Once you’ve said your ‘I dos’, then what? There’s a fine line between going back to basics and sporting a gorgeous holiday glow in your photographs. Faye Remedios gets experts to decode your honeymoon beauty essentials
In the midst of wedding planning,packing for a honeymoon sounds overwhelming. But jetting off to that glamorous beach resort orheading to that fabulous party destination calls for more than just a slap of moisturiser and a slick of serum. Here’s what you needto really put your best face forward.
After the wedding, your hair will need some serious TLC, what with all the colouring, treatments and intense styling. “When you are on your honeymoon,it is time to relax and unwind. You are no longer on a stage in front of hundreds of people. Be yourself —let your scalp breatheand use light products like organic and moisturising oils,” says Dr Harshna Bijlani,co-founder and medical head, The Ageless Clinic, Mumbai.
While being outdoors might entail washing your mane daily, avoid harsh cleansers or clarifying shampoos. “Don’t leave for your holiday without a nourishing oil, which will ensure that you have soft, shiny hair and a balanced scalp,” says Marion Blatrix, hair expert, René Furterer.
You must carry a leave-in conditioner, as this acts as a sunscreen for your hair. Whether you’re at a beach destination or cooler climate, leave-in conditioners will protect your hair. “For beaches or places with humid weather, it’s advisable to keep re-applying every four to six hours,” says Shailesh Moolya, national creative director, hair, Lakmé Salons.
It’s all about the base
To get that #nofilter glow, it’s essential you have a great base. Pick a foundation that suits your skin type. “Pick a water-based, matte finish foundation if you have oily skin and a creamier formula for dry skin,” advises dermatologist and cosmetologist Dr Aparna Santhanam. Also, a tinted moisturiser is more hydrating, if you want to skip foundation altogether. “A matte, high-definition, light based primer will make skin appear natural and even-toned in photographs,” says Sushma Khan, national creative director, makeup, Lakmé Salons. Sonic Sarwate, global senior artist, M•A•C Cosmetics, India, advises an illuminator to create that lit-from-within glow, and to get rid of blotchy skin. Under-eye concealer works by lightening dark circles or pigmentation, instantly giving eyes a lifted appearance.
Pick multi-tasking beauties
Traveling light is always a good idea! Try to pick makeup products that do more than one job. “For instance, use your red lipstick as a blush. Pick a smudge proof kohl and liner so that all you need is a single eye pencil. Need we say, whether you are going to the beach or the hills, sun protection is a must. Opt for high SPF, and dab a little compact or loose powder for a matte finish,” says Neeti Korpal, product expert, Plum.
Sport a rosy glow
“Another way to perk up your skin is with a cream blush or bronzer. Choose two shades of blush—one that’s the shade of your cheeks when they’re naturally flushed, and one that’s brighter for a pop of colour. Smile and use a blush brush to dust colour on the apples of your cheeks, blending up towards the hairline, then downwards to soften colour,” advises Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Keeping your skin flawless is probably the hardest thing to do on your honeymoon, especially since your skin will need time to recover from the overload of makeup during the wedding. What’s key here is removing your makeup at the end of the day, no matter how tired you are. “For your eyes, use a makeup remover specially formulated for the eye area and a different one for the rest of your face and body. If you don’t have a makeup remover, in an emergency, you can use petroleum jelly. After removing makeup, cleanse your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry with a soft towel,” says Dr Santhanam.
Try a transforming face mask
To help speed up the recovery process, Abhilasha Singh, business and creative head, Biguine Make Up, India, suggests using a cooling aloevera mask once in two days, along with a mild exfoliator pack on your face and neck. Follow this up with an antistress serum. “If you have a little more time or can afford at least 20 minutes of alone-time, then using a clay mask is a fool-proof way of getting rid of dull skin. This will give you that ‘just married’ glow,” says Neeti.
To get your skin looking great right at the start of your holiday, begin your routine on the plane itself. “Buy travel-size versions of skin cleansers, moisturisers, lotions and exfoliants, and pack them in your carry-on bag. Re-applying on the plane will allow your skin to stay hydrated,” says Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon.
Be good to your sole
“Exfoliate and moisturise your feet every night while on vacation. Sightseeing or walking barefoot on the beach will wreak havoc on them. Bring a foot file and use it on your soles and heels while showering. Follow up with a moisturising foot cream,” adds Dr Goel.
“On your honeymoon, it is imperative that you stay energetic, avoid that bloated feeling and remain happy. Considering this, it is of paramount importance to avoid sugar, dairy and white flour,” advises Shonali Sabherwal, celebrity macrobiotic nutritionist. She recommends focusing on grains like brown rice and millets or whole wheat but not bread to give yourself sustained energy. Rotis work well too if you choose Indian cuisine. Make sure you consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, and snack on dry fruits in between meals.
Junk the junk
Junk food and sugary desserts can make you feel lethargic, and cause mood swings. “Carry a good probiotic (available at local chemists) to help you replenish your gut with good bacteria constantly. This will also help you deal with unhealthy foods that make it to your diet while on vacation,” advises Shonali.
“Juices help alkalise your blood and keep bloating at bay. They also help combat foods that cause an acidic
imbalance,” says Shonali. The number one thing that happens after a night of too much fun is dehydration, which shows on your face. “The first thing I do the next morning: drink a large glass of coconut water. It’s amazing how quickly I notice the hydrating boost in my skin,” says Bobbi. Reena Sheth, manager, Taj Salon, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, advises chamomile tea, which can relax your nerves and your digestive tract.