Beauty travel tips to keep you looking your best

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Do you find that your entire beauty regime changes when you travel? Are you more lenient when it comes to following a daily skincare and haircare routine? It should come as no surprise that travelling has a major impact on your daily regime.

Whether you’re travelling by car or by plane, there’s always the issue of space. You can only take so much with you, and large beauty products are often the first items to be left behind. Then there’s the issue of practicality – will you make time to use all the products you’ve packed?

You only need a few simple beauty products to ensure a healthy, low-key beauty routine. These are the tips we’ll be following on our next getaway:

Pack dry shampoo
If you’re not a dry shampoo convert yet, now is the time to give it a go. Dry shampoo is there to refresh your hair when you don’t have time (or it’s not possible) to shampoo and condition. Like when you’ve just arrived at your destination and there’s no time to do your hair before heading out.
It has the ability to transform greasy roots, leaving your hair looking clean, smelling fresh and having extra volume. We recommend COLAB Dry Shampoo (R99.95), which is available in a wide variety of fragrances. It absorbs oil and refreshes roots with a lightweight finish that doesn’t leave a white residue. Our go-to summer variants are Tropical (filled with notes with papaya, pineapple and cassis) and Dreamer (fragranced with delicate notes of musk and cotton).

Don’t forget the SPF
No matter how full your bags are, SPF is the number one essential this summer holiday. And that’s not just for beach holidays – our skin is susceptible to sun damage no matter where we are, and what we’re doing. UV rays can even harm your skin while you’re in the car, as they can penetrate glass, thus reaching you through car windows. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF to all parts of your body that are exposed, every day. Re-apply often, after every swim, and about every two hours during the day. For your face, try Piz Buin Allergy Face Cream SPF50 (R190.00). This sun cream combines immediate and effective UVA/UVB sun protection with Calmanelle®, a unique anti-irritant shield complex proven to help strengthen the skin’s resilience to the sun. It provides hours of moisturisation to keep the delicate skin of the face soft.

For your body, we recommend Piz Buin In Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30 (R200.00). It comes with advanced UVA/UVB filters to protect the skin from the sun and is also enriched with antioxidants to prevent premature skin ageing (plus, it’s non-greasy to allow skin to breathe). If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, it’s a good idea to apply an after-sun product every evening, even if your skin isn’t burnt. After sun lotions cool, nourish and hydrate skin. Piz Buin After Sun Soothing Lotion (R130.00) combats the effects of sun stress by cooling and moisturising skin for 24 hours with aloe vera and mint extract.

Shield your hair
The sun isn’t only harsh on skin, it’s also extremely harsh on hair. It can cause dehydration and breakage, and if your hair is colour-treated, it can increase the rate at which your hair colour fades. If you’re going to spend extended time outdoors, we recommend wearing a protective head scarf or head wrap to protect your hair from UV rays. Evolve Head Wrap in Tribal Yellow (R155.00) is a high-quality scarf designed for versatility that is suitable for all hair types. This satin scarf prevents breakage and frizz and can even be worn to secure styles when sleeping. Available in assorted prints, Evolve Satin Safari Wrap Scarf (R170.00) looks stylish while protecting hair from the effects of summer, and is also suitable to use at night while sleeping.

Hydrate your hair
Air conditioning (in cars and planes), the sea, swimming pool water and heat all have the potential to leave your hair feeling dry and unmanageable. Be sure to apply plenty of moisture-giving product to your hair to preserve its moisture content and keep it healthy. Cantu Shea Butter Daily Oil Moisturiser (R175.00) uses the nourishing power of shea butter to help replenish lost moisture in dry and damaged hair. It also helps prevent breakage, tangles and frizz.

Keep your hairstyle intact with a hair gel that nourishes while it sets. Cantu Jamaican Black Castor oil Strengthening Styling Gel(R110.00) smoothes frizz and locks definition and moisture into natural hair for a perfectly sculpted finish. Its nourishing formula protects hair against humidity and holds hair in place without drying hair out or flaking.

Don’t forget your pearly whites
When you’re travelling you may be snacking more often than usual, eating fast foods or indulging in meals and drinks that aren’t part of your regular eating plan. Avoid the formation of plaque, gum disease and cavities by following a thorough oral care regime twice a day.

White Glo Traveller’s Pack (R49.99) contains a White Glo Professional Choice travel size toothpaste, travel size toothbrush and flexible dental flosser toothpicks in a handy carry bag. It is suitable for taking on board aircrafts and the perfect kit to keep in your handbag. If you have space, we also recommend packing in a mouthwash. White Glo Charcoal Deep Stain Remover Mouthwash (R75.99) not only freshens breath by eliminating the bacteria that cause it, but also remove deep stains thanks to the absorbent properties of activated charcoal.

Also see:When is the right time to switch up your skincare routine ?

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