Travel takes a toll on your skin and hair, whether it’s the air conditioning on a plane or the exhaustion which comes with late nights and early starts. But let’s be real – once you hit the beach, you want to be sure that your skin is ready and primed to get that golden suntan and that your hair looks its very best.
In this article, we share five of our most portable, effective, and efficient beauty tips to ensure that you spend everyday of your trip looking and feeling your very best.
1. Don’t pack your full-size products
There’s a reason why companies and beauty brands now offer travel-sized products. The fact is that putting products into your luggage can quickly go wrong if a suitcase is handled carelessly or, worse still, if security ask you to remove a product for breaching some rules over size (particularly if you are only taking hand luggage). To avoid losing your favourite products, we recommend either investing in a travel sized version of your products or picking up a few empty mini bottles and decanting your products into those for ease of travel.
This means you can continue your beauty regime uninterrupted, safe in the knowledge that your products will also be waiting for you when you get home.
2. Keep Active
Who doesn’t love the post-workout glow and boost of confidence that exercise gives you? Factoring some movement and activity into your holiday is a great way to keep your body in good shape and release some endorphins – but if you are working out in the heat make sure to have a quick shower afterwards to clear the sweat off your body and skin.
3. Prioritize SPF
There are a wide range of skincare products on the market today that offer SPF as part of their benefits – meaning you no longer have to sacrifice a high quality skincare regime in order to protect your skin from the sun. Make sure that your facial moisturiser in particular has an SPF – something you should be wearing all year round at home as well as on holiday – and top up your sun cream every few hours.
While we’re on creams and facial products, our other tips including focussing on eye creams particularly after travel, and always removing make up to ensure your skin is free to breathe at night and when you’re out in the sunshine.
4. Ease back on the make-up
Following on from the last point, make up is a difficult one to factor into a holiday because you want to look your best, but you also don’t want to clog your face with thick make-up and cause breakouts and excessive sweat. One of the best tips we can share is to tone down the make-up and try lighter options which still highlight your best features but without the layering you might use at home.
Consider swapping dark colours for cool neutrals and golds that will compliment your tan, swap foundation out for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser, and invest in a waterproof mascara to protect against the pool and the sea. It is also important to recognise that as you tan, your make-up may become more obvious as it is the wrong colour for your skin, so steer clear of full face make-up where possible.
And remember to take it off at night and give your skin some breathing room!
5. Give your hair some TLC
Your hair can quickly become dry and coarse as a result of travel, sun, and the chlorine in your hotel pool. As such it is crucial that you give it the care it needs to hold onto its soft and supple shine, with hair masks an easy and portable solution that can be used every few days to keep your hair strong.
At the end of every day make sure to wash the salt and chlorine out of your hair and use your regular shampoo and conditioner routine on a regular basis to keep your hair clean.
Other tips include:
• Keeping hair products to a minimum, e.g., hair sprays and gels
• Tie your hair up during the day to stop it getting sweaty
• Let your hair dry naturally when you can, to give it a break from heating products
What other beauty tips do you recommend for travellers and holidaymakers?