Editor’s note: My blogging friend Kim Abbate from Working Women Australia is escaping the cold of winter for the tropics. I’m only a teensy bit jealous as I’ll be heading back to Bali in October. If you’ve got a Bali trip on the horizon, you might find this post helpful.
Hi Stylers, I feel really excited to be guest-posting here today – especially considering the topic!
You see, in a few days, I’ll be sitting beside my sister on a flight to Bali after she surprised me with a free holiday! We’re heading away with friends for 10 days of caprioskas, (safe) sun-worshiping and lazy days. Can. Not. Wait.
It’s all very exciting, but there’s been a bit of prep to get my winter body ready for summer. It’s bitterly cold here (just 50kms from the snow) and my feet, arms and legs have not seen the light of day for a few months. They are in desperate need of some TLC before they’re ready for the beach and poolside.
Here’s what I’ve been doing in preparation for some sunlight on my lily-white body (and all on a budget too!):
1. Getting my feet sandal-ready: After being enclosed in boots, tights and ballet flats for so long, my heels really need some love. I’ve been using this Pharmacy Choice Heel Balm (only $10) just before bed, then putting socks on. In the shower, I scrub my heels and the balls of my feet with a Dr Scholl’s scrub and voila! My tootsies are ready for strappy sandals. The Dr Scholl’s bar looks like a cake of soap and I have one in the shower year round. At only a few dollars it’s one of the best bargain beauty tips I’ve discovered. Every chemist I’ve ever looked in sells them, but I haven’t been able to find them online.
2. Giving my face a bit of extra protection before we leave: As much as I adore the sun, my face is generally kept out of it. I try to protect my *cough* ageing skin with little sun exposure, and I’m attempting to give it some extra moisture before hitting the pool. In the last few weeks, I’ve been using my night cream as a day cream. It is much, much thicker and I can feel the difference in my face already. Living close to the extreme winter weather, it’s probably not a bad idea to keep this up throughout the cooler months when I return. My skin tends to dry out over winter going from bitterly cold school drop off (often minus 1 or 2), to the over-compensation of a very warm house or office. I still have an SPF in my BB cream, so I’m not missing out there. Overall, the switch has made a noticeable difference, and I’m hoping it won’t be such a shock to my skin when the humidity envelopes my face.
3. Faking it til I make it: I have to do it – fake tan. I’ve avoided it for most of my life, but last year I discovered Ambre Solaire which is the best one I’ve found for my skin. Although I tan quite easily (due to Hungarian heritage), my skin always starts summer with a translucent glow! This one is really easy to apply, doesn’t leave your hands *gasp* orange and starts out with a slow glow (you can apply more if you want to go darker). I’ve applied the foam twice, and presently have a nice, subtle hue. It will most likely wash off just as the real tan kicks in.
4. Protecting my hair from the sun: Hands up who has curly, boofy, crazy hair – ME! Without my GHD I’m completely and utterly lost. There is absolutely no point in attempting to keep up my daily straightening routine whilst in a humid climate, but I still need to take care of my hair. I’ve been using this hair mask twice a week for the past two weeks as a preventative measure. It gives my hair some extra moisture and will hopefully mean that I don’t resemble Guy Sebastian circa 2009 the moment I step off the plane. Fingers crossed!
5. Stopping my hands from ageing well before their time: One area of sun protection that people often overlook is their hands. It’s something I’m acutely aware of, and I always, ALWAYS use a hand lotion with sun protection in it. I’ve bought an extra tube to take away, and I’ll keep up my regular applications poolside. My hands already look old, and I want to prevent any further sun damage. This Palmers Hand Cream only costs $4 and has an SPF of 15. Bargain!
I’m hoping that these few simple things will help my ‘glow-in-the-dark’ skin blend in nicely once I hit the banana-lounge with my trashy romance novels.
Do you have any other tips you can give me? I still have a couple of days to do them.
Kim Abbate is a work at home mum who blogs at Working Women Australia. Her blog focuses on topics that relate to busy working mums and centres around the topics of: Work, Home, Health & Family. She is the mother of two young children and lives in a small country town called Bright in regional Victoria. She has a passion for empowering women and drinking coffee. Or wine. Generally wine.