Monday 25 November 2019

Travel skincare routine for dry skin

Dry skin can be difficult to manage in everyday life. I've known this for a fact since I was around 14 years old and realised that my skin felt like sand in winter and turned into an incurably spotty mess when transitioning into summer.

But having dry skin while travelling can be even worse. Travelling is such an enriching hobbie, and I couldn't imagine life without visiting different countries and taking in sights and cultures, however, it takes its toll on your skin. The plane journeys, the flitting between air conditioned hotel rooms and hot beaches, the different foods that your body isn't used to - all these (and more) are ingredients in a recipe for skin disaster. So it's vital to make sure that your skincare routine is up to scratch!

Earlier this year, I spent six weeks solo travelling in Australia (you can read more about my trip in the travel section of this blog). I left in April, and my skin was in the worst condition that it had ever been - so I was praying that the warm weather and sunshine would do it some good. 

I put together a bag of my absolute favourite products - the products that I would always turn to, time and time again, no matter how many new products I tried. When I'm travelling, I don't get homesick, but my skin does. So I knew that this kind of familiarity was what I needed in case the going got rough.

Here's what's in my travel make-up bag

Dermalogica travel minis

Dermalogica is my go-to skincare brand. I can always rely on their products to keep my skin in check if it gets dry or if I have a breakout. These particular travel minis were gifted to me, but I've been using Dermalogica since I was 18, so I've got all of these in their full sizes as part of my regular skincare routine.

I start by doing a double cleanse, which is Dermalogica's secret recipe to perfectly cleansed skin. I take my make-up off using the Precleanse, which I've always thought smells really fresh and slightly zingy. Then after rinsing that off, I use the Special Cleansing Gel as the second part of the cleanse.

Because I have dry skin, regular exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin. I like to shake a little bit of the Daily Microfoliant into my palm, then mix with a few drops of water until it forms a paste. I just rub that gently into my skin, then rinse away with warm water.

The final step is the Skin Smoothing Cream, which I would usually apply after a serum so that it really soaks into my skin.


A soft, reusable, eco-friendly face cloth, CloudCloth is a brilliant product to have at home or while travelling. What I really love about this cloth is that it's made of a lightweight, fast-drying fabric, which is so handy when you're travelling, as you don't want to be waiting around for things to dry.

It's £12 for three CloudCloths, but they last ages and they're so much better for the environment than wipes.

Under eye patches

When you're sitting around on a long haul flight, there's no harm in catching up on your skincare routine. I usually carry a sleep mask with me while I'm flying so that I can completely block out the light if I want to sleep. Underneath the mask, I can pop on some under eye patches to maximise on some much-needed skin hydration.

These patches from STARSKIN are £8.50 for two lots. They feature coconut juice, chamomile, and more, to keep your under eye area moisturised.

Leakproof waterbottle

No matter how many skincare products you use, you won't get the optimum benefits if you don't hydrate yourself from the inside.

A water bottle is a real must-have when I'm travelling. Nowadays, there are drinking water stations available in popular public spaces across the world. When I was walking around the waterfront in Cairns, Australia, there were points where you could fill up a water bottle almost every 100 yards, so I took my bottle everywhere that I went. It saved me money on buying bottles of water from the shop, and it helped the environment by allowing me to use less plastic.

I look for leakproof water bottles where possible, like this one from Chilly's. It stops the water leaking all over your belongings, whether you're on a plane or catching a twelve hour bus from Byron Bay to Sydney (yes, really).

Clear makeup bag

It always helps when I'm travelling to have a clear-ish makeup bag, so that I can easily see the contents and avoid fumbling around for my tiny kohl eyeliner pencil. I don't really like getting all my makeup out in hotels or hostels for hygeine reasons, so seeing all my makeup inside a bag is so handy.

This makeup bag from Skinnydip is pretty and see-through!

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