It’s hard to maintain a beauty regime while travelling solo, and why would you want to spend hours to look like a catwalk model when you should be out there exploring? In the age of Instagram and getting that perfect travel shot in a nice dress, solo travellers are under an increasing amount of pressure to get photographing.
If you’re like me and you prefer to take a photo facing away from the lens because you can’t deal with trying to arrange your face on top of everything else, here are some beauty tips to help you look your best with minimal effort.
So you want to look your best but you can’t bring your entire bathroom cabinet of toiletries with you because, well, space and getting through airport security. It’s also time-consuming putting on every single product under the sun when you should just be out there exploring. This is where coconut oil is your best travel beauty friend because that stuff can be used for anything. Seriously.
If you notice split ends, coconut oil. If you need a moisturiser, coconut oil. Makeup remover? Coconut oil. Puffy eyes? Yep, you’ve guessed it, coconut oil and the list of its many uses goes on. This handy little beauty product is multipurpose which means that it’s fuss-free and saves valuable space in your bag. Beauty on the road has never been more low maintenance thanks to coconut oil.
Sometimes you need a little SOS treatment while travelling and when you do, essential oils have got your back. You’re probably wondering why I’m suggesting you carry around an aromatherapy kit on your trip but let me tell you why you should consider adding them to your packing list right now. Travelling is an amazing experience but there are times when it’s super stressful and your body clock is all over the place thanks to jet lag. It’s full on and sometimes a good night’s sleep can take a back seat. Lavender oil is the rescue remedy that your sleepless nights have been waiting for. Dabbing just a few drops on the soles of your feet, your wrists and your pillow helps your muscles relax and slows your heartbeat to increase deep slow-wave sleep.
Your next travel beauty hero is rose oil. It does just about everything from soothing mental health problems to reducing scars and burns on your skin. Another favourite is tea tree oil. Think of it as your antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal remedy because you never know what you might come across on your adventures. Travelling can also take a pretty heavy toll on your skin. You’re exposed to differences in weather, diet, humidity and pollution not to mention sleep deprivation and dehydration at times. If you suffer from acne or wake up to a pimple party on your face, treat them with a few dabs of tea tree oil and they will disappear in no time.
If you’re planning to travel solo with a carry-on you can’t offload some of your excess toiletries on your unsuspecting pals or partner to get through airport secruity. You have to somehow make do and carry enough 100ml bottles to fit snugly in a clear ziplock bag without it ripping. You don’t realise how many (you would argue) essential toiletries you have until you’re forced to play an impromptu game of travel Tetris as you negotiate each product into the bag.
Save yourself the bother and stress by packing solid toiletries instead. From hair products to cleansers and moisturisers, you can get a good quality solid form of just about everything in your beauty kit, and they last longer too! Just think how smug you’ll be when you breeze past TSA with a half-empty ziplock bag.
Backpacking isn’t known for its most luxurious accommodation but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your own small bit of pampering with you. After staying in all different types of beds, a silk pillowcase not only feels amazing on the skin but it also it’s also naturally hypoallergenic. Now, I’m not suggesting that you might end up staying in accommodation that’s a bit grubby or plagued by bedbugs but a silk pillowcase is resistant to all those nasties and more.
Its soft fibres also have a lower absorption rate than its cotton cousin which means that it helps to maintain your skin’s natural moisture and prevents wrinkles from forming while you sleep. Part of a beauty routine is looking after the canvas and a silk pillowcase is one of the best beauty tips for the job.
Protect your powders
Of all the travel beauty tips, this one is probably the most practical. Your precious bronzers, blushers, eyeshadows and all other powdery products take one hell of a beating in transit. I’m sure you’ve seen how luggage is tossed from the plane to the conveyor belt on arrival and let’s just say the staff don’t really have precious cargo in mind. It’s the worst when one of your makeup powders shatter. It goes everywhere and you end up packing way too much on your face.
As a solo traveller, you can’t exactly borrow from a friend either. The simple solution to all your travel versus powder woes is putting a few cotton pads inside the lid of the product to cushion it. Then your bag can fall down several flights of stairs for all you care because your makeup powders are going nowhere.
The biggest challenge facing solo travellers (no, I’m not exaggerating) is putting sunscreen on that tricky spot on your back when you’re at the beach. Unless you’re super flexible, you end up twisting your arm awkwardly behind you like a windscreen wiper as you try to rub sunscreen into the exposed area. You’re never sure if you’ve actually succeeded until later and you can’t exactly as a neighbouring stranger to help you out.
I’ve recently discovered lotion applicators (I’ll include the link so you can see for yourself here) which are perfectly designed for lonesome sunbathers who need a helping hand with their sun protection or even moisturising. Applying sunscreen to the back was the last hurdle preventing solo travellers from being truly independent and now I think we’ve finally cracked it!
Thanks for reading,