Travel Skincare Essentials – Targeting Specific Concerns
Whenever I travel, I would decant some of my regular skincare into smaller containers, making them portable and easier to transport around without taking up space and weight in my luggage. However, since my current trip to Bali was meant to be a short one (only 6 days) and not one where I will be out shopping or photo-taking, I didn’t want to go overboard with my skincare choices. Plus, I was flying budget so every little kilogram counts!
As such, I decided to bring along skincare items from my usual routine which I deem as absolute must-haves. For the rest of the skincare routine, I would just use mini samples and sachets. This is also the best time to try out some new basic skincare items which I never get to use when I’m back home in Singapore.
As you can see from the picture above, the samples were mostly moisturisers, some serum and masks. So you might ask, why are moisturisers not part of my “Key products of choice” to pick from my usual skincare routine? My logic is… if I have products to address my areas of concern – lines, hydration, under-eyes, lifting, I don’t really need an ultra rich or good moisturiser… since it’s just 6 days.
Let me touch on the items that I chose from my regular routine and why…
Every single product above has a particular role to play in my skincare routine. I will share a more detailed post on my skincare routines at some point, but here are some quick pointers.
My main concerns are…
Fine Lines around the eyes and laugh lines around the mouth
To combat this, I chose the Kate Somerville DermaQuench Liquid Lift. This is a brand new product that I bought from Sephora during the 20% sale last year. I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from it when I got it, because it wasn’t one of those mainstream brands or products that many bloggers talk about. I decided to try it nonetheless. I LOVE IT!!! This is sort of like an oxygenated liquid serum which foams up when you first spray it. Its meant to be used on the entire face, even under the eyes. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and I really see a visible improvement in the fine lines and tautness of my skin. Under-eye concealer go on so smoothly, and I no longer have to worry about foundation sitting into my laugh lines. This is not to say the lines disappeared, they are still there but really really faint. To me, it’s like non-surgical botox. This product deserves a standalone detailed review which I will do later this week to give you more info so you can consider trying this if you have the same concerns.
Droopy, sagging eyelids
Being Asians, we have the tendency to be blessed (or not) with hooded eyelids. I too, struggle with mine. To be honest, I never really thought the Clarins Defining Eye Lift Serum actually works until when I stopped using it for 2 weeks and was frustrated with how my eyeliner didn’t seem to wing out nicely. They seemed to be hidden under the hood which changes the shape of the eyeliner. Then, I remembered that perhaps… just maybe… it was because I stopped using the Clarins Defining Eye Lift Serum. I decided to incorporate it into my routine again and viola! After just a week, my eyes were back to normal… my kind of acceptable normal 🙂 This is a serum which I only use on the top of my eyelids morning and night with a soft and gentle acu-point massage to press onto the highest point of your brow bone. The difference is not as visible as the Kate Somerville DermaQuench but it was visible to me. I guess we scrutinize our own faces more than others, so small improvements like that are only visible to us.
Absorption of skincare
This is no stranger… it’s got to be the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I decant this into a vaporiser (this is how I use it even at home). Again, my logic is.. the facial treatment essence helps to not only balance the pH levels of the skin but also enhance the absorption of subsequent skincare products deep into the skin’s epidermis. This is a must-have in all my routines. Been using this for 9 years and counting…
Hydration is an important requirement for my normal to dry skin. The Albion Skin Conditioner does just that. I use it like a toner and it seriously does wonders to the skin. It doesn’t just hydrate but makes the skin super soft and supple. To lock in hydration, I also chose to bring along my Tarte Maracuja Oil. I have had this and a full sized bottle for a while but even this tiny bottle is taking me forever to finish using! It is a very thick oil which has a slight plastic scent which I don’t like. But, if you can get over the scent, the product is amazing. It really locks in all the moisture and serum that I would have applied before the oil. Both these products deserve an individual post of their own.
Of course I have to bring along one of my regular eye creams. If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I am obsessed with finding the perfect eye cream for my under-eyes which are cursed with not just eyebags, but dark circles and fine lines. The SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream doesn’t do much for eyebags or dark circles but it’s a lovely eye cream that hydrates and wears well under concealer. I have the Kate Somerville DermaQuench to help with my eyebags and fine lines 🙂
The sun is one of the biggest culprits to premature aging. Sunblock with a high SPF is essential especially since I am here in Bali for a beach holiday and will be out in the sun a lot. I chose the one I’m currently using – the YSL Top Secrets UV SPF50. I like the scent from this sunblock and it does work very well to keep my face from burning under this heat.
So, how do I use my products?
Cleanser – Biore cleansing oil + NARS Gentle Cleanser (both samples)
Toner – Albion Skin Conditioner
Treatment – SK-II Facial Treatment Lotion + Kate Somerville DermaQuench Liquid Lift + Kenzoki Serum + Albion Moisture Lotion (night sample)
Eyes – Clarins Defining Eye Lift Serum + Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youth Infusion Eye Concentrate (new sample) + SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream
Moisturiser – Tarte Marajuca Oil (night) + Kenzoki Night Cream (sample)
Hope this post has been helpful for you. As you can see, I’m quite the skincare fanatic, let me know if there are other amazing products that you think I should try.
Disclaimer: All products mentioned were bought by me. I am no skincare professional and what works for me might not necessarily work for you.