How many times have you found that packing skincare products is harder than deciding on the perfect outfits for your getaway? Summer skincare has several challenges, not least the onerous task of how to look your best on vacation, yet travel light and ooze that healthy ‘natural’ look without exposing our skin to too much sunbathing. Here, we highlight our top tip products to get you through a two-week vacation: a kind of minimal viable summer skincare routine I suppose.
We opt for budget airlines to get us to our destination, and while we certainly don’t complain once we land on the other side, we have to admit that air travel can be a bit of a hassle when it comes to baggage requirements. We have to gather up as many small bottles of our various (can’t-leave-home-without) lotions and potions as we can and then try to squeeze them into a plastic bag to allow for easy inspection before boarding. We understand that these requirements are necessary, but we don’t want everyone staring at the secrets of our bathroom cupboards, thank you very much!
What would you say if I told you that there’s a easier way? No, unfortunately I won’t be able to pack your luggage for you, but I can certainly offer some advice to ease the process!
Keep reading for my top must have travel essentials that will protect your skin, offer up multiple uses, yet still ensure your skin stays beautiful and radiant so you can feel your best on the beach or under the stars.
Sunscreen: the most vital of summer skincare priorities
Sunscreen should always be a first priority on any travel list, as it’s your best defense against age spots, wrinkles and of course skin cancer. No tan is worth the risk of aging your skin or risking your health. Look for an SPF of at least 30, but better still take light linens with long sleeves to cover up. Nothing beats not exposing your skin between 11am and 3pm, however inviting the sun lounger. Read the labels and find a natural, healthy sunscreen that includes antioxidants and allow your sunscreen to double up as your body moisturizer for a healthy, dewy glow. For some background on natural sunscreens and why coconut oil isn’t an option, read here.
If you’re starting out your holiday a little on the pasty side, then a tinted sunscreen may just become your new best friend. Not only will a tinted sunscreen provide protection against UV rays, it will add a hint of color to erase any pastiness instantly, and no, we promise you won’t look orange!
Face Primer With SPF
While wearing a face full of makeup isn’t practical on a beach getaway, you may want at least a little coverage without feeling like you’ve layered on the contents of your entire makeup bag.
This is where a face primer really comes in handy. Face primers can be worn alone or under foundation, but choose a good one with decent coverage, SPF and antioxidants, and this is all you’ll need on those hot summer days. They offer just enough coverage to leave you feeling confident, but they feel light as air on the skin and will still allow your pores to breathe. In fact, a face primer is going to be your best friend and sunscreen aside, your most versatile product in your minimal summer skincare cosmetics bag.
Lip Balm with SPF
If there’s one area I’ve seen neglected too often, I would have to say it’s the lips. Our lips are skin too and just like the skin on the rest of your body, they can also burn.If you’ve ever had a sunburn on your lips, then you’ll know the pain and frustration of peeling lips. You won’t even be able to wear lipstick.
It may seem weird to slather weird tasting sunscreen right onto your lips and this is why I recommend looking for an all natural lip balm that contains high SPF, rather than directly applying your bottle of sunscreen to your lips. Coconut oil and Shea butter are two of my favorite ingredients, and will help to soothe and protect against dry, cracked lips. Look for one that also comes in natural tints for a hint of color that won’t creep into fine lines.
Summer Skincare Friendly Scents
Of course you still want to smell sensuous on your vacay, but you may want to avoid the heavy scents, and opt instead for lighter notes that work well with the season. Citrus, mint and thyme are always a favorite, just be sure that your perfume is scented using pure essential oils and none of the fake stuff. We love the amazing perfume-lovers’ blog Bois de Jasmine which each year has a good round-up of summer scents.
Enjoy your vacation, and some easy-livin’ summer skincare!
I hope this list helps to make your packing a little easier this year. If you have any other recommendations I would love for you to share them with me!