It’s pretty easy to neglect your skincare and haircare routine while traveling. I know I’ve been guilty of this in the past. The fact you can’t bring full-size products on the plane, the fear of your products opening in your suitcase and the simple fact you don’t want to fuss with an elaborate routine while you’re on holidays. Traveling can take a lot out of you, especially when it comes to hydration. From long hours in the sun, to one too many cocktails at the bar, and lack of water, can all contribute to both your body and skin feeling parched. It’s important to pack moisturizing products when you travel, for both your skin and hair.
Just because you’re traveling, doesn’t mean you should skimp on your skincare routine. In fact, it may be even more crucial to take care of your skin while on holidays. Look for products that have multi purposes to cut down on space and to simplify your routine. The Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse is a 2-in-1 product that acts as your makeup remover and facial cleanser. The solid cleansing oil not only washes away dirt, oil and daily grime, it also washes away all traces of your makeup. The luxe cleansing cream is an extra bonus step that double cleanses your face and removes any left-over traces of makeup that the cleansing oil may have missed. This ensures your skin is squeaky clean and preps your skin before your next beauty regime product, such as your moisturizer. It retails for $24USD.
Speaking of moisturizers, the Decléor Hydra Floral Crème Riche Hydratante 24H is an intensely rich and creamy moisturizer that’s enriched with wild pansy and criste marine extract to deeply nourish the skin. Its lightweight texture is perfect for both morning and night, working beautifully under foundation and sunscreen. It helps provide intense and continuous hydration for upwards of 24 hours. It quenches the skin with moisture and locks in hydration for all day comfort. It absorbs into the skin almost instantly and immediately goes to work improving skin’s natural moisture barrier. It leaves skin smoother, plumper and with a somewhat healthy, youthful and luminous glow. This is the perfect moisturizer to travel with, as it leaves skin radiant, soothed and nourished the entire day. It retails for $59.
In the evening, I bump up my hydration game with the new Biotherm Life Plankton Sensitive Emulsion. Its incredibly lightweight, yet creamy formula, immediately sinks into the skin, providing it with instant soothing and nourishing benefits. It helps to rebalance skin’s moisture loss for all day hydration and comfort. It’s the perfect serum to apply before your moisturizer when you’re looking for added moisture. It absorbs quickly and effortlessly, nourishing dry skin and eliminating any dry, irritated or redness. Skin looks plumper, healthier and more youthful after each use. It also helps to add a touch of luminosity, for brighter, more beautiful skin. It retails for $60.
If there’s one place on your body that needs sunscreen, it’s your face. You don’t want to look like an old catchers-mitt before your 30, do you? Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 60 Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion features an ultra-lightweight, rich and creamy texture, that applies evenly and dries almost instantly. It fully absorbs into the skin within seconds, leaving no white caste behind. It penetrates deep down into the skin, providing both UVA and UVB rays protection. It’s the perfect sunblock for those that like to apply foundation right after, as its dry touch technology doesn’t leave your skin feeling sticky. It also doesn’t clog pores, nor does it feel heavy or greasy. It provides a solid 8 hours of hydration and doesn’t have that strong sunblock scent like others. It retails for $28.95.
The last thing you want to do when you’re traveling is to spend time washing and styling your hair. Cake The All Powderful Tinted Dry Shampoo Powder is a dry shampoo, with a slight tint, ensuring your hair stays fresh and oil-free without that nasty white caste. Its weightless, velvety-soft formula fully absorbs into the hair, lifting at the roots, providing mega volume. It also helps to thicken and add texture, ensuring hair never looks flat or dull. Just shake a small amount into the palms of your hands, rub together, and watch as it becomes somewhat tacky. This will help grab onto the roots for instant lift, while still looking incredibly natural. It refreshes dirty hair, absorbs excess oil, all while adding volume and body. It retails for $17.99.
Live Clean Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner combines 3 mineral clays, Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Bentonite, along with hydration properties to help detoxify, yet moisturize dry ends. Its also enriched with vitamin E and provitamin B5, alongside organic botanicals of apple cider, witch hazel, and tea tree to help restore and promote healthy, glowing strands. Its the perfect duo for traveling, as it not only cleanses the hair or dirt, oil and product build-up, it helps to leave each stand soft, smooth and shiny. It rinses clean away, never leaving the hair heavy or greasy. It smells incredible fresh and creates a ton of body that lasts throughout the day. It retails for $7.99 each.
On days when I’m looking for extra shine, while defrizzing and controlling fly-a-ways, I rely on styling oil. Marc Anthony 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Ultra-Lightweight Dry Styling Oil not only helps to add mega shine, without looking greasy or oily, but it helps to prevent future breakage and split-ends. Simply spray onto dry hair, at the ends, and watch as it immediately adds glimmering shine and touchability. It leaves strands feeling incredibly soft and smooth, with a delicious coconut scent. Not only goes it control frizz throughout the entire day, it helps to add moisture, leaving hair incredibly soft and strong. The more you use it, the heathier and more nourished your hair will become. It retails for $9.99.
Smelling fresh while in the heat is key, so I’ll be relying on Secret Invisible Spray in Ooh La La Lavender. I love a spray anti-perspirant when travel, as it ensures no nasty white residue on my clothing. Its completely invisible formula provides up to 48-hours of protection with a light and airy lavender scent. I can now rest assured that my deodorant will help me stay fresh and dry throughout the entire day. It retails for $5.99.
Speaking of fresh scents, when I heard that the new Shawn Mendes Signature perfume was created for both men and women, I knew I was going to love it. I’m in love with anything “manly “and although there is a touch of fruitiness, it’s quite rich and musky. It opens with a fresh burst of lemon oil, pineapple and McIntosh apple, but quickly develops into a decedent floral number of frangipani, sugar maple accord and rose petals. The dry down is my favourite part, consisting of dulce de leche, white cedar and skin musk. If this doesn’t scream Canadian, I don’t know what does. The pairing of McIntosh apple with maple accord is unique, delicious and yet extremely wearable. It retails for $59.50.
Nothing worse than getting a mosquito or bug bite while traveling. Now this might not be the case in every city/ country you visit, but I was told Nashville can get quite “buggy”. I hate bug sprays that are heavily scented, I get it, you need something strong enough to keep the insects at bay, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy walking around smelling of harsh chemicals. I’ve been using the Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Icaridin Insect Repellent Spray for years, as it’s not only deet-free, but it has a slight cooling and refreshing scent. It creates an invisible barrier of protection against bugs, repelling for upwards of 5+ hours. It honestly does an amazing job, yet it doesn’t smell like your typical, nasty bug spray. It retails for $16 (but is on sale right now for $9.99).
If you’re not a fan of the spray, Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Icaridin Insect Repellent Towelettes might be an excellent alternative? It still repeals for 5+ hours, but done in a handy, travel-friendly towelette design. It also contains vitamin E and aloe to keep skin incredibly soft and hydrated, while protecting against bugs. It retails for $16 (but is on sale right now for $9.99).
While your applying your bug repellent, don’t forget your sunblock. I can’t tell you how crucial it is to apply it daily, especially when traveling, as you’ll be spending more time outside exploring. Vichy Idéal Soleil Sport SPF 60 not only protects against UVA and UVB rays, it also features wet skin technology, meaning you can apply it to both wet and dry skin. This is perfect if you plan to be in the water, if you’re sweating or just want to apply it directly out of the shower. Its lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy formula absorbs into the skin within seconds and its invisible finish leaves behind absolutely no white caste. Not only does it feel slightly cooling and refreshing on the skin, it also helps to keep skin hydrated and nourished the entire day. It retails for $29.95.