Traveling constrains your time, luggage, and even energy. My skincare (and makeup) routine is cut in half when I travel. Read on to see what I prioritise!
In an ideal world, you have sample or travel sizes of all of your products, so you know your skin won't break out from it. Trying new products is always a risk as you're already in a new environment that your skin/body may not react well to.
Sephora's Facial Wipes - You're tired; you've been on your feet all day. I get so lazy with my skincare routine when traveling so using wipes are the easiest way to go.
A facial cleanser is a must. I love getting travel kits as they're so convenient. Belif's bestsellers On-The-Go Travel Kit has the basic essentials to keep your skin happy and healthy while you travel. Belif is one of my favourite brands but you can get whatever kit that makes your skin happy. I also recently got the Drunk Elephant birthday gift from Sephora, which includes their Jelly Cleanser and Protini Cream so I've been trying it out on my more recent trips.
- If you DO breakout, carry a sheet of acne patches to help alleviate it a bit.
Don't exfoliate on your trip. It's not worth the space nor the risk.
I believe toners are still worth bringing. I'm currently packing Son & Park's Beauty Water that I bought in Korea. They were selling the full size + a free travel size in a pack. Most if not all toners should be kind to all skin types so you shouldn't have to worry about breaking out from a new toner.
Unless you are in dire need of this, I think you can skip it.
SERUMS & AMPOULES
This one is very dependent on how you think your skin will react to where you're going. I've been bringing my marula oil(1oz) with me when I know it's going be dry and I have not regretted it.
Masks are definitely a luxury to bring, not an essential (in my opinion). They barely take up space so it should be fairly easy to pack. They're great for unwinding after a long day, or hydrating your skin on the plane, as Mama recommends.
I think this is one of the few things in the gray area. I love bringing eye cream to make sure I look refreshed when traveling but I realise it's more space and may not be essential. I think the best option for this is to bring sample sizes since eye creams are usually clean because they're made to moisturise an area that is more sensitive than the rest.
This is a MUST. Of course you need pack moisturiser. I'd argue to bring whatever size you want (as long as it's TSA compliant). You need a good moisturiser that will lock in the potent-yet-minimal amount of product you've just applied. It's not worth letting your skin suffer.
This is also a MUST!! UV protection is not essential, it's a requirement. Protect your skin- don't be a fool. Make sure you are applying sunscreen daily.
For hot or humid destinations: Blotterazzi by beautyblender. I personally don't like using the pack of blotting paper because it gets messy and I feel like my fingers get oily. Blotterazzi is a reusable blotting applicator that's easy to use and easy to travel with because it comes with a case and a mirror.