Skincare essentials – Travel edition

There are some things in life I just can’t live without, and that’s a decent skincare arsenal. Here’s mine, stripped down to a bare minimum. These are all I need to keep my skin happy during a short getaway.

Skincare favourites

Bare in mind that this is just what I packed for a couple of days at the beach so I haven’t included a heavy duty cleanser as I’m not wearing much other than a concealer and brows. Somedays I do a little eye liner, but that’s about it.

Travel skincare cleansers

To me a good skincare routine includes an effective cleanser. For now I’m relying on this one by Murad. I’ve repurchased this and it’s been my go to cleanser for the last 5 years or so. It’s their Soothing Gel Cleanser formulated for sensitive skin. The texture is very light weight and jelly like. It doesn’t foam much but cleans my face without stripping it of all moisture. Skin feels comfortable and bouncy. I use this morning and night.

If i’m wearing any eye makeup, I use the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover to cleanse it off at the end of the day. I pack this smaller travel size bottle and it doesn’t take up too much space in my travel pouch. For speedy eye makeup removal (even waterproof mascara) without any sensitivity I highly recommend this one.

Travel skincare sunscreen

After cleansing, it’s moisturiser and sun screen. No matter how humid or sweaty the weather is, it’s a non negotiable step. Ideally with my extra oily t-zone, i’d happily go without moisturiser, but since it’s something I don’t compromise on, next best thing is my Hydraluron hydration serum. It gives my skin a burst of moisture and absorbs immediately leaving NO oily feeling.

I then follow with my daily sunscreen which is the Avène Day Protector UV EX SPF 30 PA ++++. I like that it’s formulated for sensitive skin and also absorbs well into the skin leaving it velvety and supple. Again, no oiliness. On the down side, I am convinced this blocks my pores. But until I find something as good as this, it’s a necessary evil i’m willing to put up with. Sigh.

Eye creams

For eyes I always, always use an eye cream. Even during the day, under makeup, I use one.

For travel I mainly pack these three. One serum and two eye creams.

For the ultimate line busting solution, my go to is the Zelens Triple Action Advanced eye cream. It’s a light gel texture and feels amazing on the eye area (for those of you who have very dry under eyes or love richer night creams, this one will feel rather under nourishing as it absorbs completely).

Usually I apply this after I have prepped my under eye with the Lancôme Génifique Yeux. Which is a serum that absorbs immediately and leaves no greasy feel under the eyes. The reason I pair all my eye creams with the Génifique Yeux is that I notice it boosts the anti aging benefits of my eye creams and I love it.

For nights I prefer to alternate my Zelens eye cream with the Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective eye cream. This is my holy grail hydrating/anti-aging eye cream. Although it’s not as effective on deep, stubborn wrinkles (compared to Zelens) I love it for how hydrating it is. It actually does an amazing job hydrating so I always repurchase this.

If you don’t have any major wrinkle issues and/or in the mid 20’s to early 30’s this is the one for you! It keeps eyes looking bright and youthful as well as controlling the appearance of any new fine lines.

Travel skincare visionnaire

The one thing I NEVER ever leave home without is my Lancôme Visionnaire Serum, reviewed here. It’s been my holy grail serum for the last three years or so.

If uneven, blemished skin with noticeable pores are your concern. This is what you need. It will make your skin look rested and glowing overnight. I have several of these at home, including this tiny version I use when I travel.

Travel Skincare SOS

Lastly, I also pack two SOS treatment products where ever I go. One is the Avène Soothing serum. It’s what I rely on when my skin feels sensitized and red. If you suffer from sensitive skin, this product is gold. It instantly calms angry, red blotchy skin.

My second SOS product is the Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel. It’s god sent for banishing those pesky, holiday ruining breakouts. Apply this at the very first sign of a blemish and you could control the breakout as well as enable it to heal without leaving any discolouration or marks. Certainly a product worth investing in.

So there you have it. My skincare essentials for travel. They all fit into a relatively small pouch so by no means is it a burden carrying them around. And at the end of the day, my little bag of magic comes equipped with everything I would need for any holiday emergency!

16 thoughts

  1. Hello, I never tried Avene SPF 30 . Is it enought for summer ? I usually try 50 .
    but I usually get dark spots caused by the sun .
    Do you get any colour with that cream ? Or you stay whine ? Or maybe you have a bronzed skin . I live in portugal and during winter my skin is lighther .
    Have wonderful hollidays . Xx

    1. Hi Teresa,
      If you are fair, an SPF 30 may not be enough. I’m tan in general and darker skin tones are naturally more resilient to suns rays although we do tan easily. Using an SPF 30 definitely lets me tan a bit. But in general to avoid sun damage don’t head out without protection during noon or afternoon. That’s when the suns rays are at it’s harshest. But in either case, I believe a lower SPF is better than no SPF at all! So go for the highest number you can bare 🙂

  2. My next cleanser is definitely going to be Murad, so I’m writing this one down to do some extra research! Thank you! I’m impatient to go through my current cleanser stash! Also, that Hydraluron serum was my HG serum last summer–left my skin so hydrated.

    1. The Murad cleansers are some of my faves. I have another one which I purchased recently which is more of an energising version. Quite nice and refreshing for the morning 🙂 I can’t recall the name though.. >.<
      And yes! Hydraluron is the best way to hydrate during the warmer months! hehe Loving this so far ❤

  3. I love your selection here, I’d love more skincare posts! 🙂 I’ve never tried any Murad products actually, but that cleanser sounds really nice! And how good is hydraluron?!! 😀 You are killing me with the background on these pictures – it’s so cold here in Norway he he!! Enjoy your holiday xx

  4. That baby Visionnaire! So cute! I have been enjoying mine with the Genefique thanks to you! Is the Clarins eye makeup remover oily? If so, is it so oily that your vision is blurred (you know what I’m talking about, right?). I prefer oil based removers, but can’t stand the blurry eye! Let me know! I love the little covered “cabana”-looking seating on the beach!

    1. Hi, yes the mini Genifique is super cute lol. I had to purchase this in the US as SG doesn’t seem to have this size 🙂
      And nope, the Clarins doesn’t leave me with a blurry eye! I only have that problem when I use oil cleansers like the SK2 or my favourite Omorovicza balm >.<

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