Travel Beauty: Skin Savers

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It doesn’t matter if your skin is super oily or dry as a desert, a day of travel wreaks havoc on your face. While you can’t completely prevent this from happening, there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage. As a West Coast transplant with tons of family and friends back east, I’m practically a pro at safeguarding my skin through a full day of flying. Here are a few of the things I do to prevent total annihilation of my skin, from the day before to the night after.

The Day Before:

This is going to come up a lot, but: water water water! Being well-hydrated is arguably the number one most important skincare rule in the universe. Drink lots of water. It’s basically like moisturizing your whole body, from the inside out. If you hate drinking water, or you just forget to do it, and all the things you know about drinking water aren’t enough – just think of your skin! Water helps keep your skin looking youthful and plump, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Please note, water alone cannot cure or prevent the natural signs of aging, but it may help slow down the process and look less obvious. The usual recommendation is eight glasses per day, but I prefer to just use a big water bottle or mason jar. If you’ve got quart-sized mason jars at home, try to drink two or three every day – but especially when preparing for travel.

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Stripped Down Skincare Routine

I have written and rewritten this post so many times while testing out new products for my skincare regimen. The truth of the matter is, the simplest solution is usually the right one, and after several breakouts and skincare mishaps, I’ve decided to strip it down to the bare essentials that were working for me all along. Every time I try to mess with the program or add something new to my routine, all hell breaks loose, so here’s the full breakdown of my skincare basics, supplemental products, and weekly treatments.

First you should know that, in addition to some hormonal/cystic acne, I have normal-to-dry skin, but also very  dehydrated skin – which means my skin can actually overproduce oil to compensate so even my dry spots look oily at times. I have yet to figure out if this means I have dehydrated, dry skin everywhere all the time or if something else is at play, but treating it that way seems to be working so that’s what I’m going to keep doing for now. (Please note that it is possible to have dehydrated skin regardless of your skin type).

After testing dozens of products, those listed below are what seem to work best for me. These may not be the best options for you, some may not work for you at all, but if any of the skincare issues I deal with sound familiar to you then these products may be worth trying.

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Face Prep Routine

There are a lot of steps and a lot of products that go into a complete makeup look – from cleansers and moisturizers to primers and setters. Here’s my current routine for getting dolled up and then taking it all off:

Facial Cleanser: Lush Angels on Bare Skin

I use this to wash my face in the shower either before getting ready or at the end of the day if I wasn’t wearing makeup. It’s a great cleanser for all skin types and is both soothing and slightly exfoliating. If I’m in need of some extra scrubs, I will reach for Lush’s Dark Angels exfoliating cleanser, use no more than once/week. Note: Due to the freshness of ingredients, I always buy the smallest size available for Lush products to decrease the chances of it expiring before I can finish it.

Acne Spot Treatment: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

I use this salicylic acid treatment to help clear up any rogue acne on my neck and chin. For some serious info about all things skincare, check out /r/SkincareAddiction on Reddit.

Moisturizer: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

I’m almost done my second full-size of jar of this stuff, I love it so much. It’s not always enough to moisturize my driest bits in the dead of winter, but it’s nevertheless a great product and I reach for it year round to help keep my skin hydrated without looking greasy.

Face Primer: Too Faced Hangover RX primer

Primer is a must for me for smoother skin, oil control, and added insurance to keep my makeup in place all day. I am absolutely in love with this silicone-free formula and the coconut water feels great on my skin. I dispense one full pump on the back of my hand and apply with the RealTechniques stippling brush. (You are totally free to apply primer with your fingers, but I try to touch my face as little as possible since I’m so prone to that dreaded oily t-zone).

RT stipple

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