Whenever it’s time for a vacation, most of us just want to let go and not think of anything. We want to rest and make full use of those few days off that we get, so our carefully crafted diet, exercising regimen, and skincare routine go straight out of the window. Who’s gonna bother with all that nonsense when there’s an adventure to be had? Unfortunately, this all feels good only until the moment we realize we’ve gained five pounds and have several zits partying it up on our face, and then we regret every single moment of our carelessness.
But what if there was a way to both enjoy your restful vacation and have a clear, flawless complexion? With the right on-the-go tips, it’s entirely possible. All you need are the right products and a few handy apps!
Invest in some cool new tech
Let’s start with something really exciting—new beauty tech! The beauty industry is massive and it’s constantly growing and improving, so it’s no wonder that we’re getting fun new gadgets to use. One of the best is My Skin Track pH by La Roche-Posay, and it’s a tiny sensor device that looks like a sticker and can be worn under clothing. It collects traces of your sweat and tests your pH levels, so it’s really useful during travel because it can show you exactly how much hydration you need and whether something is negatively affecting your complexion.
Another great gadget is RaFa Clear, a cleansing brush-like device that’s made by a Japanese brand. It’s compact and easy to use, and the best thing about it is that it contains 3D Sonic Ion technology that extracts deep impurities and leaves your skin fresh, especially after a long flight.
If you want a really small tool that you can attach to your phone and use whenever you like, then consider Neutrogena Skin360 SkinScanner that acts pretty much like your personal dermatologist during travel. With the help of a zoom lens and some LED lights, it analyzes your skin and gives you an accurate description of what it might need, which is a priceless thing to have when we’re traveling and aren’t using our usual routine. If you’re not shy about using tech, all of these little gadgets are great things to have during your vacation.
Rely on your phone
If you don’t want an extra tool to pack, no worries, your phone is also super useful! Apps like YouCam Makeup are incredible because they allow you to take a picture of your face, then they scan that picture to give you information about the current state of your complexion. Spots, wrinkles, texture, and dark circles are all taken into account, and then you’re given a score that tells you how well your skin is doing right now. If you’re worried about how different climate might affect your face, this kind of app can help you pinpoint the exact problem.
Use natural cosmetics
Traveling exposes us to dry airplane air, drastic changes in climate, and generally less-than-ideal conditions. Your skin will become more sensitive and prone to irritations, so now’s the time to invest in some natural products that don’t contain any toxic chemicals or irritants. Use something like the L’Occitane hand cream or body butter to nourish your skin and keep it healthy and moisturized. This way you won’t have any trouble with dryness, and you can enjoy your vacation knowing that your whole body is glowing.
Get travel-sized bottles
You don’t really have to purchase travel-sized products if you don’t want to. However, you should invest in travel-sized empty bottle kits that will allow you to pour your favorite products into smaller packaging and bring it with you anywhere you go. These bottles are usually very cheap, and they can be washed and re-used as many times as you like!
Reduce the steps to a minimum
Your ten-step Korean routine might be impressive at home, but when you travel it’s just going to exhaust you. Now’s the perfect time to take the minimalist route and stick to the essential steps: cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen. In the evening you won’t need that sunscreen, but you can switch it for a high-quality eye cream to keep wrinkles and dark circles at bay.
Some important basics
Besides the obvious cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen we just mentioned, there are a few other basics that you’ll want to bring with you. One is definitely a packet of wet wipes that will let you take your makeup off and refresh your face, and you should also bring lip balm, cooling eye patches, and a rejuvenating face mask to bring some life back into your skin. Makeup is, of course, optional, but a good concealer, some mascara, and maybe a brow pencil certainly won’t go amiss.
Don’t forget facial mist
This is another optional thing, however it’s so wonderful to use when you’re traveling that it deserves a mention. Hydrating facial mists are incredibly refreshing (especially on the plane), but you can also switch them up for thermal water if you prefer something more neutral. They’ll soothe your skin and make you feel wide awake and glowy, so if you have some room to spare in your carry-on, bring one!
Pack smart and don’t forget to rely on technology to make travel easier. You’ll get to nourish your skin and keep your complexion completely youthful and lovely, so grab a few apps and gadgets, bring your favorite products, and enjoy your vacation!