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We spend a lot of time planning travel — booking the right airfare and accommodations, packing, learning about our destination, maybe studying a new language. But one thing that often slips through the cracks? Skincare. And speaking of cracks, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from taking a handful of long winter plane rides, it's that your face doesn’t always fare well in the air. It’s often left dry or itchy after being in the dehydrating climate of an airplane. Enter skin oils, which have been a lifesaver for my skin the past couple winters. I know what you’re thinking. Why would anyone put oil back on their skin? Isn’t that what many people try to avoid? As someone who is prone to having oily skin, I was skeptical at first. But after spending several months testing out dozens of oil-based moisturizers, cleansers, and a few serums, not only have I mostly abandoned cream-based moisturizers (that was a difficult goodbye), I feel like I’ve totally revamped my skincare routine, both on and off the plane. From sunny Santa Barbara in November to windy, wet Scotland in January, I found that these products really did improve my skin’s appearance and quality. I spoke with Jean Godfrey-June, executive beauty editor at Goop — Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire — about her own recommendations, and the benefit of opting for a skin oil, like Goop’s own Enriching Face Oil (which I tried out myself during a four-day jaunt to northern Norway, and it was a life-saver for my wind-burned, dry skin). “I work at Goop, so of course I bring two (not one) oils when I travel,” said Godfrey-June. “Vintner’s Daughter is the ultimate treatment oil; as in, I come back from the trip looking better than when I left. And the Goop oil is the ultimate moisturizing oil; as in, I slather it on several times during any plane ride, and if where I’m traveling is at all dry, I wait five minutes after using the Vintner’s and add a layer of the Goop for hydration.” And when it comes to jet lag, the Goop oil has you covered, thanks to a little trick up the editor’s sleeve. “The Goop is also brilliant for the jet lag slump, where you look in the mirror and think, ‘I need makeup, now.’ Instead, smooth the oil between your palms and blot onto your face, over makeup. Wait about three seconds, and you’ll look much better, without any extra makeup, which, on a jet-lagged person, can be super-grim.” If you’re looking for something that can act as both a facial cleanser as well as a hydrator, Godfrey-June has a recommendation for that, too. “For the travel minimalist, the Rose Glow oil from Living Libations is both a cleanser and a moisturizer, it smells incredible, and treats both dry and breakout-prone skin.” Below, I’ve selected my favorites (and a few recommendations) that have shown me the best results. Most of these oils and serums come in travel-friendly sizes, so they’re easy to slip into your carry-on and apply once or twice during your flight. My overall advice: When you can, choose natural products — while not all of the below items are organic or all-natural, the majority of them are. Our skin is extremely absorbent, and (as is the case with any type of product) it’s important to know what you’re about to put in your body. And one note about serums: While they are definitely reparative (wait until you try the Estée Lauder Night Repair) they are not meant to be a substitute for moisturizer, so always follow with an oil. I also recommend priming your face with a toner or leave-on cleanser, like Thank You Farmer's Back to Iceland Cleansing Water. Another simple and great toner is the classic Thayers Witch Hazel. Pack a couple of these products below, and bring them with you wherever you go. They will likely leave your face hydrated and glowing as you step off the plane. Keep in mind where you are traveling to and from — colder climates warrant a few extra applications.
Whether you are a mountain type of person who likes nothing more than to completely disconnect from civilization in nature or a beach bum who can’t wait to slide into a bathing suit and work on your tan, don’t forget that bug spray is just as important to pack as your sunglasses and sunscreen. Related: The Best Outdoor Gear You Can Buy, According to Lifelong Hikers Just like you choose your face moisturizer according to your skin’s needs, you should always consider two factors when picking the most appropriate bug repellent for you and your family: your skin’s sensitivity and how dangerous the insect situation is where you’re going. The CDC, Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organization, and Environmental Working Group all recommend DEET-based products for heavy-duty protection against a wide range of pests. While the chemical concentration may vary by product (usually between 10 and 98 percent), formulas that contain at least 30 percent DEET are the most effective. A higher DEET concentration doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get better protection, it just means you’ll be protected for a longer period of time. Picaridin- and IR3535-based products are also EPA-approved options that provide long-lasting protection against bugs. Picaridin is actually considered more effective against flies than DEET. And finally, there are natural and organic bug sprays that are made with synthesized plant oils such as oil of lemon eucalyptus and natural plant oils such as soybean, lemongrass, citronella, and cedar that are good for people with sensitive skin. It’s also important to note that, of all of the options we just mentioned, only natural plant oils are not registered with the EPA, which means that they are safe to use, but are not as effective as the other three ingredients. Here we rounded up the nine best insect repellents that will keep the bugs away this summer.
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This year, are you really going to suffer through yet another vase of subpar flowers and a dinky note that reads, “Happy Mother’s Day. We love you. Xoxo, Everyone,” again? Maybe. You can’t control what the family does. But you can, however, use the occasion as the ultimate excuse to splurge, and what do you say about spoiling yourself this year? Related: These Joanna Gaines-approved Mother’s Day Gifts Are All Under $50 Come on, for once, don't pretend there's nothing you want. Especially if it’s a seriously next-level silk pillow or sleep mask you have your eye on, or a virtual personal assistant that will save you time and stress, or that designer bag you’ve been admiring from afar since about forever ago. Either forward this list to the family group chat and hope for the best, or go ahead and indulge in a bit of self-gifting — you deserve it.
Anyone who has been stuck sitting in the middle seat on a long flight knows what a miserable experience it can be. Not only do you have to bother someone every time you need to get up to stretch or use the bathroom, but you don’t even have the luxury of looking out the window or leaning your head against the wall as you sleep. And let’s not forget having to fight two people over who gets to use the armrests. If you get stuck in the middle seat when booking your trip, try calling your airline a few days before the flight to see if a window or aisle seat has opened up or if you are eligible for an affordable upgrade. If that doesn’t work, you can also try to switch seats as you check in at the airport, as well. But if the flight is fully booked and you are stuck in the undesirable seat, there are certain things you can pack in your carry-on to make the flight more enjoyable. Since you are unable to get up whenever you want, a good pair of compression socks will help keep your blood circulating, while a comfy pair of leggings and a travel wrap can keep you feeling warm and cozy in your cramped space. To help you survive your next flight in the middle seat, we’ve rounded up 11 items you need to pack for a more relaxed and comfortable flight. From noise-canceling headphones to a comfortable travel pillow and an aromatherapy hand lotion, keep reading to shop everything you need to make the dreaded seat assignment a more pleasant experience. Consider it your definitive middle seat survival kit.
Dealing with my hair has always been an issue for me. It doesn’t matter how many hair products I put it in it, if I don’t blow dry it immediately after washing, my mane becomes a frizzy, puffy mess. While this is a manageable problem at home, when traveling it can be a bit of a nightmare. While almost all hotel rooms have hair dryers available now, most of the time these mediocre hair tools typically only have one setting that is either so weak it barely dries your hair or is so hot it can completely fry it. So my only choices were to either try to deal with the disastrous effects of the dreaded hotel dryer or lug around my at-home hair dryer, which takes up a considerable amount of space and weight in my luggage. Related:Why You Should Think Twice Before Using a Hotel Hair Dryer Determined to finally get a handle on my hair while traveling and save space in my suitcase, I set out to find the best travel hair dryers on the market. There are plenty of portable options that have features like foldable handles and retractable cords to make them super easy to pack. But finding one that is not only compact and lightweight but just as powerful as your at-home dryer can be hard to find. International travelers also have the added challenge of finding a high-performing dryer that has dual-voltage. This is a necessary function for world travelers because other countries use different types of electricity, so if you were to plug in a hair dryer made for use in the United States in Europe, it not only wouldn’t work but might also blow a fuse. Thankfully, dual-voltage hair tools are designed to work in different countries when used with a travel adapter. To help you find the best option for your next trip, I’ve tested out multiple travel-friendly hair dryers to find out which ones actually work the best. From super lightweight options to foldable compact hair tools and high-tech, dual-voltage dryers, these travel hair dryers will keep your hair looking picture perfect everywhere you go.
While the destination is always worth the trip (even if you have to travel hours to get there), long-haul travel can make even the most seasoned travelers go stir crazy. The easiest way to ensure transcontinental flights go by in a snap? Fill your carry-on with the right travel essentials. When packing, it's smart to include items that will not only help you stay organized but also help you get through airport security with ease. You want to pack anything in your carry-on bag that you can’t live without for more than a day, just in case your checked luggage gets delayed — think: medications, chargers, and your toothbrush. The rest of your space should be used for items that will help make long flights both a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Of course, every traveler has different preferences. Some like to travel with noise-cancelling earplugs and silky eye masks to catch some Z’s, while others try to stay as healthy as possible by packing hand sanitizer sprays and disinfectant wipes to clean their seats and tray tables. To help you figure out what items would be most helpful for you, we asked five Instagram influencers — who have racked up hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles between them — to share what they always have packed to survive long flights. From moisturizing lip balms to organic healthy snacks to wireless headphones, keep reading to shop the 20 travel essentials these influencers say help make even the longest flights feel like a breeze. Consider it your definitive shopping list of the items you need to make sure your next flight is a pleasant one.
Once you've finally found the perfect carry-on suitcase , it’s important to consider all of other the necessary items that’ll make your trip as seamless and comfortable as possible. First, you have the organizational accessories: the travel wallet, tech organizer, and jewelry case. Then, there are the toiletries, like travel-sized shower kit and a trusty, TSA-approved pouch for your favorite beauty products. Hoping for a good night sleep on the overnight flight? Then you’ll need an eye mask, some cozy socks, and high-quality headphones. Related:13 Clear Travel Makeup Bags That Make Getting Through Airport Security a Breeze Below, these 10 accessories will prepare you for all of your upcoming travels for years to come.
It's become necessary to wash your hands more frequently than ever, and between that and hand sanitizer use between washes, your skin might be feeling particularly dry lately. So to make things a little easier on all those who suffer from cracked, chapped, hard-working dry hands, we’ve compiled some of the absolute best, intensely hydrating hand creams to use when you're at home, as well as once you're traveling again. Related: This Toiletry Hack Has Saved Me Countless Hours of Packing Time Here, you’ll find something for every need, from anti-aging cream to the best drugstore option (we know there are too many!); hand creams created with safe ingredients to target eczema-prone skin, or lotions that smell so delicious you’ll near ditch your perfume.
Sometimes in life, it’s all about the little luxuries (that you can buy for yourself!) that truly make a day great. Whether you indulge in self-care at home with a candle lit, book in hand, or a sheet mask or a face roller, it’s those little moments that make you slow down and actually take time for yourself. And that’s what we think of when we think about the rise of popularity of silk products, like those silk pillowcases you’ve been seeing everywhere. Silk items like pillowcases have a dual purpose: They’re great for your skin and hair by helping reduce wrinkles and frizz, but it’s one of those things you buy for yourself when you want to add self-care time into your schedule. And if you already think sleeping on a silk pillowcase makes you feel like a queen, there’s more silk products you’ll want to invest in ASAP, which also make great gifts if you’re ever in need of something for a friend, mom, grandma, or anyone who deserves a little luxury! From silk eye masks to silk robes, silk is having a moment, and we’re totally here for it. Shop our favorite silk products below, and be prepared to discover your new favorite relaxation accessory.
Efficient packing is a skill that can take years to master, and it’s one that I’m still working on. I’ve tried everything from rolling clothes to using packing cubes, but I’ve found one of the easiest ways to pack light is to be strategic and only bring lightweight, multipurpose products that can be used in more ways than one. So when I read that writer and packing expert Hitha Palepu uses a portable clothing steamer to give herself post-flight facials, I was intrigued to say the least. I already bring a travel steamer with me on trips because I find it’s easier and faster to steam all the wrinkled clothes in my suitcase than to iron them – and I’ve convinced myself that because it is super lightweight and compact, it deserves a coveted spot in my carry-on. But if I can get two uses out of this handy gadget, even better! I especially wanted to give the portable steamer facial a try after noticing how dehydrated and dull my skin tends to look after a long day of traveling. Related:You Might Already Have Meghan Markle’s $5 Secret to Glowing Skin in Your Bathroom (Video) So after a particularly long train ride, I filled my travel steamer up with water, plugged it in, and got to work. While I waited for the steamer to heat up, I removed my makeup using micellar water by Bioderma (amazon.com, $6). Next, I used my favorite Kate Somerville exfoliator (amazon.com, $85) to remove any dead skin. At this point, the steamer was ready to use. I’ve burned my hands and arms on steamers in the past, so I made sure to be super careful and not let it get too close to my skin. I moved the steamer in circular motions around my face area, making sure it stayed about eight to 10 inches away from my face at all times. This distance allowed the steam to work on my pores without overheating or burning my skin. I kept the steamer going for about five minutes before I turned it off. The steam really opened up my pores and my complexion was already starting to glow. Since my skin was now prepped to better absorb skincare products, I applied this L’Oreal clay mask (walmart.com, $10) for 10 minutes to help detoxify and brighten my skin. Afterward, I used a vitamin C serum by Mad Hippie (walmart.com, $31) and Embroylisse moisturizer (amazon.com, $28) to soothe my skin and lock in hydration. I must say I was extremely pleased with the results. You would have never guessed that I just spent the last few hours on a stuffy train because my skin was glowing like I just left the spa. The steaming really opened up my pores and allowed the skincare products to penetrate my skin deeper for more lasting effects. After seeing how well it worked, I would definitely recommend using your portable clothing steamer as a step in your post-travel skincare routine, as long as you keep it a safe distance away from your face. If you want to give it a try for yourself, keep reading to shop some of our favorite travel steamers.
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