8 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TRAVEL BAG
I spent the latter of 2017 getting my travel ALL the way on, but as life would have it, prepping my beauty bag was no easy feat. I sourced some of the most popular skincare and makeup products on the market, but only a handful actually made the cut.
Check out my tried-and-true beauty essentials that made their debut on the sandy beaches of Cabo San Lucas – all the way to the diverse regions of the safari in South Africa!
Whether you’re traveling to the warm tropical climates of the Caribbean, or the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland, toting sunscreen in your travel bag is a must. For years, I’ve relied on the Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 30 to keep my skin protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. The formula is lightweight, non-sticky – and doesn’t feather underneath makeup. For TB’s (Townsend Beauties) with sensitive skin, check out Coppertone’s Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 for the body for added protection.
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Facial Charcoal Cleanser
Seeing the world can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Depending on where and how often you jet set, it’s absolutely critical that you take extra care of your skin, especially for those of you who have oily, acne-prone skin. The Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Facial Charcoal Cleanser deep cleans the skin, without stripping it of its natural oils. Rest assured that this cleanser will leave your skin feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom; not to mention that it’s jam-packed with jojoba spheres to slough away dead skin cells. Grab the travel set at Target for $5, y’all!
I’ve been rockin’ with Kiehls since ’95, so I’m sure you’re not surprised this brand made its way into my suitcase. The Ultra Facial Cream is soothing and perfect for folks with dry skin. Now, I know you’re probably thinking that if I have oily skin, then why on earth am I using a moisturizer formulated for dry skin? Simple: My skin still needs to be hydrated, honey! And ingredients like Squalance and Glacial Glycoprotein Extract retains moisture and leaves the skin looking healthy and bright.
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate helps to restore and repair the skin overnight from a day’s worth of travel adventures. The concentrate contains Lavender Essential Oils that aims to improve the skins elasticity and firmness, which reveals a more radiant and healthy complexion. How do you apply a concentrate / serum, you ask? Pat it into cleansed skin before your night cream, and you’re all set.
During the course of a thirty-one hour flight, aching legs and restless, tired skin, you just might begin to question your sanity. That’s where the Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Spray comes in. the formula is cooling and refreshing that hydrates and cleanses the skin with the use of soap or water. Talk about a miracle in a bottle! The Cactus Flower keeps the skin hydrated, while the Tibrtan Ginseng detoxifies and protects the skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors often found in airplanes, or while traveling abroad.
And don’t forget the Mango Lip Balm! Because: Who doesn’t want soft, supple lips on vacay, okay?!
I’ve been using Skin Laundry’s Wrinkle Release Moisturizer as a night cream for the last 9 months or so, and all I can say is, “boom chica woot, woot!” This moisturizer contains retinol, so if you have super sensitive skin - or have never used a retinol-based product before, I recommend that you consult with a dermatologist before you take the plunge. The wrinkle release treatment helps to minimize the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, while increasing cell turnover. Can y’all say, FLAWLESS?!
Bye Bye Bags by Musely
Forget the eye cream, the Hydrogel Eye Mask PRO Formula from Musely is one of the best eye treatments I’ve tried in a really long time. Jam-packed with antioxidants and fruit extracts, the Musely Eye treatment targets puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles without the messy residue or irritation. The brand is the first to market overnight wear, which basically means you can get your beauty on while you’re flying high in the friendly skies. The Nike-esque patches are gentle enough for the most sensitive skin types, so you won’t have to worry about irritation when you peel them off. Remember: safety first, so it’s important to take extra precaution when caring for the eye area no matter what product you decide to use.
Have a few travel beauty essentials that you absolutely cannot leave home without? Share ‘em in the comments below, and I’ll see you on my next adventure!