I’ve Been Everywhere Man! Travel Skincare Edition

P1000796Over the last week I have been traveling 4 states in 4 days. Whilst I don’t have any exciting or glamorous pics to share with you of my travels, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the skincare I packed. Now you would wonder what’s the big deal?! So allow me to give you a snap shot of my situation and places.

I was travelling Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in August summer. HOT & HUMID is a very mild way of expressing the harsh weather conditions. To make matters worse, I had to be in Fire Resistant Clothing which was full sleeves, hard hat and eye protection glasses which translates to sweaty ickiness galore.

P1000797An extreme combination of all these factors (which personally I’m not use to) I thought by the time I return home my skin will be angry, red, burnt and breaking out all over. However in saying so, I have come back with near perfect, calm skin. Which brings me to share with you my skincare which comprised of only 8 products!

Super Facialist By Una Brennan – Neroli Firming Lift & Hydrate Oil – OK the name does not suggest pre-cleanse but I do use it as my pre-cleanse and does a bang up job at it.

Shiseido Ibuki Cleanser – Makeup Remover and general cleansing, did fab job. Generally I avoid foaming cleanser like a plague however this did not strip my skin at all (possibly because it does not contain SLS).

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – aka Toner in western skincare terms. Instantly hydration boost and skin looked happy, calm and cooperative with the conditions.

Shiseido Ibuki Moisturizer – this product was used only at night, as I feared using it during day would be disastrous (hot, humid, sweaty, blocked pores…you know the drill!). As a night moisturizer is replenished and restored the state of my skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – specifically used on spots, or places “where I felt there is one coming….

Indeed Labs – Hydraluron – day time hydration weapon!

Biore Sunscreen – goes without saying in these weather conditions I needed and kept reapplying subcreen every 2 hours. Due to its water based content, my skin did not suffer at all and did not leave it in a gloopy mess.

Minimal makeup was the key. Very light foundation, spot concealing, eyebrows framed, mascara and spf lip balm!



My Thoughts: Santa Maria Novella Skin Purifier Lotion

P1000658 Santa Maria Novella (SMN) have existed since 1200’s therefore it can be confidently concluded that they have been doing something right in their business and have they delivered something fabulous to world masses for them to have existed for soooo long. I definitely intend on doing separate post of pics of this Farmacia. By no means am I suggesting that it would do any justice to the place. The staff at Florence and Barcelona store were friendly, polite, helpful and generously spraying and slathering testers all over me (no objection on my part!). Now to the fabulous product from SMN that I have been using for 3-4 years. SMN claim:

This purifying and cleansing fluid that is specially formulated for skin types which need greater balance (oily, combo, or acne-prone) gently removes blemishes and other impurities, and restores balance with its time-tested blend of sage, calendula, echinacea and burdock extract.

In the morning, after toning I use one pump of skin purifying lotion and it absorbs quickly into my skin. It is indeed a wonderful day lotion topped with a light moisturizer. The scent of this lotion transcends me within the walls of SMN, Florence. They say scents/smells are strongest trigger of memory. Its hydrating, non-irritating, no breakouts and my skin is less oilier throughout the day. It comes in a little plastic bottle (which lasts 9-10 months) with pump and dispenses just the right amount of product.

Perhaps I’m tad biased towards this product because it reminds me of the wonderful time I spent in Florence and Barcelona. Have you heard of SMN or tried their products? Do share your experiences.

$54 – Santa Maria Novella Skin Purifier Lotion

xx HHW.com