#BeautyBuys Part 5: My Travel Skin Routine
London is dark and gloomy, so an end of year escape was definitely necessary over the Christmas period. I celebrate the New Year in Dubai with my family and had the best time (more pictures from last year here). However, with an ever-growing interest in skincare, I became astutely aware that I would be traveling from cold weather to hot weather, and then back to cold weather again, all within a week. No doubt all that climate hopping would confuse my skin's natural routine, not giving it time to catch up with its constantly changing surroundings. Plus, we all know that long-haul flights are no friend to our epidermis layer, so I calculated what beauty products from my stash of skincare remedies were best to bring along with me. The finalists are featured below.
The Inflight Essentials
According to Dr. Howard Sobel, dermatologist and founder of DDF Skincare (see more here), being on a plane is similar to "being in the desert in 95-degree heat". Unfortunately, that pressurised environment is both drying and dehydrating for your skin, therefore a lot of TLC and moisturising is needed to counterbalance those negative effects.
I'm not 100% sure what face mists do but I love the smell and feel of this one and spritz it all over my face, several times during the flight, in hopes that it keeps my skin consistently hydrated.
I've seen so many people rave about using sheet masks, especially when traveling. I thought I'd be brave enough to try it out on the plane but chickened out because it just felt too weird to be squashed next to 3 strangers with a sheet on my face. However, the moment I got to my hotel room, I popped it on and loved the results. It left my face feeling super soft and nourished.
It's debatable whether eye creams really work and I'm still not fully convinced but nevertheless, I do believe that area needs moisturising too. I love to use this treatment while on the plane, it feels really good and - if nothing else - the massaging motion relaxes me.
My lips crack at the slightest sign of dry air so I'm constantly applying and reapplying lip balms to them. I LOVE the smell (and the taste - woops!) the Birthday Balm DotColm. Does its job and also makes my lips look all sexy and shiny and shizz.
They say your hands are one of the areas of the body which show the first sign of aging, therefore they especially need some care and attention when flying. I always make sure to keep hand cream with me at all times and this product is the right balance of moisturising but not sticky.
The Daily Routine
In-depth cleansing and natural oils are the keys to maintaining good skin on holiday, especially needed to protect against constantly changing environments and weather-fronts, e.g. sun, sea, air con, etc...
One of my favourite cleansers that also doubles as a mask. The travel size is perfect holiday companion, as a little goes a long way with this product and the smaller version takes up minimal space in your suitcase. Feels like I'm giving myself a spa-worthy facial every day.
I started using this face wash in November last year and I loved the fresh feeling you get when using it, especially welcome when in a hot and humid country. Again, doubles as a face mask which pleases the wishful multitasker in me. Works to prevent heat stress associated with overly hot showers and prevent early signs of aging as well.
I couldn't be more grateful for this travel kit. I have always loved Malin + Goetz products anyway, and then to be able to take all the essential products with me in one swift scoop is a much-needed relief when panic packing before my flight. Includes shampoo, conditioner, face and body wash and moisturiser. Unisex too, so you and your partner can share.
My new obsession, the Disciple products have superseded all my expectations and firmly taken over the top spot as my must-have facial oil (sorry Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil). The all natural ingredient list is very gentle on your skin but oh-so-effective at giving you clear and glowing skin. Just what you want on a holiday.
If all else fails and all that regular cleansing and moisturising doesn't quite do the trick, this drying lotion is a little vile of magic. It works to target specific trouble areas so place a small dab on a particularly annoying spot overnight and by morning, the pimple should have shrunk in size. I try not to use it too often, as I'm wary about drying my skin, but it is my saviour product for any last minute facial issues.
I always want to feel and look my best when on my holiday but the Laura Mercier Body Creme keeps me smelling my best. It smells like cupcakes in a bowl and leaves skin feeling soft and luxurious!
The Sun Prep
There are no two ways about it, if you're heading out into the sunshine, you NEED SPF! It's not even up for discussion kids.
I've been using this sun cream for years and it works so well for sensitive skin (having had bad reactions to other brands in the past). Also, I tan really quickly so will happily slather on the highest SPF factor I can find. No skin scares for me thanks.
I really like taking this product to the beach or pool with me because 1) it's got SPF in it 2) it's hydrating (and if you haven't been able to tell by now, I'll all about that hydration) and finally 3) it refreshing on the skin, especially after being in direct sunlight. Win win win!
Lipstick Queen is such a cute brand and I love the changing colours of their lipstick products. This particular one is a subtle peachy shade that compliments all skin tones and acts as a great balm for pouty beach/poolside looks.
True to its word, this primer has become my ultimate makeup BFF. In the past, I've been dubious of primers, having negative experiences of breakouts or issues with sensitive skin. However, with Trinny's product, none of those problems arise and I'm left with good coverage from a primer that protects against the sun and moisturises the skin. Very impressed.