Your passport is ready, the destination all planned out, you’ve even checked in online, but your over-stuffed wash bag is still causing a problem. Don’t despair, our expert guide is here to help you pair it down whether your break is a weekend away or two weeks long haul, no compromises necessary.
If you’re heading to Barcelona, Paris or Budapest for a culture-packed weekend, avoid a big, heavy bag and stock up on mini products to get you through. When it comes to skin, we recommend taking a hydrating cleanser such as Eve Lom Cleanser Travel Size which will keep skin nourished enough for you to skip the serum and go straight to moisturiser. Leave your eye cream at home, just for one weekend, and pack products with a dual function like Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30 which combines perfecting colour with sun protection.
Inspiring big cities are big on art but also pollution which has a damaging, ageing effect on skin. Georgie Cleeve, skincare expert and founder of Oskia explains “A potent antioxidant is a must to protect you both in the city and in the sun where free-radicals become frenzied (UV light stimulates oxygen free-radicals which start a skin-damaging electron-stealing cascade).”
Pack Oskia’s CityLife Concentrate, a powerful free-radical skin protector that’s carry-on friendly and can be mixed with your moisturiser. Wash and style your hair right before you travel and spritz with Living Proof Prime Style Extender Spray which creates a protective shield over the hair to repel dirt so your style lasts longer. Then pack Ouai Dry Shampoo Travel Size to soak up any oil and you can leave the shampoo and conditioner at home.
Week Long Holiday
If you’re hitting the beach for a much-needed relaxing break, keep your beauty packing stress-free with multi-taskers and a less-is-more attitude. “It’s so tempting to fill your wash bag with lots of new products to try on holiday” says Georgie “but if sun, sea and sand are involved – they will test the toughest of complexions, so stick to products that your skin trusts and loves.”
Protect your skin with an SPF and save space by choosing Ultrasun Family SPF 30 which has a sensitive formula that’s suitable for both face and body. Ridding skin of sunscreen, sand and chlorine every evening will prevent breakouts, try the multi-tasking Clark’s Botanicals Skin Clearing Face and Body Wash which contains jasmine absolute and salicylic acid and also acts as a shower gel.
Fragrance can be bulky, but a week is a long time to go without, we love Diptyque’s solid perfumes which can even go in your hand luggage. Anita Kaushal, founder of Mauli swears by “Mauli Sacred Union mist as it’s a dry oil and scent in one, so conditions, moisturises and protects skin while acting as a fragrance.” It’s perfect for using as an aftersun before you hit the beach bars.
Flying to exotic climes for two weeks of sunshine sounds like heaven; enjoy your holiday from the get-go with inspiration from Jen Atkin, the founder of Ouai who says, “I never fly without a silk eye mask and pillowcase, they’re perfect for maintaining soft hair on a long flight. Plus, Ouai Hair Oil doubles as both a styling product and mask so I wear it while on the plane for extra shine and treatment. I travel so much that I use my time in the air as beauty-time! I don’t care how crazy I look, I always wear a sheet mask on the plane, coat my lips in balm, and drink a full litre of water during the flight.”
To help fight jet lag, keep Aurelia Calming Botanical Essence Travel Size to hand, the soothing blend of essential oils helps calm the mind and hydrate skin. Jet-setter Anita says, “Travel can leave us feeling jet lagged so I always carry Himalayan Healing Salts to de-bloat, destress and detox. The simplest and easiest way to use them on holiday is in a foot soak, so they absorb into the healing reflexes of the feet and bring vital minerals into the body.”
Pair down your makeup bag with multi-taskers like By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick, a bronzer, blusher and highlighter in one slick tube that also includes a blending brush. Keep lips hydrated and protected against damaging sun rays with the universally flattering, tinted Laura Mercier Lip Balm SPF15, and don’t forget to upgrade to a waterproof mascara for beach and pool days, we like Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara. Now all you have to worry about is which lilo to choose.