A new month has started and summer is nearly here. While I’m sitting here desperately needing a tan, I thought I’d share with you guys my emergency travel skincare kit. This is the kit that I bring for any layovers that I may have to freshen up or if I go for a weekend getaway. I always manage to bump into people that I know at the airport and because I never know where or when that might happen, I don't want to look like a complete mess. It’s the ultimate travel kit that can take off your makeup, destress and make you look fresh in 5 minutes.
I’ve had my fair share of “let’s go out tonight and end up crashing at my friend’s place” in which an emergency kit like this would’ve come handy as well. I recently went to Holland for a few days, so before I unpack completely, find below the products that I carry around.
1. Make up remover wipes
In a way, I hate recommending make up wipes, because they don’t do the job of taking your make up properly. However, if you’re travelling, it’s more convenient than dealing with any liquids or oils.
NeutrogenA MAKE UP REMOVER CLEANSING TOWELETTES [25 PIECES]
My favourite ones are from Neutrogena. I know they’ve been raved about a lot on the internet. If I compare it to any other drugstore make up wipes I’ve tried, they’re a lot more gentle on the skin and take off more make up (QUICK TIP:: wet them first).
INGREDIENTS: Water, cetyl ethylhexanoate, isononyl isononanoate, isostearyl palmitate, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, cyclopentasiloxane, hexylene glycol, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, sucrose cocoate, carbomer, sodium hydroxide, PEG-4 laurate, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, ethylhexylglycerin, polyaminopropyl biguanide.
Simple MICELLAR MAKEUP REMOVER WIPES [25 pieces]
However, if you’re not a big fan of the Neutrogena makeup remover wipes, my second favourite is the Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes. Gentle and great for sensitive skin!
INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua, Eau) (Solvent), Cetearyl Isononanoate (Emollient), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Glycerin (Humectant), Sodium Citrate (Buffering Agent), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), Ceteareth-12 (Emulsifier), Benzoic Acid (Preservative), Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
2. Face wash
I always carry a travel size face wash with me because it wakes me up after a long flight and removes all the left-over dirt on my face from whatever the makeup wipe couldn’t get.
I love travelling with this because it comes in a travel size version, so it’s easy to carry around. Also, I have dry skin so it’s my go to cleanser in general. A lot of drugstore brands make travel size version as well, so pick a face wash that you know won’t fail you. If you can’t find one in your local drugstore or supermarket, try a convenience store like 711. They usually have a travel size version.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate (DMA), Aloe Barbadensis, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sucrose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate, Tocopheryl Ethyl Succinate Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita, Hexylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Laureth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Sulfate, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol
I love carrying around toners with a spray cap when I travel because I use it every time I need to quickly freshen up. Depending on the toner you use, it balances out your skin’s pH levels, which is something that I look for if I’m travelling because you never know how clean the water is that you wash your face in. If you can’t find a travel sized toner, buy one of those travel containers set that you can pour your toner in. You can get them at the dollar store and are such a lifesaver.
I carry around this one because it’s gentle and I never know how my skin will react to certain climates. Similarly, with the face wash, stick to the one you usually use. You don’t want to travel and end up with the toner that will make your skin break out.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (purified water), glycerin, organic witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana) extract, organic bladderwrack (fucus vesiculosus) extract, sodium alginate, dead sea salt, boswellia serrata extract, arnica montana flower extract, chamomilla recutita (german chamomile) flower extract, organic calendula officinalis (calendula) extract, organic medicago sativa (alfalfa) leaf powder, phenoxyethanol (and) benzoic acid (and) dehydroacetic acid (and) ethylhexylglycerin (and) polyaminopropyl biguanide, L-lactic acid, sodium PCA, organic sesame (sesamum indicum) oil, disodium lauroamphodiacetate.
4. Eye cream
Eye creams generally already come in small sizes so regardless of which you pick, it’s travel friendly. I do put my eye cream in a small container, because it saves me even more space. If you have a night time and day time eye cream, you can get one of those contact lenses case to separate your eye cream. I generally only bring one eye cream, unless I’m going more than a few days.
If I didn’t sleep well and I wake up, my eyes are super puffy. My eyes are already small thanks to my Asian heredity so the last thing I need is puffy eyes that make my eyes non-existent. I have tried more than a few high-end eye creams that claim to depuff eyes that made me nearly cry because of the hefty price tag and no results, but nothing does it better than the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalane, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Methyl Gluceth-20, Polyethylene, Glycereth-26, Polybutene, Sucrose, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Algae Extract, Molasses Extract, Saccharum Officinarum, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Whey Protein, Lactis Protein, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Caffeine, Phytosphingosine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Yeast Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Sucrose Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Simethicone, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Dextran, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)
I like to use a thicker moisturizer for travelling because it really protects and hydrates my skin, which is something that I always am on the hunt for.
I know this moisturizer has a hefty price tag but I wouldn't recommend it if it didn't do the trick for me. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative and you have dry skin, have a look at my previous post on the Top 6 Moisturizers for Dry Skin. Also, I transfer only the amount I need into a container, so that I'm not stuck carrying around the whole bottle.
INGREDIENTS : Aqua (Purified Water), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Teprenone (geranylgeranone GGA), Arachidyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol and Arachidyl Glucoside, Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica) Seed Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter, Plukenetia Volubilis (Inca Inchi) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Lauryl Lactate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (and) Trihydroxystearin (and) Sodium Hyaluronate (and) Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder (Ultra Filling Spheres), Mannitol (and) Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11 (Syniorage), Euphorbia Antisyphillitica (Candelilla) Wax, Propyl Gallate (and) Gallyl Glucoside (and) Epigallocatechin (and) Gallatyl Acid, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil, Canaga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil.
6. Sleeping mask
An unnecessary travel item, but an item that I carry around regardless. If I have a long-haul flight, I love taking off my makeup, putting on a sleeping mask and just fall asleep.
This mask is heaven for people with dry skin especially when you’re in a plane that just sucks the soul out of your skin. I wake up after putting this mask on and my skin feels like a million dollars. Winning!
INGREDIENTS: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, CI 42090
7. eye lash grower and conditioner
Another unnecessary travel item, but as someone that is not a fan of lashes, this one is important to me. I use these day and night, everyday, whether I travel or not. A staple in my kit.
I got this as a gift and have been using it daily ever since. It has grown my lashes but it's very expensive. For cheaper alternatives, you can check out the DIY eyelash grower on Pintrest from other people.
CONDITIONING GEL INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Carbomer, Lecithin, Hypericum Perforatum (Hypericum Extract), Pyrus Malus (Apple Extract), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut Extract), Urtica Dioica (Nettle Extract), Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben., Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.
CONDITIONING CREAM INGREDIENTS: Nettle, Horse Chestnut, Allantoin, Soy Lecithin, Witch Hazel, Apple Extract. Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Lamium Album, Chamomilla Reticuta, Arnica Montana, Pyrus Malus, Betula Alba, Aesculus Hippocastanum, Hypericumperforatum.
8. hand cream
Hydration, hydration, hydration. The first part of my body that starts flaking are my hands, especially when the air is extremely cold. [QUICK TIP: if I'm desperate and I can't find any make up remover anywhere, I use a lotion to take it off]
I received this travel friendly hand cream from when I visited the brand Natura & Benessere at the Cosmoprof in Hong Kong. I like to keep these little samples for travelling.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf extract*, Olea Europaea (European Olive) Fruit Extract*, Cocoglycerides, Glycerine, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Rosa Moschata Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Chamomila Recutita Flower Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Calendula Officianlis Flower Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkil Butter*, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Parfum, Limonene, Lonalool.
*from organic farming
9. lip balm
Regardless of how much water I drink or in which climate I am in, my lips are always chapped by the time I wake up in the morning or whenever I'm outside for too long. That's why I'm addicted to lipbalm and during the day, I opt for a tinted lip balm to leave my lips with a bit of soul and colour without drying them.
I like to buy sets from Benefit that have the travel size version of products in them. This allows me to test a product without the commitment of a full size product and it's great for travelling. I got this travel size Posie Balm from Benefit in their Dandelion Wishes set. The full set retails at US$49.00 for 5 travel sized products.
INGREDIENTS: Jojoba Esters, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyglyceryl2 Triisostearate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Synthetic Beeswax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Ozokerite, C2040 Alcohols, Polyethylene, Parfum (Fragrance), Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, BHT, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellatl, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil, AlphaIsomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Tocopherol, Trihydroxystearin, Limonene, Propyl Gallate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexylene Glycol. [+/: CI 12085 (Red 36, Red 36 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21, Red 21 Lake, Red 22 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27, Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)]
Let me know if there are any products that you carry around that I haven’t mentioned. Hope this helps you guys for your next travels!