There are many things a woman need on a daily basis and to be honest, I’m no different. I have my list of essential beauty products I can’t travel without just for the sake of being a woman. I know, I know, we do not necessarily need all these stuff but what can a girl do? Please, give me answers.
Since I started traveling the first thing I realize is that bringing too much is not exactly smart. However, bringing too less could end into a nightmare; therefore I decided that from that moment on I will only bring the necessary products that I need during that trip and as well applied that rule to my daily life. You know so that packing would be easier! Minimalizing my lifestyle needs also contributed big time on my way of traveling and to be honest, I don’t think I’ll trade this minimalistic lifestyle for anything.
Moving on to this day I only travel with carry-on luggage, either my 35-liter backpack – which I used as my main pack during my three-month backpacking trip around Europe, Middle East, and South East Asia or my good airline approved carry-on trolly. Both served me well during my travels either long or short holidays!
Nevertheless, here’s my list of essential beauty products I can’t travel without:
» 1. Argan oil
Argan oil is possibly the only facial and body moisturizer that helped my skin from going dry. I have a chronic dry skin and traveling in an airplane is a nightmare for my skin due to the cabin pressure and all. I love argan oil for many reasons (it have so many uses!); however, the primary use of this oil for me is mostly as a facial moisturizer and as well to treat my dry ends and to keep my hair frizz free.
» 2. Sweet Almond Oil
I use sweet almond oil as my main body moisturizer, and you might ask why I have both this and argan oil in my pack? Well, argan oil is expensive to use as a full body oil! Sweet almond oil, on the other hand, is a cheap and good alternative for my skin. The brand I use is mainly used as a massage oil by most people I know, but I find this oil right for my skin overall. To add, almond oil is known to reduce the appearance of scratch/stretch marks. So, score!
» 3. Deep cleansing facial oil
Another oil, eh? I do love natural oils on my skin! Having a chronic dry skin is serious, and if not treated well, it could cause dry patches and in worse case scenario, dry cracks (wounds). Since proving that soap based facial cleansers only make my face feel like a dry plum, I switched on using oil based products instead. I usually do not wear makeup, but when I do, that’s when facial oil comes in handy. When I travel to other cities where pollution is higher than in Helsinki, I tend to break out a lot; and since I don’t have any other means of cleaning my face while traveling, I always have a small bottle of my homemade cleaning facial oil in my beauty kit. Otherwise, I usually only cleanse my face with water and toner. Bacteria is good guys!
I’m an advocate for natural products as you probably can tell. My homemade toner is a mixture of 1/4 organic apple cider vinegar with the mother, 3/4 distilled water, five drops of argan oil and five drops of tea tree oil. You see, I use tea tree oil for almost everything (I’ll write an article about it soon!) and I think that it is an excellent oil with endless uses. Tea tree oil is good at treating inflammation and as well a natural anti-bacterial. I’ve been using this toner with this exact concoction for over a year now, and my breakouts have been far less compare from the years before. The smell is a bit overwhelming at first but in time I got used to it, and the smell goes away after it sinks in your skin. Apple cider, on the other hand, balances the pH level of your skin, and as well it prevents acnes and skin blemishes. Also, this toner is good at treating sunburns and mosquito bites!
» 5. Marc Anthony Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner
I typically only bring shampoo and conditioner when I travel, when at home I have my natural homemade shampoo and uses apple cider vinegar to condition my scalp and hair. Again, I have a dry scalp and has long since suffered from pesky dandruff. Therefore, I always try to look for products which won’t make my scalp worse than it already is. Marc Anthony’s hair products do not have sulfate in it, and though the brand is quite pricey, I took a leap and tried their products (as recommended to me); believe it or not – it is not that easy to find high-quality hair products with no sulfate in it! Marc Anthony’s coconut shampoo and conditioner not only made my hair moisturize and beautiful, but it also smells wonderful. I, however, is still looking for a more organic and natural alternative shampoo and conditioner to bring with me when I travel. So far, this has served me well.
Since I discovered Dr. Bonner’s line, I never looked back (I’m actually almost out!). Their soaps are made using natural plant-based ingredients and are an all-around sort of product. You can use their soap as a body cleanser, dishwashing liquid and even as a laundry detergent. I don’t find Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap as a good body soap, but when I travel for short-term, I make a concoction which I can also use as a facial cleanser (if I have to), body wash and for other general use. I keep a small bottle of that concoction in my beauty bag, as well.
» 7. A toothbrush & small tube of toothpaste
Don’t worry; I don’t make my homemade toothpaste (yet). However, does it surprise you if I say I do have these in my beauty bag? Hah, thought so. Nobody wants a dirty and stinky mouth while traveling.
» 8. Coconut oil
What, another oil-based product? Well, yes. As mentioned many times already, I have serious issues with my dry skin. I bring a small tube of coconut oil with me, and I use it mainly as a lip balm. Sometimes I also use it on my scalp since coconut oil is good at treating dandruff and whenever I feel that my scalp is like Sahara dessert, I slab a small amount of this miracle oil on any dry patch I see.
» 9. Witch hazel water mist
Witch Hazel Water Mist is a new product that made it to my essential beauty bag whenever I travel. I am glad to have found it, and it has helped my skin from breaking out. So, what is witch hazel to be exact? It is an extract from a plant of the same name and mostly found in North America and some parts of Asia. This plant and its extract have natural skin healing properties that could treat acne, blisters, insect bites and many other skin ailments. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and as well an antioxidant! So overall, it is good for your skin. I use it after I have applied my homemade toner as facial mist, and once my skin absorbed the product, I apply argan oil.
» 10. Mac Cosmetic Russian Red
Mac’s famous lipstick has been, and is only, the only lipstick I use and own. Believe it or not! I do not wear make-up but when I do, I just usually put on this lipstick, and I’m ready to go. Also, it is by far the prettiest red lipstick I ever found that compliments my skin tone. So, score!
These ten products listed on this list do not take a huge space in my backpack or carry-on luggage. In fact, I could fit all these in a small transparent one-litre zip lock bag! I usually only bring a small amount of these products with me since they are mostly oil based products, I only need few drops of each every time I use them, therefore they last pretty long. Overall, these are all the essential beauty products I don’t travel without and as well use on a daily basis when I am at home.
P.S The links will bring you to a different product than what is in the photo. Don’t worry; I’ve tried those products too that’s why they’re linked there. I usually buy my oils online since they are far cheaper compared if you buy them from the organic store here in Helsinki (Hi, taxes!). However, the products I am currently using are purchased from the local store because I eventually ran out of the ones which are bought online and I didn’t have the patience to wait for the package! I don’t want my skin to crack, and my oil ritual is a vital part of my day.
These products have been tested by me (in the photos), and I have a chronic dry skin which needs attention unless I want it worse thus my excessive use of oil based products. I’m not, by any chance, forcing anyone to use these products and if you do, make sure that you do a proper research before trying one or more products listed on this list. I, however, do love every each of these, and that’s why I have them always with me when I travel.
YOUR THOUGHTS MATTER
- What do you think about this list?
- Is there any product here which you use?
- What is in your travel beauty bag you’d like to share with me?
- Did you find any products listed here which interest you?
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