Monday, January 4, 2016

Travel-Ready Skincare

Traveling is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of being alive – it takes you outside the safety of home to experience different cultures and exist in a state of wonder. Not only will you learn how other people live, but also discover more about yourself and how you adapt to change. At times, your resolve will be tested, but traveling will transform your life; you'll see the world with fresh eyes and, hopefully, taste some amazing cuisine, which is my favorite part of the journey! :)

On a recent trip to the Netherlands to support EPICA with their first edition of EPIC METAL FEST, I brought a bit of home with me: my skincare routine. The amount of products I could bring was limited as I did not check my bags and airport security allows only one quart-sized bag filled with products, each weighing a maximum of 3.4 ounces (100ml). Less equaled more in this situation as I also needed room for liquid makeup, but I was ready for the challenge! Items marked with an asterisk were put in the liquids bag.

1. Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Paper Mask | 2. Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Even Skin Moisturizer | 3. Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes | 4. Acure Eye Cream | 5. Acure Night Cream | 6. MenScience Androceuticals Face Buff Brush | 7. Alba Botanica Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser

Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Paper Mask

High altitudes can cause skin to lose moisture, so this mask came in handy to replenish my face after a long flight. The Pore Perfection Paper Mask increases brightness, hydrates skin, and minimizes pores with a grapefruit extract brightening serum and vitamin C. I used this mask at night to prep for makeup application the next morning and it worked flawlessly – my skin felt supple with reduced redness. The mask is quite saturated so it's best to lie down and close your eyes in order to get an even application, plus it's a good excuse to relax and take a little time for yourself. :)

Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Even Skin Moisturizer*

My favorite daily moisturizer that has the same benefits as the Pore Perfection Paper mask and a TSA-compliant container size of 1.4 ounces (41.4 milliliters) – just purchase and throw in your suitcase. To learn more about this product, please read my last post: 4 Face Products Finds.

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes

Facial wipes are a staple travel product and really come in handy when you're on-the-go – it's perfect to keep in your purse during the day should you need a skin refresh or to reapply makeup. I used this product to clean my face during flights and to help remove makeup at night. Utilizing blueberry, coconut, and lemon peel, these Age Refresh wipes remove impurities, brighten tone, and moisturize the skin – as a bonus, they also smell good.

Acure Eye & Night Cream*

Since I loved using their Brightening Facial Scrub, I wanted to try more from the Acure product line. The eye and night cream were on my radar for some time, but I was waiting for the perfect situation to test them out. Since both creams are in small containers, the eye cream is 1 ounce (30ml) and the night cream is 1.75 ounces (50ml), they fit my travel criteria and instantly went in my shopping cart. I also love that Acure is a natural product line and doesn't test on animals! Both products firm, hydrate, and restore skin with the help of Chlorella, which stimulates new collagen growth. The eye cream reduced dark circles and puffiness and allowed my under eye concealer to go on smoothly; I applied it every morning and night. The night cream helped restore my skin after a long day out in the cold and the Moroccan Argan Oil in this product instantly went to work and hydrated my skin for the night. Dream products at an affordable price, go get them!

Facial Cleansing Brush

If you're not using a facial cleansing brush, you should be! :) It thoroughly cleanses the skin (especially if you wear makeup) and when traveling, replaces an exfoliator, meaning one less product to bring. I have a 2-speed rotating facial cleansing brush but found it too harsh on my skin, so I purchased a standard brush to have more control of the cleaning process. If you'd like to get one for yourself, make sure the bristles are gentle enough for your skin or it may create redness and irritation.  

How to Use a Facial Cleansing Brush: 
  • Run hot water over the bristles to soften and prep them, making sure to shake any extra water off or your cleanser will get runny.
  • Place a small amount of your facial cleanser to the brush and apply to your skin in a circular motion. Since the brush helps exfoliate, if needed, focus on your T-zone to help clear any congested pores and promote faster cell turnover.
  • Rinse your gorgeous face!
Favorite Cleansing Brushes:

Alba Botanica Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser*

I mentioned Alba Botanica in my first post and wanted to talk about their Foaming Cleanser, which I like to use in colder months for its rich lather and creamy texture, plus it works perfectly with the facial cleansing brush. This product is great for sensitive skin and has a gentle antioxidant-rich botanical AHA peel (additional help with exfoliation) – paired with ingredients of Green Tea and Rice, it powerfully cleanses and soothes skin without causing irritation. I used this cleanser day and night and my skin maintained a refreshed and balanced look. The original container is 6 ounces (180ml), so it needed to be transferred to a travel bottle, but that was the only skincare product in my liquids bag that was outside its original packaging.




What skincare products do you use when traveling? Let me know in the comments below!

Rebecca




Rebecca Brayman is a graphic designer and digital consultant with clientele ranging from renowned heavy metal bands (EPICA, Kamelot, Nightwish) to well-known female entrepreneurs and professionals. She is also passionate about skin care and believes that revealing and celebrating one's natural beauty inspires self-confidence and empowerment.

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