Travel Beauty Essentials: Skincare Edition

Traveling wreaks havoc on my skin. The stress, the dehydration, the allergic reactions — they all contribute to making my once perfect complexion, well, not perfect. When I travel, I tend to get irritated and dry. I also will begin to breakout in acne! All of these things can make vacationing unpleasant, so I’ve learned to keep a foolproof stash of skincare items to quell my reddened skin. I brought a spread of travel-friendly skincare products on my recent vacation to Mexico that I personally think was PERFECT.

MY NORMAL ROUTINE

At home, I typically will use a 2-in-1 makeup removing cleansing oil to get all of my makeup off. I then follow with a second gentle cleanser to ensure all of the residue is off of my delicate skin!

I’ll usually use a variety of toners or treatment serums depending on my mood, but after this step I always moisturize.

I recently have fluctuated between using an oil (almond or marula) and using my OG cream moisturizer, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

THE TRAVEL SKINCARE ARSENAL

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So, having been to Mexico many times in the past, I know how dry my skin gets after being in the hot sun all day. I knew I wanted to bring something extremely hydrating, and I also knew I wouldn’t be bringing my 2-in-1 cleansing oil, so I opted for something that could do both.

Nighttime Routine

I do most of my skincare at night. I love to ensure that my skin is perfectly clean and hydrated after wearing makeup and being out in the hot humid air all day!

Sweet Almond Oil is perfect for removing makeup at night. I apply a pea sized amount to my dry face and massage it in, making sure I’m dislodging all the makeup on my face. I then will rinse it off with a good, gentle gel cleanser. My favorite at the moment is from H2O+ Beauty; the Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser is absolutely perfect for getting that squeaky clean feeling without drying out the skin! I love the gel texture of it. The brand was actually kind enough to gift me a nice little supply of the cleanser!

After cleansing, I like to use Boscia’s Sake Cleansing Water. This is such a soothing cleansing milk that reassures my skin is completely free of makeup at the end of the night! When at home, I use a cotton pad to sweep this on my face, but since I’m traveling, I just fold up a few squares of toilet paper to create a DIY pad. I find that my skin feels very soft and refreshed after using this!

If I feel like my skin is breaking out, I’ll use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. These are so gentle, but extremely effective! I love that the exfoliating pads will help manually exfoliate, too, so that the dry skin built up from sun and sand exposure can be cleared in the process. I bought the travel-sized package, but refill it with pads from my full-size container as needed for travel.

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Depending on how my skin feels, I’ll either use sweet almond oil, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, or both to moisturize.  The oil is extremely hydrating, but the Ultra Repair Cream provides an amazing soothing effect. I do find myself laying the cream on top of my oil a lot to really seal in the moisture.

Morning Cleansing and Skin Prep

Because I have sensitive skin, I don’t like to use many products on it. My morning skincare routine is extremely simple.

I keep the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel in my shower to give my skin a refreshing, but soothing, deep cleanse in the morning. I like to let the cleanser sit on my skin for a few minutes while I’m showering so that it can really penetrate my pores. I’ll sometimes use this throughout the day to refresh my skin if I go to the gym or come back from the pool.

When I get out of the shower, I apply the Milk Makeup Matcha Toner onto my face. This has a relaxing, calming, and cooling sensation. I then follow with Sweet Almond Oil as a moisturizer — I feel as though the oil protects my skin a little bit more throughout the day than the cream.

boscia tsubaki cleanser oil gel

That’s all I bring with me as far as skincare when I travel! I realize that to some this may seem like a lot, but to some this may seem like nothing. It’s really up to what your skin needs and how it reacts to travel.

What are some of your travel skincare essentials? Let me know below!

P.S. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! I like to poll my followers to find out what content you’d like to see next. I think Instagram is just the easiest platform to get feedback on. Regardless, I love hearing the comments you have to offer on my blog posts, so let me know your thoughts below!

The Offbeat Venusian

Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 

Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. I hope you’ve found something helpful, or at the very least interesting. You can keep up with my beauty adventures by following me on Instagram @offbeatvenusianI also share my favorite photo memories from travel and life on my photo diary Instagram account @offbeatandaway. Instagram isn’t your vibe? I’m on Facebook, too. If you have any questions or comments, I always love hearing what you have to say. You can comment below or you can contact me here.

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Eight Course Menu at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso’s Restaurante L’Atelier

For nine days, I lived in absolute paradise at one of my favorite resorts. The Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is staffed by amazingly cheerful and competent people from all over the world, housed with top-notch amenities, and of course, equipped with the most amazing food and drink I have experienced at an all-inclusive resort. I have so much to share with you from my trip, but first I would like to share my experience with an eight course menu at L’Atelier.

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The Case for Bigger + Bolder Brows

Eyebrows frame our faces. In fact, I dare to say that eyebrows have the transformative power to give our faces a new light. It’s quite fun to play with different eyebrow shapes and sizes, taking note of how each one changes our faces. I’ve been loving the big and bold look for my own eyebrows!

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Sephora x Bite: Beauty Insider VIB Rouge Rewards Bazaar Unboxed

For a couple of years, I patiently tucked away all of my Sephora Beauty Insider reward points in hopes of cashing them in for something big. Seasons passed before I had realized how many points were in my little bank. I caught wind of a Bite reward redeemable for 2500 points that seemed pretty unique: it included a Baggu tote filled with three deluxe sized lip products as well as a cute Bite-branded bomber jacket.

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VSCO: Adding Mood to Photos Through Filter

Editing photos is a major part of content creation. Of course, the foundation for a perfect Instagram post is a great photo. Cropping effectively, fine-tuning color, and playing with lighting can take a great photo to an amazing photo! I use VSCO (free iOS app) to filter photos taken on both my DSLR and iPhone cameras.

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Apartment Decor: Macramé and Modern Global Vibes

Ladies and gentlemen looking to decorate your homes on a budget, look no farther than Target. I caught wind of the Opalhouse brand and knew this was the style direction I wanted to take my apartment in. There are punchy colors, global-inspired patterns, and comfy fabrics in three different collections: Indochic, Canyon Sunrise, and Mallorca. I love each of these and the curated collections they inspire.

Opalhouse for Target

There are three distinct, yet totally compatible collections. As you can see, they all share that same beautiful color palette and sophisticated boho essence. I love the earthiness that ties the three collections together. I definitely am leaning towards the Canyon Sunrise collection as my foundational style. I love the soft pink tones and desert inspiration.

I’ll go through each collection and share the pieces I’m most interested in purchasing. I have noticed a lot of these items going on sale, so I am led to believe this collection may be leaving Target soon! Disclaimer: All photos are property of Target, used for your reference and convenience.

INDOCHIC

As described by Target, the Indochic collection is, “French-Vietnamese fusion, full of elegant shapes and sophisticated jewel tones.” I couldn’t agree more.

Artificial Palm Leaf Plant in Gold Base, $24.99

indochic palm leaf plant

Tufted Oversize Lumbar Pillow in Cream, $24.99

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Natural Stripe Throw, $24.99

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CANYON SUNRISE

Okay, this is the collection I am most interested in. I love how laid back and comfortable, but still clean all of the pieces in this collection look. The muted pink colors and desert inspiration will look so nice with all of my minimal furniture.

Loury Pouf in Neutral Textured, $49.99

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Rattan Basket Large, $34.99

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Global Stripe Lumbar Pillow – Pink, $19.99

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Coral Diamond Tassel Throw Pillow, $18.99

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Rattan Table Lamp Pink Shade, $39.99

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MALLORCA

Cream Fringe Lumbar Pillow, $24.99

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What do you think of this collection? I just really enjoy natural-inspired decor, punchy (yet refined) colors, and a relaxed vibe. I also love how affordable everything is and the ease of availability! Thank you, Target.

P.S. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! I like to poll my followers to find out what content you’d like to see next. I think Instagram is just the easiest platform to get feedback on. Regardless, I love hearing the comments you have to offer on my blog posts, so let me know your thoughts below!

The Offbeat Venusian

Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 

Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. I hope you’ve found something helpful, or at the very least interesting. You can keep up with my beauty adventures by following me on Instagram @offbeatvenusianI also share my favorite photo memories from travel and life on my photo diary Instagram account @offbeatandaway. Instagram isn’t your vibe? I’m on Facebook, too. If you have any questions or comments, I always love hearing what you have to say. You can comment below or you can contact me here.

 

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