One of the best souvenirs a beauty addict can bring back from travelling are, of course, beauty products. From skincare to makeup to beauty tools, scoring a find with the potential of being a holy grail while on vacay almost seems like a miracle. But with our top tips, you'll be sure to master your travel shopping skills in no time. 


Research


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Probably the most basic tip of all, squeezing in time to look for must-buy beauty products while planning your itinerary is your starting point. It gives you an idea on what works and where to buy it, and you can even check if the places you plan to go to caters to your shopping needs. There are instances where a product is only available in a certain area that is completely out of the way from your route, so deciding early whether or not it's worth it and looking up reviews will save you more time when you're actually there. 


Don't forget to take screenshots or save photos to your phone 


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When travelling to another country, language can prove to be very challenging and can affect your shopping experience. If you've already done your research and have a list of products you want to buy and shops you want to visit, it's significantly helpful to have the photographs of your picks on your phone to show to the storekeeper just in case there's a language barrier. It'll be much more convenient and efficient for both of you, and trust us when we say that even if they are very willing to assist you, meeting them halfway is very much appreciated. 

Always bring your passport with you


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There are tons of countries that offer tax-free shopping to tourists, which will save you tons especially if you're buying a number of products and you've reached a certain purchase total (this varies per country, but don't worry as it won't cost you a fortune just to avail of this offer). Just make sure that you check whether the store has a tax-free sign or you can ask the staff. Ready your passport so you can present it to the counter and have them attach the purchase stub, which you can then present at the airport as proof of your tax-free purchase.


Maximise your purchases


Despite the planning and the research, there are times when something catches your eyes and you find yourself intrigued by it, that you know you have to make the purchase. This is somehow easy if you're buying beauty tools, where functionality is a solid basis in itself, and makeup where you can easily test out a product based on first impressions. But things get a little tricky if you plan on scoring skincare finds since the lasting effects may vary. So how do you balance getting a great haul and making sure you're not wasting any money?  


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First, make sure you prioritise products you already researched on, but don't hoard too much of them.  Get a maximum of two or three of the same products if it's something you know you'll reach for often. Having a couple of backups gives you a reasonable amount of time to finish your them before they expire. 


Next, for impulse buys, try to make a quick Google search on the product or ask a store staff to demonstrate the product and share what its expected effects are before deciding. If you're really eager to try it out but are afraid that it might not be as good as you think it is, consider its place in your current haul and decide from there. If you already bought a product you can substitute with it if it runs out, then one or two pieces of that product will do just fine. 


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Plus, here's how to revive your skin when experiencing post-travel breakouts and dryness.

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Travelling is refreshing for both mind and body. It takes us away from our repetitive routines and gives us a chance to course through our own adventures at our own pace — or at least within the timeframe of our trip. Once it's time to go back to our 'normal' lives again, we'll most likely pine for the sweet traveller's life. The same goes for our skin.


If you happen to go to another country with an 18-degree Celsius temperature in contrast to your country's 42, then your skin will most likely react from the change, with breakouts, flaking, or rashes being the most common effects.


So if you don't want your post-travel skin to be a total nightmare, keep on reading as we share top tips on how to bring your skin back to life after a trip. 


Catch some sleep


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Travelling might seem fun and relaxing on the surface, but if you maximised your trip to the fullest extent, then chances are you've been waking up early and sleeping late to accomplish your itinerary. The fatigue can be unnoticeable when you're having fun, making it hard for you to spot how taxing the activities are on your skin. 


Take time to recover from your trip by prioritising some sleep to help your skin rejuvenate and adjust to your usual routine.


Maintain hydration and moisture with this simple technique


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Living in the tropics, with the scorching heat steaming at every direction, usually leaves us taking a shower twice or thrice a day. But instead of using soap on your entire body every single time you take a bath, you might want to opt out of soap — at least every other day — to avoid drying out your skin even more. It's cool to lather it up on areas of your body that has the tendency to be the most sweaty, but for your face, arms, legs, or any other area that can get dry easily, a mild body wash or plain warm water is your best bet to make sure you maintain the moisture and hydration in your skin whilst being squeaky clean. 

Make the serum the star of your skincare routine


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Trim down your skincare routine to cleansing, toning, and applying an eye cream and a serum for at least two weeks after getting back from your trip. Switching up your skincare routine will help make sure that your skin will notice the changes and ease the transition back to present from when you were travelling. Retaining the use of toner will help fix the pH balance of your skin, while the serum will still work its magic even minus the other steps in your current extensive routine with its active ingredients.


Get your dose of Vitamins C and E


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This is a common advice even if you didn't just get off from travelling, but it needs to be stressed more in this situation. Catching up with your citrus and antioxidant intake not only replenishes your energy and takes away the toxins you've caught while you're away but also helps in bringing back your skin's radiance and glow.


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Make sure you get back to your healthy routine after a vacation, too. Here's how to do it.

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