Visiting Ukraine: How to travel in style

It turns out that with the help of the right information, you can travel in style effortlessly! So, it’s time to take some notes now.

  • Bring a silk pillowcase with you.

A silk pillowcase is meant to prevent wrinkles as you sleep. This is a very useful tool, as evidenced by the fact that many celebrities use silk pillowcases when they go to sleep. Of course, when you go to Ukraine, you can buy a big silk scarf there and use it as your pillowcase. Silk scarves in Ukraine are pretty and cheaper.

As we all know, silk is a unique and natural fiber with quite dense fibers which keep moisture close to your skin. Therefore, sleeping on silk keeps your skin cool and as it’s hypoallergenic, it is also great for sensitive skin. Better still, you will see results right away. From now on, no more cheek creases to greet you when you wake up in the morning! Please note that you should only look for 100% pure silk when you go to Ukraine.

Having said that, if you have washed the pillowcase so many times and it doesn’t feel the same anymore, you should totally stop using the silk pillowcase. Also, please don’t put your silk pillowcase in the dryer, for this causes the silk fibers to lose their luster faster.

  • If you wish you had read this article ten years ago, here is my suggestion:

Maybe you already have some wrinkles and you’d like to know how to look younger when you are travelling. I have some good news for you – loss of firmness and elasticity can be reversed. When you are travelling, your new schedule is probably very different from your normal schedule, which may give your skin some stress, especially when jet lag is involved. But fortunately, there are some powerful solutions!

Remember to feed your skin the hydration it deserves.

Moisturizers for your face are not special treatment creams because moisturizers have a simple function, i.e. to offer hydration. They can come in the form of lotions, oils or creams. I recommend non-pore-clogging moisturizers. I think serums used in conjunction with moisturizers are more concentrated, with more potent ingredients which can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine. Please use serum first and let it soak in. After that, apply a moisturizer on top. If this is your morning routine, you’d better apply a sunscreen instead of a moisturizer. Sometimes the sunshine in Ukrainian cities can be pretty strong.

By the way, don’t ignore your neck and the rest of your body. Though your facial skin is thinner & more exposed to the sunshine, all skin becomes dehydrated when you are travelling intensely, so your entire body needs special care every day. Usually, your body skin is able to tolerate richer products with less potential for any kind of irritation.

  • Feed your hair like you feed your body.

No matter you are a man or a woman, your hair is probably very important to you. Therefore, if you don’t want to use the shampoo in the hotel room when you visit Ukraine, you can bring your own shampoo (as long as the bottle is small).

In my opinion, when it comes to shampoo, less is more. Personally, I wash my hair every single day, but because my hair is not colored, I prefer a basic shampoo which does a deep cleansing. My favorite brands are Aveda, Neutrogena and Head & Shoulders. Further, it’s very important to read the front of the bottle and only use a shampoo that is right for your needs, i.e. damaged, dry, colored, and so forth.

As to conditioner and masks, I’m pretty sure most hotels in Ukraine provide hair conditioner, but they probably don’t offer hair masks. Note that if your hair begins to look greasy near your scalp, it can be because you’ve used too much conditioner. Please understand that conditioner is meant to be used on the ends of your hair only. I personally only use conditioner twice a week.

However, if your hair is really dry, you can use some conditioner on your scalp after you shampoo it. Then rinse it out. Moreover, if you have time, you can do a conditioning mask (a hair mask) once a week. Hair masks are extremely hydrating and could help keep the frizzies at bay. Furthermore, if you prefer taking baths, you may apply a hair mask and then wrap your head in a towel (this is a good tip for those who have long hair). In this way, the heat from the bath will activate the mask and make it work even better. A lot of luxury Ukrainian hotels have bathtubs.

Individuals who would like to take their hair health seriously may use hair serums as well. Similar to serums for your skin which are loaded with potent ingredients, hair serums could be fairly nourishing for your scalp and hair. As I see it, using a hair serum works wonders because it makes my hair feel fuller and grow faster. I prefer using hair serum every morning.

  • Acne care when you are travelling:

Many people suffer from acne when they are travelling in a different country because they are still trying to get used to a new environment. This is very normal, so there is nothing to worry about. If you are one of these individuals, I have some solutions for you:

Acne starts when the sebum produced by the oil glands in the skin becomes clogged in the pores. This situation causes inflammation and triggers bacteria on your skin to get out of control. Usually, it’s exacerbated by various factors.

Don’t panic if this happens to you. Now here’s my advice:

Step 1: Cleanse with a salicylic acid cleanser (no stronger than a 2% concentration). You can find this type of cleanser in local stores when you visit Ukraine. Salicylic acid is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Make sure there aren’t any other ingredients in your cleanser (avoid glycolic acid, please).

Step 2: Use a separate glycolic acid lotion or cream with a concentration of 9% – this is also available in drugstores when you visit Ukraine. Use this lotion or cream after washing your face with salicylic acid, and leave it on for several minutes. Rinse off with water.

Step 3: Follow with benzoyl peroxide which kills the bacteria safely. If you don’t know where you can find this product in Ukraine, you can ask friendly staff members of hotels in Ukraine. They will try their best to help you. This product shrinks your blood vessels and opens up the pores so that it can penetrate into them to kill the bacteria. You can keep this product in the fridge if your hotel room has a fridge. You may cool your skin by running an ice cube over it first, and then apply the benzoyl peroxide where it is necessary and use a cold pack for 8 minutes.

If you actually follow this routine, your acne should disappear within a few days. Nevertheless, please stop using this regimen if your skin gets irritated. You can continue to ice your face and try washing with a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil.

“The most well-known Ukrainian organic skincare brands are YAKA, Vigor Cosmetique Naturelle and White Mandarin.”