Just because I'm not jet-setting off to Europe like 2020 originally promised, it doesn't mean I'm not getting out of the house. A blessing of the pandemic has been more time at my parent's house, eating dinner on the deck and giving the pup kisses galore. The only downside is that I can't bring my extensive skincare routine with me - there simply isn't enough room in my childhood bathroom. So when I pack up for the road, I only bring the tried and true products that get me from one climate to the next.
This cleanser has been blowing up the internet, and there's good reason for it! CeraVe's continually sold out cleanser contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, and Vitamin D to gently exfoliate and turn over the skin to help it be its best self. The fragrance-free formula is amazing on my sensitive, acne-prone skin and the results are noticeable in 24-hours. In a time of wearing masks as a regular fashion statement, this cleanser is great for getting rid of maskne in a flash. Plus the pump has a open/close valve, so it won't go everywhere in your travel bag.
On the trend with exfoliating, when I travel its prime time for my skin to flip out. A gentle chemical exfoliant at night helps keep the skin turning over so that new break outs stop and scarring fades. With sensitive skin, this formulation hasn't irritated me, and mixes well with the salicylic acid cleanser. I only use this 2-3 times a week, and almost always the day after I've arrived at my destination.
I'm a sucker for good marketing, and even more for when the marketing is 100% spot on. I was seeing this serum everywhere in March, and finally ordered. It's ~incredible~. The Vitamins C & E serum really does provide a dewy glow, and I saw significant difference in my acne scars. And the ferulic acid and hyaluronic acid just pump up the hydration party. Apply in the morning to look like a fresh daisy and appreciate the best $25 you've spent on your skin.
With sensitive skin, keeping my skin's barrier strong as possible can be a struggle, and a punch to the wallet. This skin-soothing serum showed up in my search and wow, barrier restoration is no longer a problem. I'm still looking into the long-term effects of adding this to my routine, but as I am changing environments from Portland to my parent's house, Great Barrier Relief helps keep everything calm.
When bareMinerals sent me this herb serum to try, I had my doubts because, at 25, aging is the last thing on my mind. What I didn't expect to see was the difference it made on scars and acne. My breakouts are much less frequent, and an old scar that wouldn't budge is now starting to fade. I'll be doing a longer blog post on my experience with the serum, but initial thoughts have made it an essential for travel.
In full disclosure, I bought this low-ingredient moisturizer so I could get free shipping with my Great Barrier Relief. And then it became my go-to for morning and night when my skin was stressed. The fragrance-free formula provides insane hydration, and my sensitive skin loves the simple ingredient list. Knowing I could only pack one moisturizer in my overnight bag, I knew packing something that would be gentle on my skin day and night was the way to go.
While I'm still on my hunt for the perfect sunscreen, I have been a fan of this mineral formula for years. It provides consistent coverage that has never left me with a burn after a day in the sun. The white cast isn't too terrible, and if you mix it with a bit of bronzer you're good to go. If you have found the perfect sunscreen, hit a skin protection enthusiast up.
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