You may or may not have noticed, but I am a full-on day-walker. My auburn hair and fair skin are features I love about myself, but they come with their challenges too. Keeping my skin protected and nourished while being a full-time sun chaser can be a struggle, especially when travelling out of a small carry-on bag.
I have some absolute essentials that I love for keeping my skin protected, hydrated, and nourished while travelling to hot and summy climates.
Here are my top skincare picks for hot destinations!
Let's start with cleansing. Keeping my skin cleansed and free from dirt, pollution, and bacteria is key for me. I love gentle cleansing options that maintain my skin's natural barriers, without stripping away every last drop of my face's moisture.
I have started to keep washing my face to a minimum and using lots of water to freshen my face and am working my way up to oil cleansing!
Here are two I love, especially for hot climates as they are light and leave my skin feeling fresh, cool, and hydrated.
First Aid Beauty - Pure Skin Face Cleanser - $25
I have been using this cleanser for over a year now after my friend Gabrielle raved about it to me. It's unscented, gentle, and just perfect for my routine, and my sensitive skin.
I use this cleanser in the shower and only when I feel like I have a lot of sunblock and other dirt and grime to remove. I use this a few time a week, but not daily if I don't need to as I am trying to reduce the amount of soap going on my skin.
It's formulated for sensitive skin and is part of a larger line of F.A.B. products. See their whole product line here.
Marcelle - Micellar Water - $16
The second cleanser I use, this one more often for a quick little refresh, is micellar water. I have tried a number of brands and absolutely love this one from Marcelle for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, it's more affordable than is more pricey sister Bioderma. When you're using it every day you want good value for money. The Marcelle one has just that. This 500ml bottle was only $16 at the drugstore and this brand is often on sale. Win-win.
Secondly, I love the bottle. Press down on the top of the bottle for easy dispensing onto a cotton pad. Done and done. This is lazy girl (ahem...me) skin care to a whole other level. You can do this with your eyes still closed, trust me.
I love to use micellar water when I come in from being in the sun. I can easily remove any sweat and sunscreen from my face quickly and easily.
Shop Marcelle's whole product line here.
Hydration is KEY for my dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin. Keeping my skin deeply nourished and hydrated is the difference between good and bad skin for me.
I have started using more natural hydration methods on my skin in the past few years. Previously I used coconut oil on my skin but found that my acne and blackheads got worse.
Since then, I have started using other oils that are hydrating, antimicrobial, and have deeply nourishing properties.
Here are my top 3 faves for hydrating my dry skin.
New Roots - Pure Rosehip Seed Oil - $20
Rosehip oil has been a part of skincare routine for about 3 years. My absolutely ageless former colleague Claire in Toronto told me this was one of her go-to skin care products. I bought some and haven't looked back.
I started buying the New Roots version as it was what my health store had in stock and I have stuck with it. According to their site Rosehip Oil, "Revitalizes dry and dull skin, delays premature ageing, and improves skin elasticity. Fast-absorbing, leaving skin firm and smooth, with an even colour and tone. Ideally, apply at bedtime."
Gently massage this rich oil into cleansed skin before bed and you will wake up with a healthy glow. Prefer to use with a carrier oil? go for it!
I love this product so much I have given it to women I know. It's natural, ultra nourishing, and just feels so good for my skin.
In hot climates, especially when I am dealing with sun exposure, I find oils like this really spoil my skin overnight and get it ready for the next day.
Shop this oil and others here.
Pure Potent Wow - Jojoba Oil - $50
This second oil is a very new addition to my skincare routine and I already love it so much I had to include it here.
Jojoba oil has been on my radar for a while and is in a lot of other products I know and love. Buying it pure and using it on my skin has been a recent change and it's awesome.
It can be used on face, body, hair, pretty much anywhere from what I have read. I am interested in trying oil cleansing and Jojoba oil is one of the top oils for that application.
Right now I am using it on its own on my face, as a carrier oil for other essentials oils on my body, and as a carrier oil for my Rosehip Seed Oil on my face, neck, and decollete.
Shop Jojoba oil and others here. Note I paid $50 at a drug store for this bottle as it was last minute and I had no other options. If you have time to shop around I have seen bottles online for a quarter of what I paid for this one.
Vichy - Minéral 89- $30
The third hydrating card up my sleeve is Vicky's Mineral 89.
Vichy described this product by saying, "Your skin's daily dose of strength, combining 15 Mineral Rich Water with Hyaluronic Acid to fortify skin and make it more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue. Minéral 89 face moisturizer, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water, delivers a boost of hydration for a vibrant, healthy glow."
Sounds great right? Well, it really is. This lightweight gel soaks into skin instantly and a little goes a long way. For $30 for a high-end concentrate, it's a great value too.
I love it for hot climates because it's jelly-like consistency is refreshing and cooling onto hot skin. It feels amazing. I typically apply it in the morning after cleansing my skin.
Shop this and other products from Vichy here. I hope you love it as much as I do.
When it comes to sunblock I change products often as I travel. Since we carry-on and I a bringing all of my other products shown above, I usually end up buying a big bottle of sunblock for my body when I arrive at my destination.
I look for brands I recognize and avoid labels I can't read and am not sure about the contents.
I have used face specific sunblocks over the years as well, but none of them have wowed me. Here is a new brand I am trying and have LOVED.
La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Mineral- $30
Sun protection is KEY for my ginger skin. I use regular drug store brand sunblock for my face and body most of the time because it's affordable and because I use it in such great quantities.
I have never invested in high-end sunblock for my face and just use whatever I have on hand for the most part.
For this trip to Central America, I decided to get something on the nicer side for my face. Enter La Roche-Posay. I have tried this mineral sunscreen for the past week and I love it. It's slightly tinted and goes on beautifully.
I have also tried some samples of their other sunscreens and adored them. I think La Roche-Posay will be my new go-to face sunscreen going forward. It's a definite step up from my 1L bottle of Banana Boat!
This brand was recommended by Amyin613 who wrote an entire post on her favourite sunscreens. You can read it here.
Shop this gorgeous product and others from La Roche-Posay here.
You'll notice from the pictures that a lot of these products are over the allotted 100ml for carry-on luggage. On this recent trip to Costa Rica, we were checking luggage for my in-laws, so I was able to bring along some full sized items that I would normally have to bring in mini form or buy when I arrived at my destination.
Typically the minis come along and I do a shop for products when I arrive. Since we are usually in one spot for at least a month this seems to work perfectly.
Cleanse, Hydrate, Protect, Repeat
Keeping my face clean, protected from the sun, and hydrated are my top priorities. Sometimes I am impatient with my face when I get a dry patch of skin or have a breakout.
I need to remind myself that I put my skin through a LOT. Frequent changes in climate, long flights, hours at the airport, and changes in temperature and humidity all take their toll on my sensitive skin.
Through my new and improved skin routine, research, recommendations, and trial and error, I feel like I am working towards a compact set of products that will give my skin the care it desperately needs.
Love your skin nomad friends! Tell me your favourite products in the comments. I would love to hear how you combat sun and heat when you're travelling.