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Selecting the proper skincare products to take while traveling is always a challenge for me. I travel frequently, and I have a great tendency to overpack. Lately, I have been making every effort to edit down my skincare essentials for the face because I usually take too many things– most of which don't end up getting used. This creates unnecessary clutter in my travel bag, and it creates frustration when I have to dig through a huge bag overstuffed with superfluous items. My solution was to streamline my skincare, and I think that you will agree that my choices are sleek, boast exceptional quality, cover all of the bases, and are exceedingly user-friendly.
Somme Institute Mobile Travel Kit ($85.00 from Space NK): This is an ingenious travel kit– not only is it filled with five of Somme Institutes most celebrated skincare products in TSA Compliant sizes, but the containers are refillable, and they are neatly tucked away in a wonderful sturdy acrylic travel case. This is my favorite travel skincare set, and as you can see there is enough room inside the case for me to add a few more skincare essentials.
According to Somme Institute,
Somme Institute Mobile Travel Kit is a luxurious travel kit that contains all the essential skin hydrating and clarifying products needed to keep your skin well-balanced and clear, while on the go. This five-piece kit will give you radiant, healthy looking skin anytime or place.
Somme Institute's Regimen with MDT5™ in refillable and shatterproof travel sizes are encased in a clear acrylic travel pod. They each contain less than 3 oz of liquid/cream which makes Mobile TSA Compliant when traveling. For all skin types.
The Set contains:
- Nourishing Cleanser 2 fl. oz.
- Transport 14 Treatment Pads
- Serum 0.33 fl. oz.
- A-Bomb 0.5 oz.
- Double Defense 0.5 oz.
Nourishing Cleanser is, "is designed to smooth lines and wrinkles, clarify acne and rosacea and improve skin tone and texture. This hydrating cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup, as well as boosts dull, lackluster skin, giving it a more youthful appearance."
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5), Carbomer, Triethanol-amine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothaizlinonone, Palma Rose Extract, Ylang Ylang Extract, Jasmine Extract, Geranium Extract, Lavender Extract, Marigold Extract, Galbanum Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA.
Transport Treatment Pads remove "dead skin cells, excess oil and debris or a radiant, clear complexion. Saturated with a concentrated dose of vitamins A, C, E, B3 and B5, these pads promote cell renewal to soften lines and wrinkles and purge pores of impurities. Panthenol seals in hydration to combat dryness and give skin a radiant glow."
Ingredients: Water (aqua), Glycolic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Oleifera (green Tea) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate/carrot Polypeptide*, Niacinamide*, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate*, Tocopherol*, Panthenol*, Chamomilla Recutita (matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Menthol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Extract, Evernia Furfuracea (tree Moss) Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Glycine Soja (soybean) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol & Methylisothiazolinone.
Somme Institute Serum, "brightens and improves the clarity of your complexion with a stabilized vitamin C formula that rebuilds collagen and fortifies skin. Molecular Dispersion Technology 5 (MDT5™), a blend of vitamins A, C, E, B3 and B5, softens lines and wrinkles while preventing environmental damage and premature aging."
Ingredients: Water (aqua), Alcohol Denat. Sd Alcohol 40, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Retinyl Palmitate/carrot Polypeptide, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Extract, Evernia Furfuracea (tree Moss) Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Glycine Soja (soybean) Seed Extract, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Bisulfite & Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
A-Bomb is a lovely lightweight moisturizer that was created to reduce the appearance of skin damage.
According to Somme Institute, "A-Bomb corrects signs of aging and sun damage with a nourishing formula rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Panthenol replenishes moisture to soften lines and wrinkles while vitamin E prevents environmental impurities from damaging your complexion. Vitamin C naturally restores luminosity as vitamin A heals and prevents acne flare-ups."
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Retinyl Palmitate / Carrot Polypeptide, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, PEG-8 Distearate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower / Leaf / Stem Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, PEG-40 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
Double Defense Day Moisturizer SPF 30 "is a protective SPF lotion that's suitable for all skin types and corrects most skin conditions. This lotion protects the skin from premature aging, while improving skin discoloration, tone, texture and clarity."
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerine, PVP/Elcosene Copolymer, Glycerol (and) Willowherb (Eplioblum Angustlfolium) Extract, Lanolin Alcohol, DEA Cetyl Phosphate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Polysorbate 80, Panthenol, Tocopherol Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis, Allantoin, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Molecular Dispersion Technology (MDT5), Triathanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($44.00 for 1.7 oz. from Nordstrom. First reviewed here): I absolutely love this sunscreen, and while I have an SPF Lotion in by Somme Institute Kit I still like to bring this with me as well because it doubles as a magnificent primer.
As previously noted in my review, "One of the novel aspects of this sunscreen is its ability to self-adjust to the color of your skin assuring perfect coverage that evens out the complexion without adding color. The formula is moisturizing, yet non-greasy, and it is lightweight and fast absorbing. This physical sunscreen provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection-- but it leaves behind no white residue, and will not interfere with the application or wear of makeup. The finish is nearly matte, and it is formulated for all skin types."
Furthermore, while it boasts an oil-free non-comedogenic formula, it provides wonderful hydration and should work well for all skin types notwithstanding any allergies one may have to specific ingredients. HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has a fruity scent, but it does dissipate rather quickly-- therefore it should not present a concern to those among you who are sensitive to facial products that aren't free of scent.
In addition to being a wonderfully effective sunscreen that is comfortable on the skin, and that has serious skincare ingredients with tangible benefits, it also doubles as a very effective makeup primer. Therefore, this multitasker is one fabulous sunscreen that has delighted me, and is definitely worth your consideration when you need to replace your facial sunscreen.
According to HydroPeptide,
This summer, prevent and treat skincare disasters with HydroPeptide. The peptide-packed combination of Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Soothing Serum: Redness Repair and Relief and Face Lift: Advanced Ultra-Light Moisturizer will keep skin protected and have it glowing all summer long!
Beat the damaging effects if UVA & UVB rays to the punch with Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This non-greasy physical sunscreen self-adjusts to the color of your skin tone to offer flawless coverage, while anti-aging elements hydrate, protect and help clarify the skin. A moisture-binding peptide rich in protein keeps skin balanced and shine-free by controlling oil and satisfying the skin’s exact moisture needs. Super-antioxidants including acai berry and green tea work to prevent future wrinkling and pigmentation, keeping skin looking young and fresh.
- Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, physical blocking sunscreens, offer broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB damage without leaving a white, chalky appearance.
- A Moisture-Binding Peptide rich in protein and derived from yeast extract reactivates epidermal lipids and allows for improved, long-lasting hydration. Significantly decreases the sebaceous secretion of oily skin, leaving a non-shiny appearance.
- Self-adjusting sphere's perfectly blend to any skin tone, camouflaging mild hyperpigmentation and redness while offering a more even, flawless, matte finish.
- Oil-free formula that doesn't leave a greasy feel. Aloe, niacin and sodium hyaluronate perfectly balance hydration.
- Gluten free.
Ingredients: Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alumina, Biotin, Boron Nitride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexy Palmitate, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein (Moisture-Binding Peptide), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Iron Oxide, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methylisothiazolinone, Niacinamide, Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Pyridoxine HCL, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Titanium Dioxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Triethyl Citrate, Water, Xanthan Gum.
African Botanics Marula Cleansing Oil (30ml. from the African Wanderlust Travel and Gift Set $110.00. Reviewed here): This is an absolute game-changer in the realm of cleansing oils. After use my skin is left indescribably soft, silky smooth, supple, and balanced. It gently cleans my face without leaving behind any residue whatsoever, and it never strips the skin. It effortlessly lifts dead skin cells by gently exfoliating, but it never irritates the skin. Furthermore, African Botanics suggests that it, "maintains optimal skin oxygenation while overcoming environmental stress. Minimizes redness, reduces irritation and stimulates microcirculation." It must also be noted that the sensory and tactile experience is soothing to the spirit, while nourishing to the skin courtesy of the warm vanilla scent that is commingled with the other botanicals.
I have used this cleansing oil when I wear no makeup, when I wear normal makeup, and per Julia's suggestion I applied a full face of makeup to see how her cleansing oil would fare. The result: there is no task too big or too small for this mighty cleansing oil! I don't generally wear heavy makeup, but the African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil effortlessly removed every single trace, and left my skin scrumptiously clean, balanced, and soft.
Marula Pure Marula Cleansing Oil is noted for its ability to:
- Dissolve impurities & makeup (including eye makeup)
- Clarify, oxygenate, and soften the skin
- Regenerate the skin
Use: This lovely cleansing oil can be used in the morning and the evening, and doesn't require double cleansing. Warm between 2-4 pumps of the Pure Marula Cleansing Oil into your hands, and then massage it into your face, neck and décolleté. African Botanics suggests massaging it for 1 minute in a circular motion concentrating on the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. After massaging, the skin add a few drops of warm water in order to emulsify the oil, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
To remove eye makeup: Pump a very small amount onto a moist cotton pad, and then gently hold it over the eyes for a few seconds. With a gentle sweeping motion you will see all of your makeup dissolve. Follow up with a clean water moistened cotton pad to remove the last bits of makeup residue. According to Julia, Pure Marula Cleansing Oil is even formulated to handle stubborn waterproof makeup! In fact, Julia herself uses it to remove her waterproof mascara by applying the oil with a water moistened moist cotton pad, then pressing it gently over her closed eye area for a few seconds, and then wiping it off slowly. Finally she repeats with a clean water moistened cotton pad to remove the last bits of cleansing oil and makeup.
How does this magical cleansing elixir work? How do the selected ingredients work their magic?
Marula Oil, which is indigenous to South Africa, is an antioxidant rich oil with high concentrations of Vitamin E and Omegas. Marula Oil is known to reduce redness, improve elasticity, improve firmness, and to mitigate transepidermal water loss.
Moringa Oil, another treasure from South Africa, gently cleanses the skin by lifting impurities without disturbing the acid mantle, skin's natural sebum layer, or by stripping the skin. Therefore, it effectively removes makeup and environmental pollutants without disturbing the skin. Moringa Oil also has an astringent quality that tones and balances the skin, helps to clear blemishes, and improves the appearance of enlarged pores.
Baobab Oil, which is rich in Omegas 3, 6 & 9, hydrates the skin and helps to regenerate skin cells.
Cape Chamomile, which is distilled from wild flowers that are harvested in the Fynbos region of South Africa, effectively reduces inflammation, skin irritation, and swelling.
AHA Fruit Acids from Bilberry, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, and Sugar Cane serve to gently exfoliate the skin while reducing the appearance of enlarged pores, and by promoting firmness. Furthermore, these fruit acids aid in unclogging congested pores, and improving the overall appearance of the skin by creating a smoother more youthful texture.
4) African Botanics Pure Marula Oil (5ml. from the African Wanderlust Travel and Gift Set Reviewed here): Longtime readers are all too aware of my penchant for luxury oils, and African Botanics Pure Marula Oil is a velvety smooth, fast absorbing lightweight oil that sinks into the skin quickly and effortlessly, and it leaves behind no greasy residue. It has a light, warm, sweet scent that is utterly intoxicating.
This antioxidant rich formula is not only a highly effective anti-aging serum, but also a great vitamin and amino acid rich formula that promotes healing and calming of the skin. It is a luxurious moisturizer that immediately plumps, hydrates and balances the skin. Skin is rendered velvety soft, supple, smooth, lifted and hydrated. Furthermore, skin is left with the highly sought after radiance that beauty oil enthusiasts seek out with such vigor!
According to African Botanics,
Pure Marula Oil is a cold pressed, weightless, anti-aging botanical oil sourced from the remote pristine areas of South Africa's Marula Belt. Concentrated with powerful antioxidants, vitamins C + E that help cells renew, resist and protect against free radical damage. Exceptionally high in Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 9 & Omega 6) that deeply hydrate skin and reduce redness while protecting against the elements. Softens the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, increases skin elasticity, plumps and revitalizes your complexion.
Among its unique properties, African Botanics Pure Marula Oil is, "ideal as an anti-aging moisturizer or as a serum booster on all skin types all year round. Super fine in texture it stimulates healthy collagen production leaving supple, dewy and deeply nourished skin. Can be used alone, layered or added to your existing beauty products to boost their efficacy."
Furthermore, "Marula Oil is extremely rich in important topical antioxidants including, Vitamin C, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Tochotrienol, Phenolic compounds, Essential Amino Acids and Flavinoids that help cells renew and resist damaging effects of the environment."
- Softens appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Seals in moisture
- Comforts skin that is dry, irritated or stressed
- Soothes and reduces redness
- Balances all skin types
- An effective beauty serum booster for anti-aging treatments
- Neutralizes free radicals that cause signs of aging
- Provides powerful antioxidant protection
- Pre-and-post support for chemical peels and microdermabrasion
Treats the following conditions:
- Dull, dry, dehydrated aging skin, under-nourished skin and frequent travelers
- Damaged, stressed skin after UV exposure, snow, wind, acne scars, lifestyle
- Lack of elasticity and firmness
- Loss of youthful glow
- Lines, wrinkles and uneven texture
- Sensitive skin
- Scars and stretchmarks
Ingredients: clerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Fragrance* (Natural). *Consists of a 100% natural blend of essential oil constituents/isolates. **Certified Organic.
Formulated without mineral oil, toxic preservatives, colorants, silicone, synthetic fragrances, parabens, PEGs, PPGs, DEA, TEA, urea or phthalates.
According to Malin+Goetz,
Scientifically synthesized to instantly restore and replenish, our hydrating lip gel is easily integrated for daily maintenance, prevention, and treatment of dry, irritated lips.
Absorbent fatty acids, unlike traditional oils and drying waxes and silicones that are often licked off or wiped away, nourish upon impact while offering a continual layer of hydrating protection throughout the day and night. Fragrance, flavor and color free.
- Daily Protection.
- Soothing Treatment.
- Fatty Acid Hydration Technology
Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner ($28.00-$36.00 for 13.5 oz. from Glossybox and Amazon):
Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner (Deluxe 2.5 oz. sample. Full size $36.00 for 13.5 oz.): I received a 2.5 oz. tube of this wonder-shampoo is a Glossybox, and I didn't pay much attention to it at first– what a mistake that was. This is one of those ultra-gentle two-in-one shampoo/conditioner that works in the same way as the WEN shampoos. It is very kind on colored, dry and curly hair, but I suspect that everyone would benefit from this non-stripping and moisturizing formula.
According to Unwash,
Show your hair some love by replacing your shampoo and conditioner with this fruit-scented formula that thoroughly cleanses without stripping natural oils, moisture, or compromising color. This innovative take on the popular “co-washing” trend offers a streamlined, chic way keep harsh detergents at bay, while improving manageability and infusing volume in one step.
Apply to wet hair. Massage a generous amount into scalp, working product through ends of hair using finger or a wide-tooth comb. Rinse with lukewarm water for best results.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Trimethylsilylamodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, C12-15 Pareth-9, Polysorbate-60, Panthenol (ProVitamin B5), Glycerin, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Borago (Borage/Starflower) Officinalis Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol,Borage (Organic Starflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid
Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush (Sweetheart Pattern $15.99 from Violife, ULTA and Amazon): I absolutely love traveling with an electric toothbrush, and Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrushes clean teeth exceptionally well,and the battery operated unit is slim and compact so it stows away without taking up much space. They also come in a wide array of stylish patterns from which to choose.
According to Violife,
Pearly white teeth are always in fashion, and Violight's Slim Sonic Tooth Brush Crawford offers gorgeous on-trend colors and prints make all other toothbrushes seem so 1950. Slim Sonic comes with two deluxe size toothbrush heads and 1 AAA battery. Simply press the button and 22,000 brush strokes per minute leave you with the most important accessory of all - a clean, white and healthy smile. Brush heads are replaceable.
Marvis Whitening Toothpaste ($7.50-$15.00 from Glossybox, Beauty.com and Barneys New York): This has quickly become my favorite toothpaste. It has a lovely mint taste that leaves your mouth feeling free and cool. The whitening formula helps to eradicate caffeine stains leaving your pearly whites sparkling!
Marvis Whitening, with a sharp taste of cool mint for a pleasant and lasting freshness, carries out a whitening activity on your teeth for a more beautiful and splendid smile. Marvis flavors are created by offsetting the aroma of mint, to provide the freshness you need, with innovative notes to offer you a long-lasting pleasurable taste sensation that can be different every day. The Marvis Formula: White, protected teeth, fresh breath all day long, helps prevent tooth decay, tartar and plaque. Contains Fluoride.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Water, Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, PEG-32, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma (Flavor), Cellulose Gum, Xylitol, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Monofluorophosphate, Sodium Saccharin, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Methylparaben, Limonene, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben. Contains Fluoride.
MelodySusie Professional Portable Detangling Brush ($12.99 from Amazon): What a brilliant invention! This compact brush is lightweight and very portable. When you remove the cover it reveals a mirror on the inside, and there is a telescopic handle that slides out and reveals a hidden compartment to store hair ties and hair pins. This is one of my greatest travel discoveries to date!
According to MelodySusie,
MelodySusie Detangling Hair Brush is lightweight and portable, small enough to fit into your purse or handbag, so you can bring and use it anywhere.
MelodySusie Detangling Hair Brush provides smooth and shiny hair and also massages your scalp with comfort , it can eliminate tangles and knots for all hair types: fragile or color-treated hair and hair extensions, weaves and wigs etc
1. MelodySusie Detangling Hair Brush is lightweight and portable, small enough to fit into your purse or handbag, so you can bring and use it anywhere.
2. Innovative Design:
Mirror inside the cover provides you convenience anywhere.
Sliding easy-to-hold handle is suitable for long hair
Slot on the handle is e a perfect place to sow away hairpins and hair ties.
3. MelodySusie Detangling Hair Brush provides smooth and shiny hair and also massages your scalp with comfort, it can eliminate tangles and knots for all hair types.
4. Suitable for children and also recommended to pet grooming. Ideal for both wet and dry hair.
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