One of the top bosses we love in the skincare industry has got to be Drunk Elephant’s founder, Tiffany Masterson. Her story about creating her own skincare and identifying six suspicious ingredients to avoid really resonated with us.
Now that travelling is back to normal, Daily Vanity had an email interview with Tiffany about her top travel skincare tips and her favourite travel destination for fashion and lifestyle brands, which really surprised us!
One would’ve thought this highly influential woman would be shopping on the streets of Paris or Milan, but she named Kuhl-Linscombe in Houston, Texas her favourite spot. In fact, the last things she bought there were an embellished cuff made by a local designer.
That’s not to say there’s no luxury in Tiffany’s life. The skincare brand founder also shared that her favourite travel location is Villa Treville in Positano, Italy. Though she named Amangiri, Utah her most memorable trip.
All you can see is the landscape. At night, the only lights on the horizon are the stars! There is a really great pool that is carved out of a rock, hiking, boating on Lake Powell, horseback riding and lots of other great things to do. It was an unforgettable experience.
Tiffany Masterson’s Travel skincare tips & go-to products
Seeing how Tiffany is so well-travelled, we definitely had to ask this skincare expert for her go-to travel beauty tips, including how to look refreshed after a long, arduous flight.
Tiffany says she created The Littles Night Out (RM215) as a travel-friendly set for a full night-time routine, so she didn’t have to be without any of her essential products. She always keeps a little case of her Littles, a toothpaste, and hair and body care products, so that she is always ready to go.
When we asked her if she could only use five beauty items throughout the trip, she had a bit of trouble sticking to the limit.
In the end, we allowed her to pick seven of her top beauty items:
- Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30 (RM148)
- Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum (RM340)
- Drunk Elephant A-Gloei Maretinol Oil (RM330)
- Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask (RM230)
- Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser (RM150)
- Silkamino Conditioning Leave-in Milk (Not in Malaysia)
- Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream (RM70)
For those long flights that last more than 12 hours, she especially recommends the F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Hydrating Mask, which was designed as an overnight mask.
It plumps and restores with an electrolyte cocktail that helps to strengthen the skin’s acid mantle. Not only is it perfect for combating dry air in long flights, it is also translucent so no one will know you are masking. You can apply before boarding and arrive looking dewy and rejuvenated.
For her post-flight routine, Tiffany loves applying the O-Bloos Rosi Drops (RM160) for that extra healthy glow, as it delivers a rosy wash of colour to the skin in a few drops, while supporting the skin barrier with omega fatty acids.
Recommended skincare routine for different climates
We also asked her about what kind of skincare products would she recommend for a hotter climate like Malaysia versus a colder country.
Tiffany shared that a great skincare “smoothie” for humid summer weather would be the Protini Polypeptide Cream (RM300), C-Firma Fresh Day Serum (RM340), and B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum (RM210) topped off with Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30 (RM148).
And if you’re planning to head over to a country with a colder, drier climate, she recommends switching out the Protini Cream for the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (RM315) or Lala Retro Whipped Cream (RM265). This is to help your skin retain its much-needed moisture.
But for products that work well all year round no matter the weather, the skincare brand founder recommended the Wonderwild Miracle Butter (RM160). You can dab it anywhere that needs extra love, including on the face, body, lips, and even around the eyes.
At the end of our interview, Tiffany stressed the importance of listening to your skin, as its needs can change from day to day, especially when you are travelling to a new place with a different climate.
She emphasises that you should adjust your skincare routine based on weather conditions and what your skin needs, similar to how you would customise your breakfast based on your mood or the day’s activities.
I assemble my skincare smoothies based on what I feel my skin is up to that day… it could be feeling dehydrated, sensitive, dry, etc. Or it could be feeling perfectly balanced, and I don’t need much at all. I always let my skin guide my choices.