Skincare that travels easily is essential for… well, easy traveling! Flights and changes in climate wreaks havoc on my skin, so I try to bring as as many components of my skincare routine as possible. Cleansers are the most difficult category to make mobile as they often are liquid and in larger containers than my serums and moisturizers. But there are a small handful of travel-friendly solutions.
I like powder formulas – products made of powder that quickly foams up as you mix with water – because it helps me avoid a nuisance at the airport security check line. DHC’s Face Wash Powder and Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash are two I’ve tried previously.
Like DHC’s other products, DHC’s Face Wash Powder is packaged simply and is a good basic product. The powder is finely milled and lathers up to a creamy foam quickly and rapidly. In contrast, Tosowoong’s Enzyme Powder Wash granules are bulkier and dissolve more slowly than DHC, and create a lighter foam. Both are sufficient cleansers that don’t make my skin feel tight after washing.
The title of Best Powder to Foam Formula belongs to Farmacy’s New Day Gentle Exfoliating Grains, mentioned while discussing physical exfoliants. Some people may be able to use this as a daily cleanser, but it’s too strong for daily use according to my preference, so I would leave this as a weekly product.
Packing a solid balm is another way to avoid hassle from TSA. Banila Co’s Clean It Zero is a very popular and well acclaimed balm cleanser in the online skinecare enthusiast community. I had only bought this for a weekend trip I was taking, and did not plan to like it (I don’t like Banila’s celebrity endorsements), the balm was surprisingly healthy for my skin. After switching to using this in my regular routine, in place of my Kracie Cleansing Oil, I noticed my skin looking slightly more plump and hydrated after washing. It has now replaced my combo of micellar water + cleansing oil as I commence long term testing. Update: This jar lasts about 2 or 3 months.
Cleansing sticks are options I’d like to try in the future. They come in small, solid stick forms that conveniently lather and pack away discreetly, from what I can see so far. The two that I am looking are Sum37’s Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick and Neogen’s Real Fresh Cleansing Stick in Green Tea.