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After several vacations/visits to Taiwan during the summer, I’ve become well versed in preparing for the battle against the sun. Here are the makeup and some skincare items I brought to Taiwan to combat the hot and humid climate:
1 Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
Great for oily skin. It’s light, non-greasy and doesn’t break me out (unlike the blue bottle versions). However, I’m finishing out this bottle before switching to Cotz Spf 40 UVB/UVA Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin since it’s cheaper and possibly contains fewer harmful sunscreen ingredients based on my ewg.org searches.
2 Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 45 (2-pack)
For the body. Because the sun is unforgiving, making it super hot while also humid, and there’s no way I’m able to stay covered up. I don’t want sun burn, I don’t want skin cancer, and I don’t want liver spots. It’s a simple cancer preventative measure… learn from the Australians!
3 First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
For exfoliation because my pores always get clogged due to not-great air, sweat, etc.-> acne. I always buy the container of 28 since I think the container, and therefore the pads, stays cleaner that way. Also, I would really recommend a physical exfoliator + mud or charcoal mask if you’re like me (oily and really acne/clogged pore prone) and really want to help clear things out.
4 Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
For the body since I have really dry skin everywhere (and eczema that flares up when it gets really hot) except my face. Great for dryness (non sticky and non scented).
5 Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (in Granite)
I’m one of those ashy-black haired Asians (and maybe even cool toned?) so Granite is the perfect match for my brows than any brown pencil.
6 Rugby Acne Medication 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Gel
For acne spot treatment at night. 10% is a bit high… I think 2.5% is the limit of BP’s effectiveness? But I bought this, so I’m going to use it up. BP seems to work better on my acne than SA, but BP is definitely more drying and irritating (probably due to the dosage of this). Be careful since this can bleach your bedding.
7 Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer (in medium)
For spots and to cover pigmentation. This is literally the first “makeup item” I’ve ever used and I’ve used it for years. It’s not the best, but it does its job (I dab it on after foundation and touch it up throughout the day). I think it also contains some SA which is nice.
8 Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint (in Charmed)
For me, lip tints > other lip things
9 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (in Sugar Petal Tinted, mini)
Heavier than the lip tint, but SPF!
10 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (in Sugar, mini)
I used this at night when my lips were particularly dry. Which was often. Or I used this after the glossiness of the Tarte tint faded to cover the remaining tint. And SPF.
11 Mopiko Ointment
My grandma gave this to me for itchy mosquito bites. It’s one of those cooling creams so it’s also supposed to soothe soreness/pain but I can’t comment on anything but itchiness lol.
12 Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact SPF 22 (in O40, compact case sold separately)
Fairly light coverage but I find powder (vs liquid) is so much more comfortable in that kind of climate. It’s more breathable and helps soak up some oil. I think I’m around NC30-35.
13 RMS Beauty Un-powder
Otherwise my face will melt off due to the heat+sweat+oil. Helps with the oil. It’s also 100% silica so you don’t have to worry about other ingredients that might be irritating. One of my HG items.
14 L’occitane Angelica Ultra Matte Fluid
I used to use (and love) L’occitane’s Red Rice Ultra-Matte Face Fluid but it was discontinued and the Angelica line was the replacement. I’m not a huge fan of the smell, but this works well and it’s really lightweight and great for every day wear.
15 Avene Thermal Spring Water
A nice refreshing spritz during the day really helps cool me down. Also refreshing on the airplane. The travel size is airplane friendly as long as you put it in a ziplock bag while going through security.
16 Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
17 Boots Botanics Complexion Refining Light Night Cream
I think they repackaged this because my jar doesn’t say “complexion refining.” It’s a decent night moisturizer for me- not too heavy but it takes a minute or two to really sink in. I don’t love or hate this. It just is. I’m finishing up the jar (it’s lasted a year or more since a little goes a loooong way) before moving onto FAB’s Daily Face Cream because based on a sample of this, it’s less heavy but just as moisturizing, the packaging is more sanitary (I poured the Boots cream into an old, cleaned pump bottle) and it’s formulated without a lot of chemicals, including the ones I’m mainly concerned about: parabens (contained in Boots) and phthalates.
Also, how cute is that bag? It was part of a Clinique gift set my mom got and it’s definitely my favorite cosmetic/makeup bag. It’s perfect in every single way, and I really hope it lasts me another 4 years. Also, I usually just carried a Fresh lip treatment, the oil blotting sheets and the concealer during the day. For Asia in general, I’d also definitely recommend bringing your own personal pack of tissues and hand sanitizer… because not all places will have toilet paper or soap.