Love to travel but hate to pack? Worried that you won’t be able to keep up with your skincare regimen while traveling? Instead of waiting until the last minute, put together a travel beauty bag ahead of time so you can focus on the rest of your to-do list. Continue reading for tips on creating or buying an affordable springtime skin care kit to toss in your suitcase.
Although it’s not quite spring, you’re probably already feeling the initial stirrings of spring fever — which may signal the perfect time to plan an out-of-town adventure. So why not get a head start on organizing your travel skincare and cosmetic kit as well? After all, a relaxing vacation shouldn’t include worrying about your skin, regretting your choice of skincare formulas or carting around a bag full of superfluous beauty products! In this article, you’ll find in-depth information to help guide you to the right products at the right prices, as well as how to keep skin healthy and balanced no matter where your travels take you this season.
Travel light. Headed to a new destination during that much-needed break from school? You’ll need a travel kit that allows you to travel light and get ready in a hurry. Spring Break Beauty: Skincare Must-Haves On Vacation is chock full of tips on how to find travel-friendly multi-tasking products, makeup that won’t spoil on the road, quick and convenient sun protection and how to easily bring your staple beauty products on the road without ending up with a leaky mess.
If you’d rather buy a ready-made kit, you have a wide array of options. Here are a few good buys:
Make a list that lasts. Why make a new checklist for every trip? Make a list of the skincare products you need in different cities and climates, plus products needed for specific activities — such as a night on the town, lounging by the beach or pool or spending an afternoon waterskiing or tubing. Print it on sturdy paper and keep it readily accessible. This is especially helpful if you travel frequently for your job, or if you’re a college student or professor who gets long summer vacations.
Need some ideas to get you started? Skincare on the Go: How to Look Great While Traveling includes an easy checklist of the top items every travel kit should include, as well as instructions for creating a last-minute travel kit for a spontaneous overnight or weekend trip.
Beauty tools for the road. Need an easy way to ensure your skin and hair look great day after day? Today’s innovative beauty tools are small enough to fit in a carry-on without being too bulky. Hair tools include travel dryers and hair straighteners, such as CHI Air Compact Ceramic Dual Voltage Mini Flat Iron, a ceramic flat iron that seals cuticles and banishes frizz. For skincare, the renowned Clarisonic Mia cleansing device is just right for travel.
Prep your skin for travel before you hit the road. The best way to ensure your skin is happy and healthy despite the stresses of traveling is to give it some extra attention while you’re still at home. Allure suggests skipping any drying ingredients, such as alpha hydroxy acids, retinols or benzoyl peroxide, a few days before you leave. Risi-Leanne Baranza, editor of the beauty publication Palacinka.com, also suggests giving your skin an extra dose of moisture the night before your flight. This helps prevent dehydration caused by cabin pressure, she tells WebMD.
Bring staple products from home. There’s no need to buy all new travel-sized products. In fact, with some products it’s best not to make a sudden swap. Your cleanser is one item you should stick with no matter where you travel. "An abrupt change in cleansers can disrupt skin's acid balance and cause a vacation breakout," dermatologist Erin Welch tells WebMD. And if you frequently experience acne breakouts or have sensitive skin, you should continue using your daily regimen wherever you go — this isn’t a good time to find out whether your skin reacts to a new product. Instead, transfer your daily products into travel-sized bottles for easy travel.
Beauty for the business traveler. Unfortunately, some trips are more business than pleasure. If your job requires frequent travel, you’ll need to master the art of caring for your skin’s needs wherever you are. 10 Beauty Tips for the Business Traveler addresses how to combat the drying effects of airplane travel, packing a carry-on bag while complying with airport security rules and how to achieve healthy skin even when dealing with long drives or jet lag.
Last-minute suggestions. Makeup, facial cleanser, hair care products, deodorant — what are you forgetting? Here are a couple of not-so-obvious additions to your travel bag:
A sleep mask and ear plugs. Having trouble falling asleep in noisy or unfamiliar places? Need some assistance with sleeping on a red-eye? Blocking out light and noise will make it easier to get that much-needed rest so you can arrive at your destination feeling a little fresher.
Eye drops. Dry air and climate change, not to mention allergies, can leave eyes red and watery, so don’t leave home without eye drops to relieve itchiness and dryness.
Hand cream. Even if your skin is usually pretty comfortable, you should be washing your hands frequently while traveling. Unfortunately, the commercial-grade soaps used in public restrooms are harsh on the skin, esthetician Maxine Siegel tells WebMD. To help repair and restore hydration, try the ultra-protective L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.
Nail clippers and file. Maintaining perfect nails on the road may not be a priority, but it’s smart to be prepared for a broken nail or a stubborn hangnail. Try the portable Tweezerman Nail Rescue Kit.
Acne spot treatment. Even if you don’t break out on a regular basis, it’s smart to have an emergency treatment on hand just in case, such as Ole Henriksen Roll On Blemish Attack.
Returning from your trip. After all the stress of travel is over and you’re home again, treat your skin to a reparative facial treatment like an at-home facial mask. Look for one designed to nourish and soothe your skin, like Somme Institute Boost Mask. Or, if you’re acne-prone, use a pore unclogging mask like Karuna Clarifying Mask. For additional ideas on how to rejuvenate skin, read this article: Skincare Repair: Rejuvenate Skin After Holiday Travel, Business or a Late Night Out.
Once you have the basics, skincare on the go isn’t any harder than keeping up with your everyday regimen. When you’re choosing what to bring, make sure to consider the climate of your destination, as well as the activities you’ll need to prepare for. Being more prepared now will make it a breeze to protect and care for your skin later — so you can focus on having fun!
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