In my article on travelling with dry skin and eczema, you could read about some of the struggles we sensitive skin-people have travelling around the world being exposed to harsh conditions all the time.
Changing weather, dry plane air and all the rest of the glorious elements make our skin crack up like lizards, our heads flake like snowy mountains and our bodies itch like nothing else… leaving us usually with our favourite on-the-road activity: scratching like there is no tomorrow.
Packing skin care products for a trip is already challenging, but finding soothing products for dry skin that are practical for on the road can be even harder to find.
That’s why I have fallen in love with the following skin care products and pack most of these for almost all my trips these days.
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10 favourite travel skincare products
1. Gladskin Face Wash Gel-to-Milk
Clean faces make happy skin and with Gladskin’s range of skin care products for sensitive skin, I think I’ve found a brand to stick with. Their face wash has been recently added to the line of additional care products an I love it.
The 75 ml tube takes forever (you only need a little bit in your palm and make it wet – 100% free of soap, no perfume, no parabens and not foaming) and it makes my face feel clean without that dry, pulling sensation that most face wipes or cleansers give me. You can take it in your hand luggage and so far I haven’t had any spills, so great!
2. Gladskin Eczema Cream / Eczema Gel
About these Gladskin products, I wrote a review before. You use it twice a day and it kills the bad (and very common) Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This helps prevent infections and will largely reduce redness and flakes, that our friend eczema brings along.
The only disadvantage for travelling is that you need to keep it refrigerated, which is fine if you know you’ll be staying in a certain hotel (as you can check with the hotel you have a mini-bar), but for longer flights and trips, you probably want to switch to their gel option.
The gel also contains the active ingredient Staphefekt™ (and works the same), but because of a slightly different formule, the Staphefekt enzyme is less stable in the cream than the gel, so that’s why it needs to be refrigerated. Both products don’t contain any corto-steroids or antibiotics, like most tubes do that your doctor prescribes.
3. Gladskin Daily Care Cream
The daily care cream has recently been improved by Gladskin! It’s less greasy now and it comes in a tube (same as the face wash) instead of a pump now.
I use this cream every morning and evening and also keep it in my bag for instant relief when my skin gets dry during the day. Again, this tube can be taking in your hand luggage, so great for touching up when the airplane air makes your skin all dry!
4. Gladskin Scrub
For a spa-feeling during your travels, and to make sure that your lovely teint stays on longer, bring along this scrub by Gladskin for use once or twice a week. It also removes dead skin cells… so a softer skin!
This scrub is developed especially for people with sensitive skin and it consists of cellulose, which is eco-friendly. It is a mild scrub that cleans and hydrates your skin. Without perfume and parabens. Win-Win-Win-Win-Win, I’d say.
5. Lush 9 to 5
I always loved Lush products, but I haven’t bought them for a while, but some of their products I sometimes miss and should really buy again as they are perfect for travel. I wrote a review on all of them a while ago, go check it out if you want.
This cleanser by Lush works perfect as a make-up remover. It’s very creamy and made of orchid oil and you can just put a bit on a cotton wipe and put it to your face. No water needed.
6. Lush Dream Wash
The jar is a little bit inconvenient for travel, although I did bring it on 7 months of backpacking and didn’t even finish it. You can easily scoop some of this lovely, soft shower cream out of the jar and into a more travel-friendly packaging if you want!
7. Lush Dream Cream
Again, not the most ideal packaging for travel, but I love this body cream! Feels great and smells divine, so it will make you feel born again after some heave travel days.
8. Lush Solid Shampoo
No more leaking shampoo bottles in your bag with the wide variety of shampoo bars by Lush. I think Godiva is the best one, it’s also a conditioner in one and just smells too good.
Get one of those tins to re-use, but you might need to wait a while, because the bars take forever as well.
9. Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream
The worst thing that can happen to the skin on your feet is cracking, especially on your heel! I had it several times, deep, painful canyons and oh my gosh, that hurts!
Get the Scholl cream and start using it every day from the start and you will have no problems, even if you walk loads! Make sure to start putting it on BEFORE you get cracks, because when it starts bleeding and put it on then, you’ll only make it worse.
10. Aroamas Solid Perfume Stick
Another must-have item for me on any trip (ok, technically not a skincare product, but still VERY useful to feel great on your trip): the incredibly smart and great-smelling perfume sticks by Aroamas.
No leaking, hardly takes up any space and the scent stays strong for very long. I have some sticks for over 3 years now, and they still smell the same as when I got them. In the meanwhile, Brooke (from the fun blog herpackinglist.com) has made many more fragrances, so will need to order some others as well to test those too!
And there you go! A peek into my toiletry bag and 10 items that I’d love to take with me on any type of trip to make sure my skin stays happy… as well as the rest of me, of course!
This post has been brought to you in collaboration with Gladskin, who provided me with all of the products mentioned above in return for a proper product test and honest review. All the other products, I’ve bought or received in the past and also really enjoy using! All photos, opinions, itchings & scratchings are, as always 100% mine.
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