Adjusting to the cold, or hot, these holidays - sunburnt barbie
Adjusting to the cold, or hot, these holidays - sunburnt barbie

Travelling from hot to cold climates and vice versa is not something to be taken lightly. After all, how you adjust to the change could mean either an enjoyable – or miserable – vacation. Here are some quick reminders to make the transition more comfortable.

From warm to cold

The cold can leave your skin, hair and eyes feeling dry, so moisturising and hydrating are essential.

Layering up in Inner Mongolia

1. Pack well
Subzero temperatures call for layers upon layers. Only last week I was braving minus 30 degree Celsius in Inner Mongolia, wearing almost everything I owned. If you’re heading into a winter zone these holidays, be sure to include thermals, wind and waterproof jackets, fleece or knitted jumpers, a beanie, pair of gloves and a scarf or neck warmer. A waterproof pair of woollen lined boots and thick woollen socks will do the trick on your feet.

2. Change your skincare regime
Use plenty of lip balm and moisturiser for your hands and lips; look for ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E. Also switch to a milder face wash so your skin retains some of its natural oils. This helps prevent flaking, overdrying and acne. Book yourself in for a facial or massage to rehydrate the skin and increase blood circulation.

3. Defrizz your hair
Avoid static and dehydrated hair by washing your hair once every two or three days. This will help your hair retain its natural oils. After washing, use a leave-in conditioner to keep your locks smooth and silky.

4. Use eye drops
If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors in windy conditions, moisturise your eyes with eye drops. They’re particularly useful if you are spending time cycling or riding the ski slopes.

5. Shower only once a day with lukewarm water
Over-showering can strip your body of natural oils needed to hydrate your skin, and hot water increases dehydration levels. You’ll find you won’t sweat as much in the cold anyway, so keep showers to a minimum of once a day with lukewarm water.

6. Get as much sunlight as possible
The sun can set as early as three in the afternoon in certain regions during winter – which can leave some people feeling a little blue. To keep seasonal depression at bay, wake up early, go outdoors and soak up as much sunlight as you can. Not only will this give you a cheerier disposition, it will also up your dose of vitamin D.

From cold to warm

Common complaints include greasy skin and scalp, pimples, flat and lifeless hair, and body odour. Don’t forget sunburn and heat exhaustion too.

Don't let sunburn or heat exhaustion ruin your summer holiday.

1. Sprinkle talcum powder on your scalp
If you’re suffering from a greasy scalp, use talcum powder and rub gently. The powder will absorb some of the oils in your scalp and give your hair more body.

2. Pat down your face
Your skin will produce more oil and might look shiny around the T-zone. Remove the shine by patting down your forehead and face regularly with a flannel or handkerchief – more environmentally friendly than throwaway face wipes.

3. Crystal deodorant
In your first week of acclimating, you’ll probably be sweating buckets. A good deodorant and loose-fitting clothes will help you stay dry and cool. Crystal deodorants are a natural alternative with fantastic results. If it is very hot and humid, bring a towel to dry yourself when you are out in the heat.

4. Drink plenty of water
Sweating profusely in hot climates can be dangerous if you are not replenishing fluids regularly. Drink plenty of water and rest where possible during the hottest part of the day.

5. Apply sunscreen
Don’t underestimate the damage that UV rays can do to your skin. UV Natural is our favourite sunscreen derived from natural ingredients and zinc oxide providing lasting protection from the sun.

6. Get enough rest
As you adjust to a hot climate, you may find yourself feeling flushed, dizzy or tired easily. This is because your heart works harder in the heat. If you feel tired or uncomfortable for the first two weeks in a hot city, allow yourself to sit in the shade and have a cold drink, or take a break in your hotel.

Got any acclimatising tips?