Somehow the last few months sped by, and we've arrived at vacation season—great news for you, not always for your skin. Anyone who has traveled long distances knows that dry airplane air or hours cramped in a car can wreak havoc on your skin.
In the course of my own travels, I've gathered a list of travel essentials that will help you make a beautiful arrival wherever your summer takes you.
1. Sunscreen. You may think your skin is safe behind those airplane and car windows, but UV rays get through, and you run the risk of sun damage after hours of sitting in the window seat. Also beware the dreaded one-arm-out-the-car-window sunburn. Pack a spray mist sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher for your limbs and a light, broad-spectrum nongreasy facial sunscreen. I love L'Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen with SPF 50.
2. Facial Mist. Facial mists serve several functions. You might think spritzing your face with water would ruin your makeup; on the contrary, it keeps it in place. These light mists also give skin a moisturizing boost, and several types contain beneficial minerals and vitamins to keep you glowing. Try applying the spray to your skin every two to three hours you're in the air or in the car. I like the mists from Evian and Caudalie.
3. Makeup Removing Wipes. Smudged makeup happens a lot when you travel. Makeup removing wipes are a fast, gentle and portable way to take care of cosmetic slipups on the go. And, since there is no liquid involved, you'll breeze through airport security and avoid spills.
4. All-Purpose Balm. For sensitive areas other than your face, you need something rich and effective to soothe the drying effects of extended travel. A do-anything balm like Smith's Rosebud Salve is an easy cure-all for spots that dry out fast, from lips to elbows to cuticles.
5. Herbal Eye Pads. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we arrive to our destination with tired, puffy red eyes. I discovered herbal eye pads last year, and they are my go-to fix when my eyes look less than bright. They contain healing herbs that reduce puffiness and soothe away redness. Use them right when you get to your destination. I love WEI's Tibetan Chrysanthemum correcting eye treatment pads.
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Bethany Porter is a blogger and beauty junkie. She believes in healthy living and that women have powerful potential for beauty both inside and out.