What’s In My Travel Skincare Bag

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A recent road trip I took to D.C. right before Christmas inspired me to share the contents of my travel skincare bag. Earlier I wrote about what makeup I bring with me when on the road so I thought this would be a good follow up post. You’ll notice that some items are not air travel-friendly! I went on a road trip, which meant that I could bring full-size items without worrying about those pesky TSA carry-on luggage restrictions. To make this airplane approved, all you need to do is switch out the full-size items with travel-sized minis!

My advice for travel newbies is to keep it simple. Only bring the absolute minimum. Trust me, you’ll regret lugging around a bunch of products, especially ones you don’t use daily. Even if you plan on checking your bags to avoid the 3.4 oz limit, I highly recommend bringing as many travel minis as possible. Full-size beauty products weigh a ton and take up valuable luggage space. Also, stick to your favorites. Traveling is not the time to test out new products. The only exceptions are the skincare samples you’ve been saving up!

Now onto what we’re really here for: my travel skincare goodies!

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A dependable, gentle cleanser is a must. For this trip, I brought along my newest obsession, Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. I won’t harp on about it on this post since I just published a review. Skin can be unpredictable when on the road. Case in point, on this trip, my acne went berserk. Not cute. Having a soothing cleanser on hand that didn’t make my already irritated skin worse was a godsend. Unfortunately, this doesn’t come in a smaller size. For a travel-size cleanser that’s equally as good, check out Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Cleanser.

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At the moment I don’t have a travel-size makeup remover, which is why I hauled my massive, full-size Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. Not ideal. But rest assured, there are minis available. While not as potent as the Bioderma Micellar Water, I still think Garnier’s option is solid. It only takes about 2 or 3 soaked cotton pads to get a full face of makeup off. I always follow up with a cleanser to make sure all lingering dirt, oil, and makeup are removed.

Say hello to my favorite toner, the cult-classic Pixi Glow Tonic! A beauty blogger fave for a reason. It’s perfect for every day, gentle exfoliation. I noticed a huge difference in my skin’s health once I started using this regularly. Brighter and clearer. It’s a bit on the pricey side for a drugstore product, but oh so worth it! Unfortunately, because of my acne breakout on this trip, I wish I had brought my soothing toner, the Thayer’s Witch Hazel, instead. The Glow Tonic irritates my active breakouts. It’s still a great toner! Just make sure to avoid using it when your skin isn’t in breakout mode.

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In the intro, I advised you not to bring new products you’re testing out. Turns out, I really should have listened to my own advice! My trusty Clinique Moisture Surge Intense ran out the night before I left. In a last-minute panic, I grabbed my new Glossier Priming Moisturizer in Rich. I’d used it twice and liked it enough. What could go wrong? Then, of course, my skin broke out. It was rough. Unlike the Clinique, which soothes and reduces the size of my cystic acne drastically, this didn’t do anything. I won’t ramble too much because I reviewed it in my last post on all things Glossier. Surprisingly, at 1.7 oz this passes TSA regulations, though I find the packaging too clunky to bring with me on the plane. For a less bulky option, I’d go for something in a tube like the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

I usually don’t use a face scrub often at home. My philosophy, if I can call it that, is to limit any harsh exfoliation to once a week to let my skin breathe. That being said, I never forget to bring an exfoliating scrub with me on my trips. It’s a godsend to have on hand if my skin decides to get flaky. My all-time favorite is the ultra-popular Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. It’s crazy expensive, which is why I went for the mini. I was shocked at how small it was considering the price, but I’ve been using mine regularly for about 8 months and I’m only just now running low. You don’t need that much product. Typically scrubs have chunky, abrasive beads, but the ExfoliKate has teeny, tiny micro-beads that won’t leave your skin raw and red. This also doubles as a chemical peel since you let the product sit on your face for a few minutes after massaging it on. Once you wash it all of, you’re left with insanely smooth, glowy skin. Honestly, it’s miraculous!

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If I travel in the summertime, I typically only take one moisturizer with me. However, during winter months I need all the extra help I can get. This time I brought my Pixi Rose Oil Blend, which I reviewed on my first official blog post, with me. While I was a bit disappointed with my Glossier moisturizer, I was happy to have this. It didn’t resolve my problem skin, but I felt that it left my face looking plump and radiant while also soothing my skin’s troubled areas.

Although I use two different eye creams at home (one for the day, one for the night), when traveling I only bring one along. Best to keep my routine simple! I always take whatever night eye cream I’m using at that moment. Right now that’s the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I think this is one of the best eye creams I’ve ever used! It’s perfect for keeping my under eyes hydrated.

Most of the products featured here aren’t new on the blog, however, the Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel is a newbie. As I said earlier, traveling frequently causes my skin to lash out in the worst possible way. In case of any acne outbreaks, I always, always bring an acne ointment of some kind. Right now, I’m loving my Origins Spot Remover Gel. It’s such a tiny bottle but you only need the tiniest amount. I’ve had mine for just over a year and there’s still half of it left! At night, I dab a drop or two on any active pimples right after cleansing and toning, wait a few minutes for the treatment to dry and follow up with moisturizer. It does sting as it dries! But the outcome, drastically reduced pimples overnight, is well worth the bit of pain.

I didn’t mean to make this a long post, but I’m prone to rambling! Just want to provide you all with the right amount of info to make informed decisions! Give this post some love by liking or commenting below.


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