Travel-Friendly Skincare Guide
In preparation for a mini holiday to visit one of my closest friends (that I haven't seen in two years, crazy), I've written a little guide on travel friendly skincare products. This is as much a compilation for you as it is for me- I couldn't fathom narrowing it down until I wrote this post. Trying to continue your skincare routine whilst travelling can be a daunting task, enough to make you sacrifice it altogether. But it doesn't have to be that way! I've listed a few of my favourite skincare products that will make packing a breeze.
- Just to clarify, you do not need to take all of these products. I wanted to give you a selection of products to look through, to see which would suit you best!
Travelling is also the best time to start using those samples you have stored away at home. I always take samples that I have already used before (don't want a reaction on holiday, eek) but they are so easy and light that they make packing 10x easier.
farrellia x nashi lab travel package.
I've partnered with an amazing New Zealand online store called Nashi Lab to create a travel essentials pack of items talked about in this post! Altogether it retails for 45NZD but Nashi Lab is selling it at a discounted price of 38NZD- pretty good right? This is only available for New Zealand shoppers (sorry my international readers). Click here to view the Farrellia Travel Package.
Cleansers can be big, bulky and very messy. When travelling, it is best to opt for an oil balm and a soap cleanser. I would generally recommend continuing your double cleanse, especially if you're going to be lathering on the sunscreen where you're going. You're going to want to double cleanse to help remove the SPF and makeup. Trust me, you're pores will thank you! Oil balms are perfect for travel as they are solid and won't leak anywhere. They can be fairly bulky, so it might be a good idea to find a small container (I normally use small salad dressing ones) and scoop some product into it to save on room. In terms of your second cleanse, a soap cleanser is your best bet. Soap cleansers are solid cleansers but when you add water to them they magically bubble up. Not only are they fun but almost mess-free and take up very little room in your case.
Banila Co. Clean It Zero Classic 100ml (29NZD/21USD) is a popular oil balm that has reached cult status in recent years. It does an amazing job of melting off your makeup without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It comes with a spatula, which you can bring with to help scoop out the product from your container as to avoid germs. Read my full review here. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco, and international stockists SOKOGLAM and Amazon.
Heimish All Clean Balm 120ml (25NZD, 19USD) is a recent addition to the oil balm market but has taken the world by storm. It does a very similar job to the Clean It Zero but it is slightly bigger. Heimish uses natural ingredients and is free of parabens which is a pretty big tick from me. Just massage it into your skin and watch your makeup slip of your face- it's basically magic. Available for purchase through NZ stockist Hikoco, and international stockists Jolse and Amazon.
Sum:37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick 40ml (40NZD, 28USD) is another very popular cleanser. This is a soap cleanser that twists up and reveals the product. This twist-up tube makes it very convenient and perfect to throw in your travel case. There is over 90% of natural ingredients in there, and is well known to be a very pleasant experience. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Charcoal Soap 120g (18NZD, 13USD) is a soap cleansing bar. The charcoal soap is crafted into a black square- you simple rinse your hands under warm water and work the soap into a lather in your palm. Charcoal is ideal for cleaning out your pores (perfect for a hot climate) and so would be a great addition to your travel kit. I would recommend keeping it in a zip-lock bag to ensure that it doesn't dry out too quickly. Available through international stockists Wishtrend and Amazon.
A lot of people skip this step, especially if they've never experienced the joys of toning. I didn't get into it until last year but now I swear by it. If you are reducing your routine to a few key steps then definitely make sure to keep a toner in there. A toner will help to hydrate your skin but most importantly, reset your pH levels and rebalance your skin. When flying, your skin dries out super fast so it's important to keep hydrated!
COSRX One Step Pimple Clear Pads 70 pads (26NZD, 19USD) are particularly convenient because they are pre-moistened pads, packed into a tub. Simply take one pad out, swipe it across your face and voila! These pads are not only toners but also gentle exfoliators, making them ideal for travel as you could probably skip bringing an exfoliator. It contains tea-tree extract so can also help combat acne. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
Son & Park Beauty Water 340ml (40NZD, 30USD) is a great toner to use while travelling. The original 340ml bottle may be a bit big, so other options include the miniature bottle which is 60ml or to buy a spritzer bottle and transfer some product for easy use. The Beauty Water is perfect for refreshing your skin and keeping it hydrated. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
RE:P Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pads 90 pads (NZD60, USD44) are similar to the COSRX pads in the sense that they kill two birds with one stone. One side of the pre-moistened pads has a rough texture to gently exfoliate your skin, whilst the other is smooth to wipe away impurities. This one is a little pricier because you are paying for animal-cruelty free, parabens, animal ingredients, sorbic acid, mineral oil, surfactants, propylene glycol free- definitely one to look into if you are conscious about this sort of thing like me. Available for purchase through international stockist SOKOGLAM.
Whether or not you bring an exfoliator is totally up to you. It may depend how long you will be away for (in which case you might wish to bring some) and if you prefer chemical or manual exfoliation. This sort of thing is very dependant on personal preference (so you may wish to buy a small container and transfer your favourite exfoliator into it) but I've listed a few that I've found to be travel-sized and effective!
23 Years Old Badecasil (7 in 1 Solution) Cream 30g (28NZD, 24USD) is a small tube which contains my HOLY GRAIL AHA cream. I love this little guy, not only is he perfectly sized for your travel kit but is so effective at reducing scarring, closed comedomes and uneven skin texture. This is a must for me, and I will definitely be bringing it on my trip. Available for purchase through NZ stockist Hikoco and international stockists Wishtrend and Amazon.
Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 100mg (23NZD, 19USD) is a clay mask that you spread over your face, leave for 15 minutes and then gently wash off with warm water. I have found it to be pretty effective at cleaning out my pores, and it is also in a small (but very cute) tub. This exfoliator doesn't require any harsh scrubbing so would be a good choice for somebody with active acne, looking for a pick me up on their trip. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists Jolse and Amazon.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off 100g (13NZD, 10USD) is your more generic wash off exfoliator but is very effective! The Black Sugar Mask uses sugar to help exfoliate your skin when you rub it in. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then using circular motions, wash off the sugar. It leaves your skin feeling super soft, clean and is all round great product. The tub isn't too big, but it might pay to transfer some into a container if you're running low on space. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
ESSENCE/ ampoules/ sheet masks.
Essences may or may not be required- it might be easier to bring a bunch of sheet masks, or use an ampoule instead. Sheet masks use essences to drench the sheet and are the best way to give your skin an instant hydration boost. Don't be self-conscious and use it on the plane! Ampoules are basically super concentrated essences and are usually in little bottles that are easy enough to bring along.
Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Tube 35ml (14NZD, 10USD) is a small (and therefore ideal) tube essence that does everything you want it to do, whilst be insanely affordable. It hydrates, helps reduce fine lines, acne scarring and blemishes. Anything with snail secretion is a thumbs up from me so I would definitely recommend tucking this one into your case. Available for purchase through international stockists Peach & Lily and Amazon.
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Power Essence 100ml (26NZD, 19USD) isn't travel-sized but I couldn't not include it in this list. I love this essence and use it morning and night. It plumps up your skin, genuinely helps reduce the appearance of acne scarring and is a light consistency. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule 20ml (36NZD, 24USD) is an action packed ampoule, designed to strengthen the skins barrier and moisture retention which is perfect after long flights. It uses amino acids and the vitamin B5 to moisturise and hydrate your skin. Its very little but very concentrated so you won't need to use much! Available for purchase through NZ stockist Hikoco and international stockists Jolse and Amazon.
Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Sheet Masks x10 (40NZD, 20USD) this is mask is suuuuuuuper hydrating. I have normal-oily skin and used it in the middle of summer (not such a great idea) but it would be amazing if you are going to a cold climate. It is a cream like ampoule and it leaves your skin feeling like you won't need any moisturiser for a few days. It's that good. Available for purchase through NZ stockist Hikoco and international stockists Style Korean and Amazon.
JayJun Rose Blossom Mask x10 (40NZD, 20USD) might be a better fit for those hotter climate vacays. This is hands down my favourite mask to use this summer and I recommend it to everybody. It is a very soothing and calming mask- perfect in helping you to relax. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Hikoco and international stockists Jolse and Amazon.
Suncream is super important and I refuse to hear any complaints. It is imperative that you use one everyday, even more so if you are in a hot climate! You cannot skimp on this stage but lucky for us, sunscream lotions are generally pretty small anyway. In recent years, suncream has really advanced so you can often find a suncream that does a variety of things (such as hydrate, uses an essence) as well as protecting your skin from the sun. I have extolled the virtues of SPF in a blog post here, so give it a read if you're confused about all that kinda stuff.
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++ 50ml (20NZD, 15USD) is a wonderful suncream that also helps hydrate your skin. This is because of the main ingredient, aloe, which lends long-lasting hydration and is naturally non-irritating so perfect for even the most sensitive skin (see no excuses!). Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk SPF 50 PA+++ 40ml (25NZD, 22USD) is a very light suncream that gives great protection against UVA and UVB rays. It also has an essence factor which helps to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. It does not leave your skin feeling greasy, nor does it leave a white cast making it ideal for using under makeup. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and international stockists SOKOGLAM and Amazon.
Dr. Jart Every Sun Day UV Sunscreen SPF+ PA+++ 50ml (39NZD, ) does not leave a stickiness, despite having a very high SPF. It harnesses the properties of the flowers, purlane and marigold, extracts to ensure that it will not irritate your skin, but rather soothe it. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists, Sephora and Amazon.
Mists are almost imperative for long flights. During long hours on a plane, your skin can get super dehydrated and in desperate need of moisture. This is where mists come in handy! Hand creams perform the same function, and are are nice treat (not to mention they smell amazing?) And you can't forget the skin treatments!
Benton Honest TT Mist 40ml (12NZD, 11USD) is ideal for those who need a mist with a little punch. The Honest TT Mist is made with 85% tea-tree water and extracts- helping to soothe and replenish your skin whilst also fighting acne! I throughly enjoy this mist and feel its a must for everyday travel. Available for purchase through NZ stockist Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM and Amazon.
Etude House My Beauty Tool Lovely Ettie Headband (8NZD, 5USD), because everyone needs something to pin their hair back while they're washing their face. Might as well look like a cat while you're doing it. Available for purchase through NZ stockist Nashi Lab and international stockists SOKOGLAM, and Amazon.
Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream (9NZD, 12USD), not only smells *divine* but is so moisturising. It is a super light texture so doesn't feel greasy on your hands which is massive pet peeve of mine! It leaves your hands feeling supple and smooth- perfect for that air time. Available for purchase through NZ stockist Nashi Lab and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch 23 patches (6NZD, 5USD) are simple and easy to use patches that you apply straight onto the pimple. These patches are hydrocolloid patches, to protect wounds from dust and viruses in the air. This ensures that the pimple heals with little irritation and reduces the chances of scarring. I generally use them overnight, so that you're not walking around with a small plaster on your face. Available for purchase through NZ stockists Nashi Lab and Hikoco and international stockists SOKOGLAM, Jolse and Amazon.
I hope that this guide helped you try and decide on what sort of skincare to take on your holiday, and help you realise that you can take more than you think! Travelling doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice the routine that you've put so much effort into, but simply look at it in a different way. Enjoy your trip, and have a safe journey!
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