Packing for Paris!

Greetings from the air! In a few hours, I will be stuffing my face with croissants in Paris! In the meantime, I thought I would do a short post on the skincare planning I did for the trip.

Surviving the Flight

I’ve no fear of flying but dread the experience of being on a plane. My priority is to minimize discomfort and maximize moisture, especially because humidity levels on planes are low.

In-Flight Skincare

Sheet Masks: Hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse ingredient for moisture. Planning to use these mid-way to prevent the dry air from sapping too much water from my skin.

Sunscreen: Windows on planes will let UVA rays (the ones that cause wrinkles) through. Apply and reapply sunscreen accordingly.

Airborne: The HEPA filters on planes are supposed to be very effective but just in case, a little zinc to help keep germs at bay doesn’t hurt.

Vaseline: After 6-8 hours on a plane, my nose starts to hurt. I’ve heard applying vaseline around the nostrils helps prevent dry nose. Will be testing out this theory in the hours to follow.

Gum: Sometimes the altitude bothers my ears and sometimes it doesn’t, but this is just in case.

Muji Pillow: These are so much better than your typical neck pillow. Beauty sleep is an integral part of skincare health.

Eye Masks: I suffer from dry eye (or meibomian gland dysfunction, as my eye doctor tells me) and these are a godsend. They are self-activating and provide not only heat but moisture.

In Paris

I don’t recommend this, but for this trip I am throwing my current skincare routine out the window. My line of thought is:

  1. Sample packets are easier to travel with than travel size bottles
  2. I have A LOT of samples (from reputable brands too)
  3. My skin tolerates most things
  4. Paris is substantially colder than LA. My current routine might be ill suited for Parisienne weather anyways

 And so for Paris, I have with me…

  • 5 X 1ml packets of Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner
  • 1 bottle of Purebess Galactomyces 100% Extract (it’s a travel-friendly size)
  • 30ml of Hada Labo gokujyun lotion
  • 10 X 1ml packets of History of Whoo Soo Yeon Cream
  • Same Nivea Sunscreen from step 1

And that’s it!!! The French are all about minimalism right?

French Pharmacy

Lastly, after much research this is the list of items I am looking for at the French pharmacy.


French Pharmacy

Avibon / A313: Vitamin A pommade. A tube of avibon has something like 1,000,000 U.I of Vitamin A (retinol palmitate). However, it seems avibon was discontinued a few years back and A313 i the replacement but is only 1/5th as strong.

Bioderma Makeup Remover Regular and Light: I’ve heard the praises of this make-up remove sung far and wide. OCM is great but I’m lazy and don’t do it as much as I should. Hoping this works out.

Ducray Ictyane Cream for Dry Skin.

Caudalie Premieres Vendages Moisturizing Cream: I’m very picky about the texture of my moisturizers and currently I don’t have one I like so I kind of picked this one at random to pick up and try out.

Embryolisse Lait Creme: This has been on my list of things to try for years.

Homeoplasmine: French vaseline. I don’t have any problems with regular American (?) vaseline but I am curious about the hype.

Dermasence AHA body lotion: I have my doubts as to how effective the AHAs in this product work (AHAs are ph sensitive) but this was recommended by SCA. This is German and might be an internet only product, but if I see it it’s mine.

Bioderma Photoderm MAX: I’ve used a good amount of French sunscreens (mostly La Roche Posay and Vichy) prior to discovering Asian ones. The protection is just as good or better (especially UVA protection) but are so much thicker, slower to absorb, and leave a noticeable white cast. However, summer is coming up here in LA and this might be good to have on hand.

Biafine: I’m not 100% sure what this is, but it’s prescription only in the US and from what I’ve read on the internet (so 100% not validated) is something like a topical ibuprofen? Who knows.

Apricoderm: German lip balm. Supposed to be awesome

And of course, full reviews of any of these goodies I get to come. What are your tips and tricks for travelling?

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