Travel is hard on your skin. However you're getting to wherever you're going this holiday season—plane, train, or automobile—it's going to take a toll on your body.
Different climates, dry airplane air, even sleeping on sheets washed in different detergent than what you're used to, can make your skin sensitive or irritated.
Luckily, this is something you can prepare for in advance.
And it doesn't have to require buying 25 new products, either. With these five products, you can be prepared for just about any travel situation.
1. The balm
The best thing about this superstar multi-tasker is that a true balm is neither a liquid nor a gel, and thus it is TSA friendly. (That said, Don't go around talking about your balm to TSA agents, lest they think you're talking about a bomb, okay? Totally different thing.)
The next-best thing about a balm is that you can use a really awesome one on your face, body, hands, and even to soothe flyaways on your hair. The one you need this holiday season is Laurel Whole Plant Organics Healing Balm: Face and Body.
Laurel Whole Plant Organics' Healing Balm: Face and Body, $68.00
2. SPF Lipstick
Even if you're not headed to a tropical destination, you should think about SPF products. We all know we should be wearing sunscreen year-round, and at the very bare minimum, use a lipstick with SPF to protect some of your thinnest, most delicate skin.
If you love super-moisturizing, richly pigmented lipstick, Suntegrity's Lip CPR is going to change your life. It lasts and lasts, with an SPF of 30 and a very subtle sweet taste thanks to a touch of stevia.
This product does it all, so you only need one lipstick for your whole trip.
Suntegrity's Lip CPR, $28.00
With soap or cleansing product, you want something that won’t strip your skin; but at the same time, it has to be strong enough so that you know it’s actually working. How do you find something gentle enough to work on your face, and strong enough to get your hands clean? Try Easy Does It from One Love Organics.
The best part? It comes in the perfect travel size. For the incredibly reasonable price of $9, this will last you your whole trip. Use it as you travel, as well as once you arrive. A few drops will turn that train station bathroom into a luxe hand-washing experience. A few more drops at your destination will transform your shower to a spa.
One Love Organics: Discover Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, $9.00
A great-quality natural oil can be your sole beauty product if you want to go REALLY minimal. Use it to remove makeup, as a facial moisturizer, and all over your body after a shower.
Put a few drops into a bath to make your soak moisturizing and luxurious, wherever your travels have taken you. Plus, you can buy this super-pure Moringa oil in a variety of lovely scents, which can double as a perfume! (One less thing to pack.)
True Moringa All Purpose Body Oil, $36.00
5. Dry Shampoo
I’d rather not have to wash my hair when I'm away from home–different water, travel-sized hair dryers, etc.
If I’m going away for just a few days, I bring along a dry shampoo and can get away with not washing my hair the whole time.
Even if you're a person who absolutely must wash her hair on the daily, toss a travel size container of dry shampoo in your suitcase anyway. Use it as a refresher at a rest stop to arrive looking like you didn't just spend six hours in a car. And just in case your hotel room isn’t ready, or the pipes freeze at your parents’ house, you can get away without washing if needed.