So far I’ve waxed and waned lyrically on the benefits and joys of having and travelling with a smaller wardrobe but I haven’t touched much on skincare, which is an integral part of my life and is just as important to me when I travel as choosing my clothes.
I love skincare. While I will try and cut back on wastage in other areas of my life, skincare is one thing that I don’t want to and won’t. I take great pleasure in treating my skin, applying active and effective formulas and products. The ritual of cleansing sets me up for sleeping at night and I take delight in my skin each morning when I wake.
I thought I’d share with you the skincare I took with me to Canberra.
01 ¦ Cleansing
I like to take 2 cleansers, one heavier duty oil or balm and a lighter cream or rinse off equivalent. The heavy duty oil/balm is for destroying SPF and makeup while the cream/rinse off is for cleansing the skin (otherwise known as double cleansing).
I’m all for double cleansing, especially if I wear SPF or makeup, both things of which are designed to stay on the skin for as long as possible. Mere wet wipes won’t cut it in this situation, so I brought the aptly named Double Cleanse, created by Caroline Hirons for Pixi. The 100ml capacity pot contains half solid cleansing balm and half nourishing cream cleanser (both unfragranced) so I don’t need to faff about with multiple tubs or squeeze tubes.
02 ¦ Spritz
Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is a staple purely because I love the smell and the sensation of it on the skin. It contains orange and peppermint essential oils, which may be irritating if you’re sensitive but I’m ok with them. The spray bottle is also divine and gives a super fine mist you can waft over the skin.
04 ¦ Eye Cream
Because I’m over 30 now, I’ve decided to incorporate eye creams into the skincare regime. I brought a different one by This Works this time – No Wrinkles Eye Repair. It’s a bit lighter in formula than the other one I’ve reviewed before (find that here) and contains an itty bit of retinoid esther to keep the eye area bright and nourished. I thought the lighter formula might work better in the heat of Canberra.
05 ¦ Serum
Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum is an antioxidant serum and a firm favourite because it provides general all round protection from environmental factors. Unfortunately this one isn’t very compatible with SPF or makeup and tends to pill on the skin if layered under either (Caroline Hirons describes this as rolling, where the product, as its being massaged in, clumps up into little balls like pills on a jumper, and the product literally ‘rolls’ off the skin). I used this at night under a moisturiser, but a good hydrating (and product compatible alternative) would be Caudalie’s Polyphenol C15 but they seem to be sold out at my usual stockists.
A face oil is also a handy thing to bring along to super charge a moisturiser or wear alone, I brought the travel size version of Kypris’ 1000 Roses Beauty Elixir (from the Box of Dreams Vol 2 Cult Beauty Box with Caroline Hirons). The inclusion of CoQ10 (co-enzyme Q10, a powerful anti-ageing ingredient) is just the cherry on top when it comes to slathering yourself in good stuff.
06 ¦ Moisturiser/SPF
During the day time I wore my usual SPF, which is MAC Lightful Hydro-Charged Moisturiser. I don’t think this is sold anymore, and I bought mine in Singapore years ago. The Lightful range was aimed at the South East and East Asian markets mainly and wasn’t easily available outside the region. I like the formula because it is more water heavy than oil based (therefore suitable for use in humid equatorial areas), so you avoid too much of a greasy feeling when combined with an SPF.
For night/sleeping I went with Zelens 3T moisturiser, which is relatively lightweight but still nourishing, smells divine, doesn’t contain SPF so there wasn’t flashback in any photography at the wedding (thereby avoiding that ghastly white face you can get when you use a direct flash). I also mixed it with the Kyrpis oil to become my night cream.
If this flight were long haul (6+ hours) then I would be carrying a mini case of skincare to take on board to use inflight, but I’ll cover that in another post another day. For short interstate trips all I would do is prep my skin the night before with lots of lush moisture masks to ensure that I’m nice and hydrated during the trip. The morning of I just layered on a little bit of this moisturiser (which is touted as a 3-in-1 product) on my cheeks as extra insurance to guard against the cabin air completely dehydrating the driest part of my face.