The space-saving beauty products perfect for your next vacation
WHETHER you love or loathe packing for vacation, there’s no denying it takes careful consideration and often a lot of last minute cramming.
Vacationing also means adjusting to not having three outfit changes per day, and for most people, there’s never enough room to pack every product from their umpteen-step cleansing routine.
But that doesn’t mean your hair and skin has to suffer while you’re away.
Thanks to the beauty industry being worth a very attractive US$450 billion, lots of people have come up with incredible products to claim their slice of the cosmetics market pie.
And when beauty specialists and travel experts combine their creative minds, they come up with space-saving, glow-intensifying, multifunctional products which keep us looking our best from plane to beach and beyond.
Here are the travel-friendly products that deserve a place in your wash bag.
Throw shade to the sun
Unless you plan on staying inside for the duration of your vacation, sunscreen is essential.
If you’re spending time directly in the sun, you’ll need to apply sunscreen that blocks both the sun’s harmful rays: UVB and UVA. Here are our suggestions on the best ones for your skin and the environment.
If you’re heading out for dinner, a meeting or a stroll around town while the sun is still shining, and want to glam up without the worry of sticky suncream clogging your pores, opt for makeup with a sun protection factor (SPF).
Bright Future Skin Tint from Sephora Collection is budget-friendly and glow-enhancing.
This vegan-friendly, lightweight tinted moisturizer works well on its own and seamlessly combines with a heavier foundation for a full coverage look.
For a dewy look that also works to moisturize skin, use Laura Mercier’s Illuminating tint.
One step cleanse
If you’re a stickler for skincare routines, you’ll know a thorough cleansing followed by toning is essential to maintain healthy skin. This shouldn’t be compromised on vacation.
But by the time you pack your 500ml bottle of micellar water and toner, there won’t be a lot of room left in your wash bag. So, opt for a two-in-one product that removes makeup and dirt, then works to close pores.
Yves Rocher’s two-in-one cleanser and toner contain natural ingredients to help soothe your skin after a day in the sun.
Neogen’s Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick was a winner at the 2017 Teen Vogue Acne Awards and has been deemed “one of the coolest products to come out of Korea.”
With 13 natural ingredients, this pocket-sized cleaning stick will take off makeup and help heal irritated and spotty skin.
This tried and tested multiuse cleanser and toner by Clarins contains anti-pollution properties and gentle orange and Moringa extracts which help revive the skin’s natural radiance.
Balm me up, baby
Multifunctional balms are your best friend.
They soothe sore lips, keep stray eyebrow hairs in place, add color to dull cheeks, and nourish dry elbows.
When they’re added to a washcloth and drizzled with water, they also turn into skin-enriching makeup removers which could save even more space in your wash bag.
Dr. Rogers Restore – US$30
Whether you need to tame flyaway hairs, soothe dry skin, heal chapped lips, speed up the tattoo healing process, or protect cuts and grazes, Dr. Rogers Restore balm does it all.
This one-pot wonder is great for all skin types and contains antioxidant-rich organic wild rosehip oil, geranium, and patchouli essential oils.
It also smells fantastic!
Both sunshine and snow can zap the moisture out of your skin, but African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm is there to restore dehydrated skin.
This balm contains jasmine and rose, known for their ability to promote skin elasticity and cellular renewal while uplifting, calming, and combating acne.
Let’s face it
For shorter trips, masks are a great alternative to heavy moisturizers.
These sachets fit into any space and help get your skin glowing again.
This mask hydrates, firms, and enriches skin in just 15 minutes, leaving users with a radiant complexion.
This super concentrated mask encourages the skin’s natural recovery through hydration and helps reduce under-eye bags and lines.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – US$95
This mask is excellent after exfoliation. It instantly makes skin brighter and improves the skin’s texture.
Solid as a rock
Looking your best also means smelling your best, but chunky glass perfume bottles aren’t always a viable option when traveling.
Instead, opt for a solid compact perfume that reacts to the heat of your hands and turns into an oil.
These are our favorites.
Notes: Violet, sandalwood, vanilla.
Diptyque Philosykos – US$50
Notes: Fig leaves and wood, white cedar.
Glossier You – US$60
Notes: Iris root, earthy, woody.
For those with frizzy or brittle hair, conditioning is a necessity. However, we do concede that most two-in-one shampoo and conditioners are a load of baloney.
Except for these little darlings of course.
SheaMoisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser is a sulfate-free hair care product formulated with natural ingredients.
It nourishes and removes dirt and grime without stripping your hair of its natural oils.
LUSH Avocado Co-Wash Solid Shampoo – US$15.95
Not only does this super creamy slice of avocado last for ages, but it also thoroughly cleanses and conditions hair.
It’s also 100 percent vegan-friendly.
This innovative gel-foam formula should be applied to wet hair to gently cleanse and condition without weighing down strands.
Mama muslin, here we go again
A washcloth, preferably made from muslin becuase of its lightweight and quick-drying properties, is essential when traveling.
Cotton pads are not only bulky, but they’re also not great for the environment. While they will biodegrade on a compost, your hotel isn’t likely to have one of those, so they’ll end up on a landfill site somewhere.
Muslin cloths can be used with water or combined with a cleanser to get your skin looking and feeling radiant again.
EcoTools Muslin Polishing Cloths – US$4.79
These clothes are made from organic cotton and quickly take off makeup without damaging the skin.
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloths – US$7.50
Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cloths cleanse skin and remove dead skin cells.
These are great if you want to maintain your sunkissed glow long after returning from vacation.
This double-sided cloth has a soft flannel for eyes and lips and a rougher side for gentle exfoliation.
Pour your heart out
Sometimes there’s no compromising on beauty products.
If you suffer from sensitive skin and find only one brand works for you, then invest in some reusable toiletry containers.
Just remember to label everything because nobody wants to rub contact solution onto their face.
Refillable Travel Bottles – US$9.99
These squeezy tubes are best for decanting moisturizers and serums.
Silicone Spray Containers – US$18
If you’re unable to find a compact perfume that you love, simply decant your fragrance into a spray bottle.
If you’re a sucker for branding and don’t want to skimp on luxury even when it comes to decanting, invest in these premium travel bottles.