During my lengthy break from blogging I spent a week at Kruger Park, my first holiday in over five years. I tried to keep my makeup and skincare packing to a minimum, but some products proved to be a lot more useful than others!
Coming from the seaside I battled quite a bit with dehydration as the air seemed drier and I was also swimming more than once a day. Waking up at 4:30am every second day for game drives meant I didn’t always have the time for a lengthy skincare routine either, so these are my indispensable holiday quick fixes. They might not work as well if you’re doing a 9-5, but they’re bush-holiday perfect.
1. In the mornings I used my REN Rosa Centifolia cleansing water to clean my face and then slapped on a lot of Vitamin E Sink-in Moisture Mask (R155 from the Body Shop) instead of my usual moisturiser. Game drives are the perfect opportunity to leave a hydrating mask on for 2-3 hours… people are looking at the animals, not at your naked face. By the time I got home the mask had fully absorbed and my skin was plumped up, hydrated and ready for the day. I then used Clinique SPF50 Face Cream (R300 from Clinique counters) before applying minimal makeup, and reapplied after every swim. Boy, it’s hot out there.
2. At night the most soothing cleanser for dry, sun-exposed skin I could imagine is Balm Balm Frankincense Cleansing Balm (get it here). It leaves skin feeling nourished and moisturised before you even apply any moisturiser, and is excellent at removing dirt and makeup too. I used a lot of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel (get it here) – it is such a drink of water for thirsty skin and can be used day and night (no SPF) as well as over makeup if dry patches develop during the day. Even with the air conditioner running all night I never woke up with dry skin.
3. Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm is my favourite lip treatment which really helps dry or chapped lips, and together with Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Nail Cream was something I applied regularly throughout the day to banish dryness.
These six products were my go-to remedies while I was away. Hours in the pool and out in the sun might have taken their toll occasionally, but these really helped fight off dehydration, dry hands and feet and flaky lips. If you’re going on a bush holiday I can highly recommend packing some of these gems!