Saturday, 15 March 2014

5 Skin care travel essentials

For someone who hates flying I seem to spend an awful lot of time on airplanes and now it's time to hit the road, or shall I say airwaves again as I'm off to visit my family for a few days. When it comes to traveling, I like to keep it simple so that I have as few things as possible to log around and of course I also like to keep some free space in the suitcase for any things I might possibly - read very probably, pick up while I'm away. When I visit my family I quite cheekily use whatever hair care and body care products are around since it's only for a few days, but one thing I won't compromise on is my skincare and by now I've got my travel skin care routine down to a t. The magic word behind the routine is multi purpose, one product with several uses which means that I, the self confessed beauty junky only need a measly 5 skin care items when I'm away on a short trip.    
When I'm away for a few days I won't take an exfoliator with me, so it's even more important for me to have a great cleanser with me, and my preferred choice is the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (£4.50). Normally I would only use a micellar solution as part of my morning routine, but when I travel it's so practical to get an eye makeup remover, cleanser and toner in one - what a space and time saver! It's a very mild but effective alcohol free cleanser that removes every single trace of makeup from your eyes and face, even stubborn water proof makeup. To get rid of all my makeup I'll use perhaps 2 cotton pads, and that's enough to make the skin feeling clinically clean and soft without any dehydration at all. Although this original micellar solution is no longer the hottest thing in Blogiverse, I still think it's the best one and I always make sure that I have one in this handy travel size.

I may not bring an exfoliator with me, but I always make sure that I have a generous amount of Origins Drink Up Intensive (£22) Overnight Mask with me. It contains seaweed which is well known for nourishing the skin and to help it retain moisture and it makes the skin feel brand new - overnight it makes your skin hydrated, soft and smooth. This is a life saver when you're traveling since you can use it not only as a mask or an intense night cream, but you can use it to target specific areas that have caught a bit too much sun, and even as a fabulously rich and creamy pre-moisturising treatment. It's an incredible product, worth every penny and I can't get enough of the gorgeous scent of whipped cream and orange.
Another fabulous travel product is the Clarins Face Treatment Oil Santal (£32) for dry/extra dry skin. Like all the Clarins treatment oils it's a very luxurious and rich oil based on 100% pure plant extracts and this is perfect to hydrate, calm and decongest the skin and you'll quickly see a noticeable difference with your skin appearing plump, smooth and soft as a peach. I like to use this before applying moisturiser since it doesn't cause any shininess, or as a rich nightcream. I also keep a tiny bottle of this in my hand luggage and when I feel uncomfortable with turbulence etc, which I inevitably do - the curse of being a nervous flyer, I warm up a tiny drop of the oil between the palms of my hands and breathe it in. It may sound a little bit crazy, but the gorgeous warm spicy and slightly sweet cardamom scent that reminds me of newly baked buns, helps me relax - whatever works right?

Flying, too much sun, insufficient sleep, air conditioning - it can all dehydrate the skin so my favorite travel moisturiser is the Estée Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme (£35). The formula is like a wonderful velvety soft gel that boosts the skin with intense moisture and then helps to retain that level of hydration throughout the day. It's lovely and light and absorbs straight away into the skin making your skin feel invigorated and refreshed. What I like most about Hydrationist is that my skin still feels lovely and smooth in the evening after using it, and it's just that kind of moisture that you need when you're stuck on an airplane for a good few hrs.

The last out of my 5 skin care travel essentials is the lovely and refreshing Dermalogica Total Eye Care (£37) which is great for hydrating, strengthening and smoothing the under eye area. The consistency is light and fluffy without any oiliness at all and it feels lovely and light weight on the skin. I never manage to get any sleep when I fly, so I usually land tired and with big dark circles under my eyes, and this is when this eye cream comes so handy. Total Eye Care has a subtle nude color and it contains light reflecting particles so when you apply it, it'll reduce the appearance of dark circles and make the eye area look so bright and fresh with a subtle radiance, to the extent that you won't even need an under eye concealer.

There you have it - 5 multi purpose skin saviors for traveling, and I'm even so conscious of space that I put the bigger products in travel sized bottles and pots... I must be getting old... What are your must have products for traveling?

58 comments:

  1. I have heard Dermalogica is one of the best skin care products out there and I have yet to try them. I need to one day try out that line!
    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

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    1. They have some lovely cleansers and masques and I definitely recommend them :o). Xx

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  2. love the makeup remover! nice post!

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  3. Estée Lauder is one of my favorite brands! I am currently using their eyeliner and mascara. Loving it!
    Great post. Like Pip said, I have also heard many good things about Dermalogica. I have never tried it though.
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    1. I love Estée Lauder too and for me it's probably the brand that's the strongest across all the product range - skincare, makeup, perfume etc :o). Xx

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  4. Love these travel essentials! Though I've never tried that specific origins mask because as I am a bit wary to use it with my oily skin. Do you think it would make worse? Ahhh the problems of having skin that breaks out easily! Great post!

    Chantalle x
    ceceandgrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Hi Chantalle - I don't think it would, it adds lots of moisture don't get me wrong, but it's not oily in the least :o). Xx

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  5. Love all the essentials, great picks! <3
    Isz. xx from http://thefashionnewbieandco.blogspot.nl/

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  6. Looks like we are both in love with the origins drink up mask!! Such a good one!! I will give it a try and do it 3 times a week next week!! Can't wait to see the results!!

    http://allaboutevesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I wish Origins had a moisturiser that did exactly the same, although I do use the mask as a moisturiser every now and then... :o). Xx

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  7. Clarins Face Treatment Oil Santal looks amazing, I need something like that) Good advice! Thank You for sharing such a useful post as well:)
    Wish you a blessed day ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much, that's so lovely of you - have a wonderful weekend :o). Xx

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  8. I really wish I could buy them all :| Online shipping costs more than the products :/

    Relationships.College.Love

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  9. I would love to try that Dermalogica Eye Care. it sounds like exactly what I need! Great post!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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  10. Great post - It's got me thinking about what skincare I will be taking away with me on holiday with me this year! The Estee Lauder moisturising cream sounds lovely x
    Sweet Dreams

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    1. It's brilliant for skin that tends to get dehydrated and it smells lovely too :o). Xx

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  11. Nice products! Wish i could afford stuff like that! <3

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    1. Maybe something for the birthday wish list :o). Xx

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  12. I'm really bad with my skincare routine when I'm travelling, it's something I definitely need to work on!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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    1. As long as you've got the Origins Drink Up Intensive, you can fix any tired skin :o). Xx

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  13. Suncream and my face moisturiser are my essentials, and I can't go without lip balm!
    Love your essentials, especially the cute little bioderma bottle! Lovely Post!
    xoxo,

    BerryBloomXO.blogspot.co.uk 

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    1. Ah yes, lip balm is another great multi purpose product :o). Thank you so much :o). Xx

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  14. Great little products, love my Bioderma, the Origins mask I have not owned but I hear good things about it.
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    1. It's absolutely amazing, the hype is definitely worth it :o). Xx

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    1. It's a gorgeous, fresh and effective mask :o). Xx

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  16. lovely products and great post!

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  17. I've never tried any of those products, but they look great! My travel basics are a cleanser gel, the Babaria 4 effect moisturizer, a Yves Rocher lip balm and my Dove body milk. I love creams! :))

    Jasmine xx
    For a Real Woman
    So easy Spanish!

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    1. I haven't heard of the Babaria moisturiser before, but it sounds interesting :o). Xx

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    1. I adore it, it's one of my feel good products :o). Xx

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  19. I've heard so many great things about the Origins mask! I've only tried one thing from Origins I really must push the boat out and try some more!

    Salted Roses // UK Fashion Blog

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  20. Bioderma`s Sensibio it`s my favorite too. It`s cleans even hard make up and makes skin so soft! I have always bottle on too waiting for opening in my closet. :)

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    1. I love how impossibly clean it makes my skin feel - it's still the best one for me :o). Xx

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  21. Great post, I'm off on my travels soon and need to start putting my flight kit together.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  22. great post, I just came back from New Orleans and my face and skin took a beating, Fo real!

    http://www.cindyslittleblackbook.com

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    1. Oh no, but nothing that Origins Drink Up Intensive mask can't fix I'm sure :o). Xx

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  23. The Bioderma micelle solution sounds just perfect for travelling! Nice post :) x
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  24. My skincare must-haves for traveling would be my Le Couvent des Minimes micellar water, and Avon Anew Rejuvenate Day SPF 25 because it's also gentle enough to wear at night. That's it! :-) Oh, and Josie Maran Argan Oil for the skin around my eye areas. Lol. Chic and Alluring Blog

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    1. I'd love to try Josie Maran - that's a great tip, thanks for that :o). Xx

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  25. great and versatile products. got to admit, I neglect my skin when I'm travelling because I just bring skincare products that are in small packaging (and there aren't many in my closet)
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    1. IThanks a million, it's great that they can be used for so many things :o). Xx

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  26. Love this list of products! I've been wanting the Origins mask for ages now!

    xx Anine
    redlipsandbeautybits.blogspot.com

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    1. It's absolutely amazing, I completely understand all the hype :o). Xx

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  27. a lip balm is an absolute must for me when travelling. my favorite is of court burts bees beeswax

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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    1. I'd love to try one of the ones with color too :o). xx

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