No matter where you’re headed, a vacation provides a getaway from regular life and breaks up your everyday routine. While this is good news for your stress levels, it’s not as good for your beauty routine. A good beauty routine is as much about consistency as it is about the products you use, and travel can make it challenging to maintain a routine as regular as the one you maintain at home.
Though you can’t exactly pack along your entire bathroom cabinet in your suitcase, you can take steps to keep up the hard-earned glow and shiny locks you’ve established while you’re on the go.
Bring Your Must-Have Essentials
You won’t be able to bring everything you regularly use on your all inclusive cruise, but you can bring the basics. New, unfamiliar destinations, schedules, and conditions can introduce stress to your system, so it’s important that you maintain consistency with the products you use on a regular basis so as not to contribute to further strain on your hair, skin, and nails.
Purchase your own travel containers to squeeze your favorite products into, or look for travel-sized versions of your go-to product that you can take along with you.
Simplify Your Routine
If you’re only going to be gone for a few days, you may be able to get by with just a few basic products. Even if you’re headed for a lengthier trip, you won’t be able to stick every serum, mask or spot treatment into your bag. Think about the products that are most important to your routine and only bring those along. For example, you could have a solid travel beauty routine with just a nourishing facial cleanser, moisturizer, tinted sunscreen, clarifying serum, and one hair-smoothing product. Try to pare down your makeup routine and bring products that can perform double duty, such as a tinted lip and cheek stick or a blemish stick in a suitable concealer shade.
Prepare For Any Weather Changes
If you live in a drier climate, your beauty routine may need to shift a bit if you’re visiting a hot and humid destination. As well, colder locations can be harsh on your skin, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have everything you may need for a variety of climate circumstances. Prepare for the conditions by packing a heavier-duty moisturizer, a strong SPF, a soothing sheet mask, or oil-absorbing patches. Because the weather can change from day to day, make sure you’re prepared for all possible conditions so you don’t have to make an additional trip to the store while you’re on vacation.
Prepare for Crises
With all the photos you’ll be taking on your vacation, it’s important that you look your best. A single blemish or unruly, frizzy hair can make it hard to want to capture your appearance while on a memorable vacation. Don’t get caught away from home without a few products you can use in case of a beauty emergency. A few backup products may include a spot treatment for breakouts that contains either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, a thick moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, and a smoothing hair serum with beneficial oils. Take caution, however, as brand new products could worsen a problem if your skin, hair or nails are not used to the formula.
Pack Some Extras
Travel puts a strain on your body whether it’s apparent or not, but sometimes the signs of travel stress can show up as puffy under eyes, dull cheeks, brittle nails, dry hair, or dehydrated looking skin. It doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase to include a couple of soothing products that can help to counteract the physical stresses of travel. Tuck into your suitcase a few packets of a hair mask, under-eye patches, a vitamin C or aloe spray can provide relief if you find that your system reacts poorly to jetlag, change of environment, or varied weather conditions at your destination.