My skin is very needy to say the least. That’s why it’s very important for me to have a consistent skincare routine; and this is especially the case when I’m travelling. Considering I rarely check in a bag, I have to choose the products I bring carefully – I can’t possibly bring them all! From doing this over the years, I’ve definitely found some favourites.
I’ve included them all in this post as well as some tips on how to keep the weight of your luggage down.
Penneys have a great selection of minis and are a lot cheaper than Boots. I find that the mini products in Boots can be the same price as the full sized products! They’re never any more than €1.50 in Penneys.
If you travel often, the next time you’ve to buy your favourite skincare product, why not go for the smaller size? This means you can bring it on the plane (100mls of less) and you don’t have to buy more toiletries for going away.
Top Travel Tip: Get Samples! If you use high end skin care products, ask the salesperson to throw in some samples with your next purchase. These are ideal for travelling, cost effective (FREE!) and it means that you can continue your normal routine while you’re away.
A Cleansing Cloth
My number one skincare tip is to DOUBLE CLEANSE! However, when travelling, we may not have room for 2 cleansers! So… cleansing cloths are ideal to throw into your case.
My favourite cleansing cloths are from Human and Kind. I’m not a fan of the Cleanse Off Mitt. I found it too harsh, especially around my eyes, and it stained easily. The Human and Kind Cleansing Cloth on the other hand is so soft and gentle and it doesn’t stain at all.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration!
The minute I step foot on a plane, my skin gets so dry. I get red, itchy, scaly patches on my cheeks and then my makeup clings to them for the whole trip! The way I avoid this is to ensure my skin is thoroughly hydrated.
If I check in a bag, I would choose the Image Skincare Vital C Hydration Mask over all other hydrating products, it is the dream! My skin drinks it up, I can’t feel it during the night (it absorbs right in) and my skin is noticeably hydrated and brighter the next morning.
As I said, when I’m travelling especially, I need ALL the hydration and I find sheet masks so handy! Because they’re not liquids, you can just throw them into your bag, so they don’t take up space in that oh so tiny liquids bag.
I use one at night after the plane journey for a burst of moisture and the Neutrogena Hydro Boost with Hyaluronic Acid is a firm fave of mine!
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
It’s a thermal spring water that’s really refreshing, especially in hot weather. It keeps your skin moist and doubles up as a makeup finishing spray too.
Top Travel Tip: Packing Your Skincare Products! I get very stressed trying to fit all of my toiletries into those plastic bags that you get at security. To prevent the panic, you can buy a roll of sandwich/zip bags in your local supermarket. You can read more of my tips for a stress free airport trip here.
SPF All Day, Every Day
No matter what the weather looks like, everyone needs to get into the habit of wearing an SPF.
My favourite SPF for my face is P20 SPF 30 (use “CARLY” for an extra 15% off). Since it’s specifically formatted for the face, it is not greasy and heavy like regular SPFs. I apply it 15 mins before I go out and my makeup sits perfectly on top of it. It’s water (sweat :p) proof and lasts all day!
Another great face SPF, although on the pricier side, is the Image Skincare Matte Moisturiser. It’s SPF 32, smells divine, absorbs easily and it’s not greasy.
I think we tend to neglect our eyes but since the skin is so thin, they’re probably the things that need most attention! Our eyes are first to show signs of aging and tiredness and if we can help that, why not!?
I find it hard to say any skincare products have improved signs of aging (at this stage, I just can’t tell!) but for tiredness, these Pixi FortifEYE patches are just brilliant. They’re really hydrating, cooling and de-puffing on tired eyes! Keep them in the fridge at home or when on holiday.
What are your skincare travel essentials? Have you any space saving tips for those reading?
Thank you for reading, as always!