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Here in the UK, it’s getting to the time of year when many of us are thinking about travel and planning our summer holidays. And thank goodness we are able to do that this year! I don’t have any international trips booked yet but I have several UK trips in mind, where I plan to go and stay with friends. I can’t wait!
When I go on a trip or holiday, I try to pack as lightly as possible. One thing I don’t want to be doing is packing lots of bulky skincare products. Skincare is something I have paid quite a bit of attention to over the past few years and I wrote about my skincare routine in a previous post. It’s changed slightly since then, but I still follow a similar format. Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways in which I could adapt or downsize my skincare routine to make it more convenient for travel.
I’m delighted to be able to feature PMD Beauty in this post. They are a company dedicated to helping people achieve their skincare goals through innovative skincare tools and products. PMD have kindly gifted me several of their new products which are perfect for travel! Read on to find out more about those products, and how they can help you to adapt your skincare routine for travel.
How To Adapt Your Skincare Routine for Travel
1. Use the PMD Clean Mini
If you haven’t heard of the PMD Clean before, it is a vibrating silicone brush that is designed for cleansing your face. The vibrations break down dirt and oil in your pores, giving your skin a deep clean. It can also be used for massaging skincare products into your face. With regular use, the PMD Clean can minimize blackheads and enlarged pores, reduce oil congestion and over time can lift, firm and tone the skin.
I’ve been using the original PMD Clean for a couple of years now and it’s great. However, I tend to leave it at home when travelling because it’s quite a bulky item to pack in my wash bag. I was excited to learn that PMD has now brought out a mini version of the PMD Clean, which they have kindly gifted to me for this post. The PMD Clean Mini is smaller and lighter than the original version, making it perfect for travel. It’s small enough to fit into a normal-sized wash bag with plenty of space for all your other toiletries as well.
The PMD Clean Mini comes in 4 bright, cheerful colours – pink, purple, orange and yellow. I was gifted the pink version and I really love the colour. It is so bright, almost fluorescent! I definitely won’t be losing it on my travels!
How does the PMD Clean Mini compare to the original PMD Clean?
In the picture below, you can see how the PMD Clean Mini compares to the original version, as well as the larger PMD Clean Body which I reviewed last year. The mini version is so cute and little!
The Mini works in the same way as the original PMD Clean – it has the same brush head, just smaller. Like the original, it has 4 different modes which you can cycle through with the button. Modes 1 and 2 are a continuous vibration, ideal for cleansing. Modes 3 and 4 are pulsing, ideal for massaging and stimulating blood flow.
Despite being smaller, I see no reason why the PMD Clean Mini wouldn’t be just as effective as the original for cleansing your face and improving your skin. I haven’t been using it for long but I’ve found it effective so far! This makes it a great budget option because it retails at £59 whereas the original retails at £89.
Like the original, the Mini is powered by a single battery, unlike the larger PMD Clean Body which is USB chargeable. Being battery powered makes it convenient for travel because you won’t have to worry about charging it. You can just put a new battery in before you go, and the battery can last for up to 2 months of daily use. Helpfully, a battery is included with the product.
What’s the packaging like?
If you’ve been around my blog for a while then you’ll know that I like to talk about packaging. The PMD Clean Mini comes in a cardboard box with a plastic window, with a plastic tray inside. It would be more eco-friendly to have a cardboard tray, but at least the packaging fits snugly around the product and is not too large or excessive.
2. Use PMD silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth
Makeup removal is always trickier when you’re travelling. There are so many things to bring including makeup remover, wipes or cotton pads and maybe a flannel. All these things take up room in your wash bag.
Thankfully, there is an easier way. The PMD silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth is the only thing you need to bring! It removes makeup with just water – no product needed. It is silver-infused, making it antibacterial so it won’t harbour bacteria, even if you are unable to wash it regularly while travelling.
I was kindly gifted one of these cloths and it is so soft! I love the light pink colour – it complements my pink PMD Clean Mini!
The silverpure™ cloth is very simple to use. Just soak it in water, then wring it out and gently rub it over your face in circular motions until your makeup is removed. Then rinse and wring it out again and hang it up to dry. It dries quickly so you won’t have to put a wet cloth in your wash bag. What a game-changer! I’ve used similar cloths before but this one is the softest and most effective I’ve used.
The cloth is made from (silver-infused) polyester which may not seem like the most sustainable material. However, it does save you from needing to use make-up remover products, wipes and cotton pads, and it is reusable again and again. I recommend using a washing bag such as a Guppyfriend bag to prevent microfiber pollution when you are washing the cloth. If you do that, I think this is overall quite an eco-friendly product.
3. Put your skincare products into smaller containers
Skincare products often come in reasonably small containers anyway, but if you have several products, they will add up and take up space. Chances are, you won’t need to use a whole containerful of any of your skincare products when you are away. Therefore I recommend filling some tiny containers with the amounts you will need. The most eco-friendly way to get hold of small containers is to save them up whenever you use up something that comes in a small container, such as a lip balm, eyeshadow or cosmetic sample.
You can, of course, buy ‘travel minis’ of many skincare products in shops like Boots or Superdrug. However, it’s more eco-friendly and more budget-friendly to do it yourself by decanting the amount you need into containers you already have.
4. Keep everything together in a wash bag
Even if you have downsized your skincare for travel, you’ll still have several little bits to bring with you. Stay organised by keeping everything together in a wash bag, such as the gorgeous Kennedy Bag from PMD, which I was kindly gifted. This bag is such a pretty rose-gold colour and it’s the perfect size to hold my PMD Clean Mini, my silverpure™ cloth and all the skincare products I’d need for a trip. This will stop my skincare things from getting mixed up with the rest of my luggage.
5. Give yourself a skin-pampering session before and after your holiday
Many skincare products don’t need to be used every day. In most cases, it won’t do you any harm to skip stages out of your skincare routine for a week or two while you are away. This way, you won’t have to carry so many products in your wash bag. To make up for this, why not give yourself a skin-pampering session before you go away? Cleanse, exfoliate, use a face mask, moisturise, and generally go all out with a full pamper. You will begin your holiday with glowing skin!
When you get home, if your skin needs a pick-me-up after a diminished skincare routine, you can have another skin pamper session to give it a boost.
6. Wear less makeup when you are away
A big part of skincare is putting on and removing your makeup. When you’re away, do you really need to wear makeup or could you go for a fresh-faced look? Depending on the nature of your trip, you might choose to wear makeup, for example, if you are on a business trip. But if it’s a casual holiday, why not minimise or ditch makeup for the duration of your trip? This will not only save space in your luggage but will also give your skin a break which will be quite healthy for it!
Do you have any travel skincare tips?
Have you got any trips or holidays planned for this year? Will you be adapting your skincare routine for travel? Do you have any travel skincare tips that I haven’t mentioned in this post? Do let us know in the comments below.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out PMD Beauty and its range of amazing skincare tools!