July’s another funny month. After NuYou and the MioTV experience, I thought that will be it. So I was really flattered when Men’s Health SG decided to feature me together with the likes of Adrian Pang, Benjamin Kheng and Mark Graham Thomas for their July 2014 issue.
Since most of you are probably not readers of the magazine, I’ve decided to share some related pointers with you folks! (differs from the feature)
Staying fresh while traveling
I’m not much of a body maintenance kind of guy and usually only do the minimum. My daily routine is simple – brush teeth, wash face, shave if required, style hair. The odd thing though, is that I take care of my grooming a lot more when traveling.
Usually it should be the other way round because we wouldn’t want to bring so many things on the road. But I think it’s even more important as our bodies are exposed to different environments that it isn’t used to. After all I wouldn’t want to come back from a trip with an acne outbreak or dry chaffed skin!
Anyway, so here are a couple of extra things I always bring to stay fresh while traveling. They are pretty small items so it’s still easy to carry around.
(1) Hand and face moisturizer
Singapore is quite humid and chances are that any other country you go will have drier air. Flights can also take it’s toll as the pressurized air has less moisture than usual. Losing water from our skin makes us look and feel tired easily so this is a no brainier to bring around. Dry skin can also lead to itchiness and discomfort!
(2) Lip balm
Especially important in colder countries. We all know how painful chaffed lips can be and licking your lips don’t always help. I don’t like the feeling of having it on, (have no idea how the ladies stand wearing lipstick) but I guess it beats feeling pain.
(3) Hand sanitizer
You never know what you touch and Singapore is generally too clean for our own good. I love the outdoors so some form of outdoor activities are usually present in all my trips. I also have a weak stomach so the hand sanitizer is a must before handling food with my hands.
Something we often overlook because the weather overseas might be cooler. Thing is that cooler doesn’t mean less exposure to uv light. Beach resorts are a given but it’s even more important when visiting a place of higher altitude! Burnt painful skin equals no fun.
(5) Vitamin C (plus lots of water)
It’s easy to go crazy trying all sorts and different cuisines and screwing up our balanced diet. That always happens to me and I forget to take enough fruits, if any at all. That’s where the handy vitamins come in, especially vitamin c! This goes together with drinking more water to hydrate the body and skin.
(6) Deodorant and powder
I always want to make the most of the trip and so spend a lot of time outside doing stuff. Deodorant helps keep me fresh and nicer smelling longer. Powder is great for keeping you dry and clean while camping too!
(7) Wet tissue
When there’s no toilet around and you can’t wash your hands or face! It’s always better to give your face a little wipe before applying moisturizer or sunblock. Multipurpose too and I heard from another traveller that 15 wet tissues make a bath!
Got other useful tips on how to look after your skin and body while traveling? Drop a comment below!