Vacation Packing Tips: Must-Have Skincare for the Road

If you love to travel and come back home with a lot of amazing photos, you need to do your best to look presentable on the road. Besides packing all your best outfits, you also need to pay attention to your glowing complexion. Don’t neglect your skincare while traveling and you will attract all the people at the beach and look super fresh for dinners in the evening. Here’s what you need to pack for your travel skincare assortment: 

Pack your carry-on

First of all, prepare for your flight. If you’re taking a plane, you know that cabin air can be very dry, so packing some moisturizer in your carry-on bag is essential. Decant your products, otherwise, the airport security will dump your expensive products in the trash. You’re only allowed to carry liquids in containers smaller than 3.4 ounces or 100ml. 

Hydrate for the win

Traveling is refreshing for your soul, but if you don’t take good care of your skin, it can ruin your complexion, especially if you go somewhere windy and sunny. Stay hydrated by moisturizing every day, especially after swimming in chlorinated pool water or after a long day of hiking in the sun and wind. Natural products are always the best because they are gentle and soothing. Don’t experiment with anything new and invasive while you’re traveling. If you have a reaction, you will look ridiculous in your vacation photos. 

Relax with a face mask

Face masks are perfect travel skincare products. They are tiny and take up minimal space while providing you with a lot of nourishing and hydrating benefits. It’s known that Koreans make the best face masks, so find a well-equipped Korean beauty store and look for masks. They manufacture various types from sheet masks and mask packs to sleeping masks, lip masks and hand & foot masks. Packing a sheet mask in your carry-on is also a great solution if you’re not opposed to looking a bit silly during your flight. You can keep it on as you listen to music, sip your drink and wait to land. 

Pack some eye cream

Eye cream is an essential beauty item, especially for us who struggle with fine lines and dark under-eye bags (and there will be plenty of those after wild parties on your vacation). So make sure to pack an eye cream in a small and convenient container. Here’s a practical hack: grab contact containers and store your eye cream there. You only need a small amount of that cream so you’ll have plenty to last you for a week. 

Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C is essential for your skin since it brightens skin tone and reduces discoloration. It can also reduce signs of aging and reduce scarring. Plus, it’s a strong antioxidant that protects the skin from outside factors you might encounter on your trip like pollution, strong UV rays and other free radicals. Apply it in the morning before all other products to look fresh all day long. And of course, stock up on sunscreen. You will still catch a tan, don’t worry, but you’ll avoid looking like a boiled lobster. 

Beard care for the guys

This one is for all bears out there—take good care of your facial hair on your vacation. Make sure you’re washing and trimming regularly to prevent sweat and oil buildup that will clog your pores. Keep your beard soft with a moisturizing gel (opt for something scented so you can easily skip aftershave). 

Hair protection

We just can’t forget about hair—it’s more than important too! If you’re traveling somewhere tropical and exotic, you need to keep in mind all that humidity. If you’re a bold gay, you’re lucky on this one, but if you’re super proud of your luscious curls, invest in a humidity shield spray. This product will make your hair feel light, bouncy and weightless, perfect for beach photoshoots. 

All of these products will take up only a tiny portion of your luggage, so there are no excuses to skip skincare while on vacation. You will not only look fresh in photos but also be seductive in person! 

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle writer living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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