Streamlined Skincare

As much as I love the luxury of an extended skincare routine, which often turns into a bit of a pamper; incorporating treatments, masks, enough lotions and potions to open a small apothecary and takes around 30 minutes – it’s not the most convenient for travel. I spent last week in Thailand chilling out, gulping down some fresh air and being dragged up mountains by my parents. It was an annual holiday I swore I’d never do again once I turned 16, but by 26 I’ve softened and actually enjoyed an international jaunt. It was low-key and the glamest it got was a nightly trip to the local market so my beauty stuff was kept to a minimum and after much consideration I plumped for a streamlined, stripped-back skincare stash:

Makeup remover: Makeup is usually sloughed off by the Bioderma Crealine H20 Micellar Water.

Toner/Freshen-upper: Now I have quite a few toners on rotation at the moment, so this was a toughie. In the end it came down to the one that was the smallest, Vichy’s Eau Thermale. A nice post-cleanse spritz or a refreshing mist when things got a little hot. I know, it got hot. It was very exciting.

Serum: Survival of the smallest again here; Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Reflection Serum made the cut. I usually reserve this for morning use, but this does a good enough job of whacking on the moisture for morn and eve when product numbers were restricted.

Moisturiser: Ah gawd, the hardest. I always find moisturiser the trickiest step to get right, and still have yet to find the puuuurfect one; so I plumped for Chambor’s Hydra Essential Day Moisturiser in the end. It said ‘day‘ in the title, but I smoothed it on AM and PM and had no problems. Perfectly rich and lightweight at the same time.

SPF: From going to none, I now have a fair few SPFs swimming around in my drawers and pulled out the slickest packaged one to take on my travels – VLCC’s Tinted Souffle SPF 50. Amazing stuff, no grease or slip and by the end of the holiday it was a family essential.

Extras: muslin cloths (obvs), a shed load of cotton pads and buds and maybe some kind of exfoliator if you’re going away for a week or so plus.

A much more slimmed-down regimen than my usual 20+ steps, but you know what – my skin was more than happy with it. Now it may have been due to the fresh air, long-ass walks *groans* or the fact I wasn’t gorging on my usual Ice Cream Works lunchtime meal, but this whole capsule edit has definitely got me sorted for when I next need to say bon voyage…