I’d venture a bet that you can relate to me whenever I prepare for a trip: I realize that I’ve finally got my clean beauty routine down pat—and it’s totally not portable. Or at least not portable in a way that is TSA-friendly, spill-proof and unbreakable. Are you with me?
With spring and summer vacays on the horizon, this is a potentially sticky situation (literally and figuratively). But take it from a sensitive-skinned gal: It’s possible. Here are my 5 easy beauty travel tips to help you plan for upcoming trips.
5 Easy Beauty Travel Tips
- Buy eco-friendly travel-sized bottles to fill with your at-home beauty favorites. Ok, so this might seem totally obvious, but not everyone prepares enough to accomplish this. You want good, functional travel-sized bottles, not the super cheap ones you can get in the 99 cent bin at Target. Try EcoTools’ variety of BPA-free bottles made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.
- Look for multi-purpose products. Again, a no-brainer, right? Wrong. Often we forget that our clean lip balm can make a great undereye cream, or we can use our face oil to treat dry spots on our hands. The incredible nature of clean, healthy products is that they’re naturally multi-purpose. So pack a small vial of your Drenched Body Butter–and consider using it as your overnight eye cream, a frizzy hair tamer or an after-sun treatment when you’re traveling.
- Pack makeup that’s powder or cream-based. Mineral powder makeup (which often has an SPF in it, and can be part of your sun care routine) and some cream blushes or lip colors aren’t considered liquids so they can easily be packed in a carry-on without overwhelming your liquids bag. Try to reduce your makeup routine when you travel (just one color of red lipstick should do) and pack it separately to save space.
- Save your samples. You know how many green beauty brands are generous with little samples when you place orders? Save those suckers for travel! Especially things like shampoo, conditioner and hair stylers, or body lotion or body wash. It’ll matter less if those things aren’t consistent in your routine (unless your skin is uber-sensitive) and you’ll be able to toss the empties, leaving more room in your bag on the way home.
- Transition your skin to its travel routine before you leave. Ok, this tip is just as much about travel as it is about maintaining your at-home glow. You know, the one you can achieve by mixing and matching lots of different products depending on how your skin feels. But as prep for traveling, decide what pared-down routine you’re going to go with while away, and use it on your skin for the week leading up to your vacay. It’ll help sensitive or acne-prone skin adjust, and give you an idea of how to rework the routine if you’re not seeing the results you want.
How do you prep your beauty routine for traveling?