The Beautiful Traveler is a monthly series featuring the products, gadgets and accessories I love to travel with. After three years on the road, I learned that you might be able to skimp on clothing and get by with a couple pairs of shoes, but there’s no substitute for taking care of your skin, hair and health while seeing the world. Read on for this month’s top picks for winter skincare.
Preparing for a trip – whether a quick business jaunt or a supersized RTW adventure – can be more overwhelming than the act of travel itself. I know I spend so much time trying to decide what clothes and shoes to bring, I often forget about packing vitamins or anything more complicated than a tiny bar of soap.
I’ve been trying to take better care of my body on the road, so I tried a few travel-sized products this month with dry, itchy winter skin in mind. A few of these items are great to use before a big trip, and others are just convenient to throw in a carry-on before departure.
When I was in the midst of my RTW trip, I neglected my skin so badly and tended to use whatever bar of soap I could get my hands on. This handy little EverDeep set is so small, it’s perfect for a carry-on, doesn’t add extra bulk and solves a host of facial issues.
What I love about EverDeep: the 5 piece set includes a gentle cleanser, eye cream, night cream, SPF day cream and an anti-wrinkle serum, all derived from algae. I have thrown the whole line in my makeup bag for a couple of trips this month and I love having so many different products in such portable packaging.
The cleanser is gentle and only takes one quick wash to get all my makeup off. I love that because it means I don’t have to bring a separate makeup remover. After a month of daily use, I haven’t noticed a huge difference in wrinkles – though to be fair I don’t really have a ton to start with. I love the wrinkle serum as a base for makeup though – it feels like a high quality, smoothing BB cream. The day and night cream are a little heavier than I’d like, but I do like how the day one has SPF. I feel a little better spending time working out in the Florida sun! (About $40 for a 30-day supply)
Fake Bake Travel Size Self-Tanner Kit
I’ve never used self tanner before because I’m scared to turn orange and streaky, however, just this once I gave it a try – for your sake!
Fake Bake offers a variety of products, but I tested out the simple travel-sized kit. There are three tubes in the set – an exfoliator, a moisturizer and the self-tan cream. My favorite was actually the exfoliator – I’d use it even if I wasn’t planning to apply tanning lotion after. It was very fine and left my skin super smooth.
The tan cream was very good, too. Overnight it developed into a warm glow and I felt so much less pasty. Nothing like a little color to boost the self esteem, you know? I was pleased not to be orange at all, and I guess I did a pretty good job of applying it – with gloves! – so I didn’t notice any streaks.
I likely wouldn’t pack while traveling, unless maybe I was headed to Vegas for a week and needed to keep that warm glow rocking the whole time, but I’d certainly use it the night before I took my alabaster self to a tropical location. $25.99
Freeman Travel-Sized Beauty Masks
Since the days when I eagerly awaited my TEEN magazine in the mailbox, I have been a face mask freak. They just feel luxurious – whether they’ve ever made a difference for my skin, I have no idea.
Freeman Beauty offers a variety of its best masks in single-use packs, which are perfect if you want to keep up with your skin on the road without committing to another 8+ oz. of product in your pack. I sampled the Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask – an amazing exfoliator, but not thick like your usual mask, and the Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask, which is the stuff teen slumber parties are made of. It looks like you’re really at the spa with this one – just don’t forget the cucumber slices for your eyelids to really complete the experience. $1.99
La Tourangelle Oils
Multi-use products are absolutely vital for the long-term traveler. My rule of thumb is that every beauty product (or even item of clothing) I take on a long trip should have at least two uses, if not more.
That’s why La Tourangelle coconut oil is one of the best things you can pack if you’re traveling – either long or short term.
There are dozens of uses – lip gloss, massage oil, dandruff, sore throat, earaches, bruises, shaving cream, makeup remover, sunburn, eye cream, acid reflux… the list goes on for a while and that doesn’t even cover the fact that you can actually cook with it!
Before long trips, I take a spoonful out of my full-sized jar in the pantry and put in a plastic travel-sized bottle. Coconut oil is one of those things you want in your bag if you’re ever stranded on a deserted island… or in an airport terminal…
(Avocado Oil is a little less commonly accepted as both kitchen product and bath, but I decided to try it out as a real soother for my winterized skin. Guess what? It was a nice treat, and something luxurious I’d definitely commit to the night before a big trip or an epic flight. Slather it on about a minute or two before getting in a steamy shower and boom! Moisture!!)
Some products featured in Angie Away’s Beautiful Traveler series were provided complimentary. Others weren’t. Either way, all opinions are Angie’s.