Traveling can be hard on your hair and skin, no matter how hard you try. From sunburns on the beach to windburns on the slope, vacationing is no time to skimp on your routine. But what products are best for on the go, and what are the essentials? Follow my easy guide on what to pack to keep your hair, skin and nails looking their best.
Whether you’re escaping to the beach, hiking in the mountains or shopping at an outdoor mall, you can’t forget to protect your skin from harmful sun rays. Even if you’re striving for a tan, you should at least keep your skin masked from damage. If you want a tan and don’t burn easily, choose an SPF 15 sunblock or try a tanning oil. For fairer skin or people who burn easily, choose a higher SPF and reapply frequently. My favorite sunblock is Banana Boat Ultra Defense Ultramist in SPF 110. It is perfect for my porcelain complexion but would also be great for parents of young kids who don’t want to rub lotion on.
Moisturizing Your Body and Face
Moisturizing both your skin and hair is important especially in a new climate. I find that when I travel, I notice my body just feels dry. A new city’s water or campsite water can be particularly drying because you’re just not used to it. For hair, I recommend bringing a deep conditioning mask or thick conditioner to help combat dryness. Bring in a packet form that you can get at most beauty supply shops or fill a bottle with at least three hair washings worth of product. I like Ion Keratin Smoothing Masque for its intense moisture but that I can also buy it in a packet for two washes. Be sure to also pack a detangling comb and your favorite styling products in travel sizes.
For skin, the key is to use a moisturizer that is appropriate for your climate. You don’t want to slather on thick body butter in the summer heat, but if you’re going to be taking a dip in a swimming pool every day, your skin is going to be begging for moisture. For hot climates, I recommend Neutrogena Body Lotion in the lightweight formula. It’s not greasy but will hydrate your thirsty pores. For cooler climates or cruises, I recommend The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter. The light scent and thick formula means your skin will be hydrated no matter how much wind or cold zaps away its moisture.
Don’t neglect the skin on your face, even after late nights out with friends or mornings where you’re rushing out the door to hit up an amusement park. For easy travel, buy face wipes or exfoliating cloths to help speed up your cleansing routine. I use Simple Skincare Cleansing Wipes every day, so when I travel I toss a pack in my suitcase. They are gentle and can remove even my toughest waterproof eyeliner without causing irritation. For moisturizing my face, I use CeraVe Facial Lotion both night and day. If you use a night cream, be sure to bring that along with you. Even if you’re exhausted, taking a quick minute to clean up your face means avoiding breakouts.
Your nails can sometimes be neglected on a long trip due to time or just inconvenience. Before you leave on your trip, I recommend getting a manicure or doing one yourself. Be sure to clip your nails and file them, and toss a file in your purse for your trip. For nail polish, choose a neutral tone that will go with any outfit. I recommend Revlon Colorstay in Tradewinds for a sophisticated look. Top with a long wearing top coat like CK One that lasts for 10 days. Be sure to massage some of your lotion into your nail beds to help keep them healthy and hydrated.
Now that you have your beauty basics ready to go, be sure to pack up your bag enjoy your vacation. When you don’t ignore your skin, hair and nails on a trip, you will feel confident and beautiful no matter where you are. My picks are of course, suggestions, so pack your favorites and get ready to make some memories.