Mongol Derby 2014 Medics Blog - Beauty on the Mongolian Steppe
Beauty on the Mongolian Steppe by intrepid expedition medic Deborah Swann
When on the Mongolian Steppe I like to look my best and to do that I use a tried and tested beauty regime.
It’s important to follow the rules of being a Prometheus Medical medic for the Mongol Derby which are:
#1 Look good
#2 Know what you’re doing
#3 If you don’t know what you’re doing, look good
It’s also important to have staff to assist with this, and this is where a paramedic comes into their own.
Before setting off from the UK, I check to make sure our vehicle will be fitted with an in-car inverter which will power my hair dryer and hair straighteners. Once this has been confirmed, the paramedic tests this for me in the field, as I don’t want to be electrocuted.
Once my hair is washed with a decent ‘2 in 1’ shampoo and conditioner combination, I use the quality controlled inverter to power the hair dryer and straighteners to achieve that just stepped out of the salon look.
I think it’s vital to have a robust skin care routine, which involves using face wipes for sensitive skin and a good quality ‘all day’ moisturiser from a well known, high end skin care provider (found in John Lewis...).
I also like to use baby wipes for that all important sleeping bag wash, when sharing a ger with 10 other people.
A well known branded deodorant is a must, so as not to offend your crew, but I find the Mongolians choke a little if they are nearby when this is sprayed on.
Another must is decent tweezers and mirror, so as not to have a mono-brow and look like I didn’t fully change back to human form after a full moon.
For a youthful appearance, I use a CC cream with SPF20 to hide blemishes, and complete the look with eyeliner and mascara (it’s all about the eyes).
This beauty regime is quick and effective and is good for team morale, as I find the crew and riders become distressed if my hair is bad and my face is a mess. It allows me to live up to the standards of being a Prometheus Medical expedition medic.
Sarah’s Daily Regime:
#1 Wash hair (one product does all...!)
#2 Dry in sun / breeze as not allowed near fellow medic’s hairdryer for fear of blowing inverter. (Despite being tasked to test its hair dying capacity in the first instance)
#3 Constantly reassure fellow medic that she looks amazing, whilst avoiding all mirrors / reflective surfaces for self.