Travelling is one of the best forms of self-care, a great reward for your hard work. But there’s one aspect of self-care that would beg to differ: skincare. Keeping your skin, hair and face looking and feeling fresh while traveling is nearly impossible (especially if your itinerary includes strenuous activities or constant walking). Adventures are your priority, but you want to look good for the photos too, right?
Whether you’re going to travel alone in Japan or exploring foreign mountains with friends, stock-up on products that will keep you refreshed during your trip. Fortunately, you can bring plenty of travel beauty essentials in your bag: lightening body scrub, face masks, moisturizers and the likes.
Several beauty essentials have multiple uses, which is handy for the traveler-on-the-go.
Consider packing the following for your travel adventure.
We all need to bring a range of skincare with us when heading off on a trip, but it’s best to bring products that can double up, extending their use. Take a look at some of the below skincare essentials worth packing with you, whether in full size or travel depending on your luggage.
Travelling with natural Aloe Vera – whether in gel or lotion form – is recommended for travelers. Aloe Vera moisturizes dry skin, as well as serves as an effective remedy for burns. Aloe Vera lotions and/or soothing gels are perfect for tropical destinations such as Central America and Southeast Asia. When you feel faint from the heat, a slather of Aloe Vera gel can soothe you.
Tea Tree Oil
If you have acne, dry skin or blemishes, tea tree oil is your new best friend. Apart from calming down your acne concerns, this natural oil doubles as a remedy for cuts and burns, as well as saving open skin wounds that are prone to infections. Tea tree oil is available in serum and face masks.
A good exfoliator revives dry skin – aka the result of constant exposure to external elements, which is something you can’t avoid when you’re traveling. Exfoliation products rejuvenate your skin and make you feel like you enjoyed a spa day on-the-go. If you need to save space, bring a facial exfoliator and double it up to use on your body – just don’t do this the other way round as products suited for the body can sometimes be too clogging for the face.
Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, traveling with moisturizer is a must. A good moisturizer keeps your skin smooth and vibrant. If you haven’t used moisturizer, check the label of a potential product before you buy it. Make sure the ingredients and the formula are good for your skin. If you’re unsure, seek recommendations from your dermatologist.
The changing climate can take its toll on your skin, especially on your lips. Lip balm saves the day by keeping your lips from cracking due to cold weather. Lip balm also moisturizes your lips when you forget to hydrate.
When choosing a lip balm, go natural. Refrain from buying products that contain alcohol since these can dry out your lips.
Travel involves long flights, restless nights and (in some cases) sleeping in unconventional places – all of which can take their toll on your face. Instead of sporting eye bags when posing for travel photos, cover them up with your favorite concealer. The right under eye concealer gives an illusion that you stayed fresh despite the continuous traveling.
Blush or Bronzer
A good blush or bronzer adds instant color and life to your skin after a long travel day. Find the right shade for your skin and bring the right brushes. If you’re trying to save space, tissue will do.
Makeup Remover Wipes
If you’re packing only a carry-on, a liquid makeup remover might have no space. But you still need to remove your makeup before you sleep. Keep your skin healthy by packing makeup remover wipes instead – sustainable ones if you can. You can get an array of eco-friendly face wipes these days which are much more friendlier to the planet, or least don’t come in plastic packaging.
We all need to bring some hair care essentials with us when we travel, but we could do without lugging around full size shampoo and conditioner bottles….
Shampoo and Conditioner Bar
If you haven’t got enough space for bottles of shampoo and conditioners, make the switch to hair care bars. These solid bars, which are almost like soap bars, are environment-friendly and space-savers in your luggage.
Incessant traveling limits your shower days. Fortunately, you don’t have to feel bad about skipping shower days when you have dry shampoo. Dry shampoo cleanses and rejuvenates your hair. You can easily find carry-on sized bottles so you can fit them in your bag.
Untamed hair is a common problem for travelers. Keep your hair in place with your favorite hairspray. Apart from keeping untamed hair at bay, hairspray is also useful for setting makeup, curing static and removing ink stains.
Split ends? Coconut oil is here to save the day. A small container of cold-pressed coconut oil can mend brittle hair, which makes it a must-have for cold-weather trips. Apart from caring for your hair, coconut oil can also take stains off your teeth.
No matter where you’re traveling to, a beauty essentials kit is important. By packing your beauty must-haves, you keep your hair lively, skin healthy and makeup looking fresh minus the stress of buying the things you need on the road.