I may travel a lot, but one of the biggest challenges I routinely face is deciding which beauty products are absolutely essential on my trip. My medicine cabinet at home may be overflowing, but since stashing miniatures of everything into a quart-sized pouch isn’t an option, I turned to Dr. Macrene Alexiades, acclaimed New York-based dermatologist and founder of 37 Actives, for some insight.
As a doctor and researcher who’s perpetually traversing the globe, she says the key to strategizing a smart (but compact) regimen is “packing minimally for maximum utility,” and using “multitaskers that get the job done at a top level.” Think of if this way: many women regularly travel with a scarf and little black dress, so they can be incorporated not into one, but several outfits. Apply this mentality to strategizing your beauty routine on the road, and you’ll be in great shape.
Another tip? Incorporate as many solid products as you can – you’d be surprised to discover how many everyday essentials, from exfoliants to toothpaste, are now formulated this way – to free up precious space in that one-quart bag. So below, eight perfectly portable products that’ll help you look and feel your absolute best – no matter where your journeys lead you.
“I formulated 37 Actives high performance anti-aging cream as the perfect solution for busy people who need to get all their ingredients on the skin in one step,” says Macrene, who likens this innovative, multitasking formula – you won’t even need a separate eye cream or serum – to a “Centrum multivitamin for the skin.” Just a tiny dollop is all it takes, so “your skin looks and feels as though you just stepped out of a spa – instead of of a pressurized airplane.”
We know how planes’ low humidity seriously dries out our skin, but instead of pulling out a sheet mask – sorry, but I firmly believe these should not be seen in public – spritz on this luxurious hydrator instead. Loaded with antioxidants, algae extract, and sodium hyaluronate (a humectant that helps bind moisture to the skin), it feels cooling and refreshing upon contact, too.
One of the best perks to staying in hotels – especially if you live in a shoebox of a city apartment – is having a proper bathtub. And Hellen, a newly-launched line of bath brews, is on a mission to transform the ordinary soak into a highly emotive, fragrant, and healing experience. Each formula – there’s four, corresponding with various elements and chakras – is infused with essential oils, botanicals, and precious stones, and even comes with a unique soundtrack composed by Vincent Matthew.
If you’re on the road with lackluster skin, and don’t have time to squeeze in a proper facial, reach for one of these. Each individually-packaged pad is soaked in a proprietary powerhouse solution of AlphaRet (a combination of alpha hydroxy acid and non-irritating retinoid) and triple-acid complex (glycolic, salicylic, and lactic), to help reveal a brighter, more even complexion almost immediately.
New York’s Takamichi Beauty Room is New York’s go-to spot for the hippest and most eco-friendly beauty products, and this unique toothpaste from France is no exception. Resembling a popsicle, simply swipe it over a wet toothbrush and brush as usual. There’s no plastic to deal with, and the wooden stick and box are also biodegradable and recyclable.
Since no one deplanes with fresh and polished-looking locks, always keep this brilliant, portable pomade stick from R+Co handy. A few strokes tames static flyaway hair for a more natural look, but if you’ve endured on an especially long flight, rake some through from your roots to tips for a more bold, sculpted style. The scent, a heady mix of juniper, blood orange, and leather, makes it even more pleasurable to use.
Believe it or not, a quality brush can literally make or break your hair. To achieve the former, reach for this pocket-sized, hand-painted beauty made in France. It’s terrific for all hair types, from fine to curly, and the delicate metal-tipped bristles ensure smooth, snag-free strokes. Even better? You can safely use this on wet and dry hair.
Macrene recommends using a sunscreen with a high SPF, “so you can apply a bit less and still have a high level of protection on your skin.” This formula vanishes instantly into the skin with no greasy finish, offers broad spectrum protection, and comes in a travel-friendly size to adequately cover you for a weeklong trip.
8 Innovative Travel-Sized Beauty Essentials To Pack On Your Next Trip – Forbes