moisture throughout the day, whilst the SPF 30 protects against the sun (as well as against wind and rain). Using only a small five pence piece amount, a little goes a long way. A must-have beauty investment. Guerlain Super Aqua Day Triple Shield SPF 30 – £48.00
Having one of the harshest climates known to man, Australian summer temperatures rise to an average of 40°C, creating an unpleasant, hot, and humid atmosphere. As a result, skin often becomes dehydrated rather than dry, meaning it’s depleted of moisture rather than oil. Fortunately for Australia, Gaylia Kristensen, a native and local, took her 20 years of cosmetic experience and founded the Gaylia Kristensen beauty brand – specially formulated to keep the skin healthy and hydrated in such searing conditions. My top product from this luxurious range? Gaylia Kristensen’s Velvet Facial Polish. This luxurious, creamy texture, contains tiny jojoba beads to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, whilst jojoba oil and natural Australian botanicals (including Quangdong and Wild Rosella) hydrate the skin with long-lasting moisture. Whilst this perfecting exfoliator leaves skin feeling cleaner than ever, ensure to only use it twice a week so the skin’s natural oils are not stripped. I recommend then using the Gaylia Kristensen Heaven Hydrating Facial Mist to tone and refresh the complexion. It’s also perfect for a quick hydration spray throughout the day and has a beautiful rosy scent. Gaylia Kristensen Velvet Facial Polish – £53.00. Also available at the Mandarin Oriental, London.