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What I Packed: SKINCARE Travel Essentials

WOW, I’ve been in Europe for almost a month, and I really feel like I started a new life!  I have been on the road for a few weeks, and visited so many cities.

I’ve been on road trips, train rides, long flights, quick flights, boat rides, shuttle buses, metros, gondolas, bikes, and walked and walked and walked….!

I’ve been to the mountains, the seaside, the city, the country, a palace, and all around through Italy, France, and Spain.  It’s been boiling HOT, humid, raining, sunny, breezy, and even a bit chilly in some of the cities…..

I haven’t had a normal sleep schedule, eating schedule, workout schedule, or kind of anything schedule!

If you know me a little bit, I LOVE ORGANIZATION and schedules, so traveling definitely gets me out of my comfort zone.

WHY AM I TELLING YOU ALL OF THIS?

Well honestly, somehow, (thank the heavens above) my skin has been great this whole trip.  I’m afraid to even type this out because I know in saying this I’m going to wake up with a big zit on my face tomorrow!  I don’t even know how this is possible, other than I was very strategic with the products I packed for my skin before I left for my trip.  Quite embarrassing actually, that my skincare was more thought about than what shoes I was packing…..LOL!  I’m totally shocked considering the different environments, schedule, temperatures, water, etc…..but I guess my products did the trick for me!

Actually,  I did forget one IMPORTANT thing, {my cleanser}, but luckily was able to pick on up right away when I got to Italy.  So what exactly did I pack and use?  I will spell it out for you now!

Cleanser:  I picked up a Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser.

An extra gentle cleanser that lathers quickly into a rich foam to remove impurities and harmful excess sebum without stripping away skin’s essential moisture. Skin feels refreshed and silky-smooth to the touch.

I love how this foams up and glides easily on the skin.  I feel like it gets all of the makeup and impurities away, without drying out the skin.  A little bit goes a long way, so you also don’t need a lot to get the job done!

What I added in addition to my cleanser, and is new to me and my skincare regimen, is this little cleansing tool.  I don’t even know how to describe it!  It’s a Silicone Precision Pore Cleansing Pad.  I AM OBSESSED!

A flexible silicone pad that gently massages the face and helps deliver deeply clean, radiant results.This tool uses tiny bristles to invigorate the skin and effectively clean pores, helping to exfoliate and soften the skin.

Lately from my friends that are experts in skincare, they are telling me that the Clarisonics, or cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic are not the best because they breed bacteria and spread it all over your skin.  I’m open to understanding this, and have been hearing lately a lot of buzz around silicone cleansing tools.  I haven’t bit the bullet yet to invest in the $200 cleansing machine, but found this little $6 Silicone Tool and wanted to give it a try.  I put a little dollop of my cleanser on the pad, and cleanse, cleansed away!  I love the size of it, and how I feel like it is able to cleanse my skin better than my little fingers!

Next up: EYELASH SERUM!  I’ve been using the Talika Eyelash Serum for about a month now, and I am over the moon about it.  I especially love it because it has darkened my natural lashes and they are growing super long and super thick.  I also haven’t had pink eyelids (which is a side-effect of other lash serums I’ve used in the past) with the Talika.

TALIKA Lipocils Expert Eyelash Conditioning Gel contains a complex of five plant and silk proteins to condition and support the densification of eyelashes. Additional natural ingredients provide enhanced curling and color intensification to the lashes, especially for those with light or not very dark lashes. How to use: Brush the gel up along the lashes starting at the roots before applying mascara. Use twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening, for 28 days, then use once per day.

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8.

Experience the power and precision of the most advanced anti-aging ingredients at work. This age-defying treatment was formulated by Kate with ‘renew, restore, results’ in mind! It instantly softens and strengthens skin, promoting a supple and velvety complexion. Watch surface lines and wrinkles lift away as this proprietary formulation, blending Peptide K8 with collagen builders, penetrates deeply to encourage cellular repair and reverse damage. Promote collagen and elasticity with this wonder in anti-aging. Witness an undeniable transformation to firmer, brighter, younger-looking skin.

I’ve been using this moisturizer for a few weeks and have talked about it in a previous post, and I’m loving it!  My boyfriend has been loving it too, and stealing it from me!  He asked me if I can leave it for him when I leave back to the US, and the selfish side doesn’t want to part without my $150 cream.  (Yes I know it’s expensive but skincare with great results is worth the big price tag for me!)

Sunscreen: Korff Sun Cream SPF 50+

Korff Sun Secret Fluid Sun Cream SPF 50+ (VERY HIGH PROTECTION) is an emulsion with a velvety texture, suited to protect the face skin exposed to the sun. Its innovative formula with DNA-Safe Complex. SPF 50+ and an active principle with a soft- focus action protects from solar radiation and contrasts photoaging, preventing wrinkles and minimizing  the signs of age. For very light phototypes and sensitive skin or light phototypes in case of prolonged solar exposure. Best suited to prevent skin spots.

I’ve been loving this sunscreen so much!  In my opinion, it’s hard to come across a sunscreen that doesn’t leave you feeling white, greasy, or like you have a pound of cream on your face.  I have used this after my moisturizer and before my foundation, and had great results.  Sorry to my US girls, this might be harder to find, but hopefully they will come to the US soon!  If you are in Europe you can find it in the Farmacia.

NIGHT ROUTINE:

I haven’t missed a night of going to bed without washing my face, and I used the same cleanser/cleansing tool listed above.

I also never go a night without my Murad Complete Reform with Glyco Firming Complex.

Help preserve youthful firmness and resilience by protecting your skin’s natural elastin levels with Complete Reform with Glyco Firming Complex by Murad. Beta-carotene helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation while glycolic acid exfoliates for smoother, softer, healthier-looking skin.

I’ve used this every night for over a year and my skin loves it!  I love a glycolic acid, and I feel like it is the key ingredient that makes a huge difference in my skin.  I can’t get enough!

MASQUE every 3 nights:  This a new product that I started using on my trip, and it has been SO AMAZING! It’s the Eminence Eight Greens Phyto Masque (HOT).  It stimulates, hydrates, tightens and nourishes.

Deep active stimulant for cellular renewal. Improves tightness and firmness by stimulating collagen production. Minimizes signs of aging and acne breakouts. Helps to balance the skin’s hormone levels. Normalizes oil production. Increases circulation, detoxifies.Gently lightens pigmentation

I’m crazy for this masque, and crazy for this line in general.  If you are a fan of all natural skincare, but want to still see results, look no further than Eminence!

Night Serum:  Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum

The one product Kate’s clients can’t live without! Hydration is essential for healthy skin, but it’s often overlooked. This superior hydrating complex locks in water so your skin stays quenched 24/7. Achieve unparalleled hydration and a gorgeous, dewy complexion with this red-carpet favorite. Gives skin a silky, satiny look and feel. Contains HSC Complex, an advanced hydrating system that delivers and locks moisture in cells. Helps protect against environmental aggression and excessive UV exposure. RetiStar, the most advanced form of vitamin A, counteracts aging for a more youthful appearance. Leaves skin undeniably luminous.

I’ve got the boyfriend trying to steal this one as well…..!  (Side note, I can’t get mad at a man that wants to take care of his skin!)  I love the hydration, glow, and dewiness my skin gets from using this product, and it feels so good to put on as my last product before I go to bed!

OK you guys!  I know this was a long and detailed post, but I really wanted to give you ALL the info on what has been going on for my skin regimen this past month.  I suppose with a successful month with no breakouts, it’s worth sharing! Xx