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Holiday Skincare Packing List

If you've read my previous posts, you'd know that I've been traveling in India for a while now, and I've abandoned the trains for air travel this time to make the most of our time  in India (and also because Indian trains take up 12x the time taken by an airplane).So I've had to travel for two in a suitcase and stick to the 100 ml limit wherever I can (we do get luggage by the way for domestic flights, but I try to pack my bags with shoes and clothes for 3 weeks in there). I thought I'd list out everything that I packed for our travel, which includes a few holy grails and a few new purchases.

Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment - Buy Here  for £11.50
I'm a nervous traveler, and I tend to pick apart my lips when I'm nervous which results in broken and chapped lips from air travel. I've tried every lip balm possible - Balm Dot Com from Glossier, Nuxe, Carmex and every brand under the sun, but nothing has healed and moisturized my lips like the Paw Paw Ointment. A tube lasts for approximately 3 months (with daily consistent use) and costs less than a tenner (approximately £6 a tube) and has been my companion whenever I've had chapped lips. It can be used on elbows, helps heal spots (not as good as Odacite's Acne Serum, but good enough to make a difference after a week), cuts, burns, bites, and bruises - so it comes in handy when you're traveling. It's such a classic product that I'll be passing this onto my kids one day as it's the best lip balm I've ever used. It's made out of fermented papaya with a base of petroleum jelly and wax.

Best For : Sensitive chapped lips, bruises, bites, bruises and works well on sensitive Skin (stated as working as a temporary relief for eczema)

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser | Buy here  for £26.00
I had to give my Glossier PMR a miss for this 250 ml container of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser since the PMR is a tad too rich at 98% Humidity/ 37 Degree Centigrade. This is my boyfriend's moisturizer (which he absolutely loves), and since I wanted to be smart about packing, I didn't bring along any moisturizers of my own and thought the 250 ml would be sufficient for the two of us.
It works very well on dry skin which is probably why my boyfriend loves it so much but was disastrous on my skin. I've got oily/combination skin and this did not sit well under makeup and creased horribly.I looked like a big greaseball, but it could also be due to the climate in Delhi since the humidity was near 100%. It doesn't have a fragrance and might work well when I'm back in England, but for now, this is a product I regret packing as my moisturizer for three weeks.

Best For : Dry - Medium Skin Types. Best to be avoided by oily skin.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment | Buy Here for £22.50
This is one of the very few eye creams which has helped me restore moisture back under my eyes. I bought this with my first paycheck from my previous job and buying an eye cream this expensive felt a bit cheeky at the time (but it came in handy for the long hours I put in as an auditor in my first year of work), but if you're new to skincare and want to get an eye cream which will work, I'd suggest the Creamy Eye Treatment as it has zero fragrance, works very well on sensitive skin, packs in moisture under your eyes and it doesn't crease under makeup either. It doesn't work for dark circles or fine lines, so if you have a recommendation that would work for these please leave a comment below!

Best For : Restoring moisture under dry eyes and relieving tired eyes

Thank you Farmer, Sun Water Cream with 50 SPF - Buy here for £24.00
My boyfriend brought along the Ultrasun 30 SPF face cream for himself, and I gave it a shot, but it left a faint white cast, so I went back to the Thank You Farmer SPF  again. I've raved about how great this sun screen is, and it's probably the only one that looks flawless under makeup, sinks in like a moisturiser, that doesn't look greasy or break me out (which a lot of old school sun screen does) and does its work by protecting you from the sun (prevents skin peeling and redness from the sun). I can't rave enough of what a good product it is and would highly recommend giving this product a try in the summer when you want added protection from the sun under your makeup

Ultrasun SPF 50+ UVB+ UVA PA (Body) -  Buy  here for £22.00
I ditched my old Garnier SPF in favor of this, and it served us very well in the 38 Centigrade Degree heat in India. I didn't burn and I didn't look like a peeling tomato, so I'm very happy with this purchase. I'm not the best at reviewing body SPF's, and I'm very easy to please when it comes to matters not related to the face so please recommend a good body SPF if you can please in the comments below.

Laneige Water Bank Essence - EX - Buy here for £28.90
Since I spent a week in one of the most polluted cities in the world, I had to make sure that my skin was protected (with SPF), hydrated (water) and didn't get too dull. I'm glad I've spent time researching Korean Skincare, and got introduced to essences as its made a huge difference to my skin.  I'd suggest adding this to your skincare routine if you have dull, tired skin (it's usually applied before serums and is very similar to serums).

Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% - Buy here for £8.00
If you're new to adopting a full blown skincare routine, I'd suggest you look up the Ordinary products, address your skincare concerns, and get a product that is meant to target that specific concern. Most of Deceim's products are affordable and effective, and while I do love my Sunday Riley serums, I have to confess that I'm never going back to expensive serums again. They're also releasing a sunscreen towards the end of the year, so I hope it's better than my Thank you Farmer SPF as it'll do my wallet a favor.  DECEIM and Ordinary products are life changing, and from binging on Shark Tank and learning just how much skin care products actually cost, I think a lot of it is a rip off and the DECEIM is one of the few very brands out there that aren't ripping off their customers ( Due to the large profit margins on beauty products - sometimes as high as 500%, it was one of the very few industries that was not impacted by the 2007/9 recession).

Tata Harper Purifying Gel Cleanser - Buy here for £56.00
I got a travel size of the purifying gel cleanser with my Cult Beauty Spring Box, and have been using it for when I travel. It's a good cleanser, and while I do think its great that it's organic, I'm not too keen on the fact that it turns into an oil like emulsion when you wash your face with it, and having very oily skin doesn't help either. This is a highly rated product that works best for dry skin and natural product junkies. Maybe I haven't been using it right, but I didn't fall in love with it. It does its job and I've taken it for travel since it's the only mini cleanser I have at the moment that works well, but I can't repurchase it due to the price and there are better cleansers out there for me.

 I wish I could have swapped out some of the products in here for my favorites (such as the cleanser and moisturizer). Just because it doesn't work for me, doesn't mean they're bad - They're highly coveted products that work well on different skin types, and the Tata Harper cleanser is a good product, just not good enough for a repurchase.

What are some of your favorite products to pack during a long vacation?

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