The sun, sand, air, and wonders of travel are plentiful, but it can also take a toll on your skin and your hair! Everyone wants to look hot in their vacation pictures, and I donâ€™t mean the sweaty dehydrated hot, but the sun kissed goddess kind. Sometimes thatâ€™s tough to do when you can only carry one piece of luggage with you or youâ€™re always on the go.
As an avid traveller and backpacker, Iâ€™ve picked up some beauty tricks along the way. I also have tiny shoulders, so if I can pack a multitasking, light weight item that wonâ€™t break my back or shoulders, the better.
Yes, you can pack your lip gloss or your Chapstick, but I prefer this because itâ€™s a great multi-tasking tool. Vaseline is great for your lips as well as your hands. This gives you nice, soft, kissable lips and smooth hands, and if youâ€™re doing a lot of walking and have cracked heels, this works great as well! Smooth lips, hands and feet in one little tub â€“ what more can you ask for?
Another 3-in-1 tool for me. I use this for the obvious, as eyeliner, but it also works for eye shadow and mascara. Use the liner on the outer third of the upper lash line to make them look fuller. Or use the liner on your upper eyelid, smudge with a q-tip and you can give yourself fabulous smoky eyes.
3. Baby Powder
Not only does it help keep baby bums soft and dry, but it can also give you a better hair day and keep you smelling fresh. Dry shampoos are okay, but the spray-can form is just too risky for air travel. If you canâ€™t get to a shower or need to add volume to your hair, part your hair, sprinkle some powder and work it into your hair, then comb it out. This will help remove excess oil from your scalp and give you volume. Baby powder is also a deodorizer, so if you have smelly shoes or bags, add some baby powder and leave it overnight and brush off in the morning.
4. Hand Sanitizer
Other than following precautions, such as eating only hot cooked foods and drinking boiled or bottled beverages instead of local water, including ice cubes, having a sanitizer handy is always a good idea when travelling to less-than-desirable places.
5. Baby Oil
Spending a day in the sun and heat can definitely dry you out! I love baby oil because itâ€™s great for moisturizing your skin while youâ€™re in the shower, or just as you get out of it. This wonder oil also effectively control frizz. Place a little on palms and rub onto the strands of your hair before bed, the mineral oils will help condition the hair. And if youâ€™re lucky, maybe youâ€™ll be able to attract someone special on one of your adventures, in which case, the baby oil is now a very fragrant massage oil, enjoy!
Caution: I recommend using it only in the evening and never use the baby oil instead of sunscreen when heading out!MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID