Before a trip, we all say that we’re gonna stick to our routines, especially our skincare routine. But weirdly enough – or not… -, skincare is the FIRST thing we give up on while traveling. It’s not convenient to bring everything we usually use at home, we don’t feel like we have the time to do our full skincare routine while on the go, and overall, we feel like we should just let go of everything and enjoy the moment.
Whilst these are all extremely valid statements, sticking to an at-least decent skincare routine even when you’re traveling can go a long way.
Let me explain.
When on vacation, we indulge. We eat less healthily than usual, we spend more time in the sun, we don’t track our water intake, and so on. All of these things will eventually make your skin HATE you and it will very likely break out a lot more than usual when you go back home.
My secret when traveling is finding super effective products that can be used for different purposes – if you don’t know what I mean, keep reading -. My goal is to pack as light as possible but still bring on my essentials, all the while creating a new skincare routine that fits my tight traveling schedule.
So, the face roller, overnight masks, and scrubs can wait until I get back!
– please note that this post is not sponsored by any of these brands. I just genuinely love their products –
Jet Lag Mask – Summer Fridays
This one deserves the number 1 spot in this blog post.
Now, it’s a little bit pricey but worth every penny in my opinion.
The Jet Lag mask is really a 3-in-1 product. It can be a mask – duh! -, a hydrating cream, and eye cream. I personally use it once a week as a mask, every night before bed as a moisturizer, and every morning as an eye cream – my skincare routine is extremely thorough –
So that’s what I was saying earlier, I love a high-quality product that can be used for different purposes. It’s super convenient for packing and saves you money in the long run.
Healing Balm – With Love & Co
Supporting small and local businesses is really important to me, and this company based in Las Vegas is awesome. I am obsessed with my Healing Balm from With Love & Co.
Once again, it’s a multifunction product for me. I use it on my lips before bed, and during the day when I know I’ll be in the sun for a while.
I also use it as a hand cream when I travel, so that I don’t have to bring a separate hand cream.
And trust me, as someone who has super dry lips and hands – and not only because I live in the desert -, this product has literally changed my life. And not just mine!
The composition is very clean and I love a company that’s transparent about what they put in their products. In short, With Love & Co’s Healing Balm is made out of oils, butter, and vitamins.
Makeup essentials – Concealer, Mascara, Eyebrow Pencil & Lipstick
If you like to wear makeup on a daily basis, then you probably want something a little lighter and less time-consuming when you’re traveling.
So do I.
The 4 things I ALWAYS bring with me on the road are concealer, mascara, an eyebrow pencil, and a nude lipstick: the essentials for a quick and easy fix depending on the mood, the activity, and my skin!
A date night? Mascara.
A little breakout or a tough night? Concealer.
An everyday little put-together look? Eyebrow pencil – this is the one I canNOT live without –
A natural look? Nude lipstick.
With that being said, you should narrow down the 3 or 4 essentials you can’t live without. Okay, technically, we could live without those, but why would we if we had a choice? They personally make me happy in the morning. And who am I to prevent myself from getting some extra happy when I’m on vacation? No one.
You may think I’m biased, but I swear I’m not. I cannot live without my cotton pads – made by me! If you don’t know, I own a small sewing business and I mostly offer reusable cotton pads. I haven’t bought nor used single-use ones in over 2 years! My cottons go everywhere with me. They are super easy and quick to clean, very gentle for the skin, and eco-friendly.
And once again, less is more, especially when traveling. It’s all about bringing all the things you need in the less amount of products possible.
I use a cleanser that is also a makeup remover. So every morning, I clean my face with a cotton pad and my cleanser as soon as I get out of bed and before my skincare routine. At night, I use them with the same product and it also removes my makeup.
We love an efficient and smart routine!
Moisturizer – Flamingo
A non-negotiable in my routine is moisturizing my legs after a shower.
Flamingo’s body cream is by far my favorite one for the following reasons: its smell, its texture, its composition, and the fact it’s completely cruelty-free. I also love what the company stands for, which is affordable high-quality care for all women, as well as encouraging them to have a good relationship with themselves.
The fact that they offer a small-sized one is perfect to pack in a carry-on.
But it doesn’t really matter what brand you use. I’ve just used a LOT of them over the past 12+ years and this one is by far my favorite.
I’m a HUGE advocate for SPF. You should ALWAYS wear SPF on your face, and NEVER go tanning in the summer without protecting your entire body.
Protecting your skin from the sun is the best thing you can do for your skin. If you don’t have any money or time, and if there is only one thing you need to get from this list: it’s SPF.
I’m no dermatologist and I won’t explain to you all the reasons why you need to wear your SPF, and you also probably already know them.
But what I can tell you is to:
• Buy at least SPF 30 for your face and 50 for your body – don’t worry, it doesn’t prevent you from tanning
• Make sure it’s reef-safe – especially if you’re going to swim in nature
• Apply at least 15 minutes before sun exposure or going in the water
• Re-apply at least every 90 minutes
Vitamin C Serum – The Ordinary (optional)
Bringing a serum on the road is really optional, but it’s good if you still want a decent+ skincare routine while traveling. I don’t always bring mine, it depends on my packing situation – checked bag or not – and if I’ll really make time for it or not.
Overall, I always appreciate bringing my serum with me. At home, I use 2 different serums: a Vitamin C one in the morning, and a Hyaluronic one before bed. But when I need to pack light, I only bring my Vitamin C serum and use it both in my morning and nighttime routine.
I personally love The Ordinary products because of how affordable they are, their composition, and the fact that they are vegan and cruelty-free.
I’d like to end this post on a Cruelty-free note. Be careful when choosing your skincare products. “Vegan” does not necessarily mean cruelty-free. And “Cruelty-free” does not necessarily mean vegan.
• Cruelty-free refers to the method of production: the product was not tested on animals.
• Vegan refers to the composition: the product does not contain any products derived from animals.
Ideally, it’s best to have both. And for SPFs, please always purchase “Reef-safe” as well.
Those are my go-to beauty products that will always have a sweet spot in my suitcase when I travel. What are your favorite beauty products that you simply cannot travel without? Let me know in the comments.
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