Beauty Routine For Surviving A Scorching Summer Holiday

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Ask anyone here and they’ll agree – India in July is not a good idea! The inspiration for this post comes from my recent battle with unbearable heat and humidity while traveling both down south and up north of the country. This happened twice in the span of two months and I am glad its history! Never again am I underestimating the good’ol Indian summer.

I thought I’ll compile some of my experience and favorites in one post to whoever out there is either braving or planning to survive a similar vacation. Living in a tropical country should have me better prepared for circumstances such as these but I am spoilt by living in that one spot in the country where the weather Gods are forever kind!

Lesson 1 – Skincare Comes First – Protect (SPF) then Repair (Serum)

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On holiday I am usually tempted to go crazy and skip on everything, including washing my face at night – bad idea! In fact its imperative that you focus on skincare more because a change in environment can definitely disturb that skin equilibrium that we are so used to. Two things – Spf and Serum.

Choosing the right Spf I have found is the be all of suncare because if I hate my sunscreen, chances are I am never going to want to wear it let alone reapply. Every year I go through atleast three or four new sunscreens in my quest to find “the one” (This gets reset every summer seriously!) and this summer has been no exception.

I am kind of settled on the Shiseido UV Protector SPF 50+++ this year because it is better suited for extreme humidity. I like it more than my previous favorite, Radical Skin Perfecting Tint because it feels even more lightweight, more matte and less shiny than Radical. With all that sweating I want as little additional shine as possible which the Shiseido sunscreen ensures. Also, the SPF 50 PA+++ works better with the Indian sun and I am at a lower risk of adding more spots on my cheeks. Not to mention how much more easily available this is compared to Radical. So far so good!

For serum, I always ALWAYS travel with my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. A tiny bottle permanently lives in my travel kit and I don’t even have to remember to pack it. This is the perfect all weather serum because it works with dehydration which is the first and foremost problem traveling causes. Texture is light and not greasy and for very humid nights – when oils are a distant memory and moisturisers make me wash my face all over again – I can just wear this on its own and go to sleep in peace!

I stick to my usual cleansers, except keep a safe distance from any thing rich and balmy, and make sure I wash my face properly to remove every little trace of sunscreen. The Tata Harper Purifying and Refreshing Cleanser or any clay based and non foaming gel cleanser works. I always carry a vial of my Shu Uemura Cleansing oil makeup remover because no sunscreen has ever survived that one!

Lesson 2 – Wear as Little Makeup as You Can Get Away With

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Now this is the tricky part. Its 35 degrees+ outside and 100% humidity – my soul is torn between wearing or not wearing makeup! I usually don’t because I hate seeing it all come off in no time on tissues and towels. Also, over the years I have realised that its more important to feel pretty and comfy on holiday than to look it. Who cares what I look like right?

The Estee Lauder Revitalizing CC Cream is a two in one, very hydrating borderline moisturiser and has a bronze-glow tint which is perfect for holidays. On most mornings recently, I have been wearing this CC cream on bare skin and applying my SPF on top. Then I go over with concealer if I am desperate to look PERFECT. There are some days you know?

If its too greasy a day for for EL, I wear my favorite summertime moisturiser – LRP Toleriane Fluide – which has no SPF so works for both day and night. LRP + SPF + Concealer (waterproof if possible) and face done!

Lesson 3 – Go Waterproof or Go just bare!

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My By Terry Sun Designer Palette is hands down the most expensive “makeup investment” I have made but I am glad to report its getting used to its bones! It basically has any and every color I will ever put on my cheeks and eyes. The powders are pigmented and soft and very easy to blend, not to mention it stays put the whole entire day! I lightly swirl my brush in the bronzers and then tap on the blush section and straight on the cheeks. The bronze colors also make the perfect neutral brown for the eyes and if and when I am in the mood I know I have that option!

I cannot wait to see what next Spring Summer has in store from BT!

There is clearly a By Terry theme here because the brand has the best kind of long-wearing products I have ever come across. The Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadows for instance – DO NOT BUDGE. No matter how greasy an eye lid it stays the same till the end of the day.

I am deeply in love with my Nars lip pencils and cannot wait to buy hundreds of them! In fact, I have actually been wearing Cruella – a true deep red – and of course I love it. I mean it is my perfect red after all! The two that I have Rikugien and Cruella are very long wearing besides fading gracefully unlike a lot of other formulas. Rikugien being so close to my natural lip color can pretty much do its thing and I will have no complains!

When luggage real estate allows, I make sure I pack a mist – any mist, Rose or just plain thermal water. This is truly more than just faff and has helped me sooth my all-day-sun-burnt skin on more occasions than I can count. Even better if it has SPF.

Also, a lip balm or lip color with SPF is so much better than one without because sore lips have recently been a big pain and I am inclined to blame the soaring temperature and sunlight for it! Please don’t carry anything creamy. It just becomes goo. RIP Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments.

What have you been upto this Summer? Any tips for surviving the heat?

– Divya


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21 thoughts on “Beauty Routine For Surviving A Scorching Summer Holiday

  1. Oh man, this post has got me yearning for summer so much now. Thank GOD there’s only a couple more weeks of winter left here and we will finally be in spring soon! Bring on the heat! 35 degrees and over is disgustingly hot, but I am much more comfortable in sweltering heat than I am in the cold. Luckily it doesn’t get very humid in Australia, but I can only imagine what that’s like in India! I was drenched in sweat during my short time in Singapore (another super humid country) and I must’ve looked so lovely going into Sephora wearing no makeup and a hot, flushed face, haha.

    Sun protection is one of the most important things you can do for your skin and even though it’s freezing in winter, I still apply it no matter what. Those harsh UV rays are still out there! When you’re in Australia and if you’ve got a bit of cash to spare, you should try the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen 50+, it’s the best sunscreen ever! Really lightweight, packed full of amazing ingredients and leaves a relatively matte finish – I just love it. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is my favourite serum of all time! It completely faded my acne scarring and is so beautiful and hydrating no matter what season. It’s just perfect all year round and does so many wonderful things for the skin!

    Tenneil | Like Neon Love

    1. I really hoping by the time I reach Melbourne is not as cold as it looks on the Weather forecast! *fingers crossed* I have heard great things about the Mecca SPF and its on top of my list to buy in Australia (there isn’t much else lol!) Its so so hard to come by a good affordable sunscreen that ost of the time I end up rotating between a couple of different ones!

      I know how much you love the ANR and its definitely my holy grail serum! I am nearing the end of my 75ml bottle which apparently is an Asia exclusive and I am glad I can grab it because its much better than the other sizes price wise! Let em know if you want me to pick one up for you! 😀

  2. I swatched the By Terry palette recently and it’s so finely milled – in my ‘must-buy’ list for next month. After a rather unsunny summer, I’m happy that I’ll be experiencing the real Indian summer soon.

    1. Yeah! Bad formulations really put me off from wearing any spf but its so so important especially where I live! I am glad I found Shiseido before I burnt myself orange this summer lol!

  3. While it gets really hot in Sydney during summer, I’m lucky we don’t really have to deal with extreme humidity, which is another thing altogether. I’ve head that Shiseido SPF is meant to be really good but I’ve never tried it for myself, but there is definitely a world of difference between a properly formulated facial SPF designed as a skincare product and the old fashioned SPFs we used when going to the beach as kids.

    That’s such a shame about your Fresh lip balms, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. They’re such a soft formula I can imagine them melting all over the place or breaking if they get too warm so even though they seem like such an ideal summer product they’re probably better suited to winter, at least in your climate.

    Jessica –

    1. Yes humidity is a different monster altogether! It makes wearing any kind of complexion product so so difficult! I am hoping Australia will be sufficiently cold in September for me to wear any and everything I want lol!

  4. i can not stand humidity at all. its just the worst for me but what helps is a good skincare routine and i love lighter bases and cream make up. also, the by terry palette is just beautiful.

    1. Hey Elena! I am actually the opposite, I love wearing powder products more in summer. Is that weird? I find creams just slip right off and end up patchy! Powders I can manage to hold on to!

  5. Oh let me get started on the weather here in Chennai. The insane heat and humidity will make any sane person go mad. I feel like buying so many drool worthy stuffs but the moment you step out and see it just slide off in rivulets just makes me throw away everything and stay put inside. Most days makes me think what’s the point of buying all the expensive stuffs when there’s never going to be a day where I can wear it on in all its glory.
    Most days you can find me with only a moisturiser and sunscreen. I can’t wear lipsticks r blushes(which I love wearing) cuz they just disappear the moment I step out.
    But I do keep spritzing rose water throughout the day.

    1. LOL! Major weather rant! I have heard many horror stories about Chennai in summer thankfully have none of my own! I hope the rains will bring some relief!

  6. ah Bangalore weather is the absolute best, I want to move there just for the weather! i’ve been seeing the shiseido sunscreen everywhere and i’ve read such lovely things about it, i’m definitely intrigued. completely agree about actually feeling comfy on holiday over just looking it and feeling rubbish. i live in Mumbai and nothing stays put on my face so mostly i just end up not bothering at all. Cruella is gorgeous *heart eyes*

    Aditi |

    1. ha ha! You should totally come and live here and then we can be best buds! 😀 I would def recommend you give Shisiedo a go Aditi, its a really nice texture and a very high protection. It almost feels like nothing and I can be assured that I am well protected!

  7. This is definitely coming in handy. California is nowhere near as hot and humid as India but I’m struggling with keeping my face on as opposed to my clothing, haha. Will bring mists with me from now on to cool down xD

    1. Ha ha! Glad you found it helpful, I always look at mists with a hint of skepticism but summer tend to push me towards them every year! The Tata Harper essence isn’t my favorite (that would be the Caudalie Elixir) but the tiny size makes it easy to shove in my bag and set off! I recently bought two new ones which I have wanted to try so lets see how that goes! 🙂

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