Remember how stress is a sin for the skin? Well it turns out lugging kilos of extra cosmetics on and off planes, up and down stairs, and in and out of taxis is a sure fire way to produce those stress induced hormones that make skin more sensitive and reactive. I vividly remember one said occasion, after arriving in Amsterdam with one out of two suitcases - the other one was circling around a carousel in Dubai - our Uber couldn't get onto the street our Airbnb was on, so it was a seven minute walk with a broken wheel and about thirty seconds of patience left. After getting the door open we were greeted with four flights of narrow stairs, safe to say at that point I was starting to think I probably could have survived without the three difference cleansers.
So let's get smart with your travel beauty!
Whether you are away for work or a holiday, you're probably kidding yourself trying to squeeze those three eye shadow palettes into your luggage - you won't need them, trust me! The best way to reduce the quantity of products you travel with isn't to go without, but to find products that do more than just one job.
1) Find your perfect foundation, and only pack one! I typically opt for a long-wearing matte or semi-matte foundation with a medium to full buildable coverage, because I know I will be able to illuminate it with a few drops of Estée Lauder's Advance Night Repair Serum when I want a deeper glow.
2) If you have a bronzer, blush & highlighter trio palette, pack it! It will double as your eyeshadow. When you want a richer eyeshadow, mix the smallest amount of ANR Serum with the powders to form a light cream.
3) Leave most of your 'treatment' products at home. If you use a Retinol eye serum or AHA/BHA products once a week, chances are you can go without them for the trip - particularly if you're heading somewhere sunny, your skin will thank you for staying away.
4) I know the label says day/night cream, but just this once, the bottle will forgive you for using it as both. I typically pack my Dermalogica Sleep Sound Cocoon (Night Cream), it is a light gel-cream so I find it wears well throughout the day too. It is also slightly tacky, so it works well to prep the skin for foundation. When I want a slightly lighter moisturiser, I will mix with a few drops of Estée Lauder's Advance Night Repair Serum.
Here are the products that are always in my travel case
Hourglass Illume Sheer Colour Trio
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Vinyl Couture
Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50
Dermalogica Sleep Sound Cocoon
Surprisingly this post is no way sponsored by or affiliated with Estee Lauder, the Advanced Night Repair Serum is truely just one of my most loved products for its functionality and efficacy.