Today I wanted to share some of the products I am using while on the road to keep my skin, hair and teeth so fresh and so clean. I’ve never been one for a complex beauty routine, and it’s really not all that different when I’m travelling. The one difference is that I tend to go for products that will last a long time and are not liquid-based where I can; though we are checking bags any of these would work for carry-on!
My skin is finicky, there’s no doubt about it. Between having acne as a teenager (and some as an adult), sometimes dry skin and those oh-so-pesky wrinkles that are starting to appear so these days I tend to keep things pretty simple. At home I typically use Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, but didn’t want to travel with a liquid face wash so started researching cleansing sticks. I came across the SU:M 37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick and after reading some of the reviews decided to try it out. It’s easy, gentle, and smells divine! I have been using this product for over 3 months now without any problems at all so would definitely recommend!
So far on our travels my face has been exposed to sun, wind, salt and cold temperatures. I put on a few drops of Beauty Oil every night to lock in moisture. It also smells great. I learned of this product when we lived in Australia and I was taking Accutane (which dries out your skin LIKE CRAZY!). It was the only thing that worked, and I fell so in love that it is still a part of my daily routine. On my last trip home I was really excited to learn that The Detox Market in Toronto sells the RMS brand. The price tag may seem hefty, but this small bottle will last months!
I’ve tried my fair share of face sunscreens, and am really particular about the feel. The Ombrelle one is the most lightweight I have found, mixes great with my Clinique BIY Pigment drops to become a tinted moisturizer and it won’t break the bank!
Lush Shampoo Bar (currently using Jason and the Argan Oil)
I have been a long-time lover of Lush (I can’t walk by a store without picking up a Butterball Bath Bomb) but had no idea about their shampoo bars. My super-awesome wedding photographer shared some of her travel favourites in this article on Pack Hacker and listed Lush Shampoo Bars as one of the items. I’m sure I’m not the only person in the world to experience shampoo or conditioner spills while travelling, and this handy little product takes those worries away. Plus, they last forever!
I prefer electric toothbrushes, but they can be a pain while travelling. You either need batteries, or a travel adapter to plug it in for a charge. This little guy charges via USB which is crazy convenient. Plus it cleans like a dream and comes with additional heads. I’ll definitely continue using this toothbrush when we return to civilization one day!
This one may not technically be a ‘beauty’ product, but I’ve used it just as much as any of the above and figured it deserves a shout-out! Let’s face it – public washrooms are gross. Public washrooms in Africa, depending on where you are, are next level and rarely have toilet paper, soap or even actual toilet seats (squat toilets, anyone?). I always keep this spray on me and love that it doesn’t have a chemical smell!
I also thought I’d share the makeup I brought along with me and use sparingly (like once a week, max. As I write this, I don’t think I’ve worn makeup in over 2 weeks but still, every once in awhile I try to look presentable).
The thing I love about this product is that it can be added to my moisturizer or sunscreen (also a big part of my beauty routine!) and I can decide on the level of coverage. If we’re going out for the day and I don’t feel like wearing a full face of makeup (which is most days!), I’ll put one drop in my Ombrelle sunscreen, rub it together and apply it. If we’re going out for dinner or something, I will add another drop or two. It’s also compact so takes up little to no space!
If I had to pick one makeup item to use forever, I think it would be this (potentially tied with the Becca Highlighter). It’s not powder, so no risk of breaking, they come in amazing colours and it can double as a cheek or lip colour. WIN!
I was introduced to the Becca brand while living in Australia (though it’s avaialbile at most Sephoras). I fell in love with the champagne highlighter and it became a staple in my makeup bag. I was thrilled when I saw that it came in a cream, because I am clumsy and constantly dropping things I no longer had to worry about smashing the powder! Yay! I use this on my cheekbones and as an eyeshadow if going out.
I got a lash lift and tint before leaving Canada (aside – I didn’t notice a huge difference, and probably a waste of time/money since I’m rarely putting mascara on my lashes!) and the technician told me about this product as her go-to mascara. The thing that sold me is how easy it is to take off. A little bit of water on your lashes and the mascara comes off in tubes – it’s incredible! It won’t just come off if you’re swimming or stuck in the rain, it seems to be the combination of water and also softly rubbing your lashes to get the mascara off. It also provides great volume and length AND is a fraction of the price I would pay if buying mascara at Sephora.
So there you have it, the products that are keeping me looking relatively human while on the road. What are your must-pack health and beauty items? I’d love to hear, so comment below 🙂