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Beauty Travel Tips for Healthy Skin & Hair

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Travel Beauty Tips

Be it by plane, train, bus, or car, traveling can take its toll on your appearance.

Throughout my professional career I have had to travel quite often. I also love to travel for leisure and have always been on the look-out for good beauty travel tips. I love these travel tips from WebMD Archives, to which I have added a few of my own tips or have tweaked to incorporate some of my favorite products/routines.  Whether you're driving to a family reunion, taking the train for a weekend getaway, or jetting halfway around the world, there's no question that traveling is stressful. Trying to look good while you're traveling is pretty much on the top of the stress-o-meter. The good news: experts say beauty and travel aren't mutually exclusive. With just a few travel beauty survival tips you can face your next vacation, business trip, family homecoming, or even that weekend getaway with a smile -- and the confidence of knowing you could run smack into George Clooney in the coffee shop and not have to hide.

From flight attendants to travel-show stars, WebMD talked to the pros for advice on looking your best when you're on the go.

  1. Moisturize

Apply intense moisturizer the night before you are going to fly. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you're exposed to the dehydrating effects of cabin pressure, says Risi-Leanne Baranza, editor in chief of, a beauty and spa industry publication. In order to intensify hydration and glow, I like to mix a couple of drops of our Brazilian Glow Radiance and Renewal oil to my favorite facial moisturizer. We do have an easy to carry 1 oz bottle, designed to be taken with you wherever you go.

  1. Forgo the Foundation

Skip foundation on the day of your trip, and instead wear only moisturizer. Before you land, add a tinted moisturizer for a fresh, healthy look, says Baranza. If you just can't leave the house without some foundation, celebrity makeup artist A.J. Crimson says be sure to put on a primer first -- liquid or cream that puts a layer of protection between skin and makeup, or simply use the Brazilian Glow Radiance and Renewal oil as well before applying the foundation or a couple of drops mixed with the foundation. It will help foundation and blush last longer and help keep your skin from becoming dehydrated.

  1. Drink Lots of Water & Mist With Either Mineral Water or our new Anti-Pollution Facial Mist.

To refresh makeup while traveling, never glob on more foundation or blush. Instead, use a mister of mineral water and add a dab of moisturizer, says Los Angeles makeup artist Beth Binder. If you want to have something handy in your purse, grab our new Brazilian Fountain of Youth Anti-Pollution Facial Mist. It comes in a beautiful 1.1 oz bottle that is perfect for your purse or carry on. It is loaded with 5 amazing superfruit oils from our Rainforest Youth Elixir + 7 powerful anti-aging actives. If you are like me and have a hard time drinking your daily required amount of water, try infusing it with Zip fizz. It has more electrolites than some competing brands and helps to keep you super hydrated. 

  1. Blot Out Oily Skin

To keep oily skin from getting out of control while traveling, bring blotting papers or rice papers and dab the "T" zone as often as necessary, says Crimson. "You'll dab up the shine and excess oil without stripping out the moisture, so you'll arrive looking fresher," he says.

  1. Add Some Shimmer

Does traveling leave you feeling a bit green in the gills? Perk up a tired or sallow complexion with a soft shimmer powder or cream, says Joyce Carboni, founder and director of Skinsational Skin and Body Spa in San Diego. Stroke it lightly on the tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, and lips for an instant pick-me-up no matter how tired (or queasy) you feel. Or use a combination of cream blush and lip balm to add color and moisture without dehydrating skin.

  1. Skip Long-Lasting Lipsticks

To give lips color that will last through your trip, skip the long-lasting lipsticks -- they'll only dehydrate and parch your mouth. Instead, Crimson says, color your lips with several coats of a lip stain, let dry, then top with a clear gloss. Reapply the gloss throughout the trip and your lips will look "just-made-up" fresh.

  1. Apply Lip Treatment Liberally

You can further protect your kisser by packing a lip treatment in your carry-on bag and using it liberally while traveling, says Silverjet Airlines flight attendant Danielle Easton. Her one flying "must have": "A medicated lip balm, because it won't rub your lipstick off and it keeps lips hydrated while flying," she says. It also works on bus and train rides, she says, when high heat or air conditioning can also cause lips to feel dehydrated. At night treat it with Teadora’s exfoliating lip butter for extra protection and softness.

  1. Chill Out Puffy Eyes

To reduce under-eye puffiness after a long trip, Pam Inman, American Hotel Lodging Association vice president and chief operating officer, says to put crushed ice in a washcloth and apply it under the eyes. "It's an automatic wake-up call that makes you look and feel immediately fresher."

  1. Perk Up Your Peepers

Watching back-to-back in-flight movies, or reading that paperback novel cover to cover, can also cause you to arrive at your destination with red, watery, not-so-attractive eyes. To avoid it, Los Angeles image consultant Allison Dickson, founder of, says don't forget to bring eyedrops. "They will lubricate and soothe eyes if you're reading or watching a movie, and refresh and wake up your eyes if you nap," she says.

  1. Love Your Naked Lashes

Avoid wearing mascara while traveling, says the Travel Channel's Samantha Brown, star of the Passport To ... series. "If I take a little nap, I wake up and find the mascara has left a migratory trail down to my cheeks." She also suggests skipping cream eye shadows, which have a tendency to move around on your face as you snooze.

  1. Banish Bright Nail Polish

Skip the brightly colored nail polish when traveling. It chips too easily and leaves you looking unfinished, says Carboni. She recommends buffing and polishing nails to a natural sheen for a clean, crisp look, or applying a neutral, sheer color that won't call attention if it does chip.

  1. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

To minimize breakouts while you're on vacation, dermatologist Erin Welch, MD, says to avoid touching your skin while you travel. "You can pick up any number of unknown bacteria that can result in any number of skin problems after you arrive," says Welch, a professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. If you're going to apply makeup while you're in transit, Welch says use an antibacterial hand wash on your hands first to further protect your skin.

  1. Take Your Cleanser With You

If you can only take one skin care item from home, let it be your cleanser. "An abrupt change in cleansers can disrupt skin's acid balance and cause a vacation breakout," Welch says. Ours come in 2 oz travel sizes, perfect for a trip. 

  1. Get Your Beauty Rest

If you're going to nap on the plane, dab some super-rich night cream around your eyes and don a sleep mask, says dermatologist Jeannie Downie, MD, co-author of Beautiful Skin of Color. Both will help you look fresher and more relaxed when you wake.

  1. Slather on the Hand Cream

Never leave home without a tube of your favorite hand cream in your tote bag, and use it liberally throughout the trip, says esthetician Maxine Siegel. This will not only keep your hands from drying out, says Siegel, but in the event you do need to wash them, it can help counter the effects of harsh commercial-grade soaps found in public restrooms. I personally like to carry the Teadora body butter with me and use it for hands, legs, and any extremely dry areas.

  1. Pack Your Beauty Products

If you're traveling outside the country, bring your high-end facial products along, says Brown, because most are much more expensive abroad.

  1. Tame Your Tresses

To keep hair looking good without igniting a firestorm of static electricity, Brown keeps a natural boar bristle brush in her carry-on. And, she says, never underestimate the power of a great beret or cloche hat to hide the sins of plane hair. "I also find that a big European scarf wrapped around my neck makes the whole disheveled hair look more chic. Sometimes you just have to go with it!" Apply a few drops of our Brazilian Glow Multi-tasking Radiance and Renewal oil to the ends of your hair or even lightly throughout your air for a bit of extra shine and revival. Bring your Teadora travel size shampoo and conditioner with you.

  1. Get the Grease Out

To help cope with greasy hair that often took an hour or more to wash and dry, beauty expert Jayne Polan invented Shampowder, a dry shampoo that cleans and deodorizes hair and adds volume. It comes in shades to match or blend with your own hair color, and it's packaged in a small, travel-friendly plastic container with an attached hairbrush.

  1. Always add some form of exercise to your daily trip routine

Be it some web based yoga, pilates or your favorite form of exercise for 10-20 minutes, however long you can spare, right in your hotel room, to going out for a 15 minute jog, it will help you feel more beautiful. When and if you exercise, keep your skin always protected and hydrated by misting it with our Brazilian Fountain of Youth, Anti-Pollution Facial Mist.

  1. Never under estimate the power of a healthy, good diet.
It is very difficult to eat healthy when traveling, but try to make a commitment to eating healthy for at least two of your meals a day and try to keep the splurging balanced, your skin will thank you. A few of my faves: granola or oatmeal for breakfast. A nice salad, especially kale. Choose high antioxidant fruits, juices, and if possible substitute a lunch or breakfast for a high anti-oxidant fruit smoothie. Sambazon is one of my favorite high antioxidant juices because it is made with Açaí just like lots of our products. Find a Wholefoods hot bar near you: good healthy food, affordable prices. For keeping track of my intake, I like to use MyFitness Pal App on my phone.
  1. Sun screen and sun glasses - always.
Make sure to have a handy tube of sunscreen that fits in your pocket or purse that you can carry with you wherever you go. Wear sunglasses whenever sunny. Sun is the #1 enemy of healthy skin.



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