It’s hard to maintain a beauty while travelling but holidays are your most photographed time of the year. Here are a few travel beauty hacks that will keep you looking your gorgeous best with minimal effort.
1. Coconut oil
So you want to look your best but there’s no way you can bring your entire toiletry cabinet. This is where coconut oil is your HERO because it’s multipurpose which means you can use it for just about anything in your beauty routine. If you have split ends, coconut oil. If you need a moisturiser, coconut oil. If you need a makeup remover that isn’t harsh on the skin, coconut oil. Puffy eyes? Yes, you’ve guessed it, coconut oil! It’s a handy little beauty tip that saves you precious space in your luggage because you only need to pack one product instead of four!
2. Switch to solids
If you’re going on a short trip or you’re flying with a carry-on, you’re faced with the challenge of meeting the airport security requirements. You’re only allowed to take 100ml bottles of your favourite products and only enough to fit in a small clear ziplock bag. You don’t realise just how many toiletries you use until you have to play an impromptu game of travel Jenga as you negotiate each product into the bag without it ripping.
Save yourself the bother by packing solid toiletries instead. From hair products to cleansers and moisturisers, you can get a good quality solid form of just about anything in your beauty kit. Just think about how smug you’ll be when you breeze past TSA with a half-empty ziplock bag.
3. Silk pillowcase
Even if you’re not staying at a five-star hotel, you can still bring a piece of luxury wherever you go with a silk pillowcase. Not only does it feel amazing on the skin (what you need after a long hard day of flying) but it is also naturally hypoallergenic. Now, I’m not suggesting that you might end up staying in accommodation that’s a bit grubby or is plagued by bedbugs but a silk pillowcase is resistant to all those nasties and more.
Its soft fibres also have a lower absorption rate than your standard cotton case which means that it helps to maintain your skin’s moisture and keeps it free of wrinkles while you sleep. Part of a beauty routine is looking after the canvas and this is one of the best travel beauty hacks for the job.
4. Essential oils
Sometimes you need a little SOS treatment on the road and when you do, essential oils have got your back. They’re one of the most underrated travel beauty hacks but let me tell you why you need them on your packing list right now. Travelling can be stressful and if you’ve got early starts and time differences to deal with it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep. Lavender oil is a rescue remedy that your sleepless nights have been waiting for. It relaxes your muscles and slows your heartbeat to increase deep slow-wave sleep.
Your next hero of the day is rose essential oil. It does just about everything from soothing mental health issues to reducing scars and burns on your skin. Another favourite is tea tree oil. Think of it as your natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral remedy. Travelling can be hard on the skin and if you suffer from acne or wake up to a pimple party on your face, treat them with a few dabs of tea tree oil and they’ll disappear in no time.
5. Protect your powders
Of all the travel beauty hacks, this one is probably the most practical. Your precious bronzers, blushers and eyeshadows take one hell of a beating in transit. I’m sure you’ve seen how luggage is tossed from the plane to the conveyor belt on arrival and let’s just say that anything breakable doesn’t stand a chance. It’s the worst when one of your makeup powders shatter. It goes everywhere and you end up packing too much product on your face.
The simple solution to all your powder versus travel woes is putting a few cotton pads inside the lid of the product to cushion it. Then your bag can fall down several flights of stairs for all you care because your makeup powders are going nowhere!