Happy Monday, beauties!
I apologize for the abundance of skincare posts lately, but as I've been traveling over this long weekend in the US I figured it was only appropriate to make a post about my current travel skincare picks. Recently I've been using the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and the Fresh Rose Face Mask when I am on-the-go. You can purchase the full-size cleanser at Sephora for $38 or a travel size option for $15, and the full size rose face mask at Sephora for $62. However, I must note that I've been using travel size samples of these two products, as I received them for free as my Sephora birthday gift. And you know what I always say - if it's free it's for me!
I must say, I quite like this cleanser for traveling as it doubles as both an eye makeup remover and a face cleanser. This cuts down on the number of products I have to pack with me, which is really quite convenient. I find the cleanser to be incredibly gentle on both my eyes and the sensitive skin of my face. It also does not strip my face of its necessary moisture which is incredibly important for my dry skin. Although it certainly does leave my skin feeling nice and clean, I have to admit that I'm not sure I would pay full price for this product. I may repurchase a sample size for $15 for the convenience it provides while traveling, but many other cheaper cleansers that I've tried for everyday use have worked just as effectively on my skin as this cleanser does.
The face mask is lovely in my opinion. It is a gel mask that contains real pieces of rose petals, rosewater, and extract from a type of algae called Porphyridium Cruentum that supposedly delivers moisture to your skin. Its scent is quite refreshing; it reminds me of a garden in bloom in springtime, but also has an air of cleanliness due to the inclusion of cucumber extract in the ingredients. The mask is supposed to be used for hydration and toning, which makes it incredibly convenient for traveling as you do not need to tow along a moisturizer and toner with you.
This face mask works well for me. As you'll continue to learn, my face has a tendency to be dry and I struggle with redness and uneven skintone throughout it. The mask is very cooling, so after leaving it on for 10 minutes it reduces some of the redness and inflammation that my skin so often experiences. It definitely hydrates my skin and makes it soft to the touch, however I don't experience the pore-minimizing effects it promotes. Interestingly, I do find that it purges my pores; it immediately brings all whiteheads and gunk trapped in my pores to the surface of my skin. So while the mask does unclog my pores, it does not necessarily make them shrink for me.
The mask is gentle and can certainly be used every day. Perhaps if I had a larger size of the mask that I could use every day, I'd experience those pore-minimizing effects. However, I would never pay $62 for the full size version of this mask. It's a shame that they do not sell smaller travel sizes of it, as it is perfect for your on-the-go skincare needs. However, I've used other masks that provide my skin with the same benefits that do not put such an extensive hole in my wallet. I'll take the inconvenience of lugging around a few extra products in my bag rather than paying over $60 for one face mask.
Overall, I find that these products are lovely and very easy to use when traveling. However, purchasing the full size version of them would definitely break my piggy bank.
What are your favorite skincare products to use when traveling? Leave a comment below!