Still getting ready for Thanksgiving and holiday travel? Don’t forget to throw together some body, hair and skincare products that can pamper and protect.
by Roxana Hadadi
Last week, I discussed the best makeup products to pack for my holiday travels to Pennsylvania, but I can’t just grab a few lip balms and mascaras for the ride, right? Theoretically I will have to wash my face, keep my hair from getting greasy and — wait for it — shower, and theoretically I need items to help me do that.
And if I get a chipped nail? Or my makeup starts to smear? Or I feel the bags developing under my eyes thanks to endless hours driving around Pennsylvania farmland? Yup, I’ve got products for that.
+ Everything in one place. (Top row of photo) What’s easier than grabbing one box and being done? Make things really easy for your life by picking up Somme Institute Mobile Travel Kit, with small sizes of the brand’s five-step regimen of products: Nourishing Cleanser; Transport, an exfoliant; Serum, with vitamin C; A-Bomb, a moisturizer; and Double Defense, a lotion with SPF ($85, Somme Institute). The company, organized by leading dermatologists in the U.S., knows its stuff, so the products are specifically formulated to work well together. Similarly simple to take with you is Clarisonic’s Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing system ($119, Clarisonic), a compact, rechargeable and waterproof electrical cleanser that helps reduce oily areas, fine lines and acne. Charge it and then use it; the rotating brush, designed by the same inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush, will zoom its way into cleansing your face.
+ Take care of your nails. (Second row, on the left, of photo) I usually do my nails two or three times a week, mainly because I have an insanely short attention span. So if I fear I’ll end up not liking the nail polish I chose to put on before the holidays, I’m going to pack nail polish remover pads to help appease my fickleness, like LA Fresh Eco-Beauy Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover ($4.99 for 8 packets, LA Fresh) and Priti NYC Soy Polish Remover Wipes ($9.99 for 10 packets, Priti NYC). And if the mood strikes me to paint while I’m away, I’ll reach for Sula Paint & Peel Duos, which have a two-sided applicator of polish on one side, topcoat on the other ($9, Sula). The bright Bubblegum Pink, modern blue Azure and mature red Tango are my go-to shades, and if I get bored, I can just peel the nail polish away. It’s like craft time!
+ Cleansing and hydrating, from head to toe. (Second row, in the middle and on the right, of photo) It’s not worth packing my entire shower regimen if I’m traveling, but making sure to bring along a few key items that I should be using every day is pretty important. Since I may be sleeping less thanks to travel, I’m going to fight bags under my eyes with Nude Skincare Advanced Eye Complex ($88, Nude Skincare); battle tired skin with Jemma Kidd Show Stopper Year Round Body Glow, a moisturizer-heavy body tint that adds a pearly, natural glow ($28, search for your local Target); and keep my face moisturized with Boscia B.B. Cream with SPF 27, an oil-free, multitasking treatment meant to sooth the skin and diminish the appearance of pores ($38, Boscia). I’ll give my face a spritz of moisture with Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist ($22, Juice Beauty), and envelop my body in a soothing fragrance with Secret Scent Expressions Cocoa Butter Kiss Body Splash ($4.99, Drugstore.com). And before going to bed, I’ll take off my day with Nip + Fab Clean Fix Wipes, meant for gently eliminating makeup and grime ($5.95 for 25, Target), and Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser, a natural and nontoxic face wash specifically formulated for refreshing sensitive skin ($50, Tata Harper).
+ Helping out my hair. (Final row of photo, six items on the left) I’ll probably get my hair blown out before I leave for the Thanksgiving holidays, but after that, I’m on my own, so I’m going to need to grab a few items that can handle any situation. If my straightened hair starts curling up again, I’ll reach for Bumble and bumble. Texture Hair (Un)dressing Creme, which will add some edge to a tousled do ($26, Bumble and bumble.). To fight frizz, I can grab Aquage Silkening Oil Treatment, to create a silky look (check prices and salon locations, Aquage); Alt. Silken+ Smoothing Elixir, which provides greater manageability ($22, Alt.); and Alt. Unwind Detangler, to remove unruliness and knots ($18, Alt.). If I’m looking for mega-shine, I’m going with either Ouidad Shine Glaze Serum, which reflects light to create maximum sheen ($20, Ouidad), or Bumble and bumble. Shine On (And On…) Finishing Spray, which can control flyaways without making hair feel weighed down ($25, Bumble and bumble.).
+ A good kind of oily. (Final row of photo, two items on the right) Is there any beauty company that isn’t experimenting with Argan oil, which is exceptionally rich in vitamin E and can be used to nourish both skin and hair? For all-natural products like Shea Terra Organics Argan & Rose Serum of Youth ($32, Shea Terra Organics) and John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil ($38, John Masters Organics), you just need a drop each night to start seeing effects — and since I’m a convinced convert, these are definitely making the trek with me.
Product photos by Adam Fried.
In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.