It’s July, primetime for travel in America. ‘Tis the season for expensive flights, packed airports, and eager kids who never seem satisfied with the answer to, “are we there yet?” You have probably already planned your summer vacation, and chances are, it entails having some fun in the sun. After a day at the pool or beach, your skin will need some serious tender loving care, so it’s important that you prepare by packing the right toiletries for you and your family. We’ve got you covered with this curated list of travel size skincare essentials.
Hydrating Facial Spray
Spending hours on an airplane or in an air-conditioned car can deplete your skin of its moisture. It is those long-haul flights that can wreak the most havoc on your skin. At 30,000 feet, there is little water present in the air. A facial spray will help prevent your skin from feeling dry and tight in such low-humidity conditions. We recommend Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray. This spray hydrates and tones the skin. You may spritz it on before applying a moisturizer, or any time your face begins to feel like a desert. It’s also perfect for hikes and other outdoor activities. Not to mention, there’s something extremely gratifying about cool mist hitting your face on a hot summer day.
Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Is that beautiful tan really worth the health of your skin?
“The Skin Cancer Foundation considers SPFs of 15 or higher acceptable UVB protection for normal everyday activity, and SPFs of 30 or higher acceptable for extended or intense outdoor exposures.” – skincancer.org
We can’t stress how important it is to pack sunscreen. However, we get it; slathering a thick and greasy sunscreen lotion all over your face is never ideal. Instead, opt for a lightweight, non-irritating facial moisturizer with sunscreen. For ladies and gents who expect to be moderately exposed to the sun during their trip, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 will do the trick. For those who plan to catch some serious rays, try Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50. It contains a higher sun protection factor (SPF), and it’s sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it perfect for a day of water sports. Just make sure to reapply every two hours. Both products are non-comedogenic and dermatologist recommended.
Sunscreen Lip Balm
The lips are often overlooked when discussing sun protection. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests frequent application of lip balm with sunscreen. The higher the SPF, the better protected your lips will be, as most people tend to apply fine, thin layers which can reduce the actual SPF. According to a Consumer Reports test, Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 50 is a great choice; its SPF payoff comes close to 30 with normal application. Pucker up in preparation for summer vacation. Grab a sunscreen lip balm for everyone in your family, and don’t forget to stash one in your carry-on bag.
Aloe Vera Gel
Accidents happen (especially when traveling with kids), and it’s always better to have and not need than to need and not have. Let’s face it: you’re going to be outside and/or active at some point in your summer trip. Whether you ignore everything we so kindly shared with you about the importance of sunscreen, or decide to become one with nature and score yourself an insect bite, you’ll want to, at very least, have some aloe vera gel handy. We recommend Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel. It helps relieve skin from sunburn, insect bites, and dryness/chafing. You’re welcome.
Baby powder is a tried and true household item that can be used in a number of ways. If you plan on hitting the beach for your summer vacation, you won’t want to be without it. One use you may not have known about is baby powder’s ability to remove wet sand from the body. It absorbs all the moisture in the sand, making it easier to dust off. Even if you’re skipping the beach this summer, bring some baby powder along to freshen up sweaty armpits, set makeup, and absorb excess oil on your scalp. The possibilities are endless. You can’t go wrong with Johnson’s Baby Powder Original.