If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know I recently had a trip to Bali. This is what I packed as my skincare kit for the trip. Usually I pack wayyy heavier than this (my heaviest item in the bag is usually beauty-related stuff and not the clothes/accessories/shoes), and I thought you gals could give me a a few suggestions on how to pack lighter than this. For now, I’m sharing the goodies I brought along with me:
1. DIY Makeup-remover/Cleanser
This is my current evoo + avocado oil mix to remove makeup as well as cleanse the face, as you know from this post. I know I’ll be sweating a lot and it’d be relatively humid in Bali at this time of the year, so I also added a generous amount of baking soda a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate into the blend. Ever since I emptied ExfoliKate, I haven’t been trying out any other scrubs sold in the market. So I usually just mix my oils with either baking soda or brown sugar for exfoliation. I prefer baking soda for travel as it’s basically odorless.
2. SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
Aside from the physical scrub from the oil + baking soda mix, this is also a staying power in my regimen for maximum exfoliation. You have pitera to keep skin integrity intact and those concentration of AHA/BHA (citric acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, malic acid) to seep through quickly and thoroughly right after your face is cleansed.
3. DIY toner
Just the ACV + water blend I spray all over, right after my skin has completely sucked all of the pitera. Love the astringency of ACV, hate that my fiance needs to cover his nose every time he kisses me.
4. DIY Serum/Primer
Hahaha no … this is not an SK-II product. It’s just an empty jar I use to contain my on mix of oils. You know I have plenty of the brand’s products that I’ve emptied in the past and still keep. This is one of my favorites because it’s light, it closes tight, and that it’s a sample size, i.e. travel-friendly and super versatile. Not that I don’t like SK-II’s Facial Treatment Gentle Cleansing Cream (it’s super gentle), just that my skin has grown accustomed to the ingredients I mixed in here better than any other products in the market.
Like I mentioned on this post, I usually apply layer by layer from the carrier oils to the essential oils. It allows time for the skin to fully absorb each of the oil’s nutrients. But I couldn’t possibly be packing my entire collection oils everywhere I go. By now I’m sure you can tell, it’s a massive collection of fragile jars and bottles on my dressing table. So I just mixed all the oils together into SK-II’s the empty Cleansing Cream jar. The mix* is:
- 6 drops jojoba oil
- 2 drops kukui nut oil
- 2 drops rose hip oil
- 4 drops tea tree oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus oil
* will last 3-4 weeks
I use this mix as both a primer and and a serum. As a primer/daytime serum I just dip my ring finger once into the jar and dot just once on each area of my face (forehead, left cheek, right cheek, chin, then just blend lightly all over the face, away from the center for that lifting effect. You don’t want to apply too much because this mix is basically like an extract from an oil tank. So just a tiny bit and you get super sheer coat, ultra dewiness, ultra suppleness, and all-day moist. It’s a big difference every time go straight to makeup than when I apply these oils first. Either my makeup won’t stay as long or my skin texture would go out of whack, i.e. red patches appearing out of nowhere, oily area here dry area there, very oily face by the end of the day (because even though it’s oil, jojoba helps with sebum control), etc. At night, I’m more liberal with the application, although again, if you dab too much oil on your skin, you’d feel like you haven’t showered in a month.
5. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream
The hype surrounding this cure-all hasn’t died down in years, so I decided to give it a try. It’s only been about 2 weeks since I got this travel size one that contains 2 oz., or 59 ml. I figure there’s no risk in trying, as there are no artificial ingredients in this product.
INGREDIENTS: Olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis
So far so good. Really mild, soft as balm, neither acneic nor comedogenic, not very oily either, and works well under makeup too. It’s only been a couple of weeks, so I can’t say much. But just a few dabs every day and night has been reducing the blackness and the size of the puffiness under my eyes. So yeah, I mainly use this as an eye cream. Other than that it’s just to hydrate the dry or red patches I tend to develop when I run on little sleep.
6. Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask
Ginseng has been working wonders internally for me for a while now, and the other day I was looking for something with ginseng topically. I was like, where other than Sulwhasoo to get ginseng-drenched ingredients in their products? This mask works wonders to fake a full night’s sleep, and so immediately became one of my favorites. The mix of botanicals in this product just works seamlessly to clear out my complexion (and they smell great too). You need patience and diligence every night with this (yes, I love the lightweight quality of it so much I use it almost every night), but see how lighter, brighter, and luminous your skin 6 weeks later.
7. Utama Spice Peppermint Lip Balm
As I said, Utama Spice‘s lip balm set works better at long-lasting hydration than most lip balms you see out there, dare I say even compared to the EOS balms. I think the magic ingredient is its pure coconut oil, and since I was heading to the sea, sands, and sun, I thought minty freshness was the best flavor out of the 3 to take with me.
What about you? What do you usually pack in your skincare kit whenever you fly? Do share tips on packing lighter, because man, those SK-II bottles are sure as heck fragile …