Oh duty-free, you tempt me with your shiny lights and curvy, super-sized bags of treats my waistline doesn’t need. So why do I constantly subject myself to the tortures of gallon sized bags of Toblerones and Chup a Chups? Because you contain some seriously great beauty products, and for that I forgive you.
Dry-eyed and lizard-skinned, duty-free beauty shops appear in the international airport terminals like a mirage in the desert. Testers screaming out to you from their brightly lit backgrounds and discounted prices. Our mind says “hydrate yourself with that $2 bottle of Evian”, but our heart says “spend just $40 more and get it in mist form”. What can I say; the heart wants what it wants?
I love me some great skincare products and I blame jetlag on many of my duty-free beauty sprees, so here’s my list of the 10 Best Duty-Free Beauty Finds for every kind of travel:
- La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF30 – La Prairie’s prices are as high as the Swiss mountains, but it’ll last you a long time, quench even the driest of epidermis and protect you against the sun and aging. Hey, at least you didn’t go totally off the rails and go for their Skin Caviar line. That’s what I call mature restraint.
- Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum – Traveling in hot climates makes just about everything melt on me (except my fat. What a cruel joke, right?!) so instead of heavy Swiss fondue style moisturizers, I opt for dreamy light serums like this one. Similar to Christina Aguilera, this is definitely a genie in a bottle. I’m not sure how it does it but it manages to hydrate my skin without weighing it down or leaving a shine.