Knowing your skin type can help you simplify your regimen so that your skin looks better with fewer products. Dermatologists agree that when you travel, you should take the five essentials: cleanser, moisturizer with sunscreen, night treatment, lip hydrator, and a body lotion/oil.
Consider Where You’re Going: If your destination’s climate is drier than what you are accustomed to, bring a heavier moisturizer; if it’s more humid, you might need a lighter moisturizer. Those traveling to hot, sunny places or ski resorts (where sun reflects off of snow) should be particularly vigilant about sun protection. Keep in mind that SPF loses its potency over time, so buy sunscreen once you’re there instead of digging out that old tube from last summer.
Cleanser: Air travel dries out your skin, so choose a non-foaming cleanser that won’t strip vital oils from your skin. If you choose an inexpensive brand, you won’t feel guilty discarding the remainder to make room for things you purchased on your trip. Travelling outside the USA? Consider stocking up on local beauty treats at your final destination.
Day Moisturizer: Whether you have oily skin or dry, you need a moisturizer. If you have oily skin, choose an oil-free product, particularly one that’s light or gel-based. For dry and combination skin, choose a day moisturizer that promotes hydration. Regardless of the specific formula, be sure your day moisturizer contains an SPF.
Night Product: Address your specific skin concerns with an appropriate product, like an acne treatment or anti-inflammatory cream.
Lip Hydrator: The lips can be particularly sensitive and prone to dryness. Again, choosing a brand with an SPF included isn’t a bad idea.
Body Lotion/Oil: Those free hotel lotions generally do not hydrate well, and can often make your skin feel uncomfortable and itchy. You can find travel sizes of better products in drugstores or in certain body product shops. Again, get an inexpensive one, pack your own in a travel sized container, or a buy a travel sized version at the store.
How To Obtain Your Travel Sizes The Saavy Way…
Pack up those free perfume samples instead of a full-size bottle and ask your dermatologist if they have sample sizes of your skin care products and prescriptions. Some stores make it easier for you by offering travel-size versions of your favorites, and certain online retailers feature products at many price points that meet the 3.4-ounce rule. Also, many beauty companies offer travel-size all-in-one kits.
Whenever possible, take products you can abandon in favor of the great skin care finds you discover on your trip—who knows when and where you might make some great new skincare discovery!