I have a habit of under-packing makeup and clothing to justify vacation hauling but I’ll always bring adequate skincare – change of climate, long-haul flights and overindulging can wreak havoc on the skin and I WILL be prepared!
My Los Angeles/San Francisco travel skincare bag, shall we?
Simple Skincare – Micellar Cleansing Water
One of my favourite micellar waters (can you tell? I almost finished a bottle in three weeks!), I might even prefer this one to Bioderma because it genuinely has no smell. I’ll use this to remove the bulk of my makeup before a proper cleanse and it’s very effective. Not much else to say here!
MV Skincare – Gentle Cream Cleanser*
Said ‘proper cleanse’. My all time favourite evening cleanser which I’ve already throughly discussed in this review. Cloth cleansers are not the most travel-friendly but I’ll accept the extra hassle here because whenever I stray, my skin freaks out.
Cosmedix – Purity Detox Scrub*
Karima using a scrub? It can’t be! Let me explain: Cosmedix is best known for their chemical exfoliants but I was told (at the launch event) that some consumers insist on scrubby-action so they created Purity Detox Scrub, formulated with Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid) and… poppy seeds.
Like, a handful of poppy seeds, few and far in between. Directions: tip some powder into your hand, mix with water and massage onto the skin – I avoid the massage (damn poppy seeds) but the mild BHA sloughs dead skins cells, perfect for my morning cleanse.
To clarify: Simple Micellar Water = makeup remover. MV Cleanser = evening cleanser. Cosmedix ‘Scrub’ = morning cleanser.
MV Skincare – Rose Soothing Protective Moisturiser*
Again, reviewed in my MV Skincare post and mentioned in my 2014 Favourites video. The only moisturiser I’ve used in the last… 8 months? Use it every morning and it’s a bloody brilliant base for makeup.
Trilogy – Rosehip Oil
My ‘overnight moisturiser’, so to speak. My collection of facial oils is ever growing but Trilogy is my pick for travelling because it’s basic, dependable and void of any essential oils that might interfere with my already travel-irritated-skin.
La Roche Posay – Uvidea XL SPF 50 BB Melt In Cream in 02
Dayum, that’s a mouthful. The Melt In Cream is actually a tinted sunscreen and heads up: the colour selection is bizarre. Shade 01 is rather pink and ashy while 02 is approaching Simpsons yellow – the shades appear to only vary in tone (a wild variation at that) but I can’t decipher a difference in depth, both appear to be around the N25 range.
While 02 is less than ideal for my skintone, I have enough facial surface redness that a sheer Simpsons tint doesn’t pose major issues. After all, the coverage is sheer at best.
Glam Glow – Youthmud Mask
I actually use this as an overnight spot treatment if I encounter an unwelcome visitor. I’ll only apply Glam Glow to emerging spots, once they’ve reached the surface I’ll swap to Neosporin. Thankfully, I didn’t need to use this on my LA/SF trip but with travelling, you never know!
What do you pack in your travel skincare bag? Leave a comment below :)
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