This post is the first guest post I’ve had on Wandering Nobody. I’m really excited to share it and expand my content a little bit. One thing I’ve learned from traveling is that our daily routines tend to go out of the window. Read why it’s important to keep up with at least some of them in 10 Ways to Practice Self Care While Traveling.
One of the biggest routines that gets overlooked for myself is skin care. At the end of a very long day, the last thing I want to do is go through my typical routine. Sometimes I can barely get my makeup off before I’m ready to crash. This is an awful idea.
Sarah at A Woman’s Confidence was wonderful enough to share skincare products that are refreshing, easy to implement at the end of a long day, and most of them are easy on our bank accounts. For my UK readers, the prices are pretty much all lower. For my US readers, between the conversion and the origin, some product may be a bit more expensive…but they’re still not crazy. 🙂
Hello to everyone over here at Wandering Nobody, it’s nice to meet you! My name is Sarah and my blog is called A Woman’s Confidence, which is a makeup, skincare and lifestyle blog. This is my second guest post, which I’m really excited about and I can’t wait to share my skincare essentials for travel with you all.
I’ve chosen inexpensive products, so if you’re travelling on a budget or don’t want to splash out on expensive skincare, then these products will be great for you. I also chose products that I feel are the bare minimum for a skincare routine to keep your skin nourished, hydrated and healthy.
Using a face wash or cleanser is absolutely vital in skincare as it takes away any excess dirt or oil and is the first thing you’ll use on your face to start the day off. Ideally you should wash your face twice a day, morning and night, but even I’m guilty of sometimes only doing it in the morning. I have normal to oily skin, but one face wash that I think is great for all skin types is Boots’ Cucumber Facial Wash. The cucumber in the face wash makes it very refreshing – great for if you’ve been in the hot sun or a heavy night out – and I feel like this is just a simple and nice product to give your skin a boost.
The Cucumber Facial Wash is also pretty light, which is good because if you’re going through different weather conditions, you’re not adding anything too heavy or creamy to your skin, which could encourage oil production in hot places. The best bit? It’s cheap. It only costs £1.50 for 150ml ($16.50 if you are in the US….)! Who doesn’t like cheap and effective skincare? To me, this product is an absolute steal.
Another must for skincare is using a moisturizer. Wind, cold and heat can all leave your skin dry and dehydrated, so you want to make sure you’re using a product that will add moisture back into your skin. A moisturizer I’d recommend is The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. Similar to the Cucumber Facial Wash, this moisturizer is pretty light and isn’t creamy or heavy, which makes it suitable for different weather. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t going to blow you away. But it definitely does the job and for the price, I’d say it does the job very well. 30 ml costs £4.90 and 100ml costs £6.80, which is such good value for money!
I’d actually recommend any of The Ordinary’s skincare line because it produces some really excellent products at very affordable prices, the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution being a particularly popular one.
Face masks are perhaps my favourite way to give my skin a bit of love and a boost. Plus,
there are so many good ones to choose from!
For ones that are effective and a good price, I’d recommend any of L’Oréal Paris’s Pure Clay Face masks. They have a great range of masks for a variety of different skin concerns, such as the Bright Clay Mask which evens skin tone and makes it appear brighter, the Blemish Rescue Clay Mask which gets rid of imperfections and blackheads, or my personal favourite, the charcoal Detox Clay Mask which draws out impurities.
These cost £8 each, which although they aren’t the cheapest products in the world, they last for about three to four uses. So, I’d definitely say they’re worth it.
I honestly don’t know where I’d be without micellar water, it’s a holy grail item and I can’t see why anyone would be without it.
I switched to micellar water a couple of years ago after reading lots about makeup wipes
being bad for your skin. I can genuinely vouch for the difference it’s made to my skin! After using makeup wipes, my skin would often go red and feel pretty irritated. However, micellar water is far gentler and removes makeup just as well as wipes, if not better.
Alongside being an effective makeup remover, micellar water also helps get rid of any
excess dirt on your skin. So, this is a great product to use at night to remove any oil or dirt that’s built up during the day, even if you’ve not worn makeup.
I use Garnier’s Micellar Water which costs about £3.50 to get. Honestly, this is so worth the money and is multi-purpose, what could be better?
Okay, okay, okay, I know I said I wouldn’t add any expensive products to this post, but it felt wrong to leave this one out. And that product is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate overnight oil, which is undoubtedly my favourite skincare product I’ve ever used.
It’s just worked wonders on my skin and made it look so much better. Since using it, I’ve had so many more comments on my skin saying that it looks healthy or glowing. It makes your skin look brighter, feel nourished and generally better. I have no doubts that this would work well on all skin types because I have oily skin and even though it’s an oil, it has hugely improved my skin.
This is a product I’ll always re-invest in time after time. I’ll admit it, this product is expensive and more luxurious, so it isn’t ideal for anyone on a budget or unwilling to spend a lot on skincare. But it will work miracles and last ages, so you should definitely consider it! 30ml costs £38, 50ml costs £49.50 and 100ml costs £95 ($123 at Sephora in the US).
And those are my skincare essentials for travel. They’re all products that I feel work very well, serve a purpose, and would be great for people on the go. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that these products can help you guys out.
Thank you so much, Sarah! If you haven’t yet, go check out her blog. She talks about things that make her feel confident in hopes it will reach someone else to be their best selves, too. She talks about different items, beauty products, experiences, and ideas.
For the record, I adore Micellar Water. I never used it until I had a coupon to try it. Three bottles later and I’m hooked! I use it with a makeup removing wash cloth and the amount of make up it helps gets off my face is incredible – even after I’ve showered.
What are your favorite go-to travel beauty products? Tell me in the comments what your recommendations are to help fellow travelers!
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