A quick and easy skincare routine is your best friend when you’re traveling. You’ll save yourself a lot of grief and long battles with nasty pimples if you maintain your regimen.
Flying reaaaallly dries out your skin. I mean REALLY REALLY dries it out. When I’m on a longer flight I’ll ask for a hot, moist towel to place over my face and take a few deep breaths. This not only help keeps your sinuses from drying out, but it helps your skin relax a bit from all the recycled air. I try to plan around the hot towel to do a bit of skincare on the plane, too. The hot towel will open up your pores allowing you to clean your skin really well before reaching your destination. If I can’t do this on the plane I’ll stop by the bathrooms before I pick up my luggage and to a little maintenance. This might seem high maintenance, but when you’re traveling all the time routines are super important to keep up. You didn’t leave your body at home to keep while you’re on vacation, did you?
My skincare routine is something I’ve nailed down over the past few years because I’ve always had a bit of an issue with acne. This is mostly due to a hormonal imbalance caused by PCOS, but stress and anxiety also play a big role. I wanted to show you all the items that I love and have used over and over again. Now, you might look at this list and say, damn that’s a lot of things to pack and truthfully it is. This is probably my biggest issue when traveling because I know if I skip one of these steps my skin will be super unhappy with me, which makes me unhappy. Gratefully though, there are easy ways to decant your products so it’s not too much of a hassle.
Clean and Clear Cream Cleanser
I only use cream cleansers because I don’t want to aggravate my skin more than I absolutely have to. I’ve used Clean and Clear Cream Cleanser for YEARS. I think I’m going on 8 years now. I have tried other organic, natural, etc… cleansers, but they always destroyed my skin. My pores would be bigger and darker, and my acne would take over. I also do a double cleanse each time I wash my face.
If I feel like I need to exfoliate, which I do maybe two to three times a week, I reach for baking soda. I mix it with a little water to make a paste then scrub away. I used to use that infamous St. Ives Peach Scrub, but lord almighty that stuff rips your face apart. It’s like creamy sandpaper.
Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz
After cleansing I use a toner to get any extra spots I might have missed. I love this toner. My skin doesn’t feel overly dry once I use it and I have seen a huge improvement in my pores and complexion.
Origins Super Spot Remover
If I have a horrible breakout l use the tiniest dab of this stuff and it’ll be gone the next morning. It’s a tiny, tiny little bottle, but it lasts forever. I put this on before I do anything else to my skin and wait for it to dry before carrying on with my routine.
Origins No Puffery Cooling Mask for Puffy Eyes
Again, this is not an everyday thing for me, but for people who wear glasses you might understand when I say I sweat under my eyes. My glasses trap in heat and the skin under my eyes get sweaty and gross during the day. If it’s been particularly hot I’ll use a tiny dab of this under my eyes to help dry up the sweat, but also help with my bags and dark circles. If you do want to get this I would look into the 1 ounce tube and not the roll-on. They both cost $25.00 and do the exactly same thing except you get a hell of lot less product for the same amount of money.
If I’m not doing any extra skincare I jump to putting on a serum after toning. The two I’ve been using are Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum and No.7 Pore Refining Serum. I’ve used the Olay one for a few years now, but I wanted to try the No.7 because my pores on my nose won’t seem to calm the heck down. I’ve been using it for about a week and I’m not sure I’m into it just yet. Let me also point out that I’m not entirely convinced this step is necessary. I don’t know how if I really believe serums do anything for your skin overall.
I use two different moisturizers for day and night. In the morning I use Olay Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Day Lotion with SPF 15 and at night I use Origins Make a Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Gel. The Olay moisturizer has been a staple for me since 2003. It’s light, adds a little protection from the sun (definitely not enough for the entire day), and has never caused an acne breakout. I cannot recommend this one enough. The Origins treatment is the “lightest” in the Make a Difference Plus+ line, meaning it’s in a gel form rather than cream based. It feels amazing at night and super moisturizing. I wake up feeling like my skin doesn’t need a tall drink every morning. It also smells like a sweet limoncello. Mmm….mmm.mmm. Granted, if I was on a longer journey I would only bring one of these items. Gotta cut down somewhere!
I use the Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer on top of all my other skincare items. Sunscreen also works as a great primer for your make up, soooo keep your skin healthy and protected while saving yourself a bunch of money on those expensive primers. I haven’t broken out from this one yet, so here’s hoping!
This is not something I am particularly picky about. Right now I’m using Boots Botanics Deeply Moisturizing Body Lotion and Oil with Icelandic Moss. This stuff smells like HEAVEN and does an alright job of keeping my skin smooth. For me, body lotion is something I can pick up while I’m traveling. It changes all the time and it’s more about what keeps me moisturized the longest.