BEAUTY & THE BEACH TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
Long, fun-filled days at the beach, relaxing by the lake or hiking in the mountains means we often have to leave the house without our favorite products in tow. Try these essential fool-proof and easy to apply products that can help beat the heat and have you looking great all summer long, no matter where you may be headed.
Clean and Hydrate Skin
Stop traveling with messy liquids and wash off dirt and oil with Lumene Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes ($2.99 for 10 pieces). Made with organic soothing arctic linen seed extract to calm skin, these wipes are gentle enough to use even on the most sensitive skin. Plus, they take off makeup in a pinch and are perfect for tossing in backpacks or beach bags whenever you need a refreshing pick-me-up.
A few spritzes of Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($22) to the face post-beach, post-flight or even on the hottest, most humid days provides a touch of cool refreshing moisture. Marshmallow and glycerin help prevent moisture loss, rose hip oil and aloe vera soothe skin and grapefruit seed extract provides anti-oxidant protection.
Protect from the Sun
No trip is complete without bringing good quality sunscreen. A portable stick such as Supergoop SPF 30 Sunstick ($14.50) makes for easy application in small spots such as lips, ears and to cover up scars. Containing parsol slx, titanium dioxide and octinoxate plus avocado oil and anti-oxidant rich tocopherol, this UVA/UVB protector won’t cause breakouts or skin irritation and fits into even the smallest of totes.
Not only is MD SolarSciences Mineral Screen Gel SPF 30+ ($24.95) great for acne-prone skin, rosacea and for use after cosmetic procedures, but it’s safe to use on the entire family.
I like how this gel-based titanium dioxide and zinc oxide formula is super- water-resistant for long days spent at the pool and glides on easily without any stinging or fragrance.
Fun in the sun, sea and chlorine can do damage to our locks and ruin expensive highlights. Protect hair with Aveda Sun Protective Veil ($26) infused with natural UVA/UVB inhibitors and antioxidants such as green tea extract, organic sunflower seed oil and vitamin E to protect against damage and beat dryness. Spritz on dry or damp hair before and during beach time.
Bug ZapperPesky bug bites can ruin any vacation. Keep Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus with Picaridin ($14 for 8 packets) mess-free towelettes on hand to help fend off little critters for up to 12 hours.
Lighten and Consolidate Makeup
Ditch the heavy makeup and go with a BB cream (Beauty Balm) such as Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream ($8.99). This oil-free lightweight cream is a combination of primer, tinted moisturizer, sunscreen and anti-aging ingredients to help even skin tone, hydrate and brighten skin.
A portable multi-purpose stick such as Nars the Multiple ($39) is a quick fix for transitioning from the beach to an early evening BBQ. The creamy formula is easy to blend and delivers natural color with a touch of shimmer that can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips.
A lip balm is essential, but one that gives great shine and a sheer pop of color is even better. Try Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($8.99), which comes in a chubby retractable crayon in 12 shades. The gel formula glides on easily and lasts for hours even in hot temperatures.
One coat of Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius ($21)on top of your favorite mascara instantly provides a waterproof seal that won’t smudge even with multiple dips in the pool. The clear formula of silicone, waxes and triglycerides goes on super-smooth with no clumps in sight.
Don’t fret over chipped nails. Maintain your summer manicure while traveling with Duality Cosmetic’s Nail Pak ($15) www.dualitycosmetics.com, which provides long-lasting shiny lacquer, pre-soaked nail polish remover pads and a nail file all in one convenient bottle.
No time to wash and blow dry hair on that weekend getaway? Bring along Keratin Complex Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($24) to zap oil at the roots and add extra body.