When it comes to packing beauty products for a summer holiday, it can be a bit of a jigsaw. Whether you’re away for two nights or two weeks, you still need the same types of products: cleanser, serum, moisturiser, SPF. If you’re anything like me, you also prefer taking your own shampoo and conditioner and before you know it, you’ve basically emptied your bathroom cabinet into your suitcase. That’s before we even consider whether you have hand luggage only, leaving you at the mercy of 100ml liquid limits and those pesky see-through liquids bags. I mean, there’s only so much you can decant.
Thankfully, there’s a new wave of clever travel-friendly products that are just as effective and just so happen to be eco-friendlier, too. In fact, these new types of formulas are your best bet if you have hand luggage only, as most of them come in solid bar/stick form, meaning you no longer have to worry about squeezing your shampoo, moisturiser and deodorant all into one of said tiny liquids bags.
There are cult classics like Gallinee’s Cleansing Bar and Burt Bee’s Lip Balm, both of which keep skin soothed and protected. Then there are the newer, buzzy brands of the moment like Plus’s biodegradable body washes, Ethique’s long list of plastic-free face and body bars, Beauty Pie biodegradable capsules and Medik8’s travel-sized glass packaging. Basically, there are so many options that help to make your travel beauty bag as eco-friendly and hassle-free as possible.
Now all you really need to worry about is whether your passport hasn’t expired. Side note: I’ve been there. Go check it now. No, seriously…
Best travel and eco-friendly skincare products
Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar
Gallinée’s clever products are often praised for their ability to support a healthy skin barrier. This particular bar utilises prebiotics and lactic acid to protect the skin’s good bacteria and keep it soothed and nourished.
Beauty Pie Superactive Capsules Pure Double Vitamin C & Vitamin E
Beauty Pie beautypie.com
Once exposed to air and light, vitamin C becomes unstable. Thankfully, Beauty Pie has packaged theirs in single-dose capsules to maintain the ingredient’s efficacy. Plus, the capsules are made from red seaweed and are 100% biodegradable.
Medik8 Retinol 3TR Serum
If you’re somebody that can’t go without retinol, even on a holiday, Medik8’s formula comes in a glass bottle, making it easier to recycle. But always remember to follow up the next morning with SPF, especially if you’re in a warmer climate! In fact, if it’s super hot, we’d recommend skipping altogether.
Moisturising Facial Balm
This handy moisturising bar is formulated with glycerine, squalane, rosehip oil and shea butter to hydrate, restore and protect skin. And don’t worry about getting through it too quickly – one bar lasts eight to 10 weeks.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
Summer Fridays cultbeauty.co.uk
Ever step off a long-haul flight only for your skin to feel a bit… tight? Slather this on during your flight and humectant glycerin will help lock in moisture. Or use post-plane and let its ceramides, antioxidants and nicacinamide hydrate and soothe dry, stressed skin. It can also be left on longer as a face mask, or even as a primer under makeup.
Ethique Gingersnap Solid Face Scrub
If, for any reason, your skin is in need of some exfoliation while you’re away (though, again, it’s best to avoid this if you’re somewhere hot!), try this clever solid face scrub. It’s made up with brown sugar, ginger and cinammon to gently slough away dead skin cells. Even better, it cleanses skin, meaning if you’re looking to really streamline your routine, Gingersnap can act as a cleanser and face scrub in one.
Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Age Super UV Face Protection SPF50 Cream
No matter what time of year it is, SPF is a vital step in any skincare routine, so you had better be slathering it on in the summertime. This innovative formula contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots. It also leaves no white cast and comes in a clever cardboard bottle, made with 49% less plastic than its Ambre Solaire plastic bottle.
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin
Burt’s Bees feelunique.com
A cult classic, this gentle formula combines fatty acids with coconut and sunflower oils for soft, hydrated lips. Plus, antioxidant vitamin E keeps your lips protected in harsher conditions and the tin is easy to recycle.
Best travel and eco-friendly body care products
Plus Body Wash in Summer
With scents of neroli, orange and lemon, this body wash will leave your bathroom smelling incredible. Add water, sweep the 100% dissolvable wipe around your body and it’ll leave your skin clean, while added aloe leaf, eucalyptus, shea butter, almond oil and sunflower oil (I know, it’s a lot, in a good way) leave skin super soft. And yes, the outer sachet dissolves in your shower, too.
MIGH-TEA MOISTURE BODY BALM – ORIGINAL
Whether you’re after a nourishing body moisturiser or you need an extra soothing hit after a bit too long in the sun, this is the product for you. Glide it over skin and Indian Black Assam tea acts as an anti-infammatory to reduce redness. While shea butter, sweet orange oil and candelilla wax work to hydrate parched skin.
Wild Lily Petal & Freesia
Wild has quickly become popular for its ‘natural’ yet non-sticky deodorant formulas. Simply buy a case for £10 and then purchase one of its scented refills for £6. Its latest scent, Lily Petal & Freesia in inspired by the smell of springtime and meadows – sounds dreamy, right?
Best travel and eco-friendly hair products
Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strengthening Shampoo Bar
Formulated to strengthen damaged hair that’s prone to breakage, this clever shampoo bar contains honey – the ultimate hair repairer. Simply wet the bar, lather it in the roots and work down the lengths of your hair.
The Afro Hair & Skin Co. Nurture Gentle Cleansing Shampoo Bar
The Afro Hair & Skin Co. www.theafrohairandskincompany.co.uk
Created for afro textured, coily and curly hair types, this gentle cleansing shampoo bar lifts away dirt while soothing dry, itchy scalps.
Earth Kind Organic Oats Conditioning Bar
Earth Kind iamearthkind.com
This conditioning bar penetrates the hair shaft to deliver a hearty does of moisture while simultaneously increasing elasticity and reducing hair breakage. Clever, right?
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From heat damage and UV rays to pollution and tight hairstyles, Typology recognises that our hair goes through a lot day-to-day. So, it created this: a deeply nourishing hair mask that uses ceramides, mango butter and avocado to restructure the hair fibre, strengthen your roots and prevent split ends.
Wearth Bamboo Hair Brush
Nature & My wearthlondon.com
Made up of sustainable bamboo and natural rubber, this hairbrush is fully biodegradable and plastic-free. Its bristles stimulate and massage the scalp and every brushstroke will leave hair feeling softer.
Hanna Ibraheem Deputy Beauty Editor Hanna Ibraheem (she/her) is Deputy Beauty Editor at Cosmopolitan UK, where she oversees all the breaking beauty news to the latest hair and makeup trends taking over your TikTok feed.
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