4. Sodashi Brightening Mask: this is more for the indoor heating that seems to wreak absolute havoc on my skin, and thus an imperative alongside buying a humidifier. While in New York, I upped this usage to twice a week (always just before bed, after cleanser and toner).
5. Sodashi Clay Cleanser with Lime: I don’t fully understand the science of clay cleansers, but I do know that they’re a lot less harsh than a gel or even cream cleanser (which I would use in a more humid environment). This is thorough enough for pollution, without brutalising your face.
My usual philosophy for beauty and skincare when traveling can be condensed to the simple mantra of When in Rome, and perhaps, if you can’t beat them, join them – because nobody was about to beat New York City’s Polar Vortex with a curling iron. Rewind to New York Fashion Week shoulders-up survival 101:
1. Sodashi Calming Mist: on the hour, every hour, to give your face something to drink, smell like Turkish delight (who doesn’t want that?), and reduce redness – in Sydney, I’d probably only whip this out of the handbag once a day, and in Bangkok… once a month.
6. Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-POWDER: save a monthly session (if that) with Paloma, my hair is not usually something I agonise over – I gave up on trying to style my poker-straight Asian hair years ago – and while I am always prepared for NYC’s Winter dehydration (the day after PORTER‘s New York launch party, the air felt like it was going to snap and my nose bled all day), sleet is a whole different ball-game. And so, Prêt-à-POWDER ironically joined the party, for you would think that what is essentially texturising dry shampoo would be reserved for limp-haired disasters in London. This is the stuff that will counter the drowned rat effects of city snow.