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My Skincare For Travel + Fira’s Routine

Do you have a night time regime for your dogs?

Well, I’ve become one of those people. 

I don’t do it every night, but I do have a group of favorite items that I always have at home and also pack for Weston + Fira when we travel. 

Fira is definitely more sensitive than Weston, so she has a few products that stay on rotation, which include wipes and balms. With years of trial and error, I feel like I have just the right combo for the pups. As for me, I’m always trying a million different skincare products. 

When I travel, I like to pack as lightly as possible — especially toiletries. I take one skincare bag and stuff it with mini sizes. It’s the best time to use up all those travel-size tubes, right?! Mini tubes and bottles are SO much cuter. 

Here is a list of my tried-and-true skincare essentials that are usually in my travel bag:

Julep Beauty No Excuses SPF 40

I am suuuuper picky with sunscreen. They always feel sticky on my skin or like it’s clogging my pores. I just discovered this one and I am obsessed. It’s clear, lightweight and literally feels like nothing on. I can’t believe it’s actually SPF 40! 

Kitsch Silicone Jars

Love adding some of my skincare in these mini jars — they barely take up any space! Keeps everything nice and neat and looks super chic, right?

RxESCUESKIN Cellular Support Serum

This serum sinks right into my skin and is made with stem cells! It feels super nice and lightweight, works for sensitive skin and love that they donate a portion of proceeds to dog shelters. ๐Ÿ™‚

DHC Face Wash Powder

Perfect for traveling because it’s a powder. Since it’s not considered a liquid, you don’t have to worry about the 100mL rule and fitting it in a clear ziplock bag for international travel; woohoo! It’s really gentle (great for sensitive skin), foams up nicely and makes your skin feel really clean.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

A cult favorite. My friend is an esthetician and first introduced me to this exfoliating liqud. I’ve been obsessed with it and even got lucky with a facial appointment at their headquarters on Champs-ร‰lysรฉes (usually you have to book at least a month in advance). The toner is not cheap (and doesn’t smell the greatest) but it is honestly one of those holy grail products that works

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I originally discovered The Ordinary on a skincare forum and a lot of people had these products in their routine. When I found out most products were around 6 bucks, I immediately ordered like 10 of their bestsellers. This one I have repurchased. I use it for blemish areas (cheeks, around mouth, chin). It’s super light and sinks in, so it’s perfect for those multi-step regimes.

SK-II RNA Power Radical Cream

Suuuuper nourishing and rich. I always slather my skin at night with heavy creams, so I can wake up with dewy supple skin!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Been using the same jar for a couple years now! It is the BEST. I am so picky with lip balms but this one is so thick, moisturizing and stays on your lips. It also smells delishhh (strawberry).

SmartLash Eyelash Enhancer

I haven’t really seen a huge difference but since I have eyelash extensions, I figure it doesn’t hurt to use this on my lashline to keep my lashes strong.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

My favorite part! I love misting my face all day long — but especially while traveling, on flights, etc. 

The best organizer for makeup and skincare:

I recently just got this travel bag for all my toiletries and it is just perfect! It has so many handy compartments, folds open and closed and has a hanger hook to easily hang up.

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It also comes with a separate clear zip bag โ€“ perfect for adding your liquid containers for the security check.

FIRA’S ROUTINE

Pet MD Chlorhexidine

We noticed Fira got some little bumps on her muzzle a few times and found out from our vet that it could be irritations from the material of her food bowl or just food sitting on her muzzle (creating bacteria). BTW – I reviewed 9 Dog Food Bowls to Find the Best For French Bulldogs in this post here.

So, after she eats, we make sure to wipe around her mouth area with these wipes, especially if you have a dog with allergies. Now we don’t do it every single time but we try to when we notice there is leftover food around her mouth area. Sometimes I just use a wet napkin/towel to wipe her muzzle clean.

We also use these wipes on her paws, especially if she has been in grass. I think she may have some environmental allergies. Her back paws were red and swollen and after using these wipes, they went away. 

Natural Dog Company Grooming Wipes

These are my fave wipes — they’re larger than other wipes on the market, thick and high quality. They smell really nice and fresh too. They’re not medicated, so they’re perfect for everyday use. I wipe their butts with these after they poo, lol.

Natural Dog Company Snout Soother

I’ve used this Snout Balm for YEARS now. Weston + Fira’s noses can get pretty dry, so I have to remember to apply this every night or every other night. It sinks right in and keeps their noses so hydrated. It does come in a tin size but I actually prefer buying it in the travel-size lip balm tube, so I can just dab it on their noses quickly before they try to run away. 

Natural Dog Company Wrinkle Balm

This one’s good for those folds and crevices. It prevents any bacterial buildup, crusties and the like. Great for the squishy-faced breeds! 

BTW, 15% off code for Natural Dog Company: wtfrenchie

JR Liggetts Dog Shampoo Bar

Always a good idea to have a bar of dog-friendly soap for the pups when traveling. Easy to pack and doesn’t count as a liquid! This one is 100% detergent-free, so it’s extra gentle and great for sensitive skin. 

Pet Potion Calm Spray

A relaxing calm spray just for pups! It’s basically a waterless spray bath with only 5 ingredients (like coconut oil, vanilla essential oil, shea butter) but the mist nozzle gives the most fine, cloud-like spray. A great last step! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Now we are all ready for bed!

french bulldog in spa

Read the post:

How To Bathe Your Dog Properly At Home

How to Groom White Dogs

 

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Win A $200 Airbnb Gift Card + Brutus Bone Broth Package!

french bulldog with brutus bone broth

I’m so excited to partner with Brutus Bone Broth for this amazing travel giveaway! You guys know how important it is for me to find dog-friendly destinations, hotels and products and this giveaway combines it for all you dog moms and dog dads!

Firstly, what is Brutus Bone Broth?

Bone broth is known to be a powerhouse since it’s filled with natural minerals, collagen and other highly nutritious benefits! And yes, your dog can have bone broth too. 

Brutus Bone Broth promotes natural detoxification of the gut with added glucosamine and chondroitin for joint and hip protection for your pup. It’s great as a natural additive to your dog’s current food and makes it extra tasty. 

Use it to rehydrate dry or wet food, boost flavor for picky eaters and freeze it into a delicious ice cube treat!

What’s my favorite way?

Brutus On The Go sticks! They’re perfect for traveling because they come in these mini packets with powdered bone broth — just add water! Since they’re a powder and so small, you can easily pack it into your dog’s carrier when you’re flying or on-the-go. 

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brutus bone broth on the go dog

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Giveaway closed. Congrats Micole!

The prizes:

  • $200 Airbnb Gift Card (book your perfect dog-friendly getaway)
  • Brutus Bone Broth Gift Set (Brutus Biscuits, On The Go sticks, treat tray. $100 value)
  • Hugo’s Coffee Bag (their motto is “Drink Coffee, Save Animals”)
  • Where’s The Frenchie Hat Clip (a beautiful leather magnetic clip that holds your hat hands-free to your bag while you’re traveling.)
  • WTFrenchie pin button + stickers (from yours truly, Weston + Fira!)

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @WTFrenchie + @BrutusBroth on Instagram.
  2. Leave a comment below with where you want to travel to with your dog!

 

[ USA only. Winner chosen on 8/21. ] 

Good luck everyone! BTW, if you’re in Los Angeles, we’ll be hosting a Yappy Hour with Brutus Broth on August 20th. Get your tickets here

4-7PM. Short Stories Hotel. 115 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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