RVing and flying can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Here are my top 10 tips for self-care on the road. #TravelBeauty for the win!
It’s important to keep your body and skin hydrated because the air at high altitudes is very dry. There’s nothing worse than showing up to your destination with flaky skin and a tired, dull complexion.
Flying and road travel through climate zones can seriously dehydrate you AND your skin/hair. Traveling for long periods of time doesn’t do our hair any favors. For us, it usually always results in the same thing—a big flat spot on the back of our head. The most ideal situation? Apply a hair mask right before travel and throw your hair up in a top knot to keep it out of the way.
Use products that do more than one thing. The last thing you’re going to want on a trip is an overflow of products crowding your space. Instead, pack multi-purpose products. I never leave the house without Weleda Skin Food. It’s great for sunburns, smoothing hair, and dry spots, and you can use it on eyelids as a gloss or on cheeks as a highlighter.” I make sure I take my Tarte Frxxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser because it’s a cleanser, exfoliator, and mask in one. Plus, it’s a solid—no spills—and small, so it’s easy to travel with. The Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator is my workhorse. It takes the place of my blush, lipstick, and highlighter.
Sloughing off dead skin is super important.
4. Keep it Classic
Don’t overdo. It’s a hassle to bring a ton of products and the best beauty tip is to accentuate your own features, not cover them up.
I use rose water to fresh my face on hot days. It’s also a skin tonic and astringent.
6. Calm Inflammation
Make sure to include 1 percent hydrocortisone cream in your travel bag. Think of it as a safety net. It can reduce inflammation in everything from a pimple to an allergic reaction to a bugbite. Whenever a pimple pops up on vacation, I ask room service for some honey. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, so it will help take down the inflammation and clear out any bad stuff. And remember to drink a lot of water and herbal tea, as pimples are usually a sign of imbalance internally.
Non-toxic, plant based, and cruelty-free is a must.
I use travel bottles with labels to take only the amount of product I need. I put them into zip loc bags to protects my clothes from spills. First, I decant everything into smaller bottles—save space in your luggage for souvenirs. One of my favorite things to decant is perfume, and I use these cute perfume rollers to carry around my favorite fragrances
9. Him, too
These tips apply to all humans.
Keep it super simple. Make a list so you don’t overpack and stick as closely to your usual beauty routine as possible.
Extras from beauty experts:
“The airplane bathroom is the best place ever to tweeze your eyebrows! The lighting is the most unforgiving ever, so you see everything and then some.”
Experts say to drink at least 8 ounces per hour while traveling.
” I multitask by smoothing on a hydrating face mask while I’m packing. It makes the process a little more fun and helps lock in moisture so your skin is in good condition no matter where you’re off to.”—Dr. Gohara
“Since humidity is low on airplanes, slather on a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid. It acts like a sponge to hold on to water and keep skin hydrated. It’s best applied to damp skin or with wet fingertips. Use a glass of water from your flight attendant.” —Dr. Zeichner
“I like to add a pinch of salt to my water when I’m traveling; it helps your body absorb the water.” —Julie Clark, founder of Provinc
“Also, the Ponaris Nasal Emollient has been a secret weapon of mine for years when I travel. It used to be included in astronauts’ medical space kits. I can’t remember how I learned about it, but I’ve been using it for over a decade every time I fly. It keeps the nasal passages moist when you’re traveling so you don’t get tiny fissures in the membranes, helping prevent viruses from getting in. It’s totally liquid gold.”
“I take an awful lot of flax oil when I travel…sometimes I even break [a capsule] open and put it on my hands and my face. Flax is a super, super powerful nutrient for your digestion, skin, and brain that I learned about in Sweden when my mom and I did this homeopathic seminar weekend together. So I don’t take two, I take like eight or 10 a day.”