Minimalist skincare on holiday

I’m meeting a friend for a long weekend soon – abroad, as we used to say. (I grew up in Ireland – when you’re on an island, everywhere else is abroad!).  As always, I will take hand luggage and make each clothing item earn its place in my bag.

The same will apply for my make-up. I’ll bring the basics and maybe some glitzy eyeshadow for evenings.

2018-05-13 Pots 2One area that I used to think was non-negotiable when travelling, was skincare. I was the person who decanted all my skincare into those little pots, that look identical when you reach your destination and the labels have rubbed off! I would also bring little miniature samples you get ‘free’ – saved up from throughout the year. I busied myself peeling off sachets from magazine pages, confident these products would be worth their weight in gold, come holiday time.

I would always imagine a holiday being a bit like a spa, full of time to pamper and nourish my skin.

As in so many aspects of my life, the reality was quite different.

Mostly, my skincare regime on holidays consisted of trying to remove sand from places I didn’t even know I had places. My skincare would degenerate into a lick and a promise, as I dashed out of the room to make the most of the sunshine.

I don’t really need to add that sun protection is never up for discussion, do I? Always essential!

My skincare is quite different these days anyway. I’ve changed to cruelty-free products which means I’m much fussier about what I’ll use. I’m lucky in that I’ve never really had problems with my skin so if my skincare changes a little for 2-3 days, I won’t even notice it.

So, I’ve bid farewell to my days of decanting products and hoarding mini samples. Once my skin is cleansed and moisturised, I’m happy.

A bit like my attitude to my clothes and make-up, I don’t want to spend quality time pampering my skin when I could be exploring a city or chatting to my lovely friend. Years of looking after my skin, to a reasonable degree, will not be un-done because of a lighter touch for a few days. If I am concerned at all, a good face mask when I get home does the trick.

(I still decant into a little travel perfume bottle, though – don’t want you to think all the fun has gone!).

Have a great week 😊

  7 comments for “Minimalist skincare on holiday

  1. May 29, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Skin care, making it quick and cheap has always been my goal. Dad was not impressed when I rinsed my hair in his beer for ‘shine’. Mum also got a shock when her yoghurt had gone for my face mask. Anyway my top tip. A good quality rapeseed oil from a supermarket. Decant some into a small dark glass bottle and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil (good quality) again. Voila – a cleanser, face moisturiser, massage oil, hair serum, body oil, hand cream all in one. 😊 xx

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    • May 29, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Nik, that is brilliant! I’ve been reading about the benefits of argan oil and coconut oil but have never thought of rapeseed oil. It would also be great to customise it with an essential oil, as you say – it would then be personal to you. And how amazing that it can be used for so many different things. That would make my skincare lighter again – thanks so much for the tip! Lxx


  2. May 16, 2018 at 6:32 am

    I love your approach to travel, Lorraine – simple and practical, as always. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who used to hoard those pesky sample sachets. Soooo glad I am done with that!

    I think there is much to be said when it comes to minimalism and skincare. I’m being a little off topic here, but my experience with skincare in general is that most of the (mainstream, mass-produced) products that are marketed to us are absolutely useless, not to mention toxic to our bodies and produced unethically. When I started getting adult-onset acne a number of years ago, I spent the first few years trying everything and anything out of desperation. In the last few years, though, I’ve realised that I was being the perfect consumer – buying into the fear of looking ‘ugly’ and feeling ‘undesirable’. As a little experiment and because I was tired of spending money on products that either irritated my skin at worst or did nothing at best, I stopped all products except for a tiny dab of a natural moisturiser mixed with water on my face after showering. That was when I realised what a racket those brands are running, since my skin definitely didn’t get any worse.

    Anyway, enough of my tangent. Enjoy your wonderful trip with your friend! How marvellous! I hope you will fill us in on what you get up to? 🙂 xxx


    • May 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Lisa. I also bought into the ‘if you stop using this marvellous product for even one day, your skin will be irretrievable damaged’ scenario. Which is why I used to decant all my skincare, worried that if I left anything behind, my skin would instantly look like leather. Of course, this never happened! I take care of my skin to a reasonable degree, but it’s amazing how well a basic regime and basic products function. Thank you for your good wishes – no doubt there will be loads of minimalist learning on this trip!! Lxx

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  3. May 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    We might seriously be sisters from “another mother”! I am packisng this very moment for a work project in Key West where the sun is brutal even in and out of places. Moisturizer, sunscreen and eyebrow pencil may be about it. Because Mr. LBD is driving me this time, we will take a few days before and after to enjoy so R&R along the other coast we seldom see. A bonus…I get to spend Mother’s Day with our son…he lives along the way and only has Sunday’s off. So agree with you completely about packing less and enjoying people more. Your trip sounds divine!-Laurel

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    • May 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Laurel, I’m meeting my friend in Italy so really looking forward to that. I’m so glad to hear you’re getting a break – you work so hard – and it will be wonderful to spend some time with your son. Have a great trip, Lxxx


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