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Skincare Tips For Busy Professionals


Between school drop-offs, meetings and flights, we barely have time to scoff down a decent meal much less think about our skincare routine. And by the time we do, it is often too late. Our skin has taken a beating during the long hours spent indoors or in a high-stress environment, and is looking far from radiant.

A good skincare routine, however, is more about covering the basics than it is about using a laundry list of products. Here are woman with drive’s quick tips to taking the best care of your skin in the least amount of time.


Before Leaving Home

When we are trying to whittle down a sizable To Do list, the last thing we want to invest our time in is an elaborate skincare routine. This is why multitasking products belong in every beauty drawer.

2-in-1: Before heading out the door, slather on Absolue Premium βx Day Cream SPF 15 by Lancome to boost skin’s moisture level, strengthen its moisture barrier and give it that much-needed protective layer.

3-in-1: Fulfilling three different needs is a lot to ask of a product but Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil by Jurlique aces this challenge. This lightly-textured blend of botanical seed oils removes makeup and impurities, hydrates skin and smoothens any visible lines.

4-in-1: A moisturiser, sunscreen, primer and illuminator all rolled into one? This timesaving wonder exists in the form of Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45, which promises to protect and perfect skin’s appearance throughout the day.


In The Office

Lack of fresh air, indoor heating and air-conditioning can very quickly turn healthy, hydrated skin into a dry, dull mask. Know how this feels? Then help your skin fight back.

Shield with a serum. Unlike creams and cleansers, serums contain more powerful ingredients that sink deeper into the skin to produce better results. Good Genes Treatment by Sunday Riley has a luxurious texture, a lovely crisp fragrance and gives skin an added glow.

Trap the moisture. A rich moisturiser like C+C Vitamin Cream by Natura Bissewill not only drench your skin in moisture but also defend it against free radicals and dark spots. The soft citrus scent is a bonus.

Block out the sun. A seat in the sunny part of an air-conditioned room can be a comfort but you better be sure your skin is well protected against its rays. Charlotte’s Magic Cream by Charlotte Tillbury and Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are laden with SPF15 to safeguard face and lips.


When Travelling

Seasoned business travellers allocate more luggage space to books and gadgets rather than a toiletry bag. The trick is planning ahead, packing multitasking products and simplifying your routine.

Check the weather report. What is the climate at your destination? Hot, dry requires more moisturiser and sunscreen like Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Crème by Estee Lauder and Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 by Clarins. Humidity calls for lightweights like Clear Difference Mattifying Hydrating Gel by Estee Lauder while colder climates will have skin craving for products like Orchidée Impériale Rich Cream by Guerlain. If you have sensitive skin, slip Clinique’s Anti-Blemish All Over Clearing Treatment into your bag for emergencies.

Skip the foundation. Changing cabin pressure and dehydration puts skin under tremendous stress. The last thing it needs is a heavy layer of foundation. Ideally, fly without a trace of makeup but if you are heading straight to a meeting from the airport then opt for a Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier instead. And if you need foundation, apply a Foundation Primer also by Laura Mercier first to give skin some breathing space.

Balm over stick. Long-lasting lipstick may seem like an obvious choice but it is not the best one. Not only will it dry out your lips but your mouth as well. For a touch of colour, dab on a lip stain or apply lip gloss over a clear lip balm. M.A.C Cosmetics’ lip range has you covered.


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