Having traveled over the past couple months for long weekend getaways to celebrate loved one's weddings + birthdays, I think I've finally perfected how to pack like a pro! I started to unpack my new AWAY suitcase (generously gifted to me by my brother-in-law and his amazing girlfriend for our wedding!), when I realized that I should write a blog post about what and how I packed in order to maximize space while not leaving behind my favorite safer beauty products. I've had a couple people ask me how I travel with my skin care essentials so that I don't abandon my normal at-home routine, how to fit everything in my bag, and still follow TSA regulations... because we all know, carry-on is the way to go!
Before I get to my travel tips about skin care, let me just say my AWAY suitcase is life changing. I have The Bigger Carry-On in navy. As AWAY describes it, it's "the perfect carry-on, sized up. Unbreakable, thoughtfully designed, and guaranteed for life. Made to fit the sizers of major US airlines, ideal for those flying on big planes or with extra outfits." Truth. My clothing, shoes, and toiletries fit seamlessly into both sides/compartments. Pro-tip: I always roll my outfits to save space, and I find that this method also reduces wrinkles! I love AWAY's hard, yet bendable outside shell... no annoying bulges popping out of this suitcase! It comes with an ejectable battery that is compliant with all airline policies and is TSA-approved... YES! I used the battery to charge my phone as well as my Bose noise-cancelling headphones (can't fly without these, seriously). And although I don't always check my bag, when I do, I can lock it. The combination lock is so well designed by utilizing the two zippers that close your case. Genius!
Okay, now on to skin care. I'm going to link my essentials below along with my tried + true tips! Happy travels!
P.S. To view these and more of my favorite products from kitchen to skin care, please check out my Favorites page :)
In my February Favorites: Shower Edition blog post, I talked about my favorite shampoo + conditioner and body wash. These products are not offered in bottles that are carry-on/travel size approved (3.4 ounce or less), but that doesn't mean I won't travel without them! I found these awesome silicone travel bottles by Kitdine on Amazon. They have not leaked on me yet! Made of 100% BPA free food grade silicone (although they do have a plastic cap), they are an eco-friendly and long-lasting alternative to plastic. They are hold 3 ounces of liquid (you could even put salad dressing in these guys!), and come in a set of three colors: pink, blue, and white. This might sound weird, but I always remember what is in each by the order of what I use in the shower and thinking: "ladies (pink) first!" First: pink = shampoo. Second: blue = conditioner. Third: White = body wash!
Ease and travel are two words that you should never compromise on, and Beautycounter's one-step makeup remover wipes make that possible! These super soft facial wipes (or body... who's judging?!) wash away makeup and impurities without the need to rinse! Enough said.
How do I prevent dry skin and breakouts when I fly? Answer: No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil. I actually pack this oil in my handbag and pat it onto my skin once I'm in my seat on the plane. This oil hydrates and brings balance to my skin. Among the seven natural oils in this formula, my favorite is chamomile, since it's known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help calm and soothe skin. If you really want to step-up your oil game, you can gently pat this oil on your face (3 drops is all you need!), and then use a jade gua sha tool. The cool jade feels SO good on my skin. I use this every morning to promote blood circulation and reduce inflammation. There are lots of YouTube tutorials to help you learn how to use it!
Beautycounter's Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion has quickly become a favorite of mine, and luckily, its 1.7 oz. slim bottle is travel-friendly! This lotion has a lightweight feel and consistency, which actually provides more moisture than you'd think. It's formulated to adjust to your skin’s hydration needs that change throughout the day, which is extra necessary when you're traveling since your body is surrounded by unfamiliar environments, thus, and as Beautycounter puts it, "the ever-changing aggressors of modern life."
Don't forget about your eye area! If you follow me on Instagram you know I rave about Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream. Just like our face, keeping our eye area hydrated helps to replenish skin tissue and increase its elasticity, which in turn helps to delay signs of aging. Countermatch uses an ingredient called squalane to keep the delicate skin area around the eye hydrated. Squalane also helps protect against free radicals. I love the pump on this one too!
Peppermint Lip Conditioner is in my handbag always... and I mean, 365 always. No fluffy explanation here. It simply soothes, smoothes, and softens my lips.
I am new to essential oils. I've only ever used lavender oil in my diffuser before I go to sleep to help relax my mind. But recently I tried this homemade blend from Kinfolk Optimal Living, a local vitalistic chiropractic practice. Keiko + Sera are not only amazing (and gentle) chiropractors, but they also create their own essential oil blends! I'm a fan of their NERVE CALM, which is a blend of frankincense, cypress, peppermint, wild orange, and fractionated coconut oil, created to help you "feel at peace and at ease in mind body spirit." I love the roller ball applicator, and I will even roll this over my tummy area when I'm having discomfort since cypress is the oil of motion + flow. This is not sold online yet, but if you're interested, please comment or email me, and I'll hook you up!
Last, but not least, I'm happy to say I've finally found the best safer deodorant that works for me! Schmidt's Lavender + Sage Deodorant Stick (and it comes in many other lovely scents!) protects against odor protection -AND- wetness. What's more, it's free of aluminum, phthalates, parabens, and propylene-glycol. To note: it does have a white finish at first, so I press or firmly blot the stick onto my underarm instead of rubbing or gliding it on. This helps it to absorb more quickly.
Being away from my kitchen while traveling doesn't mean I have to abandon my collagen too! I never travel without my Further Food Collagen Peptide Travel Packs. Why do I love collagen so much? Skin health, gut health, hair health, joint health... to name a few. These travel packs make it super easy to add collagen to my coffee when I'm on the go. It dissolves right in and is tasteless. Want to try? The link above will get you 10% off your Further Food purchase!