Traveling puts you outside of your normal routine, which for me has meant struggling with breakouts and stressed skin on the road. My instinct is to bring my entire medicine cabinet with me “just in case” and at times I’ve needed it.
Instead of spending a fortune on new skincare and makeup products, I’ve simplified my routine and made it travel-friendly as a bonus. I’ve put together a list of what’s in my cosmetic bag, as well as a list of some of my favorites that are staying home…
Moisturizer: Some people have a lighter moisturizer for the summer and heavier for the winter. Since I’m using One Love Organics Supercritical Chia oil, I just adjust how much I use depending on what my skin needs.
Cleanser + Makeup Remover: In keeping the liquids to a minimum, I never leave home without Yes to Grapefruit wipes.
I use these
These are part of my every day routine and I absolutely love them. And, just for the street cred:
As you can see, I love the cucumber ones too, but the grapefruit wipes seem to have more moisture and therefore excel at removing makeup. Bonus: they can double as wipes for makeup brushes. It won’t disinfect them but it will help get the buildup off.
Emergency product: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel (Extra Strength) packets
You might have another “emergency” product like this. Maybe it’s a blemish treatment or some kind of mask, but this works wonderfully for me.
BB Cream (or a foundation with SPF): Until recently, I haven’t had luck finding a BB cream that truly matches my skin. Boscia finally came out with a light color and I like that one, but Dr. Jart’s BB Cream takes the #1 spot:
Basic makeup essentials: eyebrow powder, highlighter, concealer and lip gloss with spf. That’s it. None of these are out of the ordinary but these products make me look like… me. Does that make sense?
Dry shampoo: there are plenty that come in travel sizes now. The last thing I want to do is spend time blow-drying my hair when I could be having breakfast and people-watching.
What stays home:
Makeup color palettes of any kind: If it has more than four colors, it’s staying home. You’ll survive without a warm neutral lip color or blue eyeshadow. Take a day and a night color and call it a day!
A gaggle of brushes: I took a look at all the brushes I use on a weekly basis. The number? 12. I’ve managed to pair it down to a sponge, an eyebrow brush and a concealer brush.
Toner: it’s a luxury, but it’s a liquid. I can live without it for a week or two.