Lighten up your beauty routine for travel this summer, trading out bulky, heavy items for multipurpose products that will keep you feeling pampered and pretty, even in the heat and humidity. You can pare down your cosmetics and toiletries to the bare essentials with a few powerhouse products like castile soap, coconut oil, a good BB cream and eye makeup that won’t smudge. Here are some suggestions for your warm weather adventures, along with a few tips for avoiding the face-puffing exhaustion of jet lag.
Castile soap: four uses in one
What’s not to love about castile soap? Not only is it natural, and often made with organic and fair trade ingredients, it’s shampoo, face wash, body wash, and hand wash, all in one travel-sized bottle. Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap is gentle enough to be used in delicate areas, like around the eyes. If your hair gets flat when traveling, and you need a bit of a volume boost, mix just a teaspoon or so of baking soda into a squeeze bottle of castile soap. It’ll help keep oily roots at bay.
Lighten up your cosmetic essentials
There’s no reason to carry around an entire case of cosmetics when traveling, unless you’re a makeup artist. Do yourself a favor and cut it down to the bare essentials: preferably light, multipurpose products that don’t take up much room.
I switch from my usual routine of moisturizer, sunscreen and mineral makeup powder to tinted moisturizer with built-in sunscreen when traveling. My favorite is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer, which offers light-to-medium coverage in an oil-free formula with SPF 20. (Starre loves Marie Veronique’s BB cream!) Aveda’s Uruku Cheek-Lip Creme is another great double-duty product, providing a hint of natural-looking color.
I’m a big fan of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay eye makeup as well. I’ve never found anything that lasts longer, with deeper pigment, than the brand’s EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner, which also comes in a convenient waterproof pencil form.
Reduce the effects of jet lag
Your two biggest allies in the fight against fun-dampening jet lag are hydration and movement. Bring a reusable water bottle to fill once you get past security, as well as an insulated coffee mug and tea bags – the flight attendants will keep you topped off with filtered hot water as often as you like. The resulting trips to the bathroom will help prevent fluid buildup in your legs from sitting in the same position for hours. Stretch as often as you can, and relax with a gel mask over your eyes to avoid the dreaded bagged look.
Stay fresh in summer temps
Warm weather travel tends to mean feeling sweaty and oily, and putting your deodorant to the test. Keep a pack of oil blotting papers on hand to keep your face from becoming an oil slick without smudging your makeup. A little bit of cornstarch applied with a powder puff or brush will also keep your face looking fresher, longer, and you can spritz with mineral water or rosewater to set it and eliminate the totally matte look.
Pack some coconut oil into a spill-proof container and use it for four purposes in one: lightweight face and body moisturizer, eye makeup remover, tanning oil if you’re so inclined, and an odor-eliminating, bacteria-killing base layer for deodorant. I like to continue the coconut theme with Lush’s Coconut Powder Deodorant, but you could also make your own coconut oil and baking soda deodorant, or go with your preferred brand.
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