If you’re a woman on a road trip or you’re about to hop onto a plane, don’t forget to pamper yourself with the perfect products to make your travel beauty regimen quick and easy. You might be traveling for work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look great while you do it. Give yourself the gift of looking lovely with these helpful tips to keep your face looking fresh, no matter how tired you are.
1. Take an All-in-One Moisturizer
On the morning of your trip, skip the foundation and use a tinted moisturizer with a good SPF instead, especially if you’ll be soaking up the sun (I know I love to drive with my sunroof open). This will keep your makeup from looking caked-on while moisturizing your skin and protecting you from harmful UV rays. Aveeno makes a great product that blends in with your skin tone and adds a little shimmer to keep you looking fresh.
2. Avoid Dark or Bright Nail Polish
If you do your nails before heading out, avoid the dark or bright polishes in your collection. Instead, use a light or sheer color that won’t draw attention to your nails if it chips during your trip. I like to buff my nails and apply a nourishing clear coat so they look shiny and healthy – just don’t forget to bring that nail file in your bag of beauty goodies.
3. Use a Deep Conditioning Treatment before Leaving
When you take your morning shower (or if you prefer to wash up the night before), apply a deep conditioning treatment to your lovely locks. This will help protect your hair, keeping it moisturized and healthy during your trip. Try Aussie’s 3-Minute Miracle or just about any deep conditioner for color-treated hair (even if you don’t use color).
4. Carry Rice Papers to Shun Shine
One of my favorite items to keep in my purse at all times is a packet of rice papers. They’re great for blotting shiny oil off of your face while leaving the morning’s application of tinted moisturizer on your skin.
5. Use Mineral Water Spritzer to Freshen Makeup
Wake up a tired face with a few light sprays of mineral water spritzer. This is a great alternative to adding more makeup or blush in order to bring life to your travel-weary skin. The mineral water freshens your skin up naturally and helps bring out the best in your face no matter what.
6. Take Plenty of Eye Drops
Whether you’re traveling on a plane or driving yourself to your next job location, your eyes can get red from dryness and fatigue very easily. Take control of this issue by bringing and using plenty of eye drops.
7. Don’t Forget the Eye Cream
Take along a small tube or jar of eye cream that’s formulated to reduce puffiness. Use this with a cool compress (just use a washcloth full of ice cubes) to visibly erase any swelling around your eyes that may have occurred during travel.
8. Use Detoxifying Facial Towelettes to Remove Makeup
Rather than bringing along your trusty tube of cleanser, try the more portable option: cleansing towelettes. Garnier makes an oil-free Nutri-Pure pack that includes 25 towelettes, specially designed to instantly remove makeup (even mascara) while freshening and cleansing your skin with green leaf extract and vitamins B5 and E. Ponds also makes a great product that’s very similar.
9. Switch to Lip Stain & Gloss
Prevent the hassle of applying and reapplying lipstick all day long by using lip stain and a moisturizing gloss instead. Just use two coats of lip stain, then top it with a layer of moisturizing lip gloss. You can try any medicated gloss that’s formulated to moisturize and protect your lips – and when you think you need a pick-me-up for your kisser, just add more gloss. The lip stain will continue to shine through and keep your lips colorful.
10. Drink Plenty of Water
The most important and effective travel beauty tip is to drink enough water during your trip. Drinking water will prevent your skin from drying out while making sure that any toxins are flushed out of your body. Even if you’re in the airport and can’t take water through the security checkpoint, it’s well worth the inflated cost to buy a big bottle of water before boarding. Alternatively, you can bring an empty bottle through security and fill it at a water fountain before you board. No matter how you’re traveling, it’s worth it to find a way around any constraints that might prevent you from drinking the water you need to stay healthy and beautiful.