Are you feeling the need to get away from the much-hyped ‘polar vortex’ or have you had enough of the dreary rainy days? If the winter blues have started to settle in, it could be time to hop on a plane and head south for a bit of a beach retreat.
While you’re busy picking out a sun-drenched location, we’ve scoured the shelves and found the best travel-ready beauty products to keep you feeling fresh without taking up too much sundress space in your luggage.
Dermalogica Skin Kit, $50
Grab this travel-friendly regimen for skin health on the go. Each Dermalogica kit contains several travel-size products specifically designed for your skin type. Includes a choice between Dry, Normal/Dry, Normal/Oily, or Oily.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, $38 (50ml)
Our go-to broad-spectrum facial sunscreen is from SkinCeuticals. We appreciate its liquid-y formula that’s lightweight with a luminous-sheer tint to enhance our skin’s glow, making it the perfect double-duty tinted moisturizer. Bonus, it’s water-resistant for up to 40 minutes!
Marvis Toothpaste, $6 (23ml)
Keep your breath fresh all day long with this travel-size Marvis toothpaste in Aquatic Mint. You never know who you might meet on vacation. Can we say “holiday romance?”
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 110, $12.99-$15.99 (88mL)
Do you dislike the sticky feeling of sunscreens? We’re thrilled to say that this one’s different. Voted “best texture” by Canadian Dermatologists, Neutrogena’s ultra sheer dry-touch sunscreen feels like you have nothing on, but offers broad-spectrum protection to help prevent sun damage. And remember VTV readers… reapply regularly throughout the day and after swimming.
Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect After Sun Moisturizer, $9.99 (180ml)
After a long day lazing on that sandy beach you’ll need to replenish your skin’s moisture. Rich and creamy, this luxurious after sun moisturizer not only quenches the skin, but leaves it smelling heavenly with its coconut papaya scent. Mica minerals add a sassy little shimmer for instant radiance to keep you glowing all night long!
Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner To Go, $9 each (1.35 oz)
The sun’s rays can wreak havoc with your tresses, if you let it. We recommend using this duo from Alterna. These products will revitalize brittle hair and bring it back to the silky radiance you love. And you’ll appreciate that it’s formulated with UVA/UVB protection, to help shield your locks’ colour from fading.
Sephora Collection Spring In Soho Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette, $22
Why take multiple makeup items on vacation when all you really need is a great palette? Our current go-to is from the Sephora Collection. Tropical colours for eyes, lips and cheeks are perfect to mix and match, creating endless gorgeous beachy looks – all in a travel-friendly compact.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula, $19
This has to be the best mascara for a vacay. Its super-formula promises to keep you looking pretty through sweat, humidity, rain, and even tears (hopefully there won’t be any tears!). And, at the end of the day, it removes easily with just a swipe of a wet cotton pad with warm water. Love it!
Secret Clinical Waterproof, $9.99
This freshness must-have can handle everything from a walk through the rainforest to a dip in the ocean without compromising on wetness and odour protection. It really is perfect for lazy days on the beach or the most action packed adventure travel.
Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag, $34.99
Keep all your beauty items in one spot with this lightweight hanging toiletry case. We love that it features numerous pockets and sections for keeping our stuff organized, without taking up valuable bathroom counter space.