It has become so easy to travel now. Be it cross-country or out of the country, travelling has never been more convenient for more and more people. We are truly living in a global society where experiencing others' cultures is now a reality for most. Settle down and read on for a long and hopefully informative post! :)
If you are anything like me and enjoy travelling comfortably, then you won't find bringing your entire skincare routine with you on trips to be weird and unnecessary. Especially on long trips. Based on personal experience; it is so much harder to treat weather worn, ravaged, dehydrated skin than to pack up the essentials and continue with one's routine. Preventive measures, I call it. Plus, there is the confidence that I have in knowing that my skin will look great wherever I am and that I can treat any pesky breakouts anywhere.
Can you tell that I learned from past trauma? Haha! Not to sound paranoid, it's just that it's so much more convenient to bring your own stuff than to look for stuff you might need on the spot when there is a language barrier and you're not used to the place!
Bath and Body
The skin on my body dries out easily no matter the weather and no matter how hydrated I am. When it's dry, I easily get rashes or recover more slowly from scratches or stings, leaving scars. I also tend to get sunburned. I will tan, but I also get burned, hehe! I've grown to learn that it's just sensitive that way. So, I bring moisturising products that I regularly use which I've bought in travel sizes.
The Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Bar has been my soap for close to 10 years now. It just works and can be used as face/feminine wash in a pinch, making it perfect for travel. I got the travel case in one of their regular promotions at the grocery store. The Body Shop Wild Argan Body Butter and Body Scrub smells so good and comforting, easy to apply and the body butter absorbs easily but the moisture lasts for a long time. The body scrub is gentle yet effective on dry, rough skin.
For sun protection, I use Derma E Antioxidant Natural Sunscreen with Clear Zinc Oxide. This is safe for face and body but I also have the oil-free version for facial use. The Nivea Extra Whitening Deodorant came in a promotional travel kit too. Normally, I use natural deodorants, but the tiny version of this one is too nice not to include here. I like bringing an essential oil with me like this Lavender one from Aura Cacia. A lady must always have razors for hair removal. And, I actually forgot to put in my tweezers for grooming, but that's important too. Lastly, never forget dental hygiene. I collect the tiny sets from airline or hotel rooms and use them whenever we travel.
My hair is always damaged because I love coloring it. It's just something I'm used to now. The Damage Care line from Dove has never disappointed me. It doesn't cause flakes and it doesn't leave my damaged but thick hair fluffy or crunchy. I use the hair oil from Dove too but I've since run out.
Skin Care for My Face
It's not a lot but it's not a few either! I have sensitive, combination-oily skin which gets acne prone from hormonal imbalances, which is why I need to bring products for the dry parts and the oily parts plus acne treatment. Yeah I know.. :(
I'm not comfortable not bringing some form of these so I try to lessen the load by decanting my tried and true reliables into teeny containers. I have here some decanted L'Oreal Gentle Cleansing Milk for dry days, a hyaluronic acid essence from The Face Shop and regular ol' baby oil for eye makeup removal. And yes, I do collect product samples too! I make sure to get from good brands like this Ducray Keracnyl Gel which is soap-free and cleanses without being stripping. Avene Micellar Water is one of the best as well as their iconic Eau Thermale or thermal water. That medicine-like thingy is actually a mask pod from Uriage. Nivea Creme is a staple for me. I have a collection of Nivea Creme in different sizes. I'll do a post on that soon.
Lip balm, acne spot treatment and eyedrops. Smith's Rosebud Salve, La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I., Visine Refresh. I need to have some form of those at all times. The sheet masks from The Face Shop, are cheap, portable and effective. I get the Aloe or Green Tea variants because they hydrate and treat at the same time.
Wow! And that's about it! I don't like to be high maintenance. This already feels much but at the same time, it's just right! I hope this was helpful in some way for you. Travelling is fun for me and I wish you great experiences on yours travels too!