When your skin is troublesome and unpredictable, looking after yourself outdoors can be really quite anxiety-inducing. Whether it's a shift at work or a night on the town, there are many aggravating factors to be weary of. Stress, food allergies, weather, indoor heating, air conditioning - anything that can make your skin dehydrated, drier or cause an itchy reaction.
That is why preparation is key. I never leave the house without my travel skincare. By keeping your on-the-go skincare in a small travel case, you can transfer it between handbags with ease or throw it in the car. The products in your kit should allow you to troubleshoot a problem area or to do a complete routine if necessary. I decant products wherever possible - I find the MUJI travel bottles, tubes and tubs are the best quality and come in a variety of sizes.
My recommendations for creating a complete travel skincare bag are:
- Tweezers: to peel of any flaky skin without disturbing your makeup
- Micellar water and cotton pads: to remove makeup, dry skin or cleanse
- Hydrating mist: for a temporary burst of hydration until you can apply moisturiser
- Moisturisers: whatever floats your boat - serums, oils, lotions, creams, balms
- Lip balm: unless it's already covered under Moisturisers
- Sunscreen: for reapplication
- Anti-inflammatory treatment: whether it's a non-steroid or steroid one
- Antihistamine tablets: the non-drowsy kind
- Concealer: one as close to your skin colour as possible to cover up cover any redness that appears or where makeup has come off
- Compact Mirror
- Eye drops: a must for me but not necessarily for you
- Nail File: to file away any sharp edges that could damage skin if you scratch
I have been known to get my kit out at the table in a restaurant - instead of feeling nervous wondering what state my skin is in and rushing off to the ladies bathroom, I'll get my skincare out and do what I gotta do there and then because honestly, it's easier to do at a table then hovered over a sink with no dry surface to put your bag on. Maybe I shouldn't, but I'd rather take care of myself than care what other people think!