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Help for tropical travel

So im going to holiday in tropical island did you have suggestion skincare?



Re: Help for tropical travel

@iLovuBugu  Do you live someplace that gets hot (say, 85ºF and above) and humid in the summer? If yes: whatever skincare products you use during summer will also work during your tropical island stay. Even if your hometown never gets hot and humid, your usual facial cleanser(s) should be fine no matter what climate you visit. 


Also, if you already use certain serums as treatments (retinol, vitamin C, niacinamide, etc.), you can just take ‘em with you on vacation if you’ve got the packing space. You may want to look for travel sizes or transfer some of your products to smaller containers. Or if you’re like me, you’ll try to find solid stick versions of some liquid products for easier travel (and in my case, fewer TSA headaches at airport security). What’s your current skincare routine? 


If you don’t already use a broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30) daily, start doing that today and keep doing it after your vacation ends, all year long, regardless of weather or season. Also get into the habit of reapplying it throughout the day. And consider buying at least one piece of UPF-rated clothing you’ll wear/carry often—maybe a lightweight jacket, a coverup, a long skirt, etc. (“UPF” is to fabrics what “SPF” is to sunscreens.) Several brands make UPF clothing. I often travel with a Uniqlo lightweight UPF jacket. 


If you plan to check your bag during a flight, pack larger tubes of sunscreen in that bag—and maybe bring more sunscreen than you think you’ll need. You should generously apply sunscreen to ALL exposed skin: eyelids, ears, behind ears, nape of neck if exposed, shoulders, waist if exposed, feet, ankles, wrists, hands, etc. You’ll need to reapply sunscreen every couple hours, and more frequently if you get wet (beach, rain, sweat a lot, etc.). And if you’ll wear long flowy skirts/dresses, you’ll still need sunscreen on your legs unless those clothes are UPF-rated—and even then, it’s a good idea to still use sunscreen for extra protection. 


When I visit the Caribbean, here’s my typical travel skincare kit: 


Cleanser (PM, optional AM) - I use a solid bar cleanser (Abib Heartleaf Stone) at home, so I just cut off a small piece to travel with. I’ve also done this with a CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Bar. For makeup removal, I pack a small cleansing balm; my favorite is The INKEY List Mini Oat Cleansing Balm 1.7 oz/ 50 mL. In the morning I usually just gently wipe my face with a wet plush microfiber cloth. 

Treatments (as needed) - for my particular skin needs/concerns, I use a daily retinaldehyde serum and twice-daily azelaic acid cream and argireline serum. I continue that routine when I travel anywhere, so I pack mini/travel sizes of those products. To save space in my liquids bag (per TSA requirements), I look for a solid stick serum that contains most of the ingredients found in my usual at-home summer skincare products. And I like to bring SEPHORA COLLECTION Eye Mask Patches for Dark Circles + De-Puffing Blueberry (actually the old caffeine/coffee eye masks which I can’t tag anymore): they’re great used as intended, but they can also be used anywhere on the face and body. 

Moisturizer (PM) - I pack a travel size of my usual summer nighttime moisturizer, usually CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion (I have mostly-dry combo skin). I might also use this in the morning, especially around my eyes. But in hot weather, I typically skip moisturizer altogether. 

Sunscreen (AM) - this does double duty as moisturizer and UV protection in hot weather. My go-to for everyday, including travel, is Supergoop! Mineral Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 1.7 oz / 50 ml. But if you want to save money, try the body version of other brands’ facial sunscreens: they typically come in bigger tubes than facial sunscreens and cost less per ounce. Bondi Sands and Native make body sunscreens that work well on my face. I do also use them on my body.  


Enjoy your vacation! 

Re: Help for tropical travel

@itsfi thanks for the tag. I would recommend a good SPF 50+ is better. Make sure it’s water and sweat resistant. Mineral SPF is usually better in those cases. I prefer Korean sunscreens since their formulations are nicer. They also have SPF sticks for a quick touch up. Don’t forget, if you’re closer to the equator you’ll probably burn a lot faster than you might be used to. Reapplying SPF every 90 minutes is important if you’re out in the sun or in the water. 

It’s likely to be very humid, especially this time of year so I would say bring a lightweight moisturizer that isn’t super heavy and pair it with a Vitamin C serum under your SPF. A hydrating serum at night can help your skin feel nice and hydrated after a day in the sun. There’s also lots of hydrating mists and toners to help refresh your skin and give it an extra boost of hydration. 

If you’re planning on wearing makeup, don’t forget a setting spray to combat the humidity.

Re: Help for tropical travel

Oh a tropical vacation? How fun @iLovuBugu


For skincare, SPF is a must



I know you asked about skincare. Unless I'm going to an event where I'll have or want to have a full face of makeup, I keep my makeup products on the simpler side when going on a tropical vacation. It's usually


I'm going to tag @makeitup305, I think she'd be a good resource for your question.  

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