Whether traveling for work or play, keeping up with regular beauty routines can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep skin and hair both looking and feeling great while on the go. These spa experts share 9 little-known tips that can be practiced no matter your mode of travel.
Black Tea Hair Treatment: “Ideal for hair, black tea is widely used in hair care treatments as its properties help to restore your scalp, regenerate and strengthen hair follicles, and make hair feel silky smooth. After a day of traveling, mix black tea (often offered complimentary in hotels) with hot water and steep for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and apply the warm water to your scalp and hair, letting it work for five minutes before rinsing.” – César Sánchez, spa manager at Kuö Spa.
Extend Your Tan: “To extend your summer tan, incorporate raw carrots into your on-the-go snack bags. Carrots contain a very potent antioxidant called carotene that promotes the coloration of the skin, and when you have several servings in your diet, it warms up your natural skin tone to help your tan last longer.” – Nicole Courrau, spa manager, Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat.
Fresh Face: “Once the pilot provides the OK to move about the cabin when flying, I would recommend travelers go to the restroom and remove their makeup with an EmerginC facial cleansing wipe. I then like to apply a layer of Epicuren Phyt02 Hydration Serum that is boosted with aloe -- my favorite local Jamaican heal all.” – Sienna Creasy, spa and wellness director at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa.
Vitamin E Repair: It’s important to keep the skin hydrated from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and regularly apply vitamin E – especially when flying. I recommend Aruba Aloe’s Vitamin E Skin Care Gel or Aruba Aloe’s Special Care lotion. Apply consistently throughout the day to keep skin appearing soft, supple and hydrated. - Albert Cruz, spa manager at Eforea Spa Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino.
Coconut Oil Skin Treatment: “Virgin Coconut Oil provides moisture to skin naturally and prevents moisture loss. Pack a travel-size bottle of Virgin Coconut Oil (can be found at your local grocery store) in your carry-on and dab onto dry areas until it gets absorbed by the skin. For maximum hydration, apply right before going to bed and let it absorb while you sleep. When you wake up, you’ll see and feel the difference.” – Michelle Arce, marketing director at Zen Spa Retreat.
Face Masks: “Travel-sized sheet masks make ideal carry-on companions and deliver fast, visible results to your skin. A few of my favorites include charcoal masks, tightening masks, plumping masks, and hyaluronic masks. The timing of these masks can be key. Apply them while on a plane to stay hydrated or at night in your hotel room while lying in bed.” -Megan Linney, spa director at The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being.
Plan Ahead: “Think about your destination and the climate change; going from dry to humid or cold to hot. These things will affect your hair and skin, make sure to pack hydrating conditioner, moisturizer, and sunscreen.” -Ryan Gilmore, director of spa & fitness at Eforea Spa at Hilton Orlando.
Sky High-dration: “Hydrating sheet masks on planes may be a bit terrifying to fellow passengers but they are skin saviors for travel dehydration. I also carry face spritzers with me everywhere. My current favorite is Naturopathica's Rose Geranium Soothing Mist. It's a great makeup refresher and the hydration keeps my skin dewy.” -Sharla Martin, spa director at The Spa at Windsor Court.
Multi-Use Necessities: “Don’t forget to treat yourself, but pack smart! Multi-use products work wonders when traveling. We have multitasking Babor makeup here at the spa that guests can use to give them that vacation glow on their cheeks, as well as color on their eyelids.” -Ljubica Ivanic, spa manager, Babor Signature Spa.