Tips for Packing Skin Care:
To save space in your luggage, you can bring just the necessities (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, sunscreen) and leave the scrubs, serums & creams at home. Of course, if you have space, feel free to bring them along! Continues use will help you keep up the effects, but 1 or 2 weeks “off” will not cause your skin to completely revert back.
Avoid starting a new product on vacation. Sometimes people decide to use a new product on their trip because it is already available in travel-size so it’s an easier choice than transferring their current products into a travel-sized bottle. If it is in the same line as what you already use (i.e. you typically use Neutrogena anyways, and you’re just getting a different type of sunscreen or lotion), this may be okay, but vacation is not the time to find out that you are allergic to something like that!
Purchasing New Products Abroad:
France, Japan, Korea & several other countries are known for their skin care products, and it can be fun to try new products (especially nice-smelling ones)! This is definitely fine, but you may wish to test the product on a small area of your skin first. Strictly speaking, most cosmeceutical companies recommend this even in the US, but we don’t tend to do it. For any international products you may purchase, we would highly recommend the test patch because other countries may use different ingredients than we do. Most countries have their own versions of the FDA for ingredient approval, and they do not always agree country to country. Because of this, a test patch to assure that it won’t irritate your skin may save you a lot of trouble in the long run. If you purchase multiple products, start one at a time. If you try them all and you have a reaction, it is hard to identify which product caused the reaction.