We're so excited to reveal that blogger extraordinaire Doina Ciobanu of The Golden Diamonds is the latest contributor to Byrdie UK! Doina travels around the world every other week, so she knows a thing or two about keeping her skin in check when hopping on and off planes. In her first column, she gives us the low-down on the five items that give her perfect skin when she's travelling.
I am so obsessed with everything skin related—taking care of it and treating it well—so I’m really looking forward to sharing with you just how I do that. I’ve learnt so much about skincare and beauty from what other women have been kind enough to share, and I’m thrilled to be able to do the same.
If some of you are already following me on Instagram (@doina) you probably know that my work as a model and digital influencer means that my life is in constant movement. Right now, I’ve just come back from shooting an editorial in Malta, and while I always spend this period preparing for the upcoming fashion weeks, I’m also moving house this month. Terrible timing!
Surrounded by cardboard boxes and clothing bags, my travel beauty bag has become my default one, so I thought that sharing the essential products I simply cannot live without and always have in my carry-on or check-in bag, would be the best thing to share first. They’re certainly bringing the most amount of value to my life right now!
Keep scrolling for Doina's five essential items and where to shop her favourite products.
The first thing I ALWAYS use is a cleanser. This year I’ve fallen in love with Liz Earle and all her beautifully scented products, as well as her facials. I’ve tried a lot of cleansers, and as a person with sensitive skin, I don’t like a lot of them. Some would make my skin dry, some would sting, some would hurt my eyes too much and so on. However, this Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£9) works wonders, and by wonders I mean it cleans my skin very well and leaves it soft and pleasant. I especially love that all of Liz’s products also come in travel sizes—perfect for carry-on luggage.
Aesop’s Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (£30) is what you’ll normally find in my suitcase, especially when I’m headed on a busy work trip to big cities. I use it about twice a week, or sometimes even three times if I have a lot of photo shoots with heavy makeup. For instance, whenever I’m in China or New York, I use it the most as my skin just feels so heavy from pollution at the end of the day.
I discovered this product about two years ago in LAX airport and have been faithful to it ever since. My love for Asian products comes from my mum who only trusts brands from the Far East when it comes to her skin. SKII is an amazing brand that does wonders to your skin and this Facial Treatment Essence (£40) is my favourite. I’ll normally apply it after the cleansing routine.
I’ve been travelling with Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks (£39) for about two years now. I’ll always have a few packs in my carry on suitcase because you never know when you need them. They’re great for long flights and stressful periods or the day after a long night out. It brightens the eye and the under eye skin is left cool and hydrated.
It’s time to share my absolutely favourite beauty product. I use it each day in the morning and evening, and find that nothing compares to it. After the British Fashion Awards, I had an awful face allergy that looked like hundreds of tiny pimples; I still think it was a reaction to the foundation I used that night. For a few days I was trying to heal it with cleansers, scrubs (don’t do that ever!), and expensive creams. Nothing was helping; on the contrary, it started stinging and looking worse. As I was travelling I didn’t have many options so I decided to just skip on ALL the products I had, including the cleanser, and just use water and this new product that I got before leaving, Verso Super Facial Oil With Retinol 8 (£135). I had read a lot about retinol and how it was meant to be excellent for your skin, but had never tried it. The oil helped so well that after a few days the rash was gone and my skin was looking more glowy than ever.
Want more from Doina? Take a look at her beauty diary from the Dior cruise show.