5 Perth spring racing essentials

Give your skin a win this racing season with superfoods for your face.

Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes the inaugural spring racing season. This means weekend trips out to Ascot dressed to the nines and wearing a full face of ‘evening’ makeup before midday. However, a day at the races isn’t all about the outfits; there’s some drinking (I mean racing) involved too. But a day in the sun, a few too many bottles of champagne and minimal to zero glasses of water can do a number on your skin. Nothing says ‘I’ve had a big one’ more than dark circles, a sunburned, and dry skin. This is why it’s essential to make sure you have your post-races beauty routine down pat BEFORE the season gets underway.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again — H20 is a must during race reason. Not only will it make a HUGE difference to your hangover level the next day, but being out in the sun all day can wreak havoc on your skin. Making sure you’re staying hydrated is key to a quick recovery and avoiding sunstroke in the hot West Aussie weather.

No hat no play

While wearing a hat was always a schoolyard drag, at the spring races it’s a must to ensure you slip slop slap. While freckles might be in fashion, it’s best not to risk it - so not only will a hat help protect your face, it can also be a fun yet fashionable alternative to the traditional fascinator.

Feed your face

By this I don’t mean forcing your Uber driver to drop by a drive thru so you can scoff down several Big Macs and a 20-pack of chicken nuggets. Feeding your face with proper maintenance and aftercare can be the difference between looking like a racoon come Monday morning and your colleagues being none the wiser to weekend antics. Rather than opting for your paraben-filled face creams, why not give your body a break from pumping it full of chemicals and opt for an organic option? Aussie-made Botany Essentials has a premium skincare range that uses native Australian products to breathe new life into your skin.

Pre-prepare snacks

The races are a big day out whether you’re socialising, trying your luck at the onsite TAB, or enjoying the racing carnival fashion. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is even more relevant on race day. Don’t skip the morning meal as this could be the difference between a fun day out on the green and a day spent laying on the grass.

Plan your exit strategy

When the last race is run, the heels are off and you can no longer buy bottles of champagne, it’s time to start the next adventure - leaving the races. To avoid the exorbitant Uber prices and long wait times, planning a strategic exit before the day will save you a lot of time in the future. Whether it’s pulling a name out of the hat for designated driver, checking the TransPerth routes or calling Dad to come pick you up - there’s nothing worse that waiting for hours on end for a ride home when all you want to do is kick off your heels and hit the hay.

Images courtesy of Botany Essentials.
Julianne de Souza

Hi, I'm Julianne! In addition to waxing lyrical about Perth cafes and boutiques, my hobbies include spending all of my income on live music and fun pants. My favourite things about Perth are the beaches, the laid back lifestyle, and the crop of new brunch spots that appear every week.