Each traveler’s experienceis unique. Some travelers do it purely for the pleasure of it, while some travel to participate in corporate seminars. There are also individuals who travel to warmer climates, whereas others simply want to ski down snow-covered mountains. For some, discovering a new culture is the reason they save up for the much-awaitedvacation. For some others, a large disposable income permits them the luxury of traveling to a different continent.
Regardless, all travelers have one common concern: how to neutralize the effects of traveling on their skin, eyes, lips,and hair. Unlike men, women have to be particular about their beauty regimen when they are miles away from home. They need to plan carefully all the things they should carry with them, so their eyes, hair, lips,and skin do not suffer. Fortunately, manufacturers have come up with compact and TSA-friendly beauty products for travelers.
Below is a list of beauty tips which both the frequent and occasional traveler will benefit from.
Beauty Tips For The Traveler’s Hair
- Carry a travel hairdryer with you on your trips instead of relying on the amenities provided by hotels. You can invest in one with 1000 W of power (which consumes less electricity), has dual voltage (which is ideal for international travel), perfect for all hair types, lightweight, compact, and foldable. Blow-dry your hair with a round brush for a sleek look and you are ready in minutes for a formal dinner event.
- Keep a boar bristle round brush to blow-dry hair as well as tame frizz and flyaways without losing any hair.
- Use dry shampoo as much as possible to cleanse greasy hair without the need to wash it (which can take up so much of your time). The time saved can be spent on visiting parks, museums, coffee shops, and farmers’ markets.
- Dry oil is one of the best ways to combat dryness in textured hair. It is a non-greasy oil such as argan, jojoba, or rosehip oil. It is soaked up quickly by the hair and does not leave any residue in the scalp.
- A leave-in conditioner is your best travel companion. When your hair feels dry and lifeless, simply squeeze out a dime-sized amount on your palm and rub it on your hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. You can do this at night before going to bed and wake up with refreshed, moisturized hair in the morning.
- In tropical countries, humidity is an issue especially for women with frizz-prone hair. It is, therefore, advisable to carry a frizz control spray or a vial of Moroccan oil in your handbag every time you go out.
Beauty Tips For The Traveler’s Skin
- Apply an intensely moisturizing formula the night before your trip. This will help to protect your skin from the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure on a flight or the warm or cold temperature inside a train or bus.
- On the day you travel, avoid foundation and blush if you are in the habit of using these products. They will clog your pores if left on for an extended time and cause your skin to break out at the end of the journey.
- To refresh makeup during a long flight or train journey, simply mist a few drops of mineral water on your face and massage a little moisturizing cream.
- Women with oily skin will find it helpful to carry blotting paper in their handbags. Simply press a sheet against the T-zone to absorb the excess oils without dehydrating your face.
- Cream blush, when mixed with a lip balm, can rejuvenate a tired in-flight complexion by adding color and moisture to your face.
- Moisturize your hands often with hand In-flight dehydration and the harshness of hand washes found in public restrooms can be controlled by using generous amounts of this product.
- As much as possible, do not rely on cleansers provided by hotels because they will not match the one you use at home in terms of pH level. A sudden change of cleanser can agitate the skin and cause a breakout. Carry a travel size bottle of your cleanser wherever you go.
- The sight of chipped nail polish is dreadful. Bright colors can draw attention to it. Therefore, use neutral colors when traveling to camouflage the problem.
- Keep your hands away from your complexion as much as you can especially if you have sensitive skin. Your hands will pick up a wide range of bacteria as you hop from place to place and this can give you skin issues. A good idea is to disinfect your hands with hand sanitizer before refreshing your makeup during transit.
- Jet lag can make you look worn out. To solve this problem, carry a travel size face mist to hydrate and cleanse the face at the end of the journey. It is particularly helpful for women with sensitive and greasy complexion.
- A peelable no-rinse face mask will help you to relieve dry irritated skin in between sight-seeing.
- For sun protection in hot climates, apply an oil-free sunscreen under your makeup or mix it with a tinted moisturizer of your choice and apply it on your face.
- To treat inflammation of the skin from allergic reactions, bug bites, and pimples, carry a tube of 1% hydrocortisone cream to your holiday destination.
Beauty Tips For The Traveler’s Lips
- Long-lasting lipsticks dry the lips faster than you know. Replace them with lip stain during your travels. Apply several layers of the lip stain and let it dry. Then, apply a lip gloss over it. To refresh your lips throughout the trip, re-apply the lip gloss.
- For some women, cabin pressure and air conditioning can be particularly troublesome for their lips. To reverse the dehydrating effects, use a medicated lip balm preferably with SPF for added protection.
Beauty Tips For The Traveler’s Eyes
- Avoid the mascara at all costs because it smears around your eyes while you nap on the plane, train, or bus. Cream eye shadows are also not recommended for the same reason. Use gel eyeliner instead. It will stay throughout the trip without irritating your eyes.
- Under-eye puffiness is common after a long trip. For fast and effective relief, wrap some ice cubes in a washcloth and apply this under the eyes.
- To refresh your eyes after waking from a nap, reading a book, or watching a 2-hour movie in-flight, apply eye drops to soothe your eyes and make them look fresh. Before napping, you can also apply a deeply hydrating night cream around your eyes and wear a sleep mask. When you wake from your nap, you will look and feel fresher.
Whether you travel by plane, bus, or train, it is important to take care of your skin, eyes, lips,and hair. Use only those products which are suitable for your skin and hair type. When you buy mini or travel size beauty products for your vacation, make sure they are TSA-friendly otherwise, your travel bags will not pass the airport security check. Read the product labels thoroughly. If in doubt, ask the shop assistant to show you which products are TSA-friendly. Travel safe, healthy, and beautiful!