This past month has been HECTIC. I started my month off with a whirlwind trip that started in Barcelona. From Barcelona, I traveled through Morocco and finished the trip the best way I know how with dinner in Paris (picking just one place to eat in Paris is a near impossible task). After a couple of days in Chicago, I was back on the road this time to Florida. After my Florida trip, I was off to Seattle for a week for work. I’m finally back in Chicago and cannot wait to share all of the adventures I’ve had over the past month after I sort through the 2000+ photos I took on my trips.
I love to travel, but I can honestly do without the havoc it wreaks on my skin. No one wants dry, flaky skin or pimples especially when you are on vacation. I'm not blessed with perfect skin so finding the right skincare routine for when I travel was critical. This past month of travel put my routine to the test.
In Flight Skincare Routine
The key to great skin when you're on the road - start when you are in transit. I make it a point to drink lots of water. Before I board a long flight, I pop into the airport bathroom and take off my makeup, use a quick Glycolic peel pad, and put on a water mask.
My favorite face wipes are the "Yes to Cucumber" face wipes. They are great for sensitive skin and don't smell like chemicals. I use Bliss for my Glycolic peel pads. They are individually packaged which makes them perfect for packing in a purse or backpack. And last but not least my all time favorite water mask is Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask. It's affordable and works great for sensitive skin. I recommend using a contact lens case to store the mask when you're traveling.
Post Flight Skincare Routine
Before I rush to the customs line, I stop in the bathroom to fix myself up. Does anyone else feel their grimiest after an 8+ hour flight? Post transit I quickly use a face wipe. I then use Hyaluronic Acid Serum (Vichy and PCA both make great ones) to help re-hydrate my skin. I let the serum soak in for a minute before putting on my go-to morning moisturizer by Osea. Before heading out, I put on CC Cream (with SPF) Lune + Aster and Chanel are my two favorites.
Daily Skincare Routine
Keeping on a set skincare routine on the road is hard especially if you are a product junkie like me! Because space and time are limited, I try to keep my travel skincare routine simple.
I use a cleanser by Osea in the morning followed by a pump of Hyaluronic Acid Serum. In the mornings I use the same moisturizer and CC cream as I do post-flight.
At night I always start my routine out by washing my face with my Osea cleanser. I then use a Glytone toner to remove any dirt/oil left over from a day of exploring. After using the toner, I use a pump of Hyaluronic Acid Serum followed by "Egyptian Magic" as my evening moisturizer.
Skincare First Aid
Even the most prepared skincare guru is bound to run into a pimple on the road. I carry Nexcare Acne patches with me in my carry on, and they work miracles! If you have a pimple, put on a patch before bed (make sure there is no moisturizer underneath), and when you wake up, it will be gone -most of the time.
The other in-a-pinch products I always carry are samples of Glam Glow's Super Mud mask and Oskia's Renaissance mask (sold at Barney's).
After a month of travel, five time zones, and more hours in the air than I care to admit I've returned to Chicago with my skin glowing! I'm always looking to refine my travel skincare routine. What products do you love to use when you travel?
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