Travel skin care essentials – what you should bring when you’re on the go
Such a great question! Some people like to travel with only a carry on. I have friends that do this, butI can never seem to pack that efficiently for a 2 week or more trip. Whether you pack light or heavy, here’s your travel skin care essentials to bring on your next trip. Here are some thoughts.
Note: Most american security checkpoints allow 4oz creams/liquids in carry ons. Most european airports only allow 3 oz. Remember you can go on Amazon, or Target or go to the hardware store and buy small plastic containers in a small sizes to transfer your products into. Just label them with a Sharpie so you don’t forget which ones they are. I have done this and then forgotten which one was which. 🙂 You can’t always tell by their scent if they are unscented.
If you have acne, take your medications!
Travel skin care essentials – Here’s what you need:
- Cleanser: Small cleanser size of your favorite gentle one, or a travel sized french milled soap (they don’t get gooey) that you put in a ziploc bag.
- Antioxidant: Phoretin CF is great cause it’s small and travels well. This helps prevent sun damage and augments your sunscreen
- Sunscreen: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion (waterproof/sweat proof) , Colorscience Powder SS (wears really well/easy to reapply/light), Elta Daily Clear (oily skin), or regular (drier skin and also comes in a tinted) . For body the Replenix Sheer Physical Spray Suncreen is nice.
- Moisturizer: For face take one that’s small like the Replenish Hydrating in a tube.
- A floppy brimmed hat for sun protection while walking around.
- Good sunglasses: squinting hurts and lends to wrinkles!
Here’s what you don’t need:
- Your retinol or Renova/tretinoin: Assuming you’ll be outdoors a lot. Just resume when you get back.
- Alpha or beta hydroxy acids including glycolics.
- TNS, peptides, niacinamide, etc products: not critical for 2-4 weeks
- Anything complicated: Travelling always seems to me like a time to unplug and make life a little simpler!
Here’s what you might consider:
- A small wash cloth – acts as an inexpensive scrub to help get all that sunscreen off at night.
- A self tanning product with some exam gloves to apply it (get these at the drugstore).
- Extras of the stuff you really need! 🙂
Hope this helps, Dr. I