Packing my clothing, shoes etc. doesn’t take me much time at all, but as you’ve probably guessed, skincare and toiletries in general is another matter. It takes me several hours to get those sorted out, and decanted into smaller jars, and bottles. I’ve gotten better at this, having traveled quite frequently in the past year or so. Also, I’ve come to learn what works the best when it comes to avoiding travel/stress related breakouts. I’ve seen lots of Youtube videos and blog posts, that advise travelers to slap on a face mask in plane, and frankly speaking, I’m neither a model nor am I from the fashion industry, and extremely conscious about getting weird stares from co-passengers, which is why my in flight skincare routine is quite simple. While flying internationally, even at 38,000 feet, I follow my full skincare routine, and try to stick to washing my face in 10-12 hour intervals, just like I would if I were at home. I use drinking water for cleansing – please don’t use the dirty, recycled water in the toilets. I also use an extra couple of drops of face oil to moisturize. In addition, every 3-4 hours, I mist my face with Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist – this really helps prevent any dehydration. Since I was traveling during day time, I did wear a sunscreen as well – The sun rays are much stronger at higher altitudes. I don’t use regular water based toner, because they are nearly not as effective at such high altitudes. I do beef up my water intake and skincare routine a day or two before I’m scheduled to travel, and follow up with a moisturizing face mask after landing.
Here are some pictures, with brief explanations, of products that I carried with me during my work related trip last week. Unfortunately, my skin did break out a bit this time, which I attribute to work related stress and an extremely hectic schedule, and not necessarily to air travel. I am back home now, and those breakouts have almost healed.
Items in my small white makeup pouch (carry on). Note some of these items are not completely green – I am trying to finish them up, which is why I
like to carry them around with me.
1. An old mirror for touch ups
3. Q Tips for quick eyeliner fixes
8. J.R. Watkins Foot Repair Salve (deluxe sample) in Peppermint – I use this as a hand salve too, since I have extremely dry skin
10. A wide toothed comb
I try to keep my skincare routine exactly the same – traveling is not the best time to test new products. I carry all glass bottles (everything in this picture, except the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder) in my carry on baggage, just to be safe. Plus, I really don’t want to risk parting with these (what if my baggage goes missing? what if these bottles break in checked baggage?), thanks to my super finicky skin.
Cleanser – Tatcha Exfoliating Rice Enzyme Powder (Deep)
Toners – Melvita Lavender Floral Water (Not pictured – immediately post cleansing to balance skin’s pH and remove tap water impurities), Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator*, and Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist (detailed review). Read more about toners that I’m currently using here and here. Unfortunately, couldn’t include a picture of the Dewy Skin Mist because I left it behind in the hotel during check out (insert extremely sad face).
The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (detailed review) is really my Holy Grail mask for all kinds of issues, and I can never travel without it! It’s easy to carry because it’s pre-made and the jar is quite portable and sturdy. I mainly use it as an acne spot treatment at night.
I also like to carry a moisturizing mask, to makeup for the drying effects of recycled and stale in-flight air conditioning. This time, I chose these Vitamin C sheet masks from Naisture. I got these at a steal from my local Marshalls store. I slapped one on the night I landed and it really helped calm my skin, and reduce some of the inflammation.
The makeup products that I packed for my travel are pretty much the same as what I currently use. In fact, I wrote a post a week or so ago on my daily makeup routine. I was debating if I should carry the Kjaer Weis foundation or not, since the container is quite heavy, but ended up carrying it (in the original red packaging to prevent scratches).
Some additional products that I traveled with (and not mentioned in my previous makeup routine post) –
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint (Very Vivacious): Beautiful coral shade, especially for darker skin tones. Lasted all day. Not too drying on lips, if you remember to apply a lip balm before. Would love to purchase a full size sometime!
RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Magnetic – Received this sample during my purchase of Tinted “Un” Powder. Very pretty mauve/taupe shade, and looks quite natural on darker skin tones. I ended up not using this, because that one time when I did, I had to keep setting it. I didn’t want to deal with this additional hassle during travel (imagine leaving meetings to fix your eye shadow…not happening!).
Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil – Extremely light, and washes off clean on contact with water. I’ve been using this for the longest time, and love it! It causes no breakouts whatsoever. I can’t be bothered with wash cloths on most nights, and especially during travel – my skin feels quite raw after exfoliating with most washcloths.
Starting from the top left hand corner –
Different types of LA Fresh Wipes to refresh in a pinch – These wipes are not the most green, and it feels like such a waste to use and throw, but these really come in handy when you’re out and about all day and need to refresh in a pinch. I carry a couple in my carry on baggage. Thankfully, I didn’t have to use any during this trip.
Clean Feet Wipes in Menthol – Nothing like being seated next to an individual with stinky feet in an airplane. Please try not to be that person – all of us stink while traveling! I bought these wipes from Marshalls store – the ingredients are not really the best, and I’m trying to finish these up ASAP.
Shea Terra Organics Mini Shea Wipper Methe Cardamom Creme – Thicker Body Cream, especially for my feet, ankles, and elbows. The texture is really thick, and requires some warming up between fingers first. Ended up not using this at all.
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil – I got this 1 oz generously sized deluxe sample as part of Dr. Alkaitis Travel Kit, and was saving it for a trip. The bottle is plastic, which makes it perfect for traveling. I used this extensively to moisturize after my shower. My nose loved the herbal scent, and my dry skin drinks up this oil really fast. In less than 1 week of daily application, I’m already down to the last 40%, because just like toners, I am quite heavy handed when it comes to body oils, and that’s one of the reasons why I mix my own body oils, instead of buying them. But it’s always nice to use a luxurious body oil once in a while, especially while traveling.
Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream – An extra hand cream in my checked in luggage, just in case. Ended up not using this. I’ve been using this same tube since the past couple of trips – it’s adequately moisturizing, and doesn’t cause an oil slick. Probably won’t repurchase any Caudalie products since I believe they sell in China and not Leaping Bunny certified.
Extra samples of Body Lotion and Shower Gel from EO Products – I won these during an Instagram giveaway. These were “reserve” samples, in case I ran out of other products. Ended up not needing them.
EO Products Bubble Bath in “Yoga” – EO Products sent me a full sized bottle of the Bubble Bath as part of my Instagram giveaway winnings, after reading an earlier IG post where I’d professed my love for it. I decanted a small amount into an empty travel sized bottle. This was the first time I remembered to carry some bubble bath soap and it came into handy on my first night, when I was too tired to shower! It felt so relaxing soaking in hot water, in a super clean bath tub in my hotel room.
Body Lotion (the white bottle) – Yes To Carrots Cucumber Body Lotion decanted into a small travel sized bottle. Light texture and spreads easily, perfect for moisturizing again right before climbing into bed. Can’t find this product on their website anymore – might have been discontinued.
Shower Gel (orange-ish bottle) – Strange Invisible Perfumes Hydro-Distilled Body Wash Lemon and Neroli, decanted again. Got a full sized bottle in last year’s #ANFGB Goodebox. Gel like texture, doesn’t really lather but cleans well. The scent is quite subtle and almost undetectable post shower. Great for dry skin, as its non drying. That being said, I probably wouldn’t purchase since it’s quite expensive for a body wash!
For hair care, for the most part, I chose to take random samples that I’m trying to finish up, instead of carrying the full sized bottles that I regularly use at home.
Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play -Trying to finish this up – I’d received it in one of the Ipsy subscription boxes. I used it just once, since I rarely use hair sprays. I try to not use too many hair products actually (hate the feeling of product build up).
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Voluminizing & Texturizing Powder – Again, received it in one of the Ipsy bags and trying to finish it up. Adds decent volume and very handy since I don’t shampoo daily, but causes a lot of product build up.
DermOrganic Leave In Treatment with Argan Oil – I think I got this in one of the beauty swaps that I used to participate in. Not a clean product by any stretch, but does a good job of detangling and protecting hair from heating/styling tools. Again, just trying to finish it up.
Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Straightening Balm – I got hooked onto this product after receiving some deluxe samples from Sephora. The ingredients are far from green, but the results are amazing! Just a tiny blob sufficiently tackles frizziness. I got this tube for a pittance from my trip to Paris.
Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner – I love to stock up on these travel sized foil packets whenever I shop at Spirit Beauty Lounge. My only qualm with foil packets is that I have to throw them away at the end of the trip, even if I have some product remaining. A better option is to purchase 2 fl oz deluxe samples – those should last you a while, if you reserve them for travel only, and the best part is, you can re-use the same bottle over and over again.
1. Cotton pads for the application of Lavender Water toner
2. Contact lens
3. Bobby pins
4. Extra black eyeliner
5. Travel sized Tweezer
6. Sample of Odacite Jo + L Serum Concentrate – This seems like such a simple DIY, but funnily, this serum concentrate works so well on my pesky blemishes! Proof enough that sourcing and the quality of oils make a huge difference. I have 100% pure lavender oil that I was using previously, but Odacité’s blend works much better. Will definitely consider purchasing full size in the future.
9. Facial Tissues
That’s it! Do you have a set travel routine? Any of these products that you would like to carry during your future travels?